A vampire aristocrat, Peyton is well aware of his duty to his bloodline: mate with an appropriate female of his class and carry on his family’s traditions. And he thought he’d found his perfect match—until she fell in love with someone else. Yet when his split-second decision in a battle with the enemy endangers the life of another trainee, Peyton has to face the idea that his future, and his heart, actually lie with another.
Novo, as a female in the Black Dagger Brotherhood’s training program, feels like she has to prove herself to everybody—and she has no interest in being distracted by falling in love. But when Peyton proves to be so much more than a rich playboy, she is forced to confront the tragedy that has broken her soul and closed her off from love.
As the two grapple with Novo’s past and Peyton’s present, another couple must contend with an erotic connection that is unparalleled—and potentially scandalous. Saxton, who has had his heart broken, discovers in himself a deep-seated attraction to Ruhn, a new member of the household. But will the other male explore the connection? Or will he close his mind and his heart to what could be true love . . . and cost Saxton everything?
Continuing the pattern of a young trainee and an older BDB character having two separate story threads running side by side, I was thrilled that this was Peyton and Novo along with Saxton and Ruhn’s stories. There was so much heart in this one as these two romance pairs faced tough pasts along with some present dangers.
Blood Fury is the third book in the Black Dagger Legacy and cleverly runs a parallel side story within the greater world of the Black Dagger Brotherhood series without stepping on any toes there. While this series doesn’t need to be read in sync with that series per se, I’d at least suggest that it isn’t begun until the reader has gotten at least as far as The King in the BDB series so the Legacy series makes sense.
Peyton and Novo are both BDB trainees and have been around since they were introduced in Blood Kiss. Peyton is a son of an aristocratic Glymera family and Novo comes from a social climbing commoner family. Saxton has long been part of the BDB series as the King’s First Counsel and Blay’s lover who was set aside when he and Qhinn reconciled. Ruhn is Bitty’s uncle who showed up as a fairly new character in the last Legacy book, Blood Vow.
If there is a theme to this book, at least at first, it’s unrequited love. Three of the four main characters have experienced it and are hurting from it. But, happily, they aren’t left to suffer long as the author slips in new chances for them all if they can get beyond their pasts. Novo is a tough as nails chick who has her reasons for the titanium steel wall she has built around her emotions that somehow Peyton has a way of getting past even though she sees him as a spoiled rich boy at first. Peyton has his own hidden burdens to bear. Oddly, Saxton and Ruhn have the whole class difference romance and Saxton struggling to not get his hopes up a second time especially since he believes Ruhn to be straight. While Ruhn feels he has nothing to offer someone like Saxton though his loyalty, heart, and honesty shine so beautifully in Saxton’s eyes.
The plot shifts back and forth between the two pairs with confrontations with gangster humans and lessers to keep things interesting. I really felt for all of them and the way they were hurting. I cheered them on as they found their romances.
There are a list of people I wanted to boot up the butt, but I think Peyton’s jerk dad and Novo’s witch of a sister lead the list. Waste of oxygen on either of them. There was something of a mystery to me of what was fueling Peyton’s dad’s hate and what was the big dark secret the girl that was being shoved at Peyton was. I hope it gets resolved in the next book. And man, the agony of Assail off in the background and Qhinn’s brother have me glad that Assail’s book is next.
Unlike the older series, the Legacy books are much less complicated than the older series that has a complexity of plot threads running through it. I like the change in gears of going back and forth between the two and still getting the author’s fantastic writing and style and the BDB world in both.
So, I definitely recommend readers not skip this Black Dagger Legacy series if they love good Paranormal Romance.
My thanks to Penguin-Random House for the opportunity to read this book in exchange for an honest review.
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