Saturday, April 16, 2016

Review of The Beast by JR Ward

Title: The Beast
Series: Black Dagger Brotherhood
Author: J.R. Ward 
Publisher: NAL
Published Date: April 5, 2016
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Page Count: 521


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:

The Beast is the next chapter in Rhage and Mary's story. They have reached a crossroads in their lives. Neither really wants to discuss it because it may hurt the other. They each want a child. Unfortunately Mary can not carry one. They accepted this. It was their fate. As the brothers find happiness and expand their families, the find they crave what the others have. I think Rhage wants it more than Mary. Their struggle is one that a lot of couples have but it is made more complicated because Rhage is a vampire. I loved the emotion of their story. Ward captures everything so well. No worries though, they do have a happy ending. Whether or not it includes having a child, you'll have to read to find out.

We also find out about Layla and her pregnancy. Layla does give birth. It's emotional because it brings back memories for Tohr and amplifies the longing for a child that Rhage and Mary have.  Layla is a character that I feel is forgotten sometimes. Her story kind of slips under the radar because everyone else has such a strong storyline. I think things will change because the author has announced that Layla and Xcor are getting the next book. 

I have to say, I wasn't a fan of the last BDB book but Ward totally redeemed it with this book. Rhage and Mary are a fan favorite couple and the author did them justice here. It's sad that we have to wait a whole year for the next book but it's worth it. 

My Rating:
5 out of 5 Stars

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