Review: Blood Fury by J.R. Ward

Blood Fury by J.R. Ward
Series: Black Dagger Legacy #3 (full reading order below)
Publication Date: January 9th 2018
Links: Ebook • HardcoverAudibleGoodreads
Source: I received a copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review

In this sexy paranormal romance novel set in the world of the Black Dagger Brotherhood, #1 New York Times bestselling author J. R. Ward tells the story of two couples—both fighting to find love in the midst of the war with the Lessening Society.

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 a 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?

The Black Dagger Brotherhood world is one of my favorite PNR worlds out there. If J.R. Ward writes anything even remotely related to the BDB, I will read it. This Black Dagger Legacy is a spinoff of the original series, but it’s got all the goodness from the original (meaning all the OG BDB boys still play a part!), plus a little extra. These books are funny, kickass, sexy, and it’s got its own brand of uniqueness that makes it completely different from any other vampire romance series. I highly recommend you read the BDB and BDL series if you love anything PNR!

I’ve been waiting for the story in Blood Fury ever since I read Lover at Last – because SAXTON! The poor guy got the short end of the stick in LaL, but we finally get his story and HEA in Blood Fury. Alongside his romance, we get the trainees Peyton and Novo’s, which we all saw coming from a mile away, right? I do love the fact that we get a bit of s 2-in-1 in this spinoff series in terms of storylines and romances, because I can never get enough of these vampires!

Peyton is part of an aristocratic bloodline, and he is everything that Novo despises – rich, arrogant, beautiful, and did I mention aristocratic? But despite him being her total opposite, she can’t help but want him. Too bad he’s in love with another trainee in their group… or is he?

Now that Paradise has found her mate, Peyton has lost his best friend and confidante and is in limbo. The only thing that makes sense in his life anymore is his desire for Novo. To say the two of them clash would be an understatement. The chemistry between Novo and Peyton is on fire – they are constantly going head to head with each other, and their lust builds with every fight and banter.

I loved Novo and Peyton together. They were the perfect case of opposites-attract – she is the tough, badass mofo in leathers, while Peyton is always slick in his suits outside of training. But the two of them worked together perfectly. They each had their own individual personal problems to overcome, and when they finally learned to lean on each other, it was magic.

Staring at her in his arms, he knew that he would lay his life down for hers without regret. He would slay dragons and move mountains for her. He would conquer whole worlds at her command and starve to skin and bones just to ensure she had food. She was not his sun or moon, but his galaxy.
“I love you, too,” he said by her ear. “Forever and always.”

And of course, the second romance that parallels Novo and Peyton’s is Saxton and Ruhn’s. I freaking ADORED these two men. They make the sweetest, loveliest couple – there’s a special kind of tenderness with Saxton guiding Ruhn to explore his newfound sexuality. It’s a slow, innocent, and heart-warming kind of M/M romance that I couldn’t be happier about!

Blood Fury is another excellent addition to the BDB world. You don’t need to read the BDB series in order to read the BDL books, though I’d still highly recommend you do. Many of the original cast still play a part in the spinoff series, and there are so many characters you might get a little lost if you’re not familiar with them. If you have read BDB but haven’t gotten to experience the spinoff series yet, you really should, because I can guarantee that your favorite Brother will be in the books! And iff you’re a fan of PNR but haven’t read J.R. Ward yet… what are you waiting for!?


lacey


Reading Order: Black Dagger Legacy series

  

#1 ~ Blood Kiss: Ebook • Paperback • AudibleGoodreads
#2 ~ Blood Vow: Ebook • HardcoverPaperback • AudibleGoodreads
#3 ~ Blood Fury: Ebook • HardcoverAudibleGoodreads


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Release Day Review: Devil’s Cut by J.R. Ward

Devil’s Cut by J.R. Ward
Series: The Bourbon Kings #3 (full reading order below)
Publication Date: August 1st 2017
Links: Ebook • Hardcover • Audible • Goodreads
Source: I received a copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review

In #1 New York Times bestselling author J. R. Ward’s thrilling finale to her Bourbon Kings series, the Bradford family dynasty teeters on the edge of collapse after the murder of their patriarch—and a shocking arrest.

At first, the death of William Baldwine, the head of the Bradford family, was ruled a suicide. But then his eldest son and sworn enemy, Edward, came forward and confessed to what was, in fact, a murder. Now in police custody, Edward mourns not the disintegration of his family or his loss of freedom . . . but the woman he left behind. His love, Sutton Smythe, is the only person he has ever truly cared about, but as she is the CEO of the Bradford Bourbon Company’s biggest competitor, any relationship between them is impossible. And then there’s the reality of the jail time that Edward is facing.

Lane Baldwine was supposed to remain in his role of playboy, forever in his big brother Edward’s shadow. Instead he has become the new head of the family and the company. Convinced that Edward is covering for someone else, Lane and his true love, Lizzie King, go on the trail of a killer—only to discover a secret that is as devastating as it is game-changing.

As Lane rushes to discover the truth, and Sutton finds herself irresistibly drawn to Edward in spite of his circumstances, the lives of everyone at Easterly will never be the same again. For some, this is good; for others, it could be a tragedy beyond imagining. Only one thing is for certain: Love survives all things. Even murder.

Devil’s Cut is without doubt my favorite of the Bourbon Kings series. I’ve struggled with the previous two books, mainly because of how long and drawn out the story is, but everything finally comes together in this masterpiece of an ending. I loved every part of this conclusion – there was never a dull moment, and I actually liked the characters by the end. For those of you who have been eagerly waiting to see just how the Baldwine children and their glorious fortune, estate, and company end up, along with who gets together with who (like I did), then you absolutely must read this epic finale!

Picking up right where The Angels’ Share left off, the death of William Baldwine, former CEO of Bradford Bourbon Company and father of Edward (the eldest), Max (the black sheep), Lane (the reformed playboy), and Gin (the only daughter), has been changed from being one of suicide to one of murder. Edward Baldwine confesses to killing his father, the man who hated his existence from the moment he was born and had his son kidnapped, tortured, and almost killed. Edward certainly had motive to kill William, right? But with secrets slowly being revealed and revelations being uncovered, it remains uncertain if Edward was the killer. And if he’s not, who is he protecting?

I don’t want to mention much about Edward and his love, Sutton, because spoilers, but I do want to say how much I adore their Romeo-and-Juliet-esque love story. As the heads of rival bourbon-making companies, theirs was a star-crossed love that could have been… but Edward returned from his almost-death broken. Now, with him in jail, is it possible for these two star-crossed lovers to have their HEA?

Lane has stepped up in his role of being the head of the Bradford household, trying to keep his family together and regain back their assets that his father embezzled away. With his momma, Miss Aurora, in the hospital dying of cancer, one brother in jail, an almost ex-wife pregnant with his dead father’s child, and virtually no money to support the estate, Lane is at the end of his rope. The one constant in his life is Lizzie, Easterly’s horticulturalist, the love of his life, who is sick of all the drama but there to support him no matter what. I was so thankful for Lane and Lizzie – they’ve been a constant for each other and for the series. I could always count on them to NOT create any drama between themselves, unlike all the other couples in the series. I love Lane and Lizzie so much!

Gin has married the abusive Richard Pford – but she’s no longer the dramatic, conniving, manipulate woman she was in the beginning of the series. With the loss of the Bradford fortune, she’s at a loss – is she anything without her money? She too, steps up to the plate by cutting out the drama with Samuel T., the love of her life. She will always love him, but her daughter, their daughter, comes first for her now. She endures Richard’s abuse so that she can provide Amelia with a better childhood than she had up until that point. I ended up completely loving Gin and the transformation she experiences throughout the series. I was rooting for her with not only Samuel T., but also her daughter. Their relationship is definitely the most addictive for me and was one of the main reasons why I kept reading these books.

With Edward in jail and the black sheep of the family back in town, there seems like no end to the mess that is the Baldwine childrens’ lives. I kept thinking, will any of them ever get a happy ending? But if there’s one thing I learned, it’s that I should always trust J.R. Ward because she’ll always do right by the end. The conclusion to the series was exactly what I was hoping for – we get a solid finish for every one of the characters and couples (well, most couples). I do admit I had to skim some parts that seemed to drag, but otherwise, I enjoyed this book immensely. I almost wish we could see more into the Balwine’s lives, but I wouldn’t want to ruin the perfect ending!


lacey


Reading Order: The Bourbon Kings series

  

#1 ~ The Bourbon Kings: Ebook • Paperback • AudibleGoodreads
#2 ~ The Angels’ Share: EbookHardcoverPaperback • AudibleGoodreads
#3 ~ Devil’s Cut: Ebook • Hardcover • Audible • Goodreads


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Top Ten Tuesday {18}: Auto-Buy Authors

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It’s Top Ten Tuesday, hosted by The Broke and the Bookish! This week’s theme is…

Top Ten Auto-Buy Authors

It’s been SO LONG since I’ve done a TTT, but this week’s topic was calling to me. So here are my top ten authors whose books I always, always buy and read! (You can click to covers to go to their Amazon page.)

  1. Colleen Hoover ~ Honestly, CoHo is the only author I love whose every book is on my shelf. I’ve loved her since the moment I picked up Slammed and I haven’t regretted it since.
    Slammed by Colleen HooverPoint of Retreat by Colleen HooverThis Girl by Colleen Hoover Hopeless by Colleen HooverLosing Hope by Colleen HooverFinding Cinderella by Colleen Hoover Maybe Someday by Colleen HooverMaybe Not by Colleen Hoover Ugly Love by Colleen HooverConfess by Colleen HooverNovember Nine by Colleen Hoover
  2. Penelope Douglas ~ Bully is one of my top favorite books of all-time! The whole Fall Away series is a favorite, actually. I love Penelope’s writing and her flawed characters are so real yet lovable. She has two upcoming standalones that I can’t wait to get my hands on, and I know I’m going to love them!
    Bully by Penelope DouglasUntil You by Penelope DouglasRival by Penelope DouglasFalling Away by Penelope DouglasAflame by Penelope Douglas Corrupt by Penelope DouglasMisconduct by Penelope Douglas
  3. Krista & Becca Ritchie ~ An author duo I always recommend is Krista & Becca Ritchie!!!! Their Addicted series is probably my top favorite new adult series – it’s so fresh, unique, and utterly flawless! I love every one of their characters and the writing just keeps getting better and better.
    Addicted to You by Krista & Becca RitchieRicochet by Krista & Becca RitchieAddicted for Now by Krista & Becca RitchieThrive by Krista & Becca RitchieAddicted After All by Krista & Becca Ritchie Kiss the Sky by Krista & Becca RitchieHothouse Flower by Krista & Becca RitchieFuel the Fire by Krista & Becca RitchieLong Way Down by Krista & Becca Ritchie Amour Amour by Krista & Becca RitchieInfini by Krista & Becca Ritchie Damaged Like Us by Krista & Becca Ritchie
  4. Christina Lauren ~ Another author duo! I adoooore CLo’s books and characters – I fell in love with the Beautiful Bastard series, then with the Wild Seasons series. I wish they never stop writing!
    Beautiful Bastard by Christina LaurenBeautiful Bitch by Christina LaurenBeautiful Stranger by Christina LaurenBeautiful Bombshell by Christina LaurenBeautiful Player by Christina LaurenBeautiful Beginning by Christina LaurenBeautiful Beloved by Christina LaurenBeautiful Secret by Christina Lauren Sweet Filthy Boy by Christina LaurenDirty Rowdy Thing by Christina LaurenDark Wild Night by Christina LaurenWicked Sexy Liar by Christina Lauren Sublime by Christina LaurenThe House by Christina Lauren
  5. Tessa Bailey ~ Tessa. Bailey!!! No one does dirty-talking alpha heroes like her! I’ve enjoyed every one of Tessa’s sexy-as-hell books, and I doubt I’ll ever stop!
    Protecting What's His by Tessa BaileyProtecting What's Theirs by Tessa BaileyHis Risk to Take by Tessa BaileyOfficer Off Limits by Tessa BaileyAsking for Trouble by Tessa BaileyStaking His Claim by Tessa Bailey Unfixable by Tessa Bailey Riskier Business by Tessa BaileyRisking it All by Tessa BaileyUp in Smoke by Tessa BaileyBoiling Point by Tessa BaileyRaw Redemption by Tessa Bailey Owned by Fate by Tessa BaileyExposed by Fate by Tessa BaileyDriven by Fate by Tessa Bailey Chase Me by Tessa BaileyNeed Me by Tessa BaileyMake Me by Tessa Bailey Off Base by Tessa Bailey & Sophie Jordan
  6. Katie McGarry ~ One of my favorite YA authors! Her Pushing the Limits series is absolutely gorgeous, and her newest MC series is so fascinating!
    Pushing the Limits by Katie McGarryCrossing the Line by Katie McGarryDare You To by Katie McGarryCrash Into You by Katie McGarryTake Me On by Katie McGarryBreaking the Rules by Katie McGarry Nowhere But Here by Katie McGarryWalk the Edge by Katie McGarry
  7. Nalini Singh ~ The Psy-Changeling and Guild Hunter series are two of the best paranormal romance series I’ve ever read! I live for the day a new book from Nalini Singh comes out. Her rock star series is also a joy to read!
    Slave to Sensation by Nalini SinghVisions of Heat by Nalini SinghCaressed by Ice by Nalini SinghMine to Possess by Nalini SinghHostage to Pleasure by Nalini SinghBranded by Fire by Nalini SinghBonds of Justice by Nalini SinghBlaze of Memory by Nalini SinghPlay of Passion by Nalini SinghKiss of Snow by Nalini SinghTangle of Need by Nalini SinghHeart of Obsidian by Nalini SinghShield of Winter by Nalini Singh Angels' Blood by Nalini SinghArchangel's Kiss by Nalini SinghArchangel's Consort by Nalini SinghArchangel's Blade by Nalini SinghArchangel's Storm by Nalini SinghArchangel's Legion by Nalini SinghArchangel's Shadows by Nalini SinghArchangel's Enigma by Nalini Singh Rock Addiction by Nalini SinghRock Courtship by Nalini SinghRock Hard by Nalini Singh
  8. J.R. Ward ~ The BDB boys!!! I love them all so hard. This vampire series is one of the few I continue to keep up with, and as long as J.R. Ward keeps writing, I won’t stop reading her books!
    Dark Lover by J.R. WardLover Eternal by J.R. WardLover Awakened by J.R. WardLover Revealed by J.R. WardLover Unbound by J.R. WardLover Enshrined by J.R. WardLover Avenged by J.R. WardLover Mine by J.R. WardLover Unleashed by J.R. WardLover Reborn by J.R. WardLover At Last by J.R. WardThe King by J.R. WardThe Shadows by J.R. WardThe Beast by J.R. Ward The Bourbon Kings by J.R. Ward Blood Kiss by J.R. Ward
  9. Katy Evans ~ I absolutely ADORE Katy Evans!! I love the Real series (Rogue is my favorite!) but the Manwhore series stole my heart! Katy writes such powerful, romantic stories that are so easy to fall in love with.
    Real by Katy EvansMine by Katy EvansRemy by Katy EvansRogue by Katy EvansRipped by Katy EvansLegend by Katy Evans Manwhore by Katy EvansManwhore +1 by Katy EvansMs. Manwhore by Katy Evans
  10. Emma Chase ~ I love love loooove Emma Chase’s voice! Her writing is so unique and hilarious. You can’t help but fall in love with her books and characters (Drew!).
    Tangled by Emma ChaseHoly Frigging Matrimony by Emma ChaseTwisted by Emma ChaseTamed by Emma ChaseTied by Emma Chase Overruled by Emma ChaseSustained by Emma Chase​Appealed by Emma Chase

Some honorable mentions are:

Olivia Cunning ~ My favorite rock star author! The Sinners On Tour series is my top favorite rock star series – I loved every single dirty, amazing moment of the series. If you love rock stars, I highly recommend Olivia Cunning!
Backstage Pass by Olivia CunningRock Hard by Olivia CunningHot Ticket by Olivia CunningWicked Beat by Olivia CunningDouble Time by Olivia CunningSinners at the Altar by Olivia Cunning Insider by Olivia Cunning

Sarah MacLean ~ My favorite historical romance author! She wrote One Good Earl Deserves a Lover… need I say more? Honestly, I don’t read much historical romance, but whenever I’m in the mood for it, I know I can always pick something by Sarah MacLean and I’ll enjoy the hell out of it.
A Rogue by Any Other Name by Sarah MacLeanOne Good Earl Deserves a Lover by Sarah MacLeanNo Good Duke Goes Unpunished by Sarah MacLeanNever Judge a Lady by Her Cover by Sarah MacLean Nine Rules to Break When Romancing a Rake by Sarah MacLeanTen Ways to Be Adored When Landing a Lord by Sarah MacLeanEleven Scandals to Start to Win a Duke's Heart by Sarah MacLean The Rogue Not Taken by Sarah MacLean

Who are your auto-buy authors?

lacey


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Top Ten Tuesday {14}: 2014 Releases I’m Dying To Read

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It’s Top Ten Tuesday, hosted by The Broke and the Bookish! This week’s theme is…

Top Ten 2014 Releases I’m Dying To Read

It was so hard to choose only 10 books because there are just so many AMAZING new releases coming out next year that I’m absolutely dying to read! But here are my top top top I-will-die-if-I-don’t-read-them-as-soon-as-they-release books! Let me know what books you’re excited for!

Maybe Someday by Colleen Hoover

1. Maybe Someday by Colleen Hoover
Releases March 18th 2014

Cress by Marissa Meyer

2. Cress (The Lunar Chronicles #3) by Marissa Meyer
Releases February 4th 2014

Dreams of Gods and Monsters by Laini Taylor

3. Dreams of Gods & Monsters (Daughter of Smoke & Bone #3) by Laini Taylor
Releases April 8th 2014

Ignite Me by Tahereh Mafi

4. Ignite Me (Shatter Me #3) by Tahereh Mafi
Releases February 4th 2014

The King by J.R. Ward

5. The King (Black Dagger Brotherhood #12) by J.R. Ward
Releases April 1st 2014

Shield of Winter by Nalini Singh

6. Shield of Winter (Psy-Changeling #13) by Nalini Singh
Releases June 3rd 2014

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7. City of Heavenly Fire (The Mortal Instruments #6) by Cassandra Clare
Releases May 27th 2014

Breakable by Tammara Webber

8. Breakable by Tammara Webber
Releases May 6th 2014

Burned by Karen Marie Moning

9. Burned (Dani O’Malley Trilogy #2) by Karen Marie Moning
Releases July 22nd 2014

The Retribution of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin

10. The Retribution of Mara Dyer (Mara Dyer #3) by Michelle Hodkin
Releases June 10th 2014

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Top Ten Tuesday {13}: Sequels I Can’t Wait To Get My Hands On

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It’s Top Ten Tuesday, hosted by The Broke and the Bookish! This week’s theme is…

Top Ten Sequels I Can’t Wait To Get My Hands On

Champion by Marie Lu

1. Champion (Legend #3) by Marie Lu

World After by Susan Ee

2. World After (Penryn and the End of Days #2) by Susan Ee

Until You by Penelope Douglas

3. Until You (Fall Away #1.5) by Penelope Douglas

No Good Duke Goes Unpunished by Sarah MacLean

4. No Good Duke Goes Unpunished (The Rules of Scoundrels #3) by Sarah MacLean

Cress by Marissa Meyer

5. Cress (The Lunar Chronicles #3) by Marissa Meyer

Fracture Me by Tahereh MafiIgnite Me by Tahereh Mafi

6. Fracture Me (Shatter Me #2.5) & Ignite Me (#3) by Tahereh Mafi

Remy by Katy Evans

7. Remy (Real #3) by Katy Evans

Dreams of Gods and Monsters by Laini Taylor

8. Dreams of Gods & Monsters (Daughter of Smoke & Bone #3) by Laini Taylor

The King by J.R. Ward

9. The King (Black Dagger Brotherhood #12) by J.R. Ward

The Retribution of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin

10. The Retribution of Mara Dyer (Mara Dyer #3) by Michelle Hodkin

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