Series: Black Dagger Brotherhood #14
Published by NAL on April 5th 2016
“She was the watch on his wrist, the roast beef when he was starving, and the pitcher of lemonade when he was thirsty. She was his chapel and his choir, the mountain range to his wanderlust, the library for his curiosity, and every sunrise or sunset that ever was or would ever be.”
FINAL DECISION: I loved this book. Ward has done a great job creating a realistic conflict between Mary and Rhage which stays true to their story but accommodates the changes that have occurred with them and their friends.
THE STORY: Rhage thinks everything should be perfect. He has the woman he loves, his brothers have found love and are doing well. But Rhage is having panic attacks and he can feel a distance between him and Mary and even a distance in his own life. At the same time, Mary is dealing with a crisis of her own at work. When Rhage suffers a mortal injury, he and Mary must confront their problems rather than ignore them.
There is also stories about Layla and Xcor which moves them closer to their own book. Assail also has his own story continue.
OPINION: I found this book particularly enjoyable because it takes seriously Mary and Rhage’s relationship. This book settles a lingering issue between Mary and Rhage. While the two love one another, they have never dealt with the fact that they cannot have children together. Now as the other members of the BDB are moving on to the stage of having children, the issue that seemed settled rises again.
I enjoyed how Ward goes deep into her characters in this book. Even with love, there are sometimes disappointments in relationships. Rhage loves Mary and wouldn’t choose anyone else, but there is no doubt that the reality of never having children is finally settling in. So many times, the choices we make seem simple until we have to live with them. Rhage and Mary are both having to live with their reality.
I really am embracing Ward’s revisiting of couples from the original Black Dagger Brotherhood. I still find those characters the most compelling in the series and am happy to see more of their journey.
WORTH MENTIONING: There is a new character introduced who has an interesting connection to Manny.
CONNECTED BOOKS: THE BEAST is closely connected with the Black Dagger Brotherhood ongoing story. A reader could read LOVER ETERNAL and understand the romance between Mary and Rhage but there are other storylines which would not be understandable without reading more of the series.
STAR RATING: I give this book 4.5 stars.