"The author pens a wicked tale"
Unbeknownst to the human population, a war is being
that will determine the continuation of the vampire
species. Only one thing stands between survival and
extinction, The Black Dagger Brotherhood...
Butch continues to drown his sorrows in a scotch bottle as
he pines for Marissa after their all too brief encounter.
On one such night he encounters a group of Lessers as he
is leaving the ZeroSum nightclub. Butch engages the
Lessers to allow the civilian vampires to escape, only to
find himself captured. Having undergone 24 hours of
unspeakable torture at the hands of the Fore Lesser before
being rescued, Butch takes comfort in the fact that he did
not give up the secrets of the Brotherhood. But his
encounter with the Lessers has left Butch with a seed of
evil that is threatening to take hold. While at Haver's
clinic, Marissa discoverers Butch's condition and will do
whatever it takes to help in his recovery, even if that
means opening up emotional wounds she has tried hard to
Marissa is a heroine plagued with self doubt. Rejected as
a mate by Wrath and shunned by the Glymera, she is
struggling to find her place and purpose. Butch is
carrying emotional baggage as well due to a horrific
childhood and his years as a cop, and this all serves to
work against them finding happiness or even a common
ground. Meanwhile the pretrans vampire, John continues to
deal with his loss and impending transition. The complex
relationship between Vishous and Butch is explored as
well. Add in the mix some political maneuverings involving
the Glymera and you have an incredibly engaging read.
Ms. Ward does not disappointment with this emotional tale
of everybody's favorite Red Sox fan, the cop Butch O'Neal.
Though sometimes gruff, and a little rough around the
edges, he wraps himself around your heart and readers will
ride the rocky road to happiness along with Butch and
Marissa. But as always, that happiness has a steep price.
This darkly erotic and edgy series has captured my
imagination, and it's easy to see why the Black Dagger
Brotherhood has taken the paranormal genre by storm. The
author pens a wicked tale. Stayed tuned for Vishous' story
in Lover Unbound coming soon...I hope.
Reviewed by Dee Gentle
Posted March 11, 2007