The Beast by J. R. Ward – Black Dagger Brotherhood book 14 cover and blurb, plus The Shadows debrief and The Bourbon Kings tidbits

Blurb and cover for The Beast, plus general spoilers for the Black Dagger Brotherhood series, and tidbits on The Bourbon Kings. Warning: Major spoiler for The Shadows.

Click here for more BDB cheat sheets and pre-release spoilers.

The Beast by J.R. Ward (Black Dagger Brotherhood, Book 14) - US editionWe now have a cover and blurb for Rhage and Mary’s novella-turned-novel, The Beast:

Rhage and Mary return in the new novel of the Black Dagger Brotherhood, a series “so popular, I don’t think there’s a reader today who hasn’t at least heard of [it]” (USA Today).

His name is Rhage—the deadliest fighter and most voracious lover of all the Brotherhood, whose inner beast could never be tamed. But Rhage found his eternal love in Mary Luce, a woman who once bore a life-threatening curse, while dreaming of eternity with her vampire warrior and protector.

They’ve made it to hell and back. Now their story continues in a new novel sure to draw fans back into the “frighteningly addictive” (Publishers Weekly) world of the Black Dagger Brotherhood.

I really liked The Shadows because I felt like we got more time with the characters again, such as when she shows what they were doing before they get the phone call that advances the plot. It felt more like the way the books used to, and I always enjoy spending time with Rhage. I knew that something big was going to happen, but avoided the spoilers until after I’d read it.

I mostly enjoyed the book until the big twist, but it felt as though the book only had room for one romance, but there were two couples. Trez and Selena got the courtship, but iAm and maichen got the HEA. Mainly, I’m just glad that nothing bad happened to Rhage.

Ward posted on her Goodreads blog the background on why Selena had to die, and while I don’t completely agree, I still respect that she can only write what she sees, regardless of how she feels about it.

In her Q&A after The Shadows was released, Ward said that Rhage was experiencing survivor’s guilt, not that this is a surprise to anyone who’s read the book.

Lash is coming back, but after the next book and Xcor and Layla (which may or may not be separate books).

Adrian and Eddie will be Lassiter’s next assignment, and he will get his own book. There may be something on the horizon with the Scribe Virgin.

The Bloodletter is not V’s father’s real name (surprise, surprise), but he is related to the Original Brother and may have been one of the Brothers who guarded Wrath the Fair King.

We will see more of Qhuinn’s brother Luchas, but Ward isn’t sure if he will be in the main or Legacy series.

Murhder was supposed to be in The Shadows, but he didn’t show up. The truth about him and Xhex will be a lot for JM to handle. Even though he knows about Butch, that knowledge will also be hard for him.

We may see symphaths and Shadows team up if humans start making trouble after they discover vampires exist.

There is a strong implication that Throe is Autumn’s brother, but he has a very bad vibe.

Story of Son (Michael and Clare’s story), available in print in the Dead After Dark anthology, is now available on its own as an e-book.

There will be two signings/events for The Bourbon Kings, so I’m sure there will still be lots of BDB questions asked, especially while The Bourbon Kings is so new to readers. And there was at least one reference to Channing Tatum in the book. (P.S. Channing Tatum now appears to be the inspiration for Xcor, despite his beginnings as a male with a harelip and an angular face not even a mother could love.)

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Ward has posted her fantasy cast for the series. We don’t get to see her idea of the hero or heroine, but here are some of the supporting characters, who will no doubt get books at some point:

  • Eldest son, Edward Bradford Baldwine (before his disfiguring accident): Mad Men Jon Hamm
  • Maxwell Baldwine, “the bad brother”: Alexis Pappas
  • Samuel T. Lodge, the hero’s BFF. ‘He was the hardest to find- he’s a little on the cruel side, a lot on the sexy side. Hard combination.’ Sorry, I couldn’t identify the model (pictured) (Ed’s note: The model is Tobias Cameroon. Here’s his Instagram. Thanks to @kanokochi for the tip-off!)
  • Edwin ‘Mac’ MacAllan, Master Distiller: Scruffy Jon Hamm
  • Deputy Mitchell Ramsey: Shemar Moore

She put the call out for an Arabic endearment.

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Decadence's fascination with vampires can be blamed on Anne Rice and although she reads urban fantasy, historical romance, romantica and crime, her first and undying love is paranormal romance. She works in a bookstore and gets no sympathy for the sheer volume of work she brings home, not to mention the TBR mountain that will never be surmounted. Her guilty pleasures include (in no particular order) chocolate, pizza, sleeping in and Alexander Skarsgard and she is a final assessment away from holding a full pistol licence.

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