In Caldwell, New York, a secret and hidden war rages on. The vampires who only want to live their long lives in peace fight the Lessening Society who would see every last one of them dead. Standing in between them is the Black Dagger Brotherhood, six brothers in arms, warriors to the core who fight to protect what vampire society remains. When one of their own is killed, he leaves behind a half breed daughter who was raised human and unaware of the other half of her soul. It falls to Wrath, the blind leader of the Brotherhood to protect her and watch for signs she might go through the transition that is part of her vampiric heritage. With vengeance on his mind, for the one who killed Darius, Wrath finds his world turned upside down when he meets Beth.
This is the second book I’ve read by J.R. Ward, and is the start of the Black Dagger Brotherhood series. Having enjoyed Covet a great deal I was curious as to what her take on the vampire mythos would be and what would make it stand out from any other vampire romance book. I have to say it’s interesting and I love that she’s stripped most of the myths away leaving a couple of core ones but with a twist.
The book itself was fantastic, emotional, very engaging right from the start, with a fast paced plot and explosive action, I couldn’t put it down. I love authors that have their own style when it comes to writing, something unique that is wholly theirs and makes them stand out from the rest and J.R. Ward definitely has that. Her characters are superb and larger than life and I felt I got to know them as the book progressed, catching subtle glimpses of who they are behind their warrior façades. I just fell in love with the main characters of Wrath and Beth, feeling a lot of empathy for them and loving their interactions.
I didn’t expect to love this book as much as I did and I highly recommend it if you are looking for something truly great to read in the genre (or even if you feel like a change from another one!).