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?
Each of the BDB books centres around one main couple with maybe another burgeoning relationship adding to the mix. In this the twelfth book, there are lots of different story lines pulling in various directions and I've noticed that meant die hard fans are disappointed. When you step into the world these brothers inhabit, it's like falling down that famous rabbit hole! A whole new and dangerous world opens up and I applaud Ms Ward for being unafraid to take a risk and deliver something more than the usual.
For most of this series we have seen how Wrath struggles with being King to his race and it's no great surprise there are those who would usurp his throne. Things come to a head in The KIng. There's more than just his throne on the line as his entire attitude is pushing away the one woman he needs, his mate Beth. Wrath, in my humble opinion, grows up in this book and starts to realise there's a much bigger picture out there. We are still treated to Ms Ward's trademark raunch and erotic scenes but I thought there was slightly less humour, well unless you find the always over the top Lassiter funny! I would have preferred less abbreviations as not every reader always gets them. Don't misunderstand, these guys are still pretty hard core, almost gangsta style, but it wasn't emphasized as much as in some of the books.
As I've mentioned, lots of peripheral characters get their own story lines moving along. I feel the initial third of the book particularly jumped around quite a lot but it's moving this series along to facilitate much more action and romance. Not as much action in this book as some but still an awesome read. Assail, Trez, Xcor all feature heavily, so their books cannot be too far away. The Shadows are up next and oh my what an interesting can of worms they are turning out to be. As for the latest "sex god", well he's a bit of a dichotomy! No spoilers, but Ms Ward has most definitely not run out of steam yet!
Beth and Wrath finally get to be what they are meant to be and that's united and surely that's what this book is about? An emotional ending and I'm so glad I ignored the critics and read The King. If you love these guys find out for yourself what happens. I, for one, thought it was an amazing way to continue the journey.
At Amazon, The King is available in hardcover for $19.39, paperback is $6.21 and the Kindle edition is $11.99. At B & N, the hardcover is $19.77, paperback is $6.07 and the Nook book is $11.99