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    AMAZING!

    This book is AMAZING! It’s exciting and entertaining and emotionally heart wrenching and left me happy…and sad. Happy, because I get to read another book in my favorite series! Sad, because it’s over and we have to wait until April for the next book in the Black Dagger Brotherhood world! Where to begin? At the beginning of course! J.R. Ward shoves us right up in to an underground sex club where anonymity is key, literally and figuratively. No lube or anything, just straight up high-how-are-ya :) I blushed several shades of red just in reading the first page! Axe has a troubled past and, like many of the damaged warriors, soothes his demons with hardcore sexual deviance. He’s a commoner, poor and alone. No family, and no one to give a sh*t about him. Axe passed all obstacles to be admitted into a soldier training program run by the Black Dagger Brotherhood; to train warriors to help in their war against the Lessening Society (the bad guys). Axe has earned his place as a valued member, but he still can’t shake his feelings of worthlessness. Elise is a female of the glymera—the “upper crust” of the vampire race, so to speak—and has been sneaking out in order to get her PhD. She wants more for herself than to be somebody’s mate. Elise has dreams to be a counselor and to help people but she’s trapped by the confines of her station. Women in the glymera are supposed to be sheltered and are not allowed the privileges like the males have. It doesn’t matter that it’s 2016, the males of the race STILL think women are property and not people. Elise enlists the help of her cousin Peyton (a member of the soldier trainees) and Paradise (a female member of the soldier trainees) in order to get her father to see reason. He does eventually, but hires a bodyguard to make sure she’s safe…and to spy on her. And Axe just so happens to be the male for the job! Who wouldn’t want a dangerously sexy, tattooed male with piercing pale golden eyes “protecting” their body? Wow, wow WOW! I absolutely LOVED this book! Elise is courageous, yet a bit pretentious. She doesn’t like being lied to, but she sneaks out to get her degree while lying to her father. She’s also a little judgmental and while she tries hard not to be, it still comes out in some ways and was ultimately her downfall in other ways. And I can’t go into details because I’ll spoil it and I’m trying really hard not to! Axe is hot, sexy, strong, sexy and a bit touchy about the rich folks and their views towards the commoners. He definitely has reason to be that way, but it’s his Achilles heel and always the fuel for his constant fights with Peyton, a fellow trainee and a rich and favored male in the glymera. Axe and Elise pair very well together. Their chemistry was off the charts and their opposites attract vibe was perfectly executed. I loved them together and apart. Rhage and Mary have a large secondary storyline in the book as well. It is the continuation of what happened in THE BEAST. Rhage and Mary are fostering a thirteen-year-old girl named Bitty and happier than they’ve ever been. But they can’t fully adopt Bitty until a six-month waiting period in case any family step up to claim her. Their worst fears are realized when someone does. You can only image the pain and suffering everyone goes through during this time. It was monumentally heartbreaking. Lassiter is also in the book and is settling into his new job nicely. Still, no one knows who he actually is but J.R. Ward has mentioned it in her previous signings/Q&A’s. I love that he is still the same old wacky Lassiter but I love the subtly of his new position. I really loved him in this book. He’s the comic relief when you need it but he’s also the glimmer of hope when all seems lost. Brilliant! We are also treated to scenes with Vishous, Zsadist, Bella with Nalla, and Marissa. A few other people are mentioned and others not at all. We may have to wait for THE CHOSEN to see them. And of course all the trainees, Paradise, Craeg, Peyton, Novo and Boone are present as well! OH! And I cannot tell you how awesome this is!!! Towards the end of the book, I think someone’s HEA is introduced. I can’t name names or give anything away, I just know I girlie squealed when I read it and I cannot wait for that HEA!!!! And I say “think” because I’m not a 100% sure but I hope all will be revealed soon and maybe J.R. Ward will do a Q&A online or something for the book! I loved the book and I’m so excited about the direction of the Legacy series. I love that it includes new characters as well as the original Brothers. It’s amazing and awesome and I love, love, LOVE it! I just wish I could get in there and live right alongside the characters. BLOOD VOW can easily be read as a standalone but I would highly recommend the whole series with every book and novella because this world is so magical. You’re not going to want to read just one! ***Advanced copy provided in exchange for an honest review***
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    For All BDB Fans

    This is book two of Ward's new series. It's meant to be a spinoff to her Black Dagger Brotherhood series but is really a continuation of it. It really should have started with John Mathew, Quinn and Blaylock since it follows trainees of the BDB program. It also is a must read since the brothers and their families are so heavily represented in these books. They're a definite welcome. Waiting a year for each BDB book to release, this at least covers some of the lost time spent in between.
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    Blood Vow

    Wooooow!!!! JR Ward just gets better and better. I've never laughed so hard in my life reading a book. Great zingers, tons of action, and of course romance. Also my eyes were leaky a few times. I can't wait for more books from this series, please never stop wtiti g aboutg the BDB.
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    The Vow

    I enjoyed getting to know Axe and Elise. I loved the connection between the underprivileged young man and the elite, yet down to earth young woman. I look forward with much anticipation, to the journey that awaits Saxton!! A lovely read!
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    Un libro irreiverente, commuovente e profondo

    Oggi, con grande gioia e un pizzico di soggezione, vi parlo di Blood Vow, l’ultimo libro di JR Ward arrivato in Italia. Prima di poter leggere il nuovo volume della serie della Confraternita del Pugnale Nero, The Choosen, che verrà pubblicato a fine anno, ci addentriamo nel secondo capitolo della serie spin off, dedicato ai ragazzi del centro di addestramento reclute che si affiancheranno ai Fratelli nella lotta contro la Lessening Society. L’anno scorso, la Ward ha deciso di deliziare i suoi lettori portando a due le pubblicazioni annuali della serie BDB, creando la Black Dagger Brotherhood Legacy series e, poco prima dell’estate 2016, è uscito Blood Kiss, che ha introdotto il lettore nel mondo dei giovani vampiri che si propongono di far parte dell’esercito privato del Re. Come spiegò l’autrice, in una delle sue tante interviste, la decisione di scrivere una serie spin off è stata presa per due motivi: introdurre nuovi personaggi e nuovi sviluppi nelle trame e avere uno spazio in cui incontrare di nuovo i Fratelli e le loro Shellan, in modo da far conoscere al lettore cosa accade nella loro relazione. Mi permetto di dire che la Legacy è qualcosa di più di una serie satellite della BDB: deve essere letta secondo la cronologia di scrittura, alternata alla serie principale e, senza conoscere prima quest’ultima, sarebbe molto difficile poter comprendere a pieno le trame e lo svolgimento dei fatti. Quindi approfittiamo a pieno dell’occasione che ci ha dato la Ward, e, come nel primo volume avevamo conosciuto Craeg e Paradise e incontrato di nuovo Butch e Marissa, ora tuffiamoci nel rapporto tra Axe ed Elise, affiancati dalla storia della neo famiglia del Fratello Rhage. Axe, Craeg, Paradise, Peyton, Boone e Novo sono le sei reclute rimaste al centro addestramento, dopo la durissima selezione avvenuta pochi mesi prima. Alternano esercitazioni pratiche a lezioni teoriche e sono ormai pronti a scendere per le strade di Caldwell a fianco dei Fratelli, per uccidere quanti più Lesser possibile. Craeg e Paradise, ormai coppia fissa, Peyton che invidia il collega perché si crede innamorato della giovane recluta che l’anno prima ha battuti tutti divenendo Primus. Axe, l’outsider del gruppo, è un vampiro indurito dal dolore e dalla sofferenza, schivo e preda delle dipendenze che lo aiutano a sopravvivere alle giornate tutte uguali che lo aspettano. Ha perso prima la madre, che lo ha abbandonato da piccolo, e poi il padre che prima si è lasciato morire dentro, a causa dell’abbandono dell’amata shellan, e poi è stato ucciso nei raid dello scorso anno. La sua vita cambia radicalmente quando incontra Elise, una giovane vampira appartenente all’aristocrazia di Caldwell, forte e determinata a concludere gli studi universitari che la porteranno a laurearsi in psicologia. L’assassinio della cugina, avvenuto da poco e raccontato nel libro precedente, porta il padre di Elise ad imporre alla figlia una guardia del corpo che la accompagni nei suoi spostamenti da e per l’università. E questa guardia del corpo è propri Axe. Elise è un bell’esempio di donna moderna. Meno “complessa” di Paradise e più credibile, combatte i pregiudizi della glymera verso le donne ed il mondo degli umani attraverso il dottorato e l’amore per la cultura, che vuole mettere al servizio del prossimo. Biondi capelli lunghi, labbra carnose, corpo minuto e sinuoso, è il sogno di qualsiasi maschio. Axe, d’altro canto, con la sua prestanza fisica fa perdere completamente la testa alla giovane vampira: alto ed imponente come un Fratello, bruno e muscoloso, ha un lato del torso coperto di tatuaggi, ed è pieno di piercing. Ma ha un carattere sotto sotto bellissimo: spaventato dal dolore tanto da fuggirlo in continuazione ma una volta capito quanto Elise conti per lui non ha paura ad ammetterlo, facendo gesti capaci di far commuovere il lettore. Però non è proprio il maschio che Elise può presentare in famiglia. Una famiglia disfunzionale, fatta di silenzi, segreti, bugie e rimpianti. I due ragazzi scoprono di essere legati da qualcosa di molto più profondo della semplice attrazione fisica, ma il passato di Axe riemerge prepotentemente, minacciando le fondamenta di un amore appena nato. Difficile, molto difficile, scrivere questa recensione senza fare spoiler. La Ward ci ha abituati all’happy ending, ma, da bravi lettori, sappiamo che dovremo fare molte corse sull’ottovolante per meritarci il finale con il botto. Questo libro non è da meno: azione, lotta, dialoghi serrati, e tanto, ma proprio tanto amore. Fin da subito, però, si nota che la storia tra Axe e Elise, bellissima a mio avviso, sembra fare da corollario a quella più forte ed emozionante che riguarda Rhage, la sua shellan Mary e la loro bimba da poco adottata, Bitty. PER LA RECENSIONE COMPLETA CONTINUATE A SEGUIRCI QUI: www.romanticamentefantasy.it
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