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.
First we have Paradise, a young genteel vampire who dearly wants to step out from her aristocratic existence and embrace a more challenging role. She met Craeg briefly but boy did that rough around the edges vampire make an impression and here they are facing grueling tasks to prove to the Brotherhood they deserve a chance to fight.
The other couple who dominate this book are Butch and his shellen, Marissa. Life should be bliss and yet they are both in turmoil, neither one opening up fully to their mate which increasingly puts strain on their relationship. Add in a murder mystery that ironically connects these two couples and yes, it's easy to see that Ms Ward has much more with which to entertain her readers.
Action (that truly left my head reeling), suspense, and of course romance but perhaps not as intense as the original books. Blood Kiss felt slightly more NA to me but I can't fault the humour. If you are a fan of our favourite fallen angel, then prepare to chuckle but as usual the author keeps things bang up the date with the ladies having a movie night, but can you guess which film?