Spotlight & Review: The King: A Novel of the Black Dagger Brotherhood by J.R. Ward

The King: A Novel of the Black Dagger Brotherhood by J.R. Ward
Release Date: April 1, 2014
Series: Black Dagger Brotherhood (Book 12)
Reviewed by: Reading In Pajamas/ Cori & Donna
Ratings: Cori 5 Stars/ Donna 4 Stars

J.R. Ward’s # 1 New York Times bestselling Black Dagger Brotherhood continues as a royal bloodline is compromised by a grave threat to the throne.

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?

BDB fans wait impatiently all year for the next book in this incredible series and The King did not disappoint! I loved it! Without giving too much away because these books are best read spoiler free we got to hear Wrath’s parent’s story and I completely fell in love with his father. We also got the side stories of three other potential couples. I’m looking forward to all of them. J.R. Ward announced at her signing that the next book will be titled The Shadows and will include Trez and iAm’s stories. I loved this second look at Wrath and Beth’s relationship, all the hotness that comes with it and their struggle with whether to have a baby. This series is so incredibly addicting and I think it’s because it’s emotional, action packed, suspenseful and incredibly hot. They always leave me wanting more and The King was no exception. I can’t wait for the next book!

I truly enjoyed the book and was unable to put it down. I don’t want to give too much away on the story but the intrigue and emotional situations had me tense one moment and relieved the next. Which is always a good thing. I loved Wrath’s father! I will however, go out on a limb and say that I almost wish she had written Wrath and Beth as a side story and focused on someone new. Or narrowed the number of side-stories down to just a few, so those stories could be told in greater detail. That being said, I laughed, cried and bit my lip on more than one occasion and I want to read it again soon. It’s a shame that we have to wait a year to see what happens to them all.

Amazon Hardcover $16.44 | Kindle $11.99 | B&N (Hardcover $16.44/ Nook $11.99) | Kobo $14.99

✦ #1 Dark Lover ➢ Kindle $5.99 | B&N $5.99 | Kobo $7.99
✦ #2 Lover Eternal ➢ Kindle $5.99 | B&N $7.99 | Kobo $7.99
✦ #3 Lover Awakened ➢ Kindle $6.17 | B&N $6.49 | Kobo $7.99
✦ #4 Lover Revealed ➢ Kindle $5.99 | B&N $7.99 | Kobo $7.99
✦ #5 Lover Unbound ➢ Kindle $5.99 | B&N $6.49 | Kobo $7.99
✦ #6 Lover Enshrined ➢ Kindle $5.99 | B&N $7.99 | Kobo $7.99
✦ The Black Dagger Brotherhood: An Insider’s Guide ➢ Kindle $9.99 | B&N $12.99 | Kobo $12.99
✦ Father Mine: Zsadist and Bella’s Story: A Black Dagger Brotherhood Novella (eBook – the printed version of this story is also found in “The Black Dagger Brotherhood: An Insider’s Guide” ($3.79)
✦ #7 Lover Avenged ➢ Kindle $5.99 | B&N | Kobo $7.99
✦ #8 Lover Mine ➢ Kindle $5.99 | B&N $7.99 | Kobo $7.99
✦ #9 Lover Unleashed ➢ Kindle $5.99 | B&N $6.49 | Kobo $7.99
✦ #10 Lover Reborn ➢ Kindle $5.99 | B&N $6.49 | Kobo $7.99
✦ #11 Lover At Last ➢ Kindle $4.99 | Nook $6.49 | Kobo $5.99
✦ #12 The King (April 1, 2014) ➢ Amazon Hardcover $16.44 | Kindle $11.99 | B&N (Hardcover $18.31/ Nook $11.99) | Kobo $14.99


J.R. Ward is a #1 New York Times and USAToday Best Selling author of erotic paranormal romance. She lives in the south with her incredibly supportive husband and her beloved golden retriever. After graduating from law school, she began working in healthcare in Boston and spent many years as Chief of Staff of one of the premier academic medical centers in the nation. Writing has always been her passion and her idea of heaven is a whole day of nothing but her computer, her dog and her coffee pot.



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