Book Genre: Urban Fantasy, Paranormal, Romance
Book Series: Black Dagger Legacy #2
Released: 12/6/16 by Ballantine Books
Pages: 459 Price: $28.oo Hardcover
Links: Goodreads, Author’s Site
Source: I own a copy of this book
The Black Dagger Brotherhood continues to train the best of the best to join them in the deadly battle against the Lessening Society. Among the new recruits, Axe proves to be a cunning and vicious fighter—and also a loner isolated because of personal tragedy. When an aristocratic female needs a bodyguard, Axe takes the job, though he’s unprepared for the animal attraction that flares between him and the one he is sworn to protect.
For Elise, who lost her first cousin to a grisly murder, Axe’s dangerous appeal is enticing—and possibly a distraction from her grief. But as they delve deeper into her cousin’s death, and their physical connection grows into so much more, Axe fears that the secrets he keeps and his tortured conscience will tear them apart.
Rhage, the Brother with the biggest heart, knows all about self-punishing, and he wants to help Axe reach his full potential. But when an unexpected arrival threatens Rhage and Mary’s new family, he finds himself back in the trenches again, fighting against a destiny that will destroy all he holds most dear.
As Axe’s past becomes known, and fate seems to be turning against Rhage, both males must reach deep—and pray that love, rather than anger, will be their lantern in the darkness.
Again I have to start my review out about this “spin-off” series by asking; why is it considered a spin-off? It is set in the same location, features many of the same characters, and is pretty much a continuation of the timeline in the main series. Don’t get me wrong, I don’t care either way how the author wants to give us more stories in this world. Sign me up I’m all for it, it just feels strange to call it a spin-off series when it feels so much like simply the Blackdagger Brotherhood series. Alright, nit-picking aside this was an awesome book and once I got a chance to get into it I loved how the plot played out.
Okay, small confession time. I wasn’t into Axe and Elise’s storyline all that much. Not that I didn’t like them, I did, I just wanted to know what the hell was going on with Rhage and Mary so much more. Whenever the story moved off their POV I almost skipped ahead because I did not want to wait to hear how their drama was playing out. I was good though and kept reading as Ms. Ward intended us to read, but man it was so tempting to jump ahead.
I did like Axe and Elise as a couple, however. I truly believe they are a good match and loved the contrast in their upbringing. They helped each other grow past their baggage and fight for what they wanted for their life. They learned together to stop being victims of other people’s ideas and prejudices, something all would be wise to remember more often. I was surprised to see how they ended up and expect that we will see more from this couple in future books as their story doesn’t feel quite done yet.
I’ve already said how I found Rhage and Mary’s storyline so much more captivating. Now I’ve never been one to be into kids but the uncertainty around their adopting Bitty just got to me. Maybe because she is an older child and not a baby worked for me, I do better with pre-teens and teens. This plot just grabbed me by the emotions and didn’t let go. I was so thrilled with how everything ended up, though!
One last thought before I go. Thank you! Thank you, Ms. Ward, for giving Lassiter an actual part in this book. He is one of my favorite characters in this series and usually only gets one scene where he is little more than a court jester. I loved that he had a more substantial part in this story. I hope we can see more of him in the future.
My Rating:5 Stars