Review | The Beast by J. R. Ward

21 May 2016


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Publisher: NAL
Pages: 528
Summary:

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...



I said this a few months ago when I read the first the BDB Legacy series and I say it again here: 

And the Brothers are back...

When the last BDB book came out, I put off reading it for almost a year but after reading Blood Kiss, the first BDB Legacy book, I thought I would read it and finally read it back in February. I was underwhelmed but I knew I wouldn't give up on the Brothers because they were hidden away there and I loved them too much to bail. 

This book is like the first few in the series, it focuses less on the side stories and more on the Brothers. I LOVED THAT! I have missed these boys so much and they are all in this book as much as the early days of the series. The other side stories are there but they take less of the main bulk of the story. I skimmed a lot of The Shadows because I got so bored but I loved ever second of this, there was the right balance of all the storylines.

Of course, this book focuses on one Brother in particular, Rhage. From the last book we know there's a distance between him and Mary and that comes to a head early in the book after a near death experience bring their issues to the forefront of their minds. They still deeply love one another but there is something missing in both their lives. A child. They have both come to a realisation that they want to be a parent, Rhage through seeing Beth and Wrath with Little Wrath and Mary through her work at Safe Place with a young pre-trans called Bitty. 

There are some amazing moments in this book between Mary and Rhage, you can just feel the lust and love radiating off of them both and you get to see a whole other side to Rhage in this book, a paternal side and if you think the man is loving as a hellren?! Wait until you see him father figure. My heart exploded so many times reading his interactions between Rhage and Bitty. So. Much. Perfect. I sighed and squeed out loud.

I loved reading Mary and Rhage interactions and they really are one of my favourite couples in this universe. I love how Rhage has eyes for no-one but Mary. He sees no-one but her and he is just so awesome. There's a moment in this book where Mary is crying and this is Rhage's reaction: 
"What's going on? Do I need to kill something for you?"
That just sums him up to a tee. He is prepared to do anything for her and so is his curse, The Beast, he is there for Mary as much as Rhage is and in the most epic way at the beginning of the book which I won't go into because I don't want to ruin this book... 

Of course, it's not all about these two, we still have Xcor to contend with (he kind of kind of gets his just desserts in this book and I loved that) and Layla's pregnancy. I loved seeing Qhuinn and Blay interact with her and how the entire Brotherhood were there for all three of them. 

There's also an human element in this book when Jo's friend record the beast during a battle and she starts looking into things. She gives up in the end but what she choses to focus on will bring her back to the world of BDB and closer than before. I can't wait to see the implications her discoveries have on not just herself but the Brotherhood.

This is hands down one of my favourite BDB books. It takes us back to the good days when this series started and I really think it's a turning point for me with this series, I just hope it stays this way and the series is on an up. 

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