Blood Vow by JR Ward
Also by this author: Lover Mine, Blood Kiss
Series: Black Dagger Legacy #2
Also in this series: Blood Kiss
Published by Ballantine Books
Genres: Adult, Paranormal Romance
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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.
I loved the first book in this newer spin-off series by Ward. I felt refreshed when reading Blood Kiss because we got to see the brotherhood but from a fresh new perspective. I love the brothers, don’t get me wrong, but I enjoy seeing things through the eyes of the younger generation. I put off reading this for a while even though I was super excited when it first came out. A lot of reviewers were complaining that this was more of the same from Rhage’s POV and that the book suffers because of it. I like Rhage but how many books does the man need in order to tell his story!
Starting this one I highly enjoyed Axe because he was a mysterious character in the first book and I wanted to see what type of male lead he would be. I have to say I was surprised to find him to be more than I originally expected. I thought he would be dark and stubborn. While I do feel that he was these things I guess I expected him to be more like the brother V, a bit darker. I was a little sad to not get my dark love but I felt he was more gentle and compassionate which ended up suiting him just fine. He of course is still protective of his female, like all the brothers are, so there is that edge to him.
I liked the female lead, Elise but she could have been better. This series has constantly put forth kickass female leads and while I liked Elise and her pursuit of her degree I felt that she was a little boring at times. I felt that she didn’t really push Axe all that much and that she was a female lead to sort of be on the page and she could have had more power here.
Overall I would say that part of this book does suffer because so much weight is once again put on Rhage’s story which has reached it’s end, or I really hope it has. I want to see more of the other brothers again but I wish that these spin-off books would give more weight to the younger cast of characters because I feel they have a ton to offer. This is their series afterall and I think Ward needs to keep that in mind going forward.