Goodreads rating: 4.34
I have been a fan of J.R. Ward for many years, but sadly this is no where near my favorite book. However, the story between Wrath and Beth, plus the little happily ever after, is probably one of the best so far.
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?
I was very frustrated that the story kept skipping around between 3 different love stories. I want to read about Wrath and Beth but I have to read through Trez and Assails stories before I can read the 4 pages of Wrath and Beth... Not like the older books where you had the main couple and jumped back and forth to the bad guys story. Now it feels like there are too many stories to follow that don't have anything to do with one another. I like Trez and Assail, but they can get their own book.
It was also kind of frustrating that the book seemed to had more to do with everyone's drama than anything else. Where did the fighting go?! What happened to the Lessers?! But what kind of girl doesn't like a little drama (that's not their own at least). I did really enjoy reading how Wrath and Beth worked out their issues and was really rooting for a happy ending (because they definitely deserve it). It was interesting to read because I could definitely see both sides of their arguments.
The book wasn't all bad though, and in fact there were a lot of good parts. I really liked reading about Wrath's parents :) And that Wrath and his dad's stories almost paralleled (like father like son). They seemed to go through very similar difficulties in regards to their shellans, and it was super interesting to see Wrath Sr start as a king and end a fighter, and have Wrath Jr start a fighter and end a king.
I also LOVED seeing more life in Wrath by the end of the book. Through most of the books (at least since he took up the role as king) he always seemed to down and depressed. It was nice to see him regain some life :)
Overall, it is good to know that J.R. Ward still knows how to make me cry :') This was probably the best happy ending ever! This book gets a 3.5/5 stars for me, just because of the frustration with the other stories clouding around Wrath and Beth's book but the happy ending and Wrath's and Beth story really was amazing! Just wish I could have focused on them more.
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