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Friday, August 4, 2017

Review: Blood Kiss by J.R. Ward

Title: Blood Kiss
Author: J.R. Ward
Series: Black Dagger Legacy #1
Format: Audiobook
Narrator: Jim Frangione
Release Date: December 1st, 2015
Length: Novel (428 pages/12.6 hours)
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Source: Library
Buy: Audible, Amazon, Barnes & Noble
Rating: 3.5-stars

Melissa's Review:

Blood Kiss is book 1 in the Black Dagger Legacy series. It's been forever since I've read a J.R. Ward book and figured this would be a good start to her work again. My issue with one of her previous BDB books was the writing style changed and the secondary character's POVs took the spotlight more so than the leading characters. While this did occur in this book, I found it didn't bother me as much this time around.

Paradise is tired of living the life of an aristocratic female, always kept firmly in her place as the daughter to the king’s First Advisor. She decides to break free and join the Black Dagger Brotherhood’s training center program. She wants to learn to think for herself and how to fight and that's exactly what she does. Paradise and Craeg manage to make it through the culling of the potential candidates but both seem to have a protective instinct for each other from the start. Naturally, they're drawn to one another as the days pass and I really enjoyed their POVs while they were going through the training. We get to see several of the original cast from the BDB series POV's since they're leading the training center and the issues they are facing. We mainly get to see Butch and Marissa and they're having some major issues that they need to work through. While that wasn't my favorite bits sprinkled in, it was nice to see a continuation of their story.

Blood Kiss made me want to revisit the BDB series where I left off. Since I'm still not completely sold on the multiple POVs I'd more than likely borrow the rest of the series via the library. I did like that we're seeing the younger generation's story now, so I will for sure get the next book in the series to see what happens next. If you're a fan of J.R. Ward's BDB series and haven't read this book yet I think you'd enjoy it.

18 comments:

  1. Ward and I broke up loooong ago

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    1. Us too, you know how it is looking back and reminiscing though. Had to try again *snort*

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  2. I've not read any of the BDB books but I got this book for review a while ago. Sadly I couldn't get into the story so I never read it. I don't think Ward's paranormal romance is for me. But I loved her Bourbon Kings trilogy. I'm glad you enjoyed this book for the most part, Melissa!

    Have a fantastic weekend. =)

    Alyssa @ The Eater of Books!

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    1. I really enjoyed her earlier BDB books but didn't care for the style change. For some reason this spin off worked better for me than the later BDB books

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  3. BDB is one of those series I've set myself to read just for pleasure. I already know the story up until The Beast. However, I've now decided to read it for myself and the last I was reading was Vishous' book (although I abruptly had to put it on hold when I started my current job nine months ago. The brief encounter between Paradise and Craeg was intriguing enough that I really hope I can get to this book very soon. Thanks for sharing your thoughts!

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    1. Hope you enjoy this one as much as I did Francesca!!!

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  4. Glad you enjoyed this one! I've tried on so many levels to get into BDB but it's just not for me. I've jumped all around in the series thinking I just needed to find my book. I've come to realize that I just can't get behind the author's writing style, not to mention all the name dropping she does. Half the time I don't know what's she's talking about and I have to look up what that name brand even is. Anyway, I gave this one a try, hoping I'd have better luck with a new crew of characters but it was the same thing for me.

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    1. *nods* I totally understand!! I think because it was a new crew it helped me this time around but you're right she name drops like crazy.

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  5. The multiple POV's overshadowing the main characters finally did me in with her books.

    i had a other issues as well but that was the main one. The series felt out of control and contrived.

    I was thinking about this one because I miss her earlier books.

    For What It's Worth

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    1. That's exactly what pissed me off so much in the BDB series!!! I think I read the sister's book or whatever it was and got pissed that less than half was about her. This one is kind of the same way but I didn't get mad about it *shrugs*

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  6. Man if only her books would go back to how they originally were. I do miss those so badly! I have this one but ugh on the multiple povs.

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  7. I'm pretty far behind in this series. I think I'd have to start over at this point too.

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  8. What's the problem with multiple POVs? Were they done badly? Or is it a pet peeve of yours? (Writer curiosity.)

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    1. If it has more than I'd say 3 POVs I start having issues generally. That's just me personally though. Her books tend to jump through a bunch of POVs and though the book is about one couple over 50% isn't about that couple.

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  9. I quit BDB after The Shadows. I got sick of the million different plotlines that fell off the face of the earth without being resolved. I agree with the million POVs. I like having older couples as part of the story, but do they have to go through issues again and become such a large part to the story with the new couple? I've debated about trying this series. I'm still not sure what I think. I do love Jim Frangione though. Great review.

    Melanie @ Hot Listens & Rabid Reads

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    1. I enjoyed this one more so than the BDB book I read last. I think it was the female's book that wanted to become a brother or something. It still has several POVs but it worked better for me this time around.

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