It’s time for our weekly highlight.  Yes, that book that UTC is dying for everyone to read this week.  It’s our recommendation and we are giving you a chance to win it!


J.R. Ward

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Weekend Highlight: The Chosen by J.R. Ward
The Chosen
Book Info

Released: April 4h 2017
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Series: Black Dagger Brotherhood #15
Published by Penguin

A scorching forbidden love threatens to tear a rift through the Black Dagger Brotherhood in J. R. Ward’s newest novel in the #1 New York Times bestselling series.

Xcor, leader of the Band of Bastards, convicted of treason against the Blind King, is facing a brutal interrogation and torturous death at the hands of the Black Dagger Brotherhood. Yet after a life marked by cruelty and evil deeds, he accepts his soldier’s fate, his sole regret the loss of a sacred female who was never his: the Chosen Layla.

Layla alone knows the truth that will save Xcor’s life. But revealing his sacrifice and his hidden heritage will expose them both and destroy everything Layla holds dear—even her role of mother to her precious young. Torn between love and loyalty, she must summon the courage to stand up against the only family she has for the only man she will ever love. Yet even if Xcor is somehow granted a reprieve, he and Layla would have to confront a graver challenge: bridging the chasm that divides their worlds without paving the way for a future of even greater war, desolation, and death.

As a dangerous old enemy returns to Caldwell, and the identity of a new deity is revealed, nothing is certain or safe in the world of the Black Dagger Brotherhood, not even true love . . . or destinies that have long seemed set in stone.



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About J.R. Ward

J.R. Ward is a #1 New York Times bestselling author with more than 15 million novels in print published in 25 different countries around the world. The books in her popular Black Dagger Brotherhood series have held the #1 spot on the New York Times hardcover, mass market, eBook, and combined print/eBook fiction bestseller lists and have debuted in the top 5 on the USA Today bestseller list. Prior to her writing career, Ward worked as a lawyer in Boston and spent many years as the Chief of Staff of one of Harvard’s world-renowned academic medical centers. Ward currently lives with her family in Kentucky where she has learned to enjoy and appreciate all things Southern. Connect with her online at www.jrward.com, Facebook.com/JRWardBooks, and Twitter.com/JRWard1.


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Maria Malaveci

Sounds so…..good! Thanks so much for the chance!

Paloma Casteleiro

So conflicted but ultimately my fangirl won out! I’m so anxious about V and Jane! after I finished the series I started re reading the whole series again!


I always get excited when I see JR Ward!!


Thanks Francesca


Good review! I have seen so many reviews where people are upset about the side characters. I am a huge BDB fan but I haven’t read The Chosen yet. I am glad to see that Layla had a lot of character growth, I admit that I have always been a Layla Hater. I plan to read it ASAP!


Love J.R. Wards book! Thank you for the opportunity!

Kathy Valentine

Great review!!! This is the book that I most wanted to read!!! I known xcor is the bad boy vamp,but I have felt sorry for how his life has been.I know he’s a loyal and cares about layal,she’s the first women to show him kindness and caring I want them to have their happily ever after!!! I would love to win this so much!! Thanks for the chance!!!

Elaine G

I am a few books behind in this series, I need to catch up. Thank you for a chance to win.

Dawn Roberto

Great review and thanks for the giveaway! I am so eager to read this one. 🙂


I am up to the beast. I have to get to it.

Sophia Rose

You did great biting your tongue about your conflicts, Francesca. I’m not sure if we have mixed feelings about the same thing, but yes, a few choices in this one left me not excited for them. And the conflict for the established couple has really made me uneasy as had the interesting twist for Trez. Loved the Layla/XCor storyline for sure.

Under the Covers Book Blog

We will be posting a group review soon(ish) which will include spoilers and we can all rant there then. I know there’s a lot of people that hate getting spoiled for this series so we thought we could do one spoiler free and biting tongue and the other give free reign. LOL Not loving the Trez twist (mainly because of timing) and yes the conflict for the established couple is what probably got me the most angry. Although I felt so many of them acted out of character I really didn’t know who to punch first.

Lenna Hendershott

Thank you for your post. I can’t wait to get my hands on a copy of this book <3 I'm first on our library's waiting list but they haven't ordered it yet, sigh. I'd love to win a copy and donate it when I finish reading it. Thanks for the giveaway!


Can’t wait to learn all of the UTC ladies’ opinions about this book. Good luck to everyone! 🙂


Spoiler free is against the point, IMO. I want to know what a book is really about, beyond what the blurb tells me, even if just a little bit of detail. I’m also not a big fan of this trend toward video reviews. I like the written articles. I’m not always in a place where it’s convenient for video sounds to be overheard, or reading these posts at a “reasonable” hour.

Maria Passia

Thank you, I love this author!

Betul E.

Love this series so much! (even though I am a couple of books behind 😛 )

Nelle Nazario

I adored Layla, she rocked her own power. There were 3 Brothers I wanted to punch. They made poor decisions and yes forgiveness was given too quickly. Groveling could have been better. Will love to see more of the BoB’s though!

Cynthia N

Thanks for keeping it spoiler free. Can’t wait to get to reading! Even after so many books, Ms. Ward delivers in her BDB world; where so many other authors fail.

Amy R

Looking forward to reading.


ty so much for this

Great video! I can’t wait to see the full review from all of you girls! I need to get it read first though, I’m so nervous for spoilers and I have a feeling a LOT goes on in this book that is going to have me freaking out!


I so want this book!
I’m a Ward fan from head to toe!


Thanks so much for posting. And for the giveaway. I’m so excited to read this.


Thanks for the chance <3

Kim Perry

I love this series and can’t wait to actually get caught up! Great review!

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