I am pretty sure that I’ll never get tired of the Black Dagger Brotherhood. Except for a couple of books which I struggled through (Phury, I’m looking at you), JR Ward has consistently drawn me into her vampire world with characters that are as real to me as the folks next door. I love the way Ward deftly weaves the new with the old, like the world’s longest braid-the ‘do always beautiful, but the new pieces added in just make it even better.
Rhage and Mary are even more lovable in their post-HEA. One of the things that keeps me coming back to the BDB is Ward giving us more of our favorite couples, letting us see how they deal with what life throws at them. Rhage and Mary hit a significant fork in the road in this book and how they deal with it made my heart swell. As they struggle with the reality that they’ll never have a child, their support of each other is a lesson for all who struggle in relationships. When fate steps in, I fall in love with them all over again as they readjust to what it means to be a parent.
Though Rhage and Mary are the main focus of the book, there is (of course) a lot of other things happening: life and death, familiar story lines with new faces, addiction, battles against the Lessening society, an appearance by The Omega, and hilarious pranks that had me laughing out loud. I adore the familiarity of this series, how it’s like a family reunion with the prerequisite new members. The number of POVs is toned down from previous books, which I found made the stories a little easier to follow. And, there are a couple of tear-worthy moments, all of them involving children, so have the tissues ready as this book is all about kids and parents and the Beast being tamed by a little brown-haired girl.