The King by J.R. Ward

Whoa! OK. This was one hell of a ride. Let’s get the mundane out of the way and hit the review, yes?

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J.R. Ward’s # 1 New York Times bestselling Black Dagger Brotherhood continues as a royal bloodline is compromised by a grave threat to the throne.

Long live the King…

After turning his back on the throne for centuries, Wrath, son of Wrath, finally assumed his father’s mantle–with the help of his beloved mate. But the crown sets heavily on his head. As the war with the Lessening Society rages on, and the threat from the Band of Bastards truly hits home, he is forced to make choices that put everything–and everyone–at risk.

Beth Randall thought she knew what she was getting into when she mated the last pure blooded vampire on the planet: An easy ride was not it. But when she decides she wants a child, she’s unprepared for Wrath’s response–or the distance it creates between them.

The question is, will true love win out… or tortured legacy take over?

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This might be my all time favorite PNR series, but I’ll be the first to admit that after Rehvenge’s book, Lover Avenged, there’s been a decline in the quality of the books. It was mostly back with Lover At Last but I can definitely say that with The King, J.R. Ward is definitely back!!

The King is bringing us back to Wrath and Beth, the brotherhood’s situation with the glymera and of course, all the side stories: Assail and Sola (major swoons!), Xcor and Layla, and Trez and Selena.

Instead of getting Lessening Society parts we get glimpses from Wrath Sr.’s past with Ahna, (current) Wrath’s mahmen. And contrary to past scenes that I normally don’t like all that much, those were beautiful, insightful, and their purpose was spot on and intertwined with Wrath and Beth’s situation perfectly.

In the midst Wrath’s enemies, a.k.a. the glymera and the BoB, trying to dethrone him, he has to deal with his shellan wanting a baby he’s not willing to give her. His reasons are valid. Her counterarguments are, too. And the outcome is beautifully surprising.

And JM. His connection with Beth is growing in ways I’m not sure I fully expected. Him being Darius reincarnated is becoming part of their story beautifully. And knowing (unless Ward decides otherwise) he won’t ever know Darius’s soul is in him… makes it all the more interesting.

I super enjoyed getting to know about some of the older characters like Trez and iAm in this book, their brotherly bond, their past and some rather surprising pieces of info about them. Silent iAm’s newfound place in the mansion is amazing. And fun.

I’m dying to get more of Assail and Sola’s story, and can’t wait to see how they get their HEA, because they have to. If only so that his cousins can keep getting perfect hot, yummilicious meals made by her grandmother. Yep, if you didn’t read it yet, it will make no sense to you, but trust me.

Xcor and Layla get their fair share of plot time, too, and there are some surprises (or maybe not?) in there, too. I think there are some major changes coming within the BoB. We’ll just have to wait and see. L’Amore is a beautiful thing. *giggles*

I can keep talking about the ups and downs in this story until I’m blue in the face, but I’d rather you just go and read it. I got my laughs, some tears, heart beating out of my chest moments and a lot of swoonsies. Wouldn’t have minded more of the brotherhood’s together moments, but all in all, I thought it was perfect.

Who’s next? Anyone’s bet, methinks.

My rating: 5

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