Discussion: Black Dagger Brotherhood

I love the Brother hood, and all its characters, so don’t get me wrong by my complaints. I’m not a basher of authors, because I have a great amount of respect for authors who can pen their thoughts into a book. Especially books that are great, and creative like the brotherhood.
I love the sense of community and how the brothers interact mostly. There are only a few characters, and a few other things, that i don’t like and I would just like to point them out, hence this discussion post. I love how she wrote the characters, and how they are all so fiercely loyal and have a bond with each other, yet so complex and different when you get to know them individually. I love how they aren’t so perfect, and that they have emotions, not just commitment issues.
Zsadist, Rhage, and Rehvenge are my favorites, and all for different reasons. My least favorite however is Phury, twin brother to Zsadist. I bought his story, skimmed a page and promptly returned it. Not saying that it wasn’t a great, or even good, book–I wont make such judgement–but it didn’t engage me. It went to a place where I just would not like to explore, not even in a book. But what ticked me off was that he even went there, when things were just not that bad. At least from my perspective. I liked Phury at first, felt for him, but the more I read the books, the more he just got on my nerves. Just thinking about him ticks me off still. He’s the reason I wanted to rant mostly, and I’m glad I got it off my chest. He literally almost ruined the series for me. I guess the real why of why I’m so ticked off is because I liked him so much. He was just so sweet and considerate, though way too self sacrificing. But I was thoroughly distressed at his self decline from the book two all the way to his book. It got so bad that I literally started skipping his parts. Its not like I can’t identify that shit happens, because I so can. But I just don’t think his situation warranted that. I’m not being a goody two-shoe either, or naive, I know bad things happen–I see it all the time. I just thought that his method sucked, and in turn, sucked everything out of the characters appeal, and about his book.
Phury, coupled with the way Vishous’s story ended and the not-so-hot news about the next book, book eleven, had me wondering what kind of tangent can J.R. possibly be going on. She’s mixed the rules of romance and I still like her, but her next book, Lover Reborn, just seems to be pushing the cake. I don’t think I’m going to be able to take it. And that sucks because I want to take it. But I mean, really? What can she possibly be thinking?
I’ve already had it with the; Perfect brother unraveling at lightning speed, while not-so perfect brother becomes the reasonable and grounded one. I don’t know how the characters are going. Too much twist and turns and unfairness to me.
But let us leave this on a good note though, I have it on good authority that Dark Lover, Book one–haven’t read–is good. She gave it her stamp of approval; “It’s good”. I don’t know if I’m going to read that, but we’ll see. The Black Dagger Brotherhood series is really great–excluding Phury’s hellish decline–and its easy to get caught up in it. As you can see, it doesn’t matter if you read it in order or not, but if you want to go ahead. Rhage and Mary’s story is so profound and just Great! Zsadist and Bella’s story is just so compelling a well written, you feel everything. You see the guy who’s so bad ass, but super innocent. How many times do you get that? To read his story is to seeing just how awesome he is. Yeah, I think this is the positive end I was looking for. I ranted, and I rave. I’m out.

Black Dagger Brotherhood: Lover Revealed

by J.R. Ward
Published by Signet Eclipse
March 2007
Book Four: Butch’s Story

In the shadows of the night in Caldwell, New York,
there’s a deadly war raging between vampires and their
slayers. And there exists a secret band of brothers
like no other – six vampire warriors, defenders of their
race. Now, an ally of the Black Dagger Brotherhood
will face the challenge of his life and the evil of the ages.

Butch O’Neal is a fighter by nature. A hard living, ex-homicide cop, he’s the only human ever to be allowed in the inner circle of the Black Dagger Brotherhood. And he wants to go even deeper into the vampire world- to engage in the turf war with the lessers. He’s got nothing to lose. His heart belongs to a female vampire, an aristocratic beauty who’s way out of his league. If he can’t have her, then at least he can fight side by side with the Brothers…

Fate curses him with the very thing he wants. When Butch sacrifices himself to save a civilian vampire from the slayers, he falls prey to the darkest force in the war. Left for dead, found by a miracle, the Brotherhood calls on Marissa to bring him back, though even her love may not be enough to save him…

Source: http://www.jrward.com/bdb/index-books.html#loverrevealed

Lover Revealed, book number four in the BDB series, is about Butch, ex-homicide detective now friend of the brotherhood and Marissa, ex Shellan (mate/wife) to the king and. This was an okay book for me. I was mostly reading  to get information or tidbits on Z and Bella, or Rhage and Mary. But I didn’t completely disregard the book, so don’t worry. I liked the leads, which is about all I can say really. I felt for them, but I didn’t love them. I loved the development between Butch and Vishous, and their new dynamic.

My Review

How many stars: 3

Main Characters: Butch And Marissa were the main characters, in this book. They were both wonderful characters, but it seemed they were on two different wave lengths. They loved hard, but got on the nogging with all the miscommunication.

Story: The story was actually a very nice read. The characters didn’t make me care that much for their romance, but I did love the plot and how things developed. I loved how Butch and Vishous has a new dynamic to their relationship, showing you just how much they are destined to be together. I love how things really did get cleared up, though not a lot of things, so don’t hold your breath.

Would I re-read: Not really. I may skim it again, but I don’t see myself rereading this book.

Improvements: I think there could have been some improvements on the length of time Butch and Marissa spent apart. They misunderstood every single word they spoke to each other, which in turn brought them both into a depressive state. It was so not cool. They got down the fact that they bot were in love with each other, but they spent the most of the book on a rollercoaster–up, down, up….etc.

Topping: This was sloppy placed caramel to me, one where I have to mix everything up for it all to come together and taste good.