Review: Blood Kiss (Black Dagger Legacy #1) by J.R. Ward

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The legacy of the Black Dagger Brotherhood continues in a spin-off series from the #1 New York Times bestselling author…
Paradise, blooded daughter of the king’s First Advisor, is ready to break free from the restrictive life of an aristocratic female. Her strategy? Join the Black Dagger Brotherhood’s training center program and learn to fight for herself, think for herself…be herself. It’s a good plan, until everything goes wrong. The schooling is unfathomably difficult, the other recruits feel more like enemies than allies, and it’s very clear that the Brother in charge, Butch O’Neal, a.k.a. the Dhestroyer, is having serious problems in his own life.

And that’s before she falls in love with a fellow classmate. Craeg, a common civilian, is nothing her father would ever want for her, but everything she could ask for in a male. As an act of violence threatens to tear apart the entire program, and the erotic pull between them grows irresistible, Paradise is tested in ways she never anticipated—and left wondering whether she’s strong enough to claim her own power…on the field, and off.

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Toot's Review by Stacy Sabala

Paradise is the daughter of the first advisor to King Wrath.  She is an important female in the Glymeria and a member of the founding families.  However she wants more.  She has applied to enter the Brotherhood’s school.  She is allowed to apply but she hopes they don’t change their minds.  Her father doesn’t know the full extent of what she will be learning and what she will be doing, but she wants this for herself.
Craig is also an applicant.  Paradise gave him a printed copy of the application.  He also gained her attention.  He never came back to turn in the application and when she went to the first night of the program she looked for him.
Craig’s interest was peaked when he first saw her.  When he shows up that first night, he feels compelled to help her in some way.  He gives her pointers on what to do as the test begins to weed down the sixty prospective students.  Paradise is shocked at what the brothers put them through.  She is determined to do her best.  She even carries Peyton through with her.  She constantly looks and worries about Craig as she makes it through.
In the end there are only seven left that make it into the program.  As classes and training begin Craig and Paradise grow closer.  Paradise feels guilty about deceiving her father and going against her upbringing but it isn’t stopping her from going after what she wants.  Craig tries to get her out of his mind and put the brakes on his lust.  However she slams right through all the barriers he erects, until pasts and truths come to the surface. Paradise gets caught in the middle of something dangerous as a murder mystery becomes the focus.
I love this series.  I have read all the books so far.  The characters have been awesome as I watched each story unfold.  The original characters make appearances in this legacy book.  I was extremely happy to revisit Butch and Marissa along with Craig and Paradise.  This story pulled me back into that world immediately.  I’m hooked after the first page as I am transformed into Paradise’s shadow.  She was an excellent character that refused to be dictated by her upbringing.  She was kind, considerate, smart and strong.  An excellent lead female character that proves how tough she is off the bat.

It’s interesting to see that the author gave the insecurities to the male character instead of the females which is usually the case.  I truly loved that fact.  Paradise knew what she wanted and she made it happen.  She accepted everyone as they were.  Craig and the boys seem to be the ones with the doubts about themselves and how they fit.  Girl Power!  Paradise takes care of herself.  A total opposite of her social status.  Great read and I want more.  This book is a 4.5 out of 5.

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