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January 09, 2018

Love in the midst of a supernatural war

By J.R. Ward
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J.R. Ward returns to her beloved Black Dagger Brotherhood with Blood Fury, the third book in the spinoff Black Dagger Legacy series.

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J.R. Ward returns to her beloved Black Dagger Brotherhood with Blood Fury, the third book in the spinoff Black Dagger Legacy series. This riveting novel features two powerful parallel storylines. The first involves Novo, a survivor of painful family betrayal, and Peyton, an aristocratic vampire whose own personal history is strewn with bad choices. As Black Dagger Brotherhood trainees, Novo and Peyton share classes, workouts, hand-to-hand combat practice and dangerous, sometimes bloody field exercises. Despite Novo’s hard-edged persona and snarky comments, Peyton can’t deny he’s drawn to her. Novo shares his attraction, but she locks down her emotions due to her belief that he is in love with someone else. All that changes, however, when the dangerous nature of their work forces both to confront their feelings. Faced with the very real possibility of losing Novo forever, Peyton must make hard choices about himself and the world he lives in. Given both Novo’s and Peyton’s dysfunctional childhoods, however, the road to happy ever after is not a simple one.

Interwoven with Novo and Peyton’s journey is that of Saxton, legal counsel to the King, and Ruhn, a commoner of unparalleled honor. Saxton and Ruhn have wildly different backgrounds and life experiences, but when they are assigned to work on the same project, they realize fate has brought them together. Both are wary of falling in love due to past hurts and they’re cautious about the feelings that swamp them. Just as a future together looks bright, their dangerous assignment turns life-threatening. If Saxton loses Ruhn, he’ll lose much more than a lover. He’ll lose the other half of himself. Will the fate that brought them together now cruelly tear them apart?

Fans of the Brotherhood series have long anticipated the pairing of these two couples, and the novel doesn’t disappoint. The brilliantly developed world of the Brotherhood, nail-biting action and lots of steamy sexual tension make Blood Fury a stellar read.

 

Lois Dyer writes from her home in Port Orchard, Washington.

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Blood Fury

Blood Fury

By J.R. Ward
Ballantine
ISBN 9780451475343

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