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Tuesday, April 22, 2014

"The King" by J.R. Ward

This is the 12th book in the Black Dagger Brotherhood series and mostly focuses on the couple from the first book, "Dark Lover."  Wrath, the last pureblood vampire, is now completely blind yet continues in his role as king of his people.  Beth is his half-vampire/half-human shellan (wife) and is desperate for a baby, but Wrath refuses for several reasons, the foremost of which is that many female vampires die in childbirth.  Wrath is also under pressure from the glymera, the aristocrats of his people, to better protect them from the Lessening Society, undead humans who want to kill as many vampires as possible.  Ward also furthers the storylines of other, newer characters - Trez, Selena, iAm, Xcor, Layla, Assail, Sola, and more.

This book started off slowly for me but eventually picked up pace as things got more compelling.  Still, it took me two weeks to finish it because it just did not hold my attention as well as previous books.  Beth and Wrath have never been one of my favorite couples in the series, and, while going back to focus on them and their relationship 11 books later was interesting, I still would liked to have seen more about the other brothers and their mates.  Some of them were not even mentioned at all (Cormia? Mary?), but we got plenty about newer characters that I just can not get excited about.  Oh well, that's what Ward did in the last book, "Lover at Last," so I knew it would happen here, too.  Still, it was well written, quite suspenseful, and ended on a high note, although with enough lose ends for more books in the series.  573 pages.

Friday, April 18, 2014

"Aftermath" by Cara Dee

Austin Huntley and Cam Nash, along with eight other men, were kidnapped and held in cells in a basement for five months before escaping.  They now bear physical and psychological scars and must learn how to live back in the normal world.  This book begins one month after their escape and both men are suffering the effects of PTSD.  But even though Cam and Austin are very different (Austin is an accountant, and Cam is a mechanic with Aspberger's), they developed a strong bond during their time locked in a cell together and come to depend on each other for strength and support when no one else understands their short tempers and nightmares.  Will they ever recover enough to feel normal again?

This was a well written thriller that takes place in present day but shows the men's confinement in flashbacks.  Even though the reader knows that Cam and Austin escape, we are not aware of why they were kidnapped and what happened to them for five months until near the end.  About halfway through the story, their relationship takes a dramatic turn that changes them both and how they view themselves.  This book is not for the squeamish.  211 pages (Kindle edition).

Wednesday, April 16, 2014