When I heard that Blay and Qhuinn would have their own story I was overjoyed. Then, once I knew it was due out, it was a mix of joy and worry about how J.R. Ward would handle the relationship of the two males. Would she gloss over the passionate parts which she usually wrote so well, or would she focus on the romance more than the physical side? I must admit when I had the book finally in my hands, I did feel some trepidation.
Having finished it the day it arrived and being completely unable to put it down, I wonder why I was worried. J.R. Ward is fearless and if I wouldn’t look silly doing it on my own I would stand up and applaud her. While it might not be everyone’s cup of tea, I felt these two characters deserved as much sexy time as any of the others had, and oh my was it hot!
As I finished the last page and closed the book I was crying, and the only word I could think of was… perfect. It was everything I’d hoped for, and more.
There are many things Ward does extremely well and one of those is writing an emotional scene so well that it resonates strongly with me. She can make me laugh and cry with well turned words and this book made me do both. I love the characters of Blay and Qhuinn so much and theirs is a story that has been on the sidelines for several books so for me it has been a long time coming.
The plot, true to form, was very good, although there were quite a few threads running at the same time. The Band of Bastards continue their plans to take over the throne but I’m hoping we are seeing a chink in Xcor’s psyche. The Lessening Society are back with a vengeance and it was oddly good to have them involved again, as horrible as they are. There is a huge OMG moment which I won’t spoil but suffice to say it even had me a little shocked.
Layla, the Chosen is such a sweetheart, I’m glad she is finding her voice and I really felt for her. Payne is a rockstar in my eyes for what she did, as I think the impact on Layla and Qhuinn would have been huge otherwise. I do worry what the consequences for Payne will be though.
The pace of the story was excellent, the battle scenes fast and furious with some heart in mouth moments and then utter hilarity. It was a really well written blend of everything I have come to love about the Brothers.
Some new players were introduced and while they are quite interesting, they didn’t get to do much so I’m guessing they will play a larger role in the next book. I love the way Ward can keep it fresh but also give us new characters to love and hate.
All in all, I loved this book so much I would rate it more than a five if I could! The Black Dagger Brotherhood series goes from strength to strength and long may it continue!
As with Grete I awaited this book with some trepidation but for different reasons. I have never read, or had any desire to read m/m romance, and while I have absolutely no problem with people’s sexuality whatever it may be, I wasn’t sure I wanted to read about it in graphic detail (which is what I was expecting based on previous books). I needn’t have worried however, at the end of the day a love story is a love story whoever is involved and I thought the sex scenes were well written without being OTT and in your face. As a true romantic at heart it was great to see Blay and Qhuinn get their HEA and I agree with Grete that the ending was perfect.
There were lots of side plots running through this book (some that make absolutely no sense but I’m sure will soon become clear) and a lot of loose ends left hanging, but that only makes me want the next book even more!! A whole year to wait! One thing I did think was missing were the interactions between the brothers and their shellans. Usually they need to be surgically separated from each other but there were few scenes between them. I guess with the new people introduced and the expansion of characters who previously had minor roles there was no room, which is a shame.
It seems fairly clear who Xcor is going to have as his heroine and I am intrigued to find out how Ms. Ward is going to manipulate that one – I’m sure she has it all mapped out somewhere!
Overall another great addition to the BDB, although my rating would be 4.5 stars to Grete’s 5.