I received this book for free from Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.The Beast by J.R. Ward
Series: Black Dagger Brotherhood #14
Narrator: Jim Frangione
Published by Penguin Audio on April 5, 2016
Genres: Paranormal Romance, Urban Fantasy
Length: 18 hours, 4 minutes
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Nothing is as it used to be for the Black Dagger Brotherhood. After avoiding war with the Shadows, alliances have shifted and lines have been drawn. The slayers of the Lessening Society are stronger than ever, preying on human weakness to acquire more money, more weapons, more power. But as the Brotherhood readies for an all-out attack on them, one of their own fights a battle within himself…
For Rhage, the Brother with the biggest appetites, but also the biggest heart, life was supposed to be perfect—or at the very least, perfectly enjoyable. Mary, his beloved shellan, is by his side and his King and his brothers are thriving. But Rhage can’t understand—or control—the panic and insecurity that plague him…
And that terrifies him—as well as distances him from his mate. After suffering mortal injury in battle, Rhage must reassess his priorities—and the answer, when it comes to him, rocks his world...and Mary’s. But Mary is on a journey of her own, one that will either bring them closer together or cause a split that neither will recover from...
Rhage and Mary are the central focus of the story with a few other secondary plots. Their’s is sweet, heartwarming and uplifting, sorely needed after the last depressing saga.
I was hoping to see Assail reappear and he makes a heroic comeback here. He was so deeply mired in the muck I worried that redemption would be elusive. Hope springs eternal after this story. Layla’s pregnancy provided some tense moments and her relationship with Xcor continues unresolved.
Lastly, most of the Brothers are featured in the story, some more prominently than others. What I really enjoyed was seeing them interact meaningfully with each other without an eminent threat in the background. While it lacked the intense action typically found in the series, this was an uplifting story that also set up some pretty interesting future plots. Nothing earth shattering but I still couldn’t put the book down.
And, I’m still enjoying Jim Frangione’s narration. He pulls off all that “campy” and Brotherhood dialogue, making it sound almost (just almost) natural.
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