Review: Blood Kiss by J.R. Ward

Title: Blood Kiss
Author: J.R. Ward

Genre: Paranormal Romance
Publisher: Signet

Pub Date: December 1, 2015
Rating: 4 Stars

Our thoughts...

Blood Kiss is the start of something new. A fresh idea so to speak from the Warden herself. If you are a common *cellie you would understand the way she writes, the ideas that come from her brain, and of course all that internal dialogue. 

We have Paradise as the main character for this story. She is the blood daughter of Abalone, First advisor to King Wrath. She somehow convinces her father that it will be ok to join the new up and coming training program the Brotherhood will be implementing as a result of the raids that killed hundreds of her kind by the Lessening Society. Things have been pretty grim in the Black Dagger Brotherhood storyline for a while, so let’s just hope we can see The Brotherhood kick ass and take names again, because they sure do need a rally.
Paradise has no idea what she is getting herself into on the first initiation night, and let me tell you it isn’t going to be easy for her. She meets a few new people that will be pertinent to the Legacy series down the road, and also Craeg. I really enjoyed reading the side story of him, and why he wants to be in the Brotherhood. He is obviously her happily ever after throughout the novel. This is probably the only part I disliked. Not enough development between the two. It’s almost like I read a novella. The plot was a little weaker then I liked as well.

We also had a little Butch and Marissa story running right along the side of Paradise and Craeg’s story. I certainly love seeing Butch, Marissa (grumble) and of course my favorite man V, and I did like that she incorporated them into the story, as they all have more problems to work out. I saw flashbacks of Butch’s story at one point in this book (because something happens), and it brought me way, way back. The love between Vishous and Butch is still to this day indescribable. It’s there for display, and everyone can see it in her writing.  I wish it could have been organic the way it needed to be in the beginning (when she wrote Butch’s story), but alas it isn’t, and we are stuck with Marissa/Doc Jane. Forever.  *insert sad face here*

The bottom line is if you like J.R. Ward even the tiniest bit you will enjoy Blood Kiss. I am just one of many ultimate fans, and while most of the time I hand her a 5 star just for saying Hi on social media, I sadly cannot give this book 5. 

4 I still love you J.R. Ward Stars.

P.S. Blood Kiss is a usual standard J.R. Ward Novel. While I am grateful for revisiting with the likes of Butch and V here, I did not feel the story progressed in leaps and bounds.

*Cellie- Term used for raging fans of her old school forums, way before Facebook was even around.



  1. Thank you for the review and your honesty Anjee, while I understand what you mean to be honest I have had a hard time with this one too. Merry Christmas!

  2. Merry Christmas to you too Loraine *hugs* thanks for all your support.