Friday, December 16, 2016


#1 New York Times bestselling author J. R. Ward returns as her thrilling, original spin-off series set in the world of the Black Dagger Brotherhood continues! When a brooding vampire warrior-in-training teams up with a quick-witted aristocrat to solve a deadly mystery, the only thing more dangerous than their mission is their undeniable attraction.

Trainees at the Black Dagger Brotherhood’s training center continue to prepare for the war against the Lessening Society, but fighting is the last thing on Axe’s mind. Still plagued with the guilt of his father’s death, the brooding loner finds himself battling an unlikely attraction to Peyton’s enticing, aristocratic cousin, Elise. Elise feels it, too – especially when the two are thrown together in unusual circumstances, and she must decide whether she can trust Axe as she uncovers the mystery surrounding her sister’s death.

Meanwhile, Mary and Rhage are fostering Bitty, a young pretrans orphan, and hope to adopt her… until the appearance of a young male claiming to be Bitty’s blooded uncle threatens to tear the new family apart. 

Release Date: December 6, 2016
Ballantine Books
Black Dagger Legacy #2
Paranormal Romance
Review copy provided by publisher

Liza’s Review:

I really enjoyed Blood Kiss, the 1st book in the Black Dagger Legacy, and was excited to read Axe's book.  I loved Blood Vow every bit as much if not more than Blood Kiss.

Axe is a commoner and has had a pretty rough life since he was young. Elise is an aristocrat who Axe is instantly attracted to upon their meeting. Her cousin Peyton, who remains a tool in most of this book, trains daily with Axe and the other BDB trainees. I really liked the romance between Elise and Axe. While he was hired by her father as her bodyguard at first, and he really did try to keep his hands off her, they were so perfect for each other despite their differences. I felt like Elise made Axe more approachable and understanding of others. He is still every bit as much of a bad-ass as ever on the battle field, but I still felt like Elise helped to soften him up a bit. I loved that Elise was every bit as attracted to Axe and they had smoking hot sex as much as possible. 

Part of what I love about the Black Dagger Legacy series is we have gotten time with one of the brothers and his shellan each time. Since we just had more time with Rhage and Mary in The Beast I really hadn't expected to get so much time with them and Bitty, but absolutely loved getting to spend more time with this new family. I was so worried what would happen when Bitty's uncle Ruhn showed back up, and was almost in tears several times at the thought of Bitty, Rhage, and Mary not being together. Even knowing in my heart they would remain a family, I have to say the resolution was not what I expected. I also love how much Lassiter and V were involved in everything. I have to say while I didn't love Lassiter when he first showed up, I've come to really love his character.

I've found myself looking forward to the Black Dagger Legacy books every bit as much as I've always looked forward to the BDB being released. I love getting extra time with the Brothers, and seeing more of their everyday lives. I've missed the interaction between the Brothers as the world has grown so big, and the extra time in the Legacy books makes me love these characters even more.

Rating: 4.5 Stars (A)

J. R. Ward is the author of more than thirty previous novels, including those in her #1 NYT bestselling Black Dagger Brotherhood series. She lives in the South with her family, and is hard at work on the next Black Dagger Brotherhood book, The Chosen (On Sale April, 4, 2017).

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