Title: The Beast
Series: Black Dagger Brotherhood #14
Author: J. R Ward
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Heat Level: 3 out of 4 flames
Overall Star Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
Reviewed by Kay the Snitch Bitch
Nothing is as it used to be for the Black Dagger Brotherhood. After avoiding war with the Shadows, alliances have shifted and lines have been drawn. The slayers of the Lessening Society are stronger than ever, preying on human weakness to acquire more money, more weapons, more power. But as the Brotherhood readies for an all-out attack on them, one of their own fights a battle within himself…
For Rhage, the Brother with the biggest appetites, but also the biggest heart, life was supposed to be perfect—or at the very least, perfectly enjoyable. Mary, his beloved shellan, is by his side and his King and his brothers are thriving. But Rhage can’t understand—or control—the panic and insecurity that plague him…
And that terrifies him—as well as distances him from his mate. After suffering mortal injury in battle, Rhage must reassess his priorities—and the answer, when it comes to him, rocks his world…and Mary’s. But Mary is on a journey of her own, one that will either bring them closer together or cause a split that neither will recover from…
To all of the paranormal romance authors out there:
Whatever J.R Ward is doing, take notes, because this is how to get it done. I’m gonna rant here for just a minute. This genre is dying a slow death for me personally. I have read a lot of authors in this genre and the few I liked have disappointed me in the last couple of years. I’m not gonna mention names because I still believe these authors are good but just don’t work for me. Writing about characters nobody gives a shit about or losing their heat levels. So when I’m asked to suggest a paranormal author, I always go straight to Ward. Other than Phury’s book, she’s never disappointed me. Rant over.
Rhage and Mary! I love them soooo much! My heart is so damn full right now. I can hardly stand it! I just wanna rub my face in this book. I know there are people out there that don’t like Ward writing multiple books about her characters but they need to get over it. I also know that people have left the series after The Shadows, nut up or don’t read. The choice is yours. Sorry, still ranting.
Mary and Rhage have ben having problems connecting lately. Not in the physical sense but more in the emotional sense. Mary has been putting in a lot of hours at the abused women center for vampires. At the end of the previous book, a female vampire was at the center with her baby and daughter. The mother and baby died leaving the daughter an orphan. Mary forms a tentative bond with the girl being her counselor. This stirs up a lot of memories for Mary. Her mom’s death, her cancer and her inability to bear children. She had accepted all of this but with the little girl, Bitty’s loss, all that she has lost comes rushing to the surface. Rhage has an incident with L.W. and now he’s confused and ashamed of his feelings about wanting a family. Watching them work through this was as sweet as it was gut wrenching.
Vishous had a lot of page time and I can only guess he will also get a second book.
You get little sprinkles of Wrath, Beth, Zsadist, Manny, Jane, Payne, Tohr, Autumn, John Matthew, Qhuinn, Blay, Butch and Marissa.
Xcor was in there too-no spoilers here.
Layla was busy still being pregnant but with drama.
Assail. He’s helping Wrath with something in this book. Still not a fan but I didn’t hate him.
I loved the book. Every damned part of it.