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Claimed: the first in a heart-pounding new series from mega bestseller J R Ward Paperback – July 27, 2021
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- Publisher : Piatkus (July 27, 2021)
- Language : English
- ISBN-10 : 0349427836
- ISBN-13 : 978-0349427836
- Item Weight : 12.7 ounces
- Dimensions : 4.96 x 1.5 x 7.72 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #251,095 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Also, I am so disappointed with this book. It felt hastily written, with so many gaping holes in the story and barely passed as a paranormal romance. Definitely not one of Ward’s better creations. I feel like the Black Dagger Brotherhood was only used in it to rope in BDB readers to buy the book to generate more sales.
I don’t believe I have ever given this low of a rating to a J. R. Ward novel before and it saddens me. 😢
I’ll read the next one, just to make sure it’s not a one-off because I have seriously enjoyed the BDB series. This has got to have that same awesome hook and connection. It’s just off to a rough seemingly non-start…at least, to me.
Ward’s editors are craptastic. Her beta readers are craptastic. As with Ward’s books for the past five years or so this one has continuity errors and plot points weren’t even researched. Case in point, canines needing oxygen don’t wear masks, even sedated, as it doesn’t provide a good fit. They are given oxygen in a chamber. An oxygen mask for a canine is for temporary measures not long term. It’s instances like these that pull be right out of a book. If the plot starts with an injured wolf, at least know how to treat that wolf. As the injured wolf is a major plot device, know how to execute it.
Next eye color, changes from whiskey to golden eyes. Since it wasn’t commented on it wasn’t a plot device; just a sloppy writer and editor. It’s as if Ward has ADD and can’t remember how she described characters. WTH, I’ll give a pass to mistakes by a newbie Indie author but not a New York Times bestselling one!
I keep coming back and sinking my money into this series wanting to read the magic of her first books, and time and again I am disappointed. The only recent book that had the Ward spark was Dearest Ivy, and I had hoped she found her mojo again, but my hopes keep getting dashed.
I loved Lydia , as someone who has always been a bit of a loner and used to people leaving , I felt connected with her. She is different from the other ladies Ward has created.
Ahh Daniel , he was hiding secrets but the biggest one isn’t one I guessed at . :’-(
The first 3/5ths of this book seemed kind of slow but the rest of it ended really well. By the time I made it to the last few chapters I realized that Ward probably wrote it this way because it’s setting us up for another strong series . She isn’t rushing into spilling so many secrets and details as quickly as Black Dagger Brotherhood .
Once you get to it there really is SO many secrets behind this story that so many characters are hiding . We don’t get a lot of answers, just enough to make us suffer a year for book two .
The story for Xhex and John Mark continues in this book but they aren’t the stars of the book. Xhex’s story is weaved in this one on a small scale - and it has to be so for her to come to terms with her past . I think book two will make more sense of it .
While there were steamy scenes I do wish there had been more.
Yes there’s a small cliff hanger but it’s pretty forgivable , it’s not a big deal .
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I’m not sure what I expected from this book… but it wasn’t what I got. I love the Black Dagger Brotherhood (BDB), so I was looking forward to this new (related) series. Sadly, for me, it fell a bit flat.
This book was very slow to get going. I spent most of the book thinking “something is going to happen soon, right?” And yet, it didn’t. The book is well written, but it just doesn’t go anywhere. I wasn’t drawn into the plot and didn’t develop an affinity for any of the characters. Most of the time, I was busy trying to work out how the wolven fitted into anything (or when they’d make an appearance!) and what the BDB had to do with any of it.
Also, for a spin-off of the BDB series, this book was almost completely lacking in anything paranormal (this aspect shows up right at the end and feels almost like an afterthought). Well, apart from the occasional glimpses of Xhex. Which I enjoyed, but I’d probably have preferred they were in a new BDB book.
The book doesn’t end particularly well, either. It feels like the world’s longest ever part one of a serial rather than a full novel within a series. The connection between Daniel and Lydia never gets much of a chance to get going, and then we’re at the end of the book. I assume we’ll continue that story with the next book.
I didn’t hate this book, but I have to admit that I didn’t particularly enjoy it, either. I’ll give book two a chance when it comes out, but if that ends up being a serial rather than a series, I’ll probably give up as serials really aren’t my thing. I really wanted to love this book, but I just couldn’t.
I understand why other readers are having problems with the cliffhanger and having the same relationship with the characters as they do with BDB (if my hubby was like John Mathew, I would be very very happy) however, this series needs to be given the opportunity to plant its feet and sow the seeds. I for one am looking forward to finding out what is going on with Hex and how Lydia and her beaux Daniel fit into this. Way more than meets the eye.