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NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • J. R. Ward returns with an all-new tale of paranormal passion in the world of the Black Dagger Brotherhood.

The Black Dagger Brotherhood continues to train the best of the best to join them in the deadly battle against the Lessening Society. Among the new recruits, Axe proves to be a cunning and vicious fighter—and also a loner isolated because of personal tragedy. When an aristocratic female needs a bodyguard, Axe takes the job, though he’s unprepared for the animal attraction that flares between him and the one he is sworn to protect.

For Elise, who lost her first cousin to a grisly murder, Axe’s dangerous appeal is enticing—and possibly a distraction from her grief. But as they delve deeper into her cousin’s death, and their physical connection grows into so much more, Axe fears that the secrets he keeps and his tortured conscience will tear them apart.

Rhage, the Brother with the biggest heart, knows all about self-punishing, and he wants to help Axe reach his full potential. But when an unexpected arrival threatens Rhage and Mary’s new family, he finds himself back in the trenches again, fighting against a destiny that will destroy all he holds most dear.

As Axe’s past becomes known, and fate seems to be turning against Rhage, both males must reach deep—and pray that love, rather than anger, will be their lantern in the darkness.

Praise for Blood Vow

“Sharp, sexy, and funny.” New York Journal of Books

“Nonstop action, steamy sexual tension . . . and absorbing characters.” BookPage
 
“Packed with quietly gut-wrenching emotions, healing and sacrifice.” —Under the Covers

Praise for J. R. Ward’s Black Dagger Brotherhood series

“Utterly absorbing.” —Angela Knight

“To die for . . . I love this series!” —Suzanne Brockmann

Review

“Sharp, sexy, and funny.” New York Journal of Books

“Nonstop action, steamy sexual tension . . . and absorbing characters.” BookPage
 
“Packed with quietly gut-wrenching emotions, healing and sacrifice.” —Under the Covers

Praise for J. R. Ward’s Black Dagger Brotherhood series

 
“Utterly absorbing.” —Angela Knight
 
“To die for . . . I love this series!” —Suzanne Brockmann

About the Author

J. R. Ward is the author of more than twenty previous novels, including those in her #1 New York Times bestselling Black Dagger Brotherhood series. She lives in the South with her family.

Excerpt. © Reprinted by permission. All rights reserved.

One

 

The Keys, Caldwell, New York

 

T

here was a place in Axe’s life for masks. Whether they were literal and hid your face, or figurative to protect your soul, he was supremely comfortable with camouflage. Knowledge, after all, was power only if it gave you insight into your enemy. If insight was applied to you?

 

He’d rather have a knife to his throat.

 

And everyone was his enemy.

 

Standing in a crowd of over a hundred sexually aroused humans, he was ready to feed his dark side—-you know, toss some fresh meat over the chain--link fence of his sex drive and stand back as the meal was consumed, the gnawing hunger briefly satisfied.

 

It never lasted. But that was why he’d joined this club.

 

The Keys was a private, members--only gig, and there were only two rules. No minors. Always with consent.

 

After those conditions were satisfied? You could scratch the itch of whatever sin you wanted: glory holes, gang bangs, girls on girls on guys. There were rooms for fetishes, and pits for fucking, and every tie--up, chain--down, in--the--air you could ask for.

 

Especially here in the Cathedral.

 

Of all the spaces in the sprawling, multi--block compound, this was largest and the loftiest. Filled with swirls of white smoke, pierced by purple and blue lasers, empty of furniture and fixtures except for the altar, only the hardest of the hardcore were allowed in here.

 

And masks were always worn, even on nights when the rest of the club didn’t require it.

 

Through the eye holes of his fitted skull plate, Axe looked up, way up, to the altar.

 

It was like a scene out of The Silence of the Lambs, a human body suspended high above the floor, arms outstretched, head tilting to the side, swaths of fabric fanning out like wings all around the torso. The Hannibal--arisons ended there, though. Not a man, a woman. Not clothed, but naked. Not real blood on the flesh, but a viscous wash that fell like rain from the ceiling, hitting her breasts, dripping over her stomach, licking down her thighs so that she glistened under the remote lights.

 

Not dead, but very much alive.

 

“Do you want that?” he was asked from behind.

 

Axe smiled and didn’t bother hiding his fangs.

 

None of them knew that he was an actual vampire. And not as in a neo--Victorian Dracula--wannabe with cosmetically altered canines, high--heeled boots, and a fake black rinse through his already dark hair.

 

As in the real deal. Different DNA. Different traditions and language. Different biological imperative that, yes, involved drinking blood from a vampire of the opposite sex.

 

Different sex drive.

 

“Yeah, I’ll take her first,” he said.

 

As the staff member whistled loudly and put his hand up to summon the rolling scaffolding, a rush tripped and fell over the crowd, excitement building for the first show. And for a split second, Axe considered materializing up there just to freak them all out, just because he could, just because he liked creating chaos.

 

Instead, he scaled the front of the metal framework with the ease of a spider over its web.

 

When he was up at the woman’s level, her body responded in a starving arch, her head falling back, her mouth opening, her eyes begging him. She wasn’t drugged. She was achingly aware, the scent of her sex flaring, her flesh calling out for release.

 

She’d wanted him. Out of the many below, she’d wanted him specifically.

 

“Take me,” she said. “Take—-”

 

He reached out his gloved hand and closed her mouth with his fingertips. Bending over her, he bared his canines and went for her throat. But he didn’t bite her. He ran the tip of one fang up her jugular.

 

With a jerk against the chains she had volunteered for, she orgasmed for him right then and there, the alchemy of the public display, the danger he represented, the kind of sex she needed, coalescing into a release that flushed her face and made her moan as she thrashed. 

 

Down below, the pleasure she felt rippled through the teeming bodies.

 

And he was aroused, yes. But not like they were. Not like she was.

 

Never as any of them.

 

However, the screaming voice in his head that told him he was a piece of shit was dimmed down by the sex. The fire of his rage against himself was doused by the distraction. The packed house of recriminations under his real skull were, momentarily, displaced.

 

So yes, this worked for everyone.

 

Reaching up to his own throat, he released the cord of his cloak and dropped the heavy weight from his shoulders. He had black leathers on and nothing else but his tattoos and piercings.

 

Axe’s hands went to her body and traveled, with his mouth, everywhere.

 

And the storm he was deliberately creating raked over the decimated landscape of his soul, obscuring the ragged, desolated mess he was.

 

She was getting what she required, and so was he.

 

Good thing. He needed to be at the Black Dagger Brotherhood training center in about an hour, in some kind of shape to continue his education. Being a soldier in the fight against the Lessening Society? Walking the line between life and death?

 

Now that was finally going to get him what he was after.

 

Inner peace through acts of war: Because he had to believe if you were facing off with the undead, surely you were too busy trying to stay alive to worry about anything else.

 

Fucking perfect.

 

State University of New York, Caldwell Campus

 

Elise, blooded daughter of the Princeps Felixe the Younger, smiled at the human male across the library table from her. “Of course I’d stay late. I’m not going to leave you to deal with all this by yourself.”

 

“All this” was a debris field of final papers sufficient to cover every square inch of surface except for two feet in front of her and two feet in front of Professor Troy Becke. Although the submissions for Psych 342 had been filed electronically, Troy believed in printing them out for grading purposes—-and after having been through midterms with the man, Elise had to agree. There was something different about holding the work in your hands and being able to write your thoughts down. It had to do with the lack of speed, she’d decided.

 

Too easy to scan if you were doing things electronically, and she was such a quick typist; having to handwrite things gave her time to really think things through.

 

Troy sat back and stretched. “Well, considering it’s ten o’clock at night only days before Christmas, I’d say it’s yeoman’s duty.”

 

As he smiled at her, she measured him. He was tall for a human, and he had bright blue eyes and the sort of face that was so open and friendly, it could make you forget that you were a stranger posing in a strange land, a foreigner who had come to visit and stayed because they were captivated by the freedom that was enjoyed by the natives.

 

“So that was my last one.” She put the printout on her stack of graded papers on the left and twisted in the chair to crack her spine, a little sunburst of relief easing at her waist. “You know, this was a good group of students. They really got it—-”

 

“I’m sorry,” he interjected.

 

Elise frowned. “Why? I’m your teaching assistant. This is my job. Besides, I’m learning even more now. . . .”

 

She let her voice trail off because she was pretty sure Troy wasn’t hearing a thing she was saying. He was looking around at the stacks that bracketed them in their alcove, his eyes not really focused.

 

As a vampire among humans, Elise was always a little twitchy, and she hopped on the scan train, glancing about in case Troy had sensed something she had not.

 

The Foster Newmann library was a place where students went to study even though print was dead and notes were now taken on laptops and chalk no longer existed in classrooms. Four stories high, and marked by stretches of shelving that were broken up by sitting areas, the facility was a place where she always felt safe, with nothing but her studies and her ambitions before her.

 

It was when she was at home, in her father’s mansion, that she was hunted. Pursued. Threatened.

 

Although that was just allegorically speaking.

 

Noticing nothing, she rubbed her eyes, the reality that she was going to have to return to that big old house making her head pound.

 

Seven years into her studies and she was starting to get close to her goal. Thanks to an undergrad major in psych, she had been allowed into the Psy.D. in Clinical Psychology program without a master’s. Her goal was to go into a private counseling practice for the race when she was finally finished, specializing in PTSD.

 

After the raids of two years before, there were a lot of vampires suffering from traumatic loss, and so few avenues for anyone to seek social workers and counseling.

 

Of course, the raids had also slowed her down, too, her father insisting that she cease her studies and decamp with her aunt, uncle, and first cousin out to a safe house far from Caldwell. As soon as they had come back, however, she had gotten on track again—-although tragedy had struck once more, making it all so much harder for her.

 

She hated lying to her sire every night. Hated the subterfuge about where she was going and who she was with. But what other choice did she have? The small window of freedom she’d been granted had been slammed shut.

 

Especially after her first cousin had been beaten to death four weeks ago.

 

Elise still couldn’t believe Al-li-shon was gone, and her father, uncle, and aunt were likewise in a state of renewed shock—-or at least, she assumed they were. No one was talking about the loss, the sadness, the anger. But they were reacting to it, for sure: Elise’s father was so tense and grim, it was as if he were going to snap at any moment. Her aunt had been locked up in her bedroom for a month. And her uncle was a ghost who wandered around, throwing no shadows, casting no footfalls.

 

Meanwhile, Elise was sneaking out of the mansion to go to school. But come on. She had worked for years and years to get this far, and if anything, the way her family was handling Al-li-shon’s loss was exactly why the race needed good, well--trained psychologists.

 

Stuffing things under the proverbial rug was a recipe for interpersonal disaster.

 

“I’m just tired,” Troy said.

 

Yanking herself out of introspection, she looked at the man. Her first thought was that he was hiding something. Her second was that she had to know what it was.

 

“Is there anything I can help with?”

 

He shook his head. “No, the problem’s on my side.”

 

As he tried to smile, she caught the scent of something in the air. Something . . . 

 

“I think you better go.” He leaned down for the duffel bag he’d brought the exams in and started shuffling stacks of papers into it. “The roads will be getting bad because of the snow.”

 

“Troy. Can you please talk to me?”

 

He got up, tucking his loose shirt into his khaki slacks. “It’s all good. And I guess I won’t see you until after New Year’s.”

 

Elise frowned. “I thought you wanted me to do the syllabus planning with you for Psych four--oh--one, two twenty--eight, and the seminar on Bipolar Two? I have tomorrow night free—-”

 

“I don’t think that’s a good idea, Elise.”

 

What the heck was that scent—-

 

Oh. Wow.

 

With a flush, she realized what it was. Especially as his eyes shifted away from her: He was aroused. Because of her.

 

He was seriously, sexually aroused. And he was not happy about it.

 

“Troy.”

 

Her professor put his hand up. “Look, it’s nothing you’ve done. It’s not you, honest.”

 

As he didn’t go any further than that, she found herself wishing he would just come out with it all. Not because she was necessarily attracted to him, but she hated anything that was hidden. She had had more than enough of that from her family’s perennial stiff--upper--lip way of handling life’s inevitable unpleasantnesses.

 

Besides, it wasn’t as if she wasn’t attracted to him. He was appealing in an unthreatening kind of way. Smart, funny, and a heartthrob to his female students for sure. God knew she’d seen plenty of the humans he taught stare at him like he was a god.

 

And maybe she had thought about what it would be like with him. The touching. The kissing. The . . . other things.

 

She had no male prospects currently and that was not going to change anytime soon. Especially given the fact that she was fouled in the eyes of the glymera.

 

Not that anyone knew that, as the male she had lain with that one time had been killed in raids.

 

“I am of age,” she heard herself say.

 

His eyes flipped to hers. “What?”

 

“I am not young. Too young, I mean. For what’s on your mind.”

 

Troy’s gaze flared as if that was the last thing he’d expected her to say. And then he looked at her lips.

 

Yes, she thought. He was safe, this human. He would never hurt her or pressure her, as that kind of aggression was not in his nature—-and even if it was, she could easily overpower him. Besides, she was never going to be mated, would never have a life wholly outside of her father’s control, never experience anything more than the distilled life stories in her course books.

 

“Elise.” He scrubbed his palm down over his face. “Oh, God . . .”

 

“What? And no, I’m not going to pretend I don’t know what we’re talking about here.”

 

“There are rules. Between professors and students.”

 

“You’re not teaching any classes of mine.”

 

“You’re my T.A.”

 

“I make my own decisions, no one else does.”

 

At least that was true here, in the slice of life she had in the human world. And she would be damned if some rule in a society that was not her own was going to keep her from doing what she wanted. She got way too much of that in her species.

 

Troy laughed in a harsh rush. “I can’t believe we’re having this conversation. I mean, I’ve had it in my head with you a thousand times. I just never thought it would actually happen.”

 

“Well, I don’t care what people think.” And that much was true. When it came to humans. “And I’m not afraid.”

 

“I can’t say the same. I mean, I’ve never done this before. I know it’s a cliché, the whole teacher/student thing. But I’ve never crossed this line. I thought I was, you know, stronger than this. You’re different, though, and because you are . . . you’re making me act differently.”

 

There was a curious helplessness to him as he stared at her, as if he had struggled and lost a fight.

 

Now she looked at his lips.

 

As she did, his scent flared again and she saw his chest rise—-

 

“Professor Becke? Hi!”

 

The human woman who came up to him was petite and curvy and wearing perfume. With her makeup on and her blond hair curling around her shoulders, she seemed like she belonged on a poster advertising the university as an attractive and fun place to go.

 

“I’m in your survey class, or was in it, and my roommate—-she’s here also. Hey! Amber! Look who’s here! Anyway, I was the one who had to go home because my parents were getting a divorce, and you let me delay my exam. Well, I . . .”

 

All kinds of nouns and verbs continued to come out of the girl, and then Amber, the roommate, bounded over like a puppy. Meanwhile, Troy seemed scrambled, as if the intimacy that had flared before the interruption was a place he had to travel back from.

 

Gathering her coat and her backpack, Elise pushed her chair into the table and lifted her hand in a goodbye. As he nodded at her, there was a desperation in his eyes, as if a gift he had long hoped for was slipping out of his hands and falling into a ravine.

 

Elise made the sign for call--me up by her ear, and then she was striding out to where the reception area was. The older man who worked nights behind the desk was bent over his computer as if he were in the process of logging out of the network, his blue parka and his knit hat already placed on the counter next to a thermos she guessed was empty.

 

“Good night,” she said as she came up to the glass doors.

 

He grunted. Which was the best he ever did.

 

Outside, the wind was strong and cold as a slap, and she one--strapped her pack so she could zip up her coat. The walkway was illuminated by lampposts, and sure enough, delicate flakes were wisping in and out of the light as if they wanted to dance with each other, but were feeling shy.

 

For a moment, Elise glanced around and thought that Al-li-shon would never enjoy the quiet night again, never walk among swirling flurries, feeling the warmth inside her coat and the chill upon her cheeks. And Elise wished she had spent more time with the female. The two of them had been so different, so opposite, the bookworm and the wild child, but still, maybe there could have been some kind of opportunity to change the outcome. Shift the destiny. Flip back the switch that had taken Al-li-shon away from safety.

 

Not to be, however.

 

Elise stepped off onto the brown grass and strode away from the light, the parking lot, the classroom building that was close on the other side.

 

When the shadows fully claimed her . . . she dematerialized away, traveling in a scatter of molecules to her father’s sprawling Georgian mansion that was miles away from campus. Troy was on her mind, maybe as a distraction, maybe as a legitimate curiosity. Probably some of both. Still, the trip didn’t require much more than the blink of an eye and a wink of the will.

 

As she re--formed on her father’s lawn, Al-li-shon’s death converged with memories of Troy staring across the table of papers, his eyes burning, his body sending off its scent of arousal. Life could change in a moment, and didn’t that mean you should take advantage of however many nights and days you had?

 

Time wasn’t so much relative as an illusion. If she’d known her cousin was going to die, she herself would have made different choices. On that theory, if she knew she had a week left, or maybe a month, shouldn’t she see where things went with a male, even if he was just a human?

 

Troy had her number. And she had his. How did this work? They texted occasionally, but only about scheduling things.

 

A date was a “thing” to be scheduled, though, right?

 

Walking in the grand front door, she started trying out conversations in her head, ways of greeting and following up on—-

 

“Where have you been!”

 

Elise froze. And realized as she saw a grandfather clock and a set of stairs that was right out of Buckingham Palace that she had seriously screwed up: She’d come in through the formal entrance . . . and walked right past the open door to her father’s study.

 

With her coat on, and snowflakes in her hair, and her backpack on her shoulder.

 

“Elise!”

 

Through the open door, her father had stood up from behind his carved desk, his shock and horror more appropriate to someone having crashed an SUV through his mansion.

 

And actually, his pale face, his peeled--wide eyes, and his ruffled evening coat might have been funny. Under other circumstances.

 

With a curse, Elise closed her lids and braced herself for the onslaught.

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Blood Vow Book 2 in the Black Dagger Legacy Series!
Reviewed in the United States on April 18, 2017
This is the second book of The Black Dagger Legacy and I loved this book. This book although it has a lot of the characters from The Black Dagger Brotherhood also has new people in it and it is just so good the way the author wrote this book! As a matter of fact I am so... See more
This is the second book of The Black Dagger Legacy and I loved this book. This book although it has a lot of the characters from The Black Dagger Brotherhood also has new people in it and it is just so good the way the author wrote this book! As a matter of fact I am so caught up in these books, I forgot to post my reviews when finished!

In this book we are introduced to Axe another young man training to be a soldier for the BDB. He is pretty much a loner, and has had a hard life growing up as his mother left him and her dad when he was so young and it slowly killed his father''s spirit and Axe watched him slowly give up waiting for his wife to come home. Unfortunately he was one of the victims in the raids that killed so many years ago and now Axe is alone. He is doing well in the training and is hired by the Princeps Felixe the younger to guard his daughter Elise while she goes to finish her doctorate in psychology. They fall in love~!

Rhage and Mary are so happy with Bitty and are waiting the 6 months to legally adopt her when Bitty''s uncle shows up and wants to be in Bitty''s life. Rhage and Mary are so devastated, and Vishous goes to check out where he is from and what kind of a man he is. When things seem like they are going to hell, JR Ward twists the plot right at the end and it is so unexpected it will make you love the end of this story.

This series just two books in has every indication that it is going to be just as satisfying as the BDB, and I am totally on board with this new generation of characters! I gave this book 5 awesome Stars!
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A Black Dagger Juggernaut...
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Elise is secretly trying to achieve her dream of being a psychologist to help her ravaged race. As the blooded daughter of the Princeps Felixe the Younger, she is bound by the suffocating rules of the glymera – and they believe that females have little need for... See more
Elise is secretly trying to achieve her dream of being a psychologist to help her ravaged race. As the blooded daughter of the Princeps Felixe the Younger, she is bound by the suffocating rules of the glymera – and they believe that females have little need for intelligence. She knows the risks of stealing out of the family mansion to attend university but she’s far too close to her goal to just give up.

Her father agrees to allow her to continue with her studies on one condition – she goes with a bodyguard. And that bodyguard just happens to be the very male that now haunts her dreams.

Axewell, son of Theirsh, is intimately acquainted with pain. Like many others, Axe lost everything during the raids and it’s the main reason that he became a recruit at the training center.

Fighting alongside of the Brotherhood gives him a freedom that even kink and drugs could not provide – until he met Elise.

Elise deserves so much better than a complete failure with no status and no family. But he can protect her from danger and he doesn’t care if he has to sacrifice his own life to do it.

Rhage and Mary have never been so happy. Now with Bitty as their daughter, their lives are now complete. Giving their young everything that she could ever want and replacing all the memories of her horrific past with ones of love is a blessing beyond anything that they ever thought that they would have.

But their happiness is shattered when someone from Bitty’s bloodline steps forward. Now faced with the prospect of letting her go, they must decide if their love is strong enough to endure a pain that promises to be far greater than anything that they have ever weathered before.

Blood Vow is nothing short of extraordinary! J.R. Ward has once again created a world that I simply wanted to immerse myself in and never leave. Each storyline grabbed me right by the heart and held on without any mercy. I laughed at Lassiter, cried with Mary and fell completely in love right along with Elise.

The Black Dagger Legacy is proving to be so much more than just another spin off series – it’s now a juggernaut all its own…
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Mars C.
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Axe and Elise- watered down Vishous and Paradise
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BDB FAN here and this was by far my least favorite book. I literally had to speed read through the Axe and Elise parts. Mary, Rhage and Bitty was the saving frace for this. Axe was a totally watered down Vishous. The character started out very similar to V but... See more
BDB FAN here and this was by far my least favorite book. I literally had to speed read through the Axe and Elise parts. Mary, Rhage and Bitty was the saving frace for this.

Axe was a totally watered down Vishous. The character started out very similar to V but the 180 was too much. His edge was totally wiped out and the romance wih him and Elise just didnt catch. The connection was simpering at best. He went from sex clubs and public sex to sitting in front lf a hearth with a crappy block of wood carving...sappy! Not what I expect from JR Ward

Elise- ok, she is my absolutely least fave female in this series. She is seriously so boring. She is a psych major that has ZERO self awareness. She is supposed to be “smart” but honestly comes off like a “know it all” who frankly doesnt seem to know anything. She is a blatant hypocrite and a waterdowned cross between paradise and Marissa.

This was a “love story” I could have missed. Axe is NO Vishous and Elise is no Dr Jane. A bodyguard with the rich girl who is really a smart girl who wants her independence from her stifling life. Cue EYE ROLL!!! Well- one out of this series is a damn amazong record though because I seriously love almost every other couple JR Ward has created. These 2 just didnt live up to the high level of awesome she heas created
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Reviewed in the United States on September 11, 2020
So, I guess I''m playing catch up, or maybe backtracking? I purchased Blood Kiss a while ago and although I knew that Black Dagger Legacy was a spin-off of the Black Dagger Brotherhood, I didn''t realize how connected it was until I was already two books ahead in the original... See more
So, I guess I''m playing catch up, or maybe backtracking? I purchased Blood Kiss a while ago and although I knew that Black Dagger Legacy was a spin-off of the Black Dagger Brotherhood, I didn''t realize how connected it was until I was already two books ahead in the original series. So, in an effort to keep that happening to any other clueless reader - here''s the link to the Reading Order of both series courtesy of J.R. Ward''s website. You''re welcome ;)

Axe was the "bad boy" of the group of trainees. Or at least that''s the side of himself that he let everyone see. Once Elise and Axe are forced to spend more time together, Elise sees that side that not even Axe truly sees in himself. It''s almost as if he''s a different person when he''s around Elise.  

Although I liked the story between Elise and Axe, it was Rhage, Mary and Bitty (along with a certain fallen angel) that really drew me in. Their part of the story just about broke my heart and made me love their little family even more. But the real pull was the love and support that they gained from their extended family was amazing. And yeah, Lassiter kind of stole the show.

Next up for the Black Dagger Legacy is Blood Fury, which means I''ll finally be caught up and can continue with The Thief from the Black Dagger Brotherhood.
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If you read BEAST and liked it, you have to read this one
Reviewed in the United States on December 17, 2016
"He was extraordinary. Or maybe...extraordinarily dangerous was more like it However she defined the effect of him, she had a sixth sense he was going to change her life." FINAL DECISION: Good addition to the Black Dagger Legacy. Axe and Elise seemed... See more
"He was extraordinary. Or maybe...extraordinarily dangerous was more like it However she defined the effect of him, she had a sixth sense he was going to change her life."

FINAL DECISION: Good addition to the Black Dagger Legacy. Axe and Elise seemed set up perfectly for an angst filled drama, but the story ended up simpler than I expected. My favorite part of the book was the continuation of Rhage and Mary''s story from BEAST. If you read BEAST, you have to read this one.

THE STORY: Axe is a new recruit trainee with the Black Dagger Brotherhood. He is a loner who despises the idea of love after it wrecked his father when his mother left them. He agrees to take the job protecting a female vampire who needs a bodyguard (Axe desperately needs the money). He ends up meeting Elise who is an aristocratic female (definitely not of Axe''s class) and he is immediately attracted to her despite knowing that there can not be anything between them. Despite the boy from the wrong side of the tracks and the upper class girl vibe, these two find that they are desperately attracted to one another. In other tales, Rhage and Mary are happily waiting for the finalization of their adoption of daughter Bitsy. Just when everything seems to be going so well, a man who might have a greater claim on their daughter enters the picture disrupting the happy ending that the trio expected.

OPINION: This was an interesting book, but I honestly liked the secondary story involving Rhage and Mary more than the primary story. Axe and Elise seemed set up perfectly for an angst filled drama, but the story ended up simpler than I expected.

From his presence in the prior book in this series, Axe has shown himself to be a highly damaged person. A former drug addict, a current sex addict (who spends his free time at a sex club engaging in public sex), a male vampire who feels deep anger and guilt about his father, I expected his journey to love to be difficult and filled with drama and angst.

The intense problems are quickly resolved when he falls for Elise. This is more about two opposites falling for one another (although it is clear Elise is not as pure as she seems and Axe is not as dark). Axe is smitten from Elise from the beginning and doesn''t seriously fight that attraction.

Elise is a woman who wants to be different than the expectations of the older generation. In fact, the one thing that is consistent with the Black Dagger Legacy books is that the old ways are changing in the vampire world and this younger generation is determined to make different lives for themselves than the older generation expected.

The idea of the new generation breaking out from convention is a strong theme in this series which I enjoy -- especially because I''ve read the Black Dagger Brotherhood series where the characters do largely adhere to the old ways (although things are changing there as well).

With Elise''s skills and abilities I had expected that we would see a crossover with the Rhage and Mary story, but those are kept largely apart.

The Rhage and Mary part of this book make this mandatory reading for fans of the Black Dagger Brotherhood series (especially after BEAST). This is the center of the angst and drama in this book. After the events of BEAST, this book upends the "happy ending" when a male appears who may have a claim on Rhage and Mary''s newly adopted daughter. This story kept the pages turning for me. Drama, love, resolution with complex ideas and themes.

WORTH MENTIONING: This book is highly focused on the new trainees and the original BDB characters which is nice for those readers who want to know more about the characters and less about the mythology of the BDB series.

CONNECTED BOOKS: BLOOD VOW is the second book in the Black Dagger Legacy series. This is a spin off of Ward''s Black Dagger Brotherhood series. The main story of this book about Axe and Elise can be read without knowledge of the rest either of the series (although there is no world explanation so you have to pick up the nuances) but the secondary story about Rhage, Mary and Bitsy is a continuation of BEAST (Black Dagger Brotherhood).

STAR RATING: I give this book 4 stars.
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Janna
4.0 out of 5 starsVerified Purchase
Wanted more of Axe and Elise and less Rhage and Mary
Reviewed in the United States on December 30, 2016
Reviewed For I''m A Sweet And Sassy Book Whore Blood Vow is the second book in the Black Dagger Legacy series and boy did this one have a lot happening. I love J.R. Ward and her books and actually I have waited to write this review because I wasn’t sure what to... See more
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Blood Vow is the second book in the Black Dagger Legacy series and boy did this one have a lot happening. I love J.R. Ward and her books and actually I have waited to write this review because I wasn’t sure what to say to be honest. I loved the book, and while I normally love the continuation of other characters stories in the books I feel that Rhage and Mary overtook Axe and Elise’s story. Honestly I wish that either Ms. Ward had either included their parts in The Beast or even in the next BDB book. I want to read about those in the training program, to get to know who they are and their pasts. I felt that Axe and Elise didn’t have the ability to truly allow their story to be told and that something things were left unresolved.

Blood Vow does have the funny moments that we love about the books in both series, as well as some action, drama, and sexiness. I loved Lassiter and his role in the book, especially when he um gets stuck; I think I died laughing at that point. Overall Blood Vow was another good addition to the series and I hope that the next in this series will focus on the main characters more than other storylines because as much as I love Rhage I am about to tap out on anymore at this point.
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Karwyn
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Okay but not great 2.5 Stars
Reviewed in the United States on June 13, 2017
Rating: NC 17 Sexuality: M/F Audience: Adult over 18 Profanity: Yes Adult Violence: Fight Scenes, Blood, Killing This is book two in the Black Dagger Brotherhood Legacy by JR Ward. When first announced this was supposed to be a paperback... See more
Rating: NC 17
Sexuality: M/F
Audience: Adult over 18
Profanity: Yes Adult
Violence: Fight Scenes, Blood, Killing

This is book two in the Black Dagger Brotherhood Legacy by JR Ward. When first announced this was supposed to be a paperback offshoot series but changed to hardcover print and is a chronically extension of the main series. The main brothers are joined by new trainees whom the books romance centers on. In this book Ace a new trainee paired with Elise the glymera female. I liked Ace, but Elise whom is supposed to be a psychology Ph.D student is vamped and emotional ill equipped to be a counselor or a strong woman. The story line of Bittie''s adoption pissed me off as Rhage is still being an idiot. In this book Rhage again acts suicidal when he has a wife and child at home. As a character Rhage emotionally dives back to point of the start of the previous book The Beast. WTH I am so very disappointed in him as a character. I feel completely tortured by Ward and her ADD writing of these characters that I have bleed with over years. What she is having her characters experience is against the character she established in the previous books and against the entire series.

There is nothing in this book that propelled the series forward. The ''new'' main characters have potential which is being lost in translation. The first scene that established Ace was dark and powerful, but after that one glimpse into darkness it becomes all fluff and contrived strife.

I read and listened to the book and the narration is five stars and is richly performed.
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I OFarrell
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The bodyguard
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on April 25, 2017
When Axe joins the Black Dagger Brotherhood’s Training program he intends to stay at arm’s length from the others especially Peyton and his Glymera pals. When a chance meeting throws him in the path of the lovely Elise all bets are off. Not only does he become her...See more
When Axe joins the Black Dagger Brotherhood’s Training program he intends to stay at arm’s length from the others especially Peyton and his Glymera pals. When a chance meeting throws him in the path of the lovely Elise all bets are off. Not only does he become her bodyguard, but he also finds a connection that he’d never believed was possible. This is not just a romance but a coming of age novel. Axe finds more out about himself than he knew existed and becomes a valuable member of the team through his brave actions. Elise is yet another strong female as per Ward’s usual style but her character is also determined and challenging. The bond between the pair is strong but the reasons for them not to be together are getting in the way, causing a friction for all those around. The story is yet another beautifully romantic episode to the Black Dagger Legacy with its intricately crafted world and amazing full-bodied characters.
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Sunshine
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Love Axe but love Rhage more!
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on January 27, 2017
This is the second story of the BD legacy series the only reason I decided to buy this book was it had Rhage and Mary in it and they happen to be my favourite couple in the BDB series but actually the story was supposed to be about Elise and Axe. We had Axe who was a...See more
This is the second story of the BD legacy series the only reason I decided to buy this book was it had Rhage and Mary in it and they happen to be my favourite couple in the BDB series but actually the story was supposed to be about Elise and Axe. We had Axe who was a wounded soul and Elise who was a shiny bright female who belonged to the glymera wanting ''a bit of rough'' and who instead of listening to Axe''s inner most thoughts with compassion she chose to comeback with some psychological dross it was annoying! I couldn''t care less about their story but I loved Axe he had deep issues and had depth for Elise no. I love love love Rhage. He is such a big character in every way big on love big on courage big on breaking down. I know that other reviewers were saying that this story was a continuation of the Beast but like I said before you can never have enough of a good thing and I love love Rhage. Also Lassiter made me laugh. This is one of the few books that actually made me laugh and happy. I think JR Ward''s character of Rhage is the best she ever done so whenever he is mentioned I will always want to read his story. The other brothers were mentioned but I do not understand the purpose of this BD legacy series if she has to involve the Brothers if it is supposed to be about the new generation of warriors.
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I gave in to the ridiculous price tag...
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on March 7, 2017
I''m a BIG fan of J. R. Ward''s Black Dagger Brotherhood series but was quite disappointed with the first book in the spin-off Black Dagger Legacy series: ''Blood Kiss''. So when ''Blood Vow'' was released I put off buying it, my excuse being the ridiculous price tag along with a...See more
I''m a BIG fan of J. R. Ward''s Black Dagger Brotherhood series but was quite disappointed with the first book in the spin-off Black Dagger Legacy series: ''Blood Kiss''. So when ''Blood Vow'' was released I put off buying it, my excuse being the ridiculous price tag along with a lot of negative reviews about how the majority of the book continued to follow Hollywood and Mary''s story from ''The Beast'' instead of focusing solely on the new younger characters. Well, the other reviews were right; the legacy character Axe''s story seemed like a footnote, a delicious footnote, but a footnote all the same. Don''t get me wrong...overall I enjoyed the book, consuming it greedily in only two sittings, probably because it felt like more of a Black Dagger Brotherhood'' book rather than a Legacy one. I really hope in the future the story doesn''t revolve so much around Hollywood, Mary and their child, I''m hopeful that if a Brother''s story is to be revisited in the future it will be someone else''s. Now bring on April 4th already! I''m very much looking forward to the next installment of the BDB series ''The Chosen'' and glad I finally gave in with ''Blood Vow'' so the characters are all fresh in my mind.
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Hazel Abraham
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The Brotherhood have recruited the next generation of soldiers in ...
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on July 20, 2017
The Brotherhood have recruited the next generation of soldiers in their fight against the Lessers. The Black Dagger Legacy books are sure to hold your interest as much as the originals. In Blood Vow, the second of the legacy books, we learn more about the lives and...See more
The Brotherhood have recruited the next generation of soldiers in their fight against the Lessers. The Black Dagger Legacy books are sure to hold your interest as much as the originals. In Blood Vow, the second of the legacy books, we learn more about the lives and backgrounds of the youngsters and the conflict between the old ways and the more modern lives they lead. Elise, daughter of an aristocratic family meets Axe, a commoner and one of the recruits, and the fuse is lit for an action packed story of vampiric Romeo and Juliet.
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KitchenWitchNik
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Another Fang-tastic Read
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on May 21, 2017
This is another great instalment in the BDB books, this one as part of the Legacy series, although there are really two stories in one book here as we continue to find out more about the lives of the new trainees but also follow Mary and Rhage`s story with Bitty. Lassiter...See more
This is another great instalment in the BDB books, this one as part of the Legacy series, although there are really two stories in one book here as we continue to find out more about the lives of the new trainees but also follow Mary and Rhage`s story with Bitty. Lassiter gets a little storytime too (and I''m still desperate for him to get his own book). This didn''t have as much action as previous stories so felt a little flat in that regard but the sex was as hot as all get out so I''ll forgive that! I do, however, have one small complaint and that is that parts of the story felt familiar and, for me personally, I found Axe`s sexual deviancey too similar to V`s. It was a case of "been there, done that" which was a bit disappointing. Other than those small points, another great read.
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