Review~~The Shadows (Black Dagger Brotherhood #13) by J.R. Ward

21849362 Two brothers bound by more than blood fight to change a brutal destiny in the heart-wrenching new novel of the Black Dagger Brotherhood by #1 New York Times bestselling author J. R. Ward.Trez “Latimer” doesn’t really exist. And not just because the identity was created so that a Shadow could function in the underbelly of the human world. Sold by his parents to the Queen of the S’Hsibe as a child, Trez escaped the Territory and has been a pimp and an enforcer in Caldwell, NY for years- all the while on the run from a destiny of sexual servitude. He’s never had anyone he could totally rely on… except for his brother, iAm.

iAm’s sole goal has always been to keep his brother from self-destructing- and he knows he’s failed. It’s not until the Chosen Serena enters Trez’s life that the male begins to turn things around… but by then it’s too late. The pledge to mate the Queen’s daughter comes due and there is nowhere to run, nowhere to hide, and no negotiating.

Trapped between his heart and a fate he never volunteered for, Trez must decide whether to endanger himself and others- or forever leave behind the female he’s in love with. But then an unimaginable tragedy strikes and changes everything. Staring out over an emotional abyss, Trez must find a reason to go on or risk losing himself and his soul forever. And iAm, in the name of brotherly love, is faced with making the ultimate sacrifice..



dbf81-goodreadsMare & Sil review

Mare’s Review:

Dearest Virgin Scribe. JR Ward RUINED me.

I have been as per usual searching high and low for a book that would break me in 2. Well Fuck me twice, I need not search anymore.

I have had bulging eye syndrome for 4 days now. I never want to look at my face in the mirror again. Cold compresses on my eyes don’t work, hugs don’t work, nothing worked. NOTHING.

This is BDB! A book I would devour in 1 day. Because lets face it, JR Ward’s boyz are good for a few things. Great sex, funny talk, good jokes, True?

Who knew I’d read my boyz Trez and iAm and completely shatter?????????? I for sure as fuck didn’t!

Now I know lots of people are going to hate this book. Rant, rave and stew because Ward did it again!

********SPOLIER *******
She killed off another Shellan.

And here’s where for me the 2 books differ. I didn’t cry when Wellsley was killed. I didn’t. Cause I don’t read BDB for the women. I read it for the guys. Face it. We all want to be that Shellan or Chosen to our favourite vamps. Shit I want an orgy with 5 of them. So the girls, meh, I don’t really care. Except for Bella. I like her 🙂

And going into book 13 I didn’t really care for Selena. Not really anyways. But DAMMIT. SHE MADE ME LIKE HER! I FUCKING LIKED HER!!! AND SHE DIED!!!!!
And the whole book was 1 big depressing funeral. Because Lord knows you knew it was coming from the beginning of the book. YOU KNEW. And you had to read this whole book crying big tears with snot running down your nose, trying to catch your breath because you cried so hard you COULDNT BREATHE!!!!!!!!

descriptionWhat would I do without your smart mouth?
Drawing me in, and you kicking me out
You’ve got my head spinning, no kidding, I can’t pin you down
What’s going on in that beautiful mind
I’m on your magical mystery ride
And I’m so dizzy, don’t know what hit me, but I’ll be alright

Trez and Selena’s date. JFC. I died. I died so much inside. I cried so hard. I couldn’t Breathe.

Because say what you will. Trez. He’s a man of worth. Seriously. His thoughts, his actions, his thoughts. His thoughts did me every.single.time.

description Love your curves and all your edges
All your perfect imperfections
Give your all to me
I’ll give my all to you
You’re my end and my beginning
Even when I lose I’m winning
‘Cause I give you all of me
And you give me all of you 

When he would continuously touch her hands. My undoing.

descriptionHow many times do I have to tell you
Even when you’re crying you’re beautiful too
The world is beating you down, I’m around through every mood
You’re my downfall, you’re my muse
My worst distraction, my rhythm and blues
I can’t stop singing, it’s ringing, in my head for you 

Every time she cried. My undoing

Give me all of you
Cards on the table, we’re both showing hearts
Risking it all, though it’s hard 

Their epic fight. JC was that ever my undoing.

When she died. Im tearing up writing this and thinking about it. Because for the Love of Everything HEA are needed. No one is supposed to DIE!

But I can see, in a way, why Ward did it. Because we would have had another Z/Phury book. You would have had another Doc Jane. It would have been a repetitive motion all over again.

And in the way Ward did conveyed so much love. So much heartache. So much Realness and Rawness that you felt yourself bleeding along with Trez.
This is my opinion. And I respect every opinion out there. Even the 1 star reviews. Because truly in a paranormal romance one of your main MCs SHOULD NOT DIE.

This was hands down the Best BDB book i have ever read to date. And that is saying something because Lord knows i love me my Qhuinn. And Zsadist. And V True.

It was not the characterization. It wasn’t the setting. It was her words that damaged me.

This is a book that i wish i could read for the 1st time over again. But i know, When I need that good cry, the one that rips your soul apart, the one that has booger and tears streaming down your face, the one where your daughter says “MOM! Are you alright?” And hugs you so tight. Where your husband rubs your back because he knows that you needed this and your search for 1 of the best books ever has been found. That feeling. Is priceless.


Silvana’s Thoughts

What can I say that Mare hasn’t written above in her review, this book was a journey into  heartache. I have to confess that I read the spoiler which JR Ward wrote on release day, I read it and it made me want to read this novel even more.

This is by far one of the most heartbreaking BDB books to date, I understand why many readers were angry with the direction it took, it’s the Paranormal Genre and in this genre,  the plot took a route that was a first, it was too much but just right for me. It made me cry, sometimes sob but I loved it; This came at a time in my life, where I needed this kind of read.

Selena, my poor Selena, I loved reading about her in this installment. her and Trez were magic; It’s like JR Ward wrote one of the most beautiful love stories, just so she can see us wallow in misery upon reading how it turns out.

iAM gets his HEA and what a great HEA it is; The twists it took for that to happen were unexpected and very much welcomed.

Layla appears in this and I loved reading her scenes very much; the lady needs her HEA and I want it with Xcor, she has definitely earned it. Xcor may not have been my favorite character in the BDB books, but reading this made me like even him a lot more. I can’t wait to see how their story unravels.

Rhage made me smile a lot while reading this, being in his head was such a welcome relief; His love for Mary made me sigh, true and everlasting.  I cannot wait for his book which is next.

I wish my favorite king vampire appeared more in this one, what can I say, I can’t get enough of Wrath- Hope to see more of him in the next book.

I am giving this 5++++ based on how it made me feel, as well as the usual JR Ward’s brilliance with words. I have to thank Mare for reading this with me, having someone cry alongside of you has never been this much fun.

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