on April 4th 2017
Genres: Paranormal Romance, Vampires
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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.
*** WARNING: THIS REVIEW CONTAINS SPOILERS!!***
3.5 Deceitful Chosen Stars!!
Sooooo…..I’m going to break this down by storylines (and there are many) as I did with the last couple of books.
Layla and Xcor
I was waiting what seems like forever for their story, whether you like them or not, or you just wanted to be done with them, we waited a loooooong time!! Xcor, admittedly was not good guy, we find out that he suffered as a young boy, teen, and young adult and then throw in the Blood Letter finding and claiming him as his son, those experiences hardened him, and I have to say as much as I hated him (he did attempt to kill Wrath!!) I felt overwhelming compassion for him. Layla was just as irritating as she has been in the last few books, I am not a fan of hers, but, I must say she was fearless mother and champion for Xcor.
Qhuinn and Blay
Qhuinn was a total and complete asshole throughout pretty much the whole book, he was an asshole to Blay, Layla, the King…… and pretty much anyone who got in his way (except Blay’s parents, who are freaking awesome!). The thing is, I totally understand where his emotion is coming from, but, I felt that emotion should have been directed at Layla and Layla alone. I admired him for his devotion to Wrath, and the brotherhood. Xcor is the Enemy and that emotion should have been acknowledged….by everyone!!
Blay tried to play peacemaker to keep “his family” together and Qhuinn lashed out at him during the confrontation with Layla, upon learning of her relationship with Xcor. Yes, Qhuinn went too far, but, Blay should have been more understanding upon learning the depths Layla’s deceptions…and in my opinion offered support to Q. In the end, everything worked out but it seemed like a lot of unnecessary drama.
Torhment is still missing his Wellsie and still grieving at times, in this case her birthday. He still has bad moments and a pain that won’t go away. Autumn is a good mate to him and doesn’t seem to resent the time and emotion given to his first mate….I wonder how long that will last!? He also learns of his family ties to Xcor and we’re shown how torn he is about having a blooded brother and seeking the vengeance promised him by Wrath.
Throe is going to be a force to be reckoned with in future books….I’m still not sure what power he has, and more importantly from whom, it’s all bad and scary evil!!!
If you follow JR Ward, you already knew this was happening (Do you believe in reincarnation, because Trez will…). We’re introduced to Therese, a young woman (vampire) who goes to Sal’s seeking a job, i’Am is blown away by her resemblance to Selena. Naturally, Trez sees her and is drawn to her as much as he tries to stay away……I’m looking forward to seeing how this storyline develops.
V and Jane
Trouble is brewing and they are definitely growing apart, Doc Jane is extremely busy in the clinic with very little time for her mate and V is resenting it…..which turns out not to be a good thing as his mind starts to wonder. We are left hanging on the issue which I have a feeling we’ll get in the next Black Dagger Legacy book.
Lastly, we come to our favorite Fallen Angel Lassiter
The Scribe Virgin has named Lassiter as her successor. I’m definitely looking forward to the brothers finding out, and I can’t wait to see what crazy ideas Lassiter has in store for the brothers.
All-in-all, I enjoyed this book for the most part, but, I have to say the ending to the Q/Blay/Layla/Xcor storyline left a bad taste in my mouth….and tell me why did they (Q, Blay, & Xcor) all have to turn into a bunch of pansy-asses in end….really WARDen!? Where were the shitkicker badasses we know and love!? I was totally unprepared for the sappy love fest they had going on. All the rest, I’m happy with. As always, I’m looking forward to more of my beloved King Wrath and the rest of the Brotherhood.