Genres: Paranormal Romance
Published by Gallery Books
Released on August 13, 2019
The Black Dagger Legacy has become like a scrumptious dessert to come after each Black Dagger Brotherhood release each year. I’ve enjoyed getting to know this scrappy second generation of fighters paired with one of the original brothers in a new adventure on the streets of Caldwell.
Blood Truth is the fourth of the Black Dagger Legacy series standalone stories in the BDB world. While they are loosely connected to each other, they are best read after the reader has at least hit the double digits in the BDB series this spins off of so the backstory, setting, and surrounding characters mean something.
Blood Truth begins right on the heels of an event that happened in The Savior, BDB #17. Boone was directly responsible for tipping off the Brotherhood to a secret meeting happening among the movers and shakers in the Glymera. He knew by coming forward that he was probably sealing his father’s death warrant as a traitor to the King. While guilt and a weird sort of grief are present, he knows that the members of his training program, the Brothers and their household are the family he can cling to for support and comfort. Tohr takes Boone off his duty rotation to process and grieve, but Boone needs the action to keep his mind busy so Butch accepts him as assistant in working on a murder case with a serial killer who may be one of their own race.
While assisting Butch, Boone encounters a lovely woman who called in the Brotherhood to investigate the latest in three gruesome murders at a downtown underground club. Helaine is set on revenge for her sister’s murder and protect other women while she hunts the killer at the club. She feels guilty for being the one to survive when her vivacious sister was killed and now she is still awkward and hiding away from life. That is until Boone crosses her path and she finds herself pulled to this male who accepts her as she is and with whom she feels comfortable and even confident.
I enjoyed this latest a great deal. It was fab getting Butch back in his detective role, snippets with the Brothers and sweet Fritz though weird that there wasn’t much interaction with the other trainees save a few quick scenes. A few scenes were memorable and I let out some barks of laughter. There was some sizzle with Boone and Helaine and interesting family dynamics and secrets for Boone to deal with. The inclusion of a Band of Brothers side thread with Syn had me curious and I saw the twist there. It was all around easy and quick reading.
There was something missing. Nothing huge or awful just little things. I couldn’t put my finger on it, but I felt like I was skating across the surface with this one at times. Not that it didn’t have depth, but it was like I could see it yet not feel it. I can’t say that I minded that Boone isn’t an angsty type. Helaine tried to ramp up the angst at one point, but it was dampened when Boone controlled his anger and hurt. He calmly told her that she was his equal and he would support her independence and would she please not run ahead with the attitude and snubs like he is words and actions were a foregone conclusion when she had him all wrong.
Then, in the end, I felt like some of the things that were brought out in the story were either left under-developed or straight out hanging. With this series, its hard to tell if this is intentional and will get explored further in a later book or if it was just left. That mental thing that both Syn and Boone were experiencing, Boone’s heritage question, and a few other little things left me unsatisfied with a swift ending when I needed a bit more to the final explanations.
That said, I finished this feeling like I got another solid, entertaining read that in general left me more than satisfied. Those who are wanting sassy, sizzling action-packed paranormal romance should not hesitate to pick up the original series or this spin off.
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