Review | The King by JR Ward

18 April 2014


Publisher: Piatkus
Pages: 592 pages

Long live the King . . .

After turning his back on the throne for centuries, Wrath, son of Wrath, finally assumed his father's mantle- with the help of his beloved mate. But the crown sets heavily on his head. As the war with the Lessening Society rages on, and the threat from the Band of Bastards truly hits home, he is forced to make choices that put everything - and everyone - at risk.

Beth Randall thought she knew what she was getting into when she mated the last pure blooded vampire on the planet: An easy ride was not it. But when she decides she wants a child, she's unprepared for Wrath's response - or the distance it creates between them.

The question is, will true love win out . . . or tortured legacy take over?

So, The King...

I was so excited to get my hands on this book, so excited that it was going to be Wrath's book. Even more excited than I was for Blay/Qhuinn's book. Beth and Wrath were going to fall pregnant and have a baby. It had so much promise and it just didn't live up to my expectations. 

I wanted to love this book as much as I loved most of the other Black Dagger Brotherhood books but I was disappointed with it. There are just too many sides stories now. You have the story of the Brothers, Sola, Selena, Trez and Iam. It's just too much and there was far from enough of the Brothers in this book. 

I found myself skim reading most of the side stories by the time I got three quarters through, only really paying attention to the scenes with Wrath, Beth or the brothers in. The only side story that really interest me was the Shadows one and the campaign to oust Wrath. Other than that I saw them as an unnecessary use of the book.

I guess the saving grace for this book was, as it always is, the Wrath, Beth and the Brothers. I loved every single scene they were in and the wedding scene? Oh my, that was just perfection and I could just imagine in my head how proud they would all have been, stood there looking all big and hot in their finest threads. 

And then there was the baby storyline. Just perfect, so so perfect. I was glad Wrath stood his ground at first but I'm equally glad he came around. The moment he found out they had a son on the way? Best. Thing. Ever. He was so proud and happy. So, so happy. And then the Brothers arrived and it was even more perfect. 

I also loved getting to see the back story for Wrath through his parents eyes and seeing the struggles they went through. It was a great parallel between them and Wrath and Beth.

So, I guess the book wasn't an entire bust for me but I really, really, really hope we get more of the Brothers in the next book and less of the others. I would prefer if we saw more of the events that happen through the Brothers eyes.

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