Tuesday, May 15, 2018

The Thief (Black Dagger Brotherhood #16) by J.R. Ward: Review


#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • New enemies rise and desire burns in the next thrilling novel of the paranormal romance series the Black Dagger Brotherhood.

Sola Morte, former cat burglar and safecracker, has given up her old life on the wrong side of the law. On the run from a drug lord’s family, she is lying low far from Caldwell, keeping her nose clean and her beloved grandmother safe. Her heart, though, is back up north, with the only man who has ever gotten through her defenses: Assail, son of Assail, who never meant to fall in love—and certainly not with a human woman. But they have no future, and not just because she doesn’t know he is a vampire, but because he is not about to stop dealing arms to the Black Dagger Brotherhood. Fate, however, has other plans for them. When Assail falls into a coma and lingers on the verge of death, his cousins seek out Sola and beg her to give him a reason to live. The last thing she wants is a return to her past, but how can she leave him to die?

As a lethal new enemy of the vampires shows its face, and the Brotherhood needs Assail back on his feet, Sola finds herself not only a target, but a mission-critical force in a war she doesn’t understand. And when Assail’s truth comes out, will she run from the horror . . . or follow her heart into the arms of the male who loves her more than life itself?

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J.R. Ward is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of numerous novels, including the Black Dagger Brotherhood series. She lives in the South her family.

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Michelle's Review:

Assail and Sola, V and Doc Jane, and the addition of an entirely new enemy? Or is it, perhaps, an old enemy newly manifested? Either way, two out of three of the themes in the latest riveting and revered installment of the BDB, The Thief, can only spell bad news for Black Dagger fans. The Throe situation gets even more complicated, an old ally makes a concerning reappearance, and a new human is thrown into the mix making for a brilliant reconnection, an important resolution, an unexpected obstacle, uncertainty all around, and a story that is just as complicated, fun, and utterly consuming as all the last.

Sometimes we all need a good smack in the face to convince us we need to change the way we do things or to reevaluate our priorities. Sometimes it takes the extreme to convince us to change our ways and in V and Jane's case, it doesn't get much more drastic than their situation In any case, while it has been hinted at that this relationship was headed for choppy waters, I'm not sure I was quite prepared for the heights to which things have actually reached. As with the last few Black Dagger Brotherhood books, I am thrilled with the return to the original brothers' stories, and while I can't say the return to my man, Vishous's story is for even remotely happy circumstances, I am elated to be in his presence, and more importantly, in his head once again.

As for Vishous and any question as to will he, or won't he end up with the relationship, the closure, and the future he deserves, have no doubt, what many a Black Dagger fan would respectfully refer to as our very own deity, The Warden, has us covered. Of course, our man V gets, maybe not what he may want, but definitely what he deserves and what he needs in the end. Our unemotional, thoroughly analytical, seemingly impenetrable tough guy shows us his soft side once more and the sensitivity and vulnerability is sure to make a V lover out of even the biggest hold out. At times V is softer than ever this go round as his vulnerabilities about all sorts of things come to light and I can't say I've ever found this favorite brother of mine so intelligent, so sexy, or so endearing.

And don't even get me started on Lassiter. That angel has always been good for a laugh, enigmatic, and utterly fascinating, but now, forget about it. We are all in for a wild ride with that one!

While it wasn't easy for Assail and Sola's story to play out and, to be honest, I'm not sure they were really given adequate billing in this one, I am delighted with the way in which it did turn out and in such a fitting manner, V made me proud exposing himself so freely (in more ways than one) in this book, and the new enemy is sure to keep us glued to the pages of many a coming book. As always, The Thief is fun, sexy, and absolutely enchanting. It's books like this that only serve to reinforce why I am obsessed with this series and simply cannot get enough Brotherhood action.

*complimentary copy provided by publisher in exchange for an honest review

Rating: 4.5 Stars

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