Blood Fury by JR Ward
Also by this author: Lover Mine, Blood Kiss
Series: Black Dagger Legacy #3
Also in this series: Blood Kiss, Blood Vow
Published by Ballantine Books
Genres: Adult, Paranormal Romance
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A vampire aristocrat, Peyton is well aware of his duty to his bloodline: mate with an appropriate female of his class and carry on his family’s traditions. And he thought he’d found his perfect match—until she fell in love with someone else. Yet when his split-second decision in a battle with the enemy endangers the life of another trainee, Peyton has to face the idea that his future, and his heart, actually lie with another.
Novo, as a female in the Black Dagger Brotherhood’s training program, feels like she has to prove herself to everybody—and she has no interest in being distracted by falling in love. But when Peyton proves to be so much more than a rich playboy, she is forced to confront the tragedy that has broken her soul and closed her off from love.
As the two grapple with Novo’s past and Peyton’s present, another couple must contend with an erotic connection that is unparalleled—and potentially scandalous.
Saxton, who has had his heart broken, discovers in himself a deep-seated attraction to Ruhn, a new member of the household. But will the other male explore the connection? Or will he close his mind and his heart to what could be true love . . . and cost Saxton everything?
If you love the Black Dagger Brotherhood series then you should be reading this series as well. It really helps you understand the transitions in BDB if you read this series inbetween the later books in that series.
Due to the fact that this is such a big series with so many characters it is hard to touch on everyone but I will focus on the two main couples that are featured in this novel.
First there is Peyton and Novo. I really liked these two together because they both had family drama going on and they were able to connect with that. I often feel like couples are opposite of each other, one usually has had a good life with one having issues. The good one always seems to have to help the emotionally ruined one. In this book Peyton and Novo both have been treated like shit from their families. I really loved how independent both characters were and I was really surprised by Peyton’s sweetness. I always just saw him as an uncaring playboy so I’m so happy in this book he showed us his raw and vulnerable side. I also really loved seeing this side reflected in Novo. She is a badass, similar to Xhex, but she has her own issues. I liked seeing her slowly break down her walls for Peyton, to watch her fight the attraction. I just really enjoyed all of the moments that these two were on the page together.
On the flip side we had more of a traditional romance going on between upper crust Saxton and commoner Ruhn. I always cringe a little with JR Ward when it comes to M/M couples because it feels like she is always afraid of scaring off her readers. She tends to keep things very PG with M/M couples in her series. She does a lot of fade to black scenes with them as well. I am happy to say that I feel Ward finally stepped out of that bubble a little. There were more steamy moments between these two that we actually got to see. I did like how Saxton was a bit naughty and Ruhn was the cautious one here. I liked seeing a different side to Saxton. I did feel their story could have had more to it though. I felt like their story ended a little fast.
Overall, I did like this story for the glimpse we had into these characters’ lives. They were not my favorite couples of the whole series but I still enjoyed my time in this world. I have said it before and will say it again, this whole huge series is a guilty pleasure of mine. I know it is a cash cow at this point but I just can’t seem to let these characters go.