Sunday, April 17, 2016

The Shadows (Black Dagger Brotherhood #13) by J.R. Ward [Review]

Two brothers bound by more than blood fight to change a brutal destiny in the heart-wrenching new novel of the Black Dagger Brotherhood by #1 New York Times bestselling author J. R. Ward.

Trez “Latimer” doesn’t really exist. And not just because the identity was created so that a Shadow could function in the underbelly of the human world. Sold by his parents to the Queen of the S’Hsibe as a child, Trez escaped the Territory and has been a pimp and an enforcer in Caldwell, NY for years- all the while on the run from a destiny of sexual servitude. He’s never had anyone he could totally rely on... except for his brother, iAm.

iAm’s sole goal has always been to keep his brother from self-destructing- and he knows he’s failed. It’s not until the Chosen Serena enters Trez’s life that the male begins to turn things around... but by then it’s too late. The pledge to mate the Queen’s daughter comes due and there is nowhere to run, nowhere to hide,

and no negotiating.

Trapped between his heart and a fate he never volunteered for, Trez must decide whether to endanger himself and others- or forever leave behind the female he’s in love with. But then an unimaginable tragedy strikes and changes everything. Staring out over an emotional abyss, Trez must find a reason to go on or risk losing himself and his soul forever. And iAm, in the name of brotherly love, is faced with making the ultimate sacrifice...

4 Twin Brother Stars
I’m catching up on my BDB!!!  I just finished The King, so going into The Shadows I have a better sense of what is happening and I will admit, it has improved my reading experience a lot. I may have to reread The King sometime, I have a feeling I will enjoy it a bit more.

The Shadows is Trez and iAm’s book, they are twin brothers. We got a huge chunk of the brothers in The King and I’ll be honest, Trez and Selena’s story was never my favorite. I know, how could it not, the forbidden love, the angst, the passion? I don’t know, I just didn’t connect with the two, but I went into The Shadows with an open mind.

The Shadows is a pure romance book, if you ever wanted overly flowery romance you get it in this book. It was really different from what I’ve read from the series and I liked it a lot. After reading The Shadows I see Trez in a different light, I still love iAM more, but Trez is growing on me, especially the way he treated Selena in the book.

iAm, oh my love for him, I love his storyline! We got to learn a little fun fact in The King and my interest just peaked even more. IAm is the brother you want to love because he’s caring, loyal and completely sweet. He would do anything for his brother and it makes my heart melt because I have a sister I love too. We will see a love connection for iAm in this book and it’s very hot.

We get the side characters and stories as well, including the original BDB, but the story I am most interested in is Xcor and Layla. Oh my god, you through in a pregnant mama in any book and I’m all over that. I seriously want her to be pregnant for a really long time, she’s too cute and the whole blackmailing storyline just does it for me. I was flipping the pages to get more of them. I seriously hope we continue to get more Xcor and Layla in the future.

Overall, I was really happy with this book, I felt like I got a better grasp of the characters and the storyline got more developed.

J.R. Ward is a #1 New York Times bestselling author with more than 15 million novels in print published in 25 different countries around the world.  A graduate of Smith College, she currently lives in Kentucky where she has learned to enjoy and appreciate all things Southern.  Prior to becoming an expat Yankee, she worked as a lawyer in Boston and spent many years as the Chief of Staff of one of Harvard’s world-renowned academic medical centers. 

Ward has always had a passion for writing.  After a decade of drafting stories in her spare time, she became a full-time novelist, and her first published novel, Leaping Hearts, was released in 2002.  Under the name Jessica Bird she wrote nine contemporary romances, and then got the idea for a darker, sexier series with paranormal elements, featuring a group of warrior vampires.  The Black Dagger Brotherhood was born.

The reader reaction to the series was immediate, spectacular and obsessive.  The fourth book in the Black Dagger Brotherhood series, Lover Revealed, hit the New York Times mass market fiction bestseller list and since then, Ward’s novels have held the #1 spot on the New York Times hardcover, mass market, eBook, and combined print/eBook fiction bestseller lists and have debuted in the top 5 on the USA Today bestseller list.

This summer Ward introduces a new contemporary series set in her adopted home state of Kentucky with the novel The Bourbon Kings.  The series will follow the intertwined and scandalous fortunes of several ultrawealthy Kentucky families who have made their fortunes from bourbon.
J.R. Ward lives with her husband, daughter and their beloved golden retriever, as well as many other dogs, in Kentucky.  Visit her popular website and fan community at and

Black Dagger Brotherhood Series by J.R. WARD


REVIEW of Books #1 Through #11 -> HERE

Dark Lover #1  AMAZON | Lover Eternal #2  AMAZON | Lover Awakened #3 AMAZON
Lover Revealed #4 AMAZON | Lover Unbound #5  AMAZON | Lover Enshrined #6  AMAZON
Lover Avenged #7  AMAZON | Lover Mine #8  AMAZON | Lover Unleashed #9 AMAZON
Lover Reborn #10  AMAZON | Lover At Last #11  AMAZON | The King #12 AMAZON
The Shadows #13 AMAZON | The Beast #14 AMAZON



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