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Released: January 9th 2018
Series: Black Dagger Legacy #3
Published by Ballantine Books
“… it’s a magical experience.”
~ Under the Covers
Oh what a happy day when I get to crack open a J.R. Ward book and get lost in the world she’s created. Honestly, it’s a magical experience. So as you can imagine I was more than excited to start reading BLOOD FURY but at the same time, I was a bit scared because the previous Ward book (BDB not BDL) left a little sour taste in my mouth.
While I can’t say that BLOOD FURY addresses any of my reservations about what happened in THE CHOSEN, it delivered a solid page-turning story that I couldn’t help but be consumed by. I picked this up one morning around Christmas time and I barely wanted to move and go be social with the family. I had to read every chance I got and even when I didn’t really have a chance. I gobbled this up, all starry eyed and in love.
First up we get the HEA for Novo and Peyton and this is one I’ve been anticipating from the very beginning of this series because they are SUCH opposites. I was dying to see them clash together and it just seemed like it would make for some sizzling chemistry. And boy, did it ever?! The development of their relationship was perfectly paced for my liking and it also felt very much in character for both of them. The great part being that they are both dealing with some immediate personal struggles and it was those struggles that I think facilitated how they came together.
Novo is the tough chick of the group, I love that about her. I was really happy that we got to see a completely different side of her in this book. She was a tender, young girl and the past slapped her around pretty bad. My heart immediately thawed to her and I really admired her strength even more than before. It gave meaning to how she conducts herself now and it made it all that sweeter when she let Peyton in.
And then of course there’s Peyton. I adore him. Seriously. Maybe he may not be the most popular guy for fans of this series but ohhhh how I love him. He’s done the best he can with the hand life dealt him. And he’s made plenty of mistakes. But the fact he sees that and wants to make changes, that he takes criticism from his actions and turns things around… well again… it made me admire him too.
I may even go as far as saying that Novo and Peyton are my favorite couple of the Legacy series so far!
This book also has a secondary HEA. Finally, Saxton gets his man. And no, I don’t mean Blay, lets not get crazy here. But Saxton finds happiness and I was beyond excited that this was happening. But I was also scared that it wouldn’t be good enough for him. It would feel like a settling HEA. Rest assured, there’s no settling here! Saxton and Ruhn are so perfect together! I mean, I won’t go into much detail about Saxton because I’ve been a fan for a while so lets focus on the unexpected for me here, Ruhn.
Ruhn really stands out as the best and most unexpected part of this book. He was the one I had no clue what we were really going to get. And no clue how he was going to act around Saxton. I fell in love with him from the very first time we get his POV. There’s a tenderness and innocence about him that you can’t help but be drawn in by. At the same time, there’s so many layers to him that you get to slowly peel back and uncover. The things that shaped him and made him who he is. The small things that he finds joy in. Gahhhh. Where the Brothers are always larger than life, Ruhn is that sweet real life man that’s perfectly broken. I wasn’t expecting him but he was a highlight for me.
BLOOD FURY was a perfect addition to the Legacy series and another fun, all-consuming ride through the Black Dagger Brotherhood world. I couldn’t have wished for better.
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