The Beast by J.R. Ward

Book Review


The Beast (Black Dagger Brotherhood, #14)Book Genre:
Romance, Paranormal, Urban Fantasy

Book Series: Back Dagger Brotherhood #14

Released: 4/5/16 by NAL

Pages: 508 Price: $28.00 Hardcover

Links:  Goodreads, Author’s Site

Source: I own a copy of this book



Book Synopsis:

Nothing is as it used to be for the Black Dagger Brotherhood. After avoiding war with the Shadows, alliances have shifted and lines have been drawn. The slayers of the Lessening Society are stronger than ever, preying on human weakness to acquire more money, more weapons, more power. But as the Brotherhood readies for an all-out attack on them, one of their own fights a battle within himself…

For Rhage, the Brother with the biggest appetites, but also the biggest heart, life was supposed to be perfect—or at the very least, perfectly enjoyable. Mary, his beloved shellan, is by his side and his King and his brothers are thriving. But Rhage can’t understand—or control—the panic and insecurity that plague him…

And that terrifies him—as well as distances him from his mate. After suffering mortal injury in battle, Rhage must reassess his priorities—and the answer, when it comes to him, rocks his world…and Mary’s. But Mary is on a journey of her own, one that will either bring them closer together or cause a split that neither will recover from…

My Review:

Well I’m all caught up with what is going down with the brotherhood.  I rather enjoyed reading these three books back-to-back.  Gave me the opportunity to get really entrenched in the world and not have to refresh myself with the current rules of the world I was visiting.  I also have enjoyed the revisiting of each of the brothers from previous books that Ms. Ward has been taking in her stories.  This book we got to check back in with Rhage and Mary to see how things aren’t always perfect once the H.E.A hits. As with life there will always be issues, there will always be challenges and a couple needs to work together to build the life they want.  The work never ends but that doesn’t mean we can’t enjoy and appreciate the journey.

As with all Ms. Ward’s books there are several plot threads to keep track of, this one, though, was a bit easier to follow, but that might have to do with the fact that I was in the world already and up-to-date on what was going on.  Rhage and Mary had been having issues for several books now and all the drama comes front and center in this story. The story started off rough and after how The Shadows played out I was a little cautious as I read this one but had faith that Ms. Ward probably wouldn’t rip our hearts out two book in a row.  I was not really expecting the issue that these two to be facing to be the one that unfolded but I could totally see it once we knew the root of the problem.  While it wasn’t easy for me to identify with what they were feeling, I tend to lean in Doc Jane and V’s philosophy on this topic, you would have to be a total cold-hearted bitch to not feel for their pain.  I know it isn’t all resolved at the end but I have hopes that these two will get what they want and deserve in the end.

On the other front there was a lot of development with Assail’s story line in this book and I must say he is starting to grow on my.  Finger’s crossed for his own book eventually.  We also had the introduction of a new human character, Jo.  I can’t wait to see what develops with her! Then there is Layla and her Bastard.  I am not really looking forward to her book which is next.  I just don’t care about these two.  The only saving grace I can find is that it won’t be the only plot thread in that book and there is enough going on that I probably won’t hate the book.  After all The Shadows really surprised me.

This was a good book and like I said I’ve been enjoying these revisits with the boys and the peeks into the daily lives that goes on in the compound.  There were some issues resolved in this book but like anything in life it has just lead to a new set of problems that need to be solved.  I have a feeling we will be focused more on V and Payne in future books and I hope these two get a chance to resolve their feelings about their mother.   This series feels like it is regaining its footing a bit and I am in for the long haul!

My Rating: 4 Stars


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