Review: The Beast by J.R. Ward

Posted April 26, 2016 by sweptawaybyromance in Review / 2 Comments

Review: The Beast by J.R. WardThe Beast by J.R. Ward
Genres: Romance, Paranormal
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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..



Dorsey says:

5 Beautiful Beast Stars!!

Rhage, aka “Hollywood” is the most handsome brother who’s cursed with a Beast. His Mary is the immortal human who owns his heart and soul, together they make the most unlikely couple, yet they totally fit. Rhage is very humorous, he always has something funny to say and is very sweet, whereas Mary is very serious. I have to say I didn’t totally fully connect with Mary in Lover Eternal but in The Beast…I totally connected with her and fell in love with them as a couple. They truly convinced me that they completely belong together, they are meant for one another.

“You are both my strength and my weakness, Mary mine.” 

Rhage and Mary are both having epiphany’s in The Beast and their journey to become parents is both beautiful and heartwarming.  Mary has become very close to an orphaned child at Safe Place. Bitty and her mother were introduced when the Brothers saved her and her mother from her abusive father. It’s Mary’s job to now find out if there are relatives to take care of her, as Bitty insists that she has an uncle who will come for her. But Mary is longing to keep Bitty as her own.

Meanwhile, Rhage who has met Bitty and fallen completely in love with the child, is going through his own turmoil about parenthood. With Mary so wrapped up in Bitty, he confides in V who offers some sound advice. So when he and Mary finally open up to each other they find that they are both suffering for the same reason. They have both fallen in love with Bitty and want to make her a part of their family.

“It wasn’t supposed to happen for us. We were just talking about it. It’s not… supposed to happen for us. The parent thing.”

“Says who?”

Mary opened her mouth. Then shut it as she held those papers even harder to her heart. “I was okay with it. I really was. I really… with me never being a mother.”

As tears started to fall, Rhage reached up and wiped his love’s face. 
“It’s okay if you can’t say it. Because I’ll say it for you. You would be… the most wonderful mahmen to that little girl. Bitty would be so lucky to have you in her life.”

Layla and Assail have prominent roles in The Beast. Assail is in the Brotherhood’s fold and actually puts himself in harms way to help them. Marisol is still very much on his mind so I think we’ll be seeing her again soon. Layla continues to put herself and the twins in danger by not following doctor’s orders and getting the bedrest she needs, and there are consequences for her actions. Xcor is front and center in her mind and I have to say she is frustrating me….a lot!

There is a development with Xcor and the Brotherhood but not to spoil it, you’ll need to read The Beast to find out what that is. A couple of new characters were introduced and I’m anxious to see where the WARDen goes with their storylines.

Looks like Rhage, Mary, and Bitty’s story will continue in the next Black Dagger Legacy book Blood Vow (Dec 2016), there may be some trouble brewing for them since nothing was really formalized for them to keep her.  All in all a FANTASTIC addition to the BDB Series and I can’t wait for more!!!!

Favorite Scenes:

  • When Bitty meets Rhage’s Beast.
  • When Rhage and Mary take Bitty home to meet “the Family”.  Z and Bitty together was so sweet it brought tears to my eyes!!! All the Brothers were awesome and welcoming, and Bitty’s reaction to them was delightful and fun.
  • Lastly, each and EVERY scene with Rhage and Bitty!!




Crista says:

5 stars!

What a treat it is to return to the world of the Black Dagger Brotherhood and actually get to revisit the characters that I love best.  The release of a BDB book is something that I celebrate like I celebrate a holiday.  It’s something I mark on my calendar, eagerly anticipate, and plan my life around.  Some years my expectations are met and other years I am slightly disappointed, but I always come back, year after year.

This year, J.R. Ward treats die-hard fans to a return to what hooked many of us on this series in the first place: Wrath, Rhage, Zhadist, Butch, and Vishous.  I felt like this book reminded me more of the first five books in the series, before there were so many other characters thrown into the mix.  Rhage and Mary are a long-time favorite couple of mine, and revisiting this couple was like catching up with old friends.

Ward sheds sensitive and realistic light onto the painful experience of infertility and does so without melodrama.  Rhage and Mary are unable to conceive and this reality has created a tension and a fissure in their otherwise happily-ever-after.  How Ward decides to deal with this crisis in their lives is absolutely beautiful and a reminder of how sometimes the greatest gifts in life are those unexpected miracles that come to us when we least expect them.

Vishous and Jane are also revisited in this book, and I had forgotten how much I appreciate Vishous’s character.  It seems that this couple is also going through change and I am eager to see if Ward has any plans to write more about them.

Asail is also a character that I am definitely intrigued by, and his obsession with his beloved Marisol gives me great hope for another incredible love story that is dying to be told!

However, above all, Xcor and Layla’s story NEEDS to be told.  We have been given teasers of this destined union over the past few books, and all this foreplay has created a burning inside me that absolutely needs to be quenched.  It has recently been announced that the next book is theirs and will be entitled The Chosen. 

Unlike many series I have read over the years, I have not grown tired of this series.  I am still energized by these characters and Ward’s ability to capture my heart and soul with each new entry.  I care about these characters and can’t wait for The Chosen!


About J.R. Ward

J.R. Ward is a #1 New York Times and USAToday Best Selling author of erotic paranormal romance. She lives in the south with her incredibly supportive husband and her beloved golden retriever. After graduating from law school, she began working in healthcare in Boston and spent many years as Chief of Staff of one of the premier academic medical centers in the nation. Writing has always been her passion and her idea of heaven is a whole day of nothing but her computer, her dog and her coffee pot.

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3 years 9 months ago

I fell in love with BDB all over again. It was a good book to revisit the ‘original’ couples and the changes their relationships. Good reviews.

3 years 9 months ago

Thank you Eileen! It’s definitely a favorite in the series!!