Book Genre: Urban Fantasy, Paranormal, Romance
Book Series: Black Dagger Brotherhood #15
Released: 4/4/17 by Ballantine Books
Pages: 544 Price:$28.00 Hardcover
Source: I own a copy of this book.
Xcor, leader of the Band of Bastards, convicted of treason against the Blind King, is facing a brutal interrogation and torturous death at the hands of the Black Dagger Brotherhood. Yet after a life marked by cruelty and evil deeds, he accepts his soldier’s fate, his sole regret the loss of a sacred female who was never his: the Chosen Layla.
Layla alone knows the truth that will save Xcor’s life. But revealing his sacrifice and his hidden heritage will expose them both and destroy everything Layla holds dear—even her role of mother to her precious young. Torn between love and loyalty, she must summon the courage to stand up against the only family she has for the only man she will ever love. Yet even if Xcor is somehow granted a reprieve, he and Layla would have to confront a graver challenge: bridging the chasm that divides their worlds without paving the way for a future of even greater war, desolation, and death.
As a dangerous old enemy returns to Caldwell, and the identity of a new deity is revealed, nothing is certain or safe in the world of the Black Dagger Brotherhood, not even true love . . . or destinies that have long seemed set in stone.
I put of this book for almost an entire year because I was afraid I wouldn’t like it. I’ve never been a big fan of Layla and Xcor’s plotline and To have most of an entire book revolving around their HEA… Not so sure I want to suffer through it. What a dumbass I was because I absolutely loved this book!
From the first chapter I was hooked as I watched Ms. Ward almost destroy the brotherhood only to build them back up again stronger than before. It was like a train wreck that I couldn’t look away from. While I was thoroughly enjoying the story I have to say some of the characters that I normally loved ticked me off to no end. Quinn spent much of the book being an unhinged asshole, Thor as well. V still had issues he needed to work out at the end and I have a feeling he will continue to be the focus of sub-plots in future books.
What did surprise me was that my opinion of Xhor and Layla did a complete 180 and I grew to respect them both. Layla found a backbone and grew immensely in this book and we learn so much about Xhor that you would have to be a complete ass to not feel for him. We also got to see plenty of Wrath and my favorite Lassiter who has a shiny new role to play in this world so I am excited at the prospect of seeing more of him in future books.
Despite my fears this was a solid addition to the Blackdagger Brotherhood series and there wasn’t one plot thread that I didn’t enjoy. I found myself not wanting to put down the book and read into the wee hours of the morning. Something that I’ve not done in a long time. Going to start Blood Fury next and I’m looking forward to The Theif which releases next month!
My Rating: 5 Stars