The Beast by J R Ward

J R Ward has done it again! The Beast is the award-winning authors latest novel from her long running paranormal series The Black Dagger Brotherhood. If you are not aware of J R Ward, or her band of ‘brothers’, then you really should 🙂 The series focuses on a group of skilled vampire warriors whose role is to defend their race against the evil society of ‘lessers’ (soulless humans), slayers and the father of all evil – the Omega. It is a kick ass, take on prisoners of war played out in the back streets of New Yorks neighbouring community of Caldwell. Led by the King Wrath, who just happens to be the last purebred vampire, these bad boys will do what ever it takes to protect their dwindling race, as well as defend the women they love above all else.


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In J R Ward’s 14th instalment, The Beast, we are reintroduced to one of the series most loveable couples, Rhage and his ‘shellan’ Mary. Fans of the Black Dagger Brotherhood read the couples love story in the series second book, Lover Eternal, but like all of J R Wards books, there was a little twist in their happily ever after. Some readers were not happy with the way their story ended, me included. Don’t get me wrong, their story was wonderful!  In this latest sequel, all that was wrong with their love story has been put to right, and I could not be any more happy for the couple.

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Rhage and Mary are one of the most adorable couples. Despite how much he loves Mary, he can’t help but feel like his life is missing something. It wasn’t until he bumped into one of the other significant characters in the story – Beth, and her baby son, LW, that he realised what was missing. Both Rhage and Mary slowly but surely open up about what is bothering them, and with the help of their friends and family, they find a way to make their dreams come true. But it isn’t a J R Ward book without plenty of drama, sub plots and one hell of an earth moving cliffhanger that left me wondering WTF!?!?! The brothers of the Black Dagger Brotherhood have faced many trials over the years, but they are nothing compared to this books cliff hanger! Life will never be the same again for not only the brothers and their shellans, but for the vampire community as a whole. Stay tuned!

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Premise from author J R Wards website –

Nothing is as it used to be for the Black Dagger Brotherhood. After avoiding war with the Shadows, alliances have shifted and lines have been drawn. The slayers of the Lessening Society are stronger than ever, preying on human weakness to acquire more money, more weapons, more power. But as the Brotherhood readies for an all-out attack on them, one of their own fights a battle within himself…

For Rhage, the Brother with the biggest appetites, but also the biggest heart, life was supposed to be perfect—or at the very least, perfectly enjoyable. Mary, his beloved shellan, is by his side and his King and his brothers are thriving. But Rhage can’t understand—or control—the panic and insecurity that plague him…

And that terrifies him—as well as distances him from his mate. After suffering mortal injury in battle, Rhage must reassess his priorities—and the answer, when it comes to him, rocks his world…and Mary’s. But Mary is on a journey of her own, one that will either bring them closer together or cause a split that neither will recover from…

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