The 10th book in Ward’s bestselling Black Dagger Brotherhood series focuses on Tohrment. As in all of Ward’s books, there are numerous storylines woven together, which makes the book a rich, dense feast. As none of her characters are without considerable flaws, everything is colored in many shades of gray. The consistent excellence of this series is a tribute to Ward’s storytelling talent.
Since the murder of his beloved, Wellsie, Tohr has been self-destructive and suicidal. His inability to let Wellsie and their unborn son go has trapped them in the In-Between, preventing them from going into the Fade/ Heaven. According to the angel Lassiter, unless Tohr lets them go they will shortly fade out of existence entirely. Meanwhile there is a power play going on as Xcor and his band try to take out King Wrath. John and his mate Xhex are still struggling with the boundaries of their relationship and Xhex is also coping with the miraculous return of her biological mother, the tormented No’One — proving that sometimes the hardest part of life is knowing when to let go. (NAL, Apr., 592 pp., $27.95)