Published April 1st 2014 by Penguin Group
J.R. Ward's # 1 New York Times bestselling Black Dagger Brotherhood continues as a royal bloodline is compromised by a grave threat to the throne.
Long live the King…
After turning his back on the throne for centuries, Wrath, son of Wrath, finally assumed his father’s mantle--with the help of his beloved mate. But the crown sets heavily on his head. As the war with the Lessening Society rages on, and the threat from the Band of Bastards truly hits home, he is forced to make choices that put everything--and everyone--at risk.
Beth Randall thought she knew what she was getting into when she mated the last pure blooded vampire on the planet: An easy ride was not it. But when she decides she wants a child, she’s unprepared for Wrath’s response--or the distance it creates between them.
The question is, will true love win out... or tortured legacy take over?
(Blurb from Goodreads)
I just didn’t know how to start this review. I know this will likely offend the more devout of my readers, but this book was a religious experience for me. I didn’t know whether to send more money for a book that is obviously under priced or search for a vampire priest or what, I just knew I had been irrevocably changed and needed to express my sincere gratitude for being able to partake in this journey with Wrath and Beth.
Yes, I know how that sounds and that it is a book, and all the nasty little things haters will say!
But BITE ME, this book made me a better, happier, less psychotic human for a time and that is MIRACULOUS!! I had been so wrapped up in the plethora of nitpicky nuisances of day to day life that I had become too jaded and manufactured. I was becoming a stagnant reader and this book put a stop to that.
If you haven’t been a fan of the BDB, you could read this book and receive a portion of the enjoyment that I received, but if you have followed the series from it’s beginning you MUST understand why it was such a moving experience. Secondary plots and characters aside, (which I enjoyed), Beth and Wrath’s story bled onto the page like J. R. Ward had opened her vein. If it was as emotional to write as it was to read, I can not fathom how she is not hospitalized. I cried like someone had poisoned my animals. Hell I’m getting misty just writing this and it’s been weeks since I read the book. Beth and Wrath are one of my favorite book couples. I needed for them to be more than just ok. In Dark Lover their love was one of the most passionate, giving and true examples of what mates should be to each other. To see that diminished or tainted shook my foundations.
Their painful journey to where they were, no, to an even better place lightened my burdens better than any drug or therapist could ever hope to accomplish. This series is one of my lifelines. I need it to exist and I need it to be the best, What I need, J.R. gives me time and again. This time she did it far and above what I have come to expect, and from this series I expect perfection. Scribe Virgin bless the Brothers, their mates, kith and kin, and that includes you Ms. Ward. You have earned your place in history.
J.R. Ward is a #1 New York Times and USAToday Best Selling author of erotic paranormal romance. She lives in the south with her incredibly supportive husband and her beloved golden retriever. After graduating from law school, she began working in healthcare in Boston and spent many years as Chief of Staff of one of the premier academic medical centers in the nation. Writing has always been her passion and her idea of heaven is a whole day of nothing but her computer, her dog and her coffee pot.
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