unlucky thirteen?

The Shadows  J R Ward

As a fan of the Black Dagger Brotherhood from the beginning I was so ready for this book.  But thirteen books in I was wondering how JR Ward’s boys would fare.

Well, if the last book was a stepping stone this was a giant leap forward.  JR Ward’s signature snappy expressive dialogue has never been better. Again she delivers romance with humour and loads of personality but this time round you need shares in Kleenex.

Trez and Selina’s story isn’t about vampires and shadows, it’s the story of eternal love trying to outpace terminal illness.  Selina’s demand for honesty is real and painful, it doesn’t pull on the heart strings it cuts them adrift.

She might be one of the Chosen but of all the BDB heroines so far she’s the easiest to identify with. She stays with you.  How would you want your partner to mourn you? Could you put their needs above your anger at your fate?  Should you make or even honour final requests?  I wanted to bottle her rage and passion.

Her last request of Trez is gut wrenching.  I loved the exploration of sibling (especially twin) love versus romantic love – so compelling and thought provoking.

As for iAm, well perhaps there was some predictability in that story and thank god for that!

The very best thing? With new characters and storylines there has to be a book fourteen! Hooray!


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