Weighing In…Is the Black Dagger Brotherhood Great Again?

Weighing In

Here at Read-Love-Blog sometimes we come across a book, idea, or concept that catches our interest and, even though we may not have the time to review it just yet, we want to share our thoughts with all of you.  This is how the new feature “Weighing In” was born! Our very first Weighing In is from blogger/reviewer Stacey and takes a look at music romance anthologies.  We hope you enjoy!




Weighing In…Is the Black Dagger Brotherhood Great Again?

Short answer? Yes.

Or should I say Beast-sized answer?

If you plotted out my level of enjoyment with this series you’d see a whole lot of peaks and valleys, but mostly a downward trend since Rhev’s book, Lover Avenged. After that, it was a whole of meh. John Matthew’s book, which I was really looking forward to? Meh. Payne’s book – the only female warrior which I had super high hopes for? Meh. And then Tohr’s book. For me, a total implosion.

Tohr was so devastated when his pregnant shellan, Wellsie, was killed that he just poofed away and was wasting away to nothing. He was wrecked. A shell of himself. His story needed to reach down into my guts, pull them out—grabbing my heart on the way up—stomp on them a bit and then piece it all back together until I was a puddle. I hated this book. It’s one of the few times I’ve wanted to throw a book across the room. I didn’t feel anything between Tohr and this replacement shellan. Epic fail, people.

But I soldiered on, like a good BDB fan, and read Lover at Last, Qhuinn and Blay’s story. More meh. So I stopped reading. I haven’t read The King or The Shadows. But when I heard The Beast was Rhage? I couldn’t resist.

And I’m glad.

Like, really, REALLY glad.

This felt like vintage BDB. Ward even managed to revisit one of my favorite scenes from Rhage & Mary’s original book and make it damn good all over again. I was swooning again. It was all good. So, so good. The trademark J.R. Ward things are there: lots of subplots (some more interesting than others), the banter, the camaraderie in the Brotherhood—all of it.

And I’ve heard good things about the BDB Legacy spinoff series, so I think I’ll read that. And, hell, I’m feeling so good after The Beast, I might as well give the two I skipped a chance as well.

Stacey Sig


  1. Completely agree about Tohr. Everyone was angry about Shadows but I loved it and the subplots in Rhage…so good!

  2. @Kat I had been waiting for Tohr’s book for so long and was so ready for an epic story and then PFFFT. Flat. Nothing. I’m going to have to read The Shadows and see where I land.

  3. I feel the same way. But I read them all and The King and The Shadows were not that good. Her legacy book is really good and I am looking forward to the next one.

  4. Felicia says:

    I’m a long time fan. I have every format each book is released (ebook, paper back, HB, audio). The Shadows, which I refer to as “the book that shall not be named” was, IMO, a complete disaster. I get angry every time I think about it. The Beast I thought was nothing spectacular. I was disappointed because I read how great everyone sad it was. It was “meh” for me. I’m still a fan of the series though, at least for now.

  5. @Melissa — I’ve heard very good things about the Legacy book.

    @Felicia — I really loved The Beast. But Rhage is my favorite. And when he gets all verklempt from feeding his females I just go soft.

  6. Sorry all — I loved Tohr’s book, but I was mad that she made him so mean in it. John Matthew’s book wasn’t good IMO, but maybe that’s because I don’t like him or Xhex. To each his own. Haven’t had time to read The Beast yet. It’s high on my list, though. 🙂

    • I really need to make time for Th Beast. I’m dying to read it

    • Felicia says:

      Rhage is one of my my fav too! I loved Lover Eternal! That’s why The Beast was so disappointing to me. It wasn’t bad, it’s that I was expecting something else.

  7. I just want to give a big THANK YOU to all of the comments on this post. I am so fortunate to be a part of readers who aren’t afraid to voice their opinion in a respectful way and to open up discussion about likes/dislikes of books we’ve read. You guys ROCK and thank you for being here!

  8. Nihcki S says:

    You summed up my feelings almost exactly about the BDB Series. I made the mistake of forcing myself to finish The King, and can’t force myself to read The Shadows , Blood Kiss, or The Beast. I would recommend you avoid The King and The Shadows for sure if you hope to enjoy the series at all going forward. Already there is timeline confusion, where supposedly the events in The Beast (4/16) occur prior to Blood Kiss (12/15). So there’s that. The Shadows is pure UF from what I’ve read about it, and The King actually induced headaches in me, I had to put it aside after every couple of pages. So please proceed with caution, lol. Kudos for being brave enough to be honest, considering Ms. Ward’s rather rabid “Cellies” who love to attack those who do not worship the author.

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