Ok, everyone, I am interested in hearing what all of you thought about J.R. Ward‘s newest release, Blood Kiss. It is the first book in the new Black Dagger Legacy series, and a throwback to the original Black Dagger Brotherhood style of the first few books. A pretty much straight up paranormal romance, focusing on one new couple and one established favorite. In this instance, new soldier trainees Paradise and Craeg, and returning Marissa and Butch.
I have to say, I really liked it. I liked the set up, I liked seeing the Brothers from the outside looking in, and I liked seeing further into areas of the vampire world than we have seen before. But what I really enjoyed was a return to a simpler, maybe? storyline. I have continued to read and enjoy the BDB books, but as I have said many times before I read them differently than any other series, and I have to be in the right mood to tackle one. The latter BDB books have become so multi-layered and multi-storylined that sometimes I find that the couple the book is about can get lost in the shuffle, but Blood Kiss had a smaller scope that I found very refreshing. Did I find myself wishing for a visit from Phury or Zadist? Sure. But I am also sure their turns will come.
I did find myself with a strange question, though. If the original brothers and their significant others will be playing large roles throughout the Black Dagger Legacy books, is there still a need for the Black Dagger Brotherhood to have a second book for previous characters?
Wrath and Beth have already had their second go round in The King, and my boy Rhage is up next with The Beast. Do you think it would make more sense for the follow-up stories to be told in the Legacy books, and leave the Brotherhood books for original characters (Murdher, Assail, the twins, etc)?
All in all, what did you think of the re-vamped (yes! I have been saving that one, sadly) Black Dagger world? Hit or miss? Hot or not?