Book Review

by J.R. Ward

Genre: Paranormal/Urban Fantasy, Vampire, Paranormal Romance
Sensuality: HOT

RT Rating

It's tough to keep raising the bar in a series, but the phenomenal Ward manages to do just that! From book one, human ex-cop Butch O'Neal has seemed like the odd man out in her vampire brotherhood, but in this amazing novel he definitely comes into his own. The world of the Black Dagger Brotherhood continues to grow and become more layered, ramping up the tension, risk and passion. This is awesome stuff.

Despite being the only human fighting with the Brotherhood against the evil Lessers and their demonic leader, the Omega, Butch has never backed down. That fighting spirit places him in serious jeopardy when he attempts to save a civilian vampire on his own. Captured and tortured, Butch is infected with the Omega's evil.

As he lays dying, Butch is rescued by his best friend V, but it's the vampire female Marissa whose spirit brings him back to life. The question remains: What exactly is Butch? Has he suddenly developed deadly new skills to use against the Lessers? Is he in danger of falling to the dark side? (ONYX, Mar., 480 pp., $7.99)

Reviewed By: Jill M. Smith

Publisher: Onyx

Published: March 2007

Reader Rating

4.5 Stars

Average Rating: 4.5 Stars
(3 ratings)

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Submitted by Robin in PA on August 10, 2014 - 1:25pm.

Butch O'Neal has been accepted as a friend and confidant to the Black Dagger Brotherhood, but is still on the outer fringes since he is a human and cannot fight with them. He is not fully accepted by the vampires and definitely not accepted by his human family. Butch is also in love with beautiful vampire Marissa. But Marissa is part of the vampire aristocracy and Butch knows a mere human would never been good enough for her. When Butch is captured by the Lessening Society, he is nearly killed. Rescued by Vishous, Butch knows an evil has been planted inside of evil that may bring down the brotherhood.

This is another excellent story in Ward's Black Dagger Brotherhood series. Both Butch and Marissa are very lonely people, neither are satisfied with their current roles in life. Butch feels like an outsider in the vampire society, while Marissa is treated like a porcelain doll who must always bend to the rules of society. I loved their story and think they are a terrific couple. My rating: 5 Stars.