Today I’m kicking off a new series on my blog called Recommended Reading.
Ideally I’d like to post about a different book or series once a week, but it all depends on how much reading time I can squeeze in. So posts might be weekly or every other week.
Since I finally broke down and bought a Kindle in late April I’ve found that I read three to four times as much as I did in my pre-Kindle days.
I have been keeping track of everything I’ve read in 2014 via Goodreads, and I’ll only share a title or series here that I have truly enjoyed, meaning only things that I’ve given a 3.5 star review or higher.
In the spirit of being transparent, I will admit that I recently signed on to become an affiliate with All Romance ebooks.
What does that mean, exactly?
Basically that if I link to a book here on my blog and someone clicks on it and makes a purchase based on my recommendation I get a small percentage of the sale.
Now for my recommendation
For my first recommendation I decided to go with a series that I have been consumed with since April and that’s the Black Dagger Brotherhood series by J.R. Ward.
I started reading the series because in early April I noticed a ton of my friends on Facebook had posted statuses about reading a book called “The King.” I decided if that many people with similar reading tastes as me were reading a book, I needed to check it out. After some Googling I discovered The King wasn’t a stand alone title, but was the most recent installment of the series (it’s book twelve to be exact).
I kind of hesitated once I found out the series was already on book twelve. Do I really want to commit to that? That’s a lot of books to be behind in a series, I thought. But since I worked at a library at that time, I figured, What do I have to lose? I’ll check out book one in the series and if I don’t like it, no harm, no foul.
I didn’t just like book one. I loved it!
I devoured the first book, Dark Lover, (a little over 300 pages) in two days. :)
What’s it about?
The series is about a group of warrior vampires (the Black Dagger Brotherhood) who fight to protect their race against the evil lessers which are basically a sub-human species of vampire slayers.
In Ward’s twist on the vampire trope, the Brotherhood are the good guys; they don’t harm humans and try their best not to involve them (even accidentally) in their war with the lessers. The group of warriors are led by their blind king, Wrath, who just happens to be the last pure bred vampire on the face of the earth.
Each book in the series focuses on a different “brother” and his journey of falling in love with his soul mate. J.R. Ward has created her own vocabulary in relation to how male and female vampires in her world unite for eternity–males become bonded to their soul mate–a union stronger and more unbreakable than the human equivalent of marriage.
Of course, being that these are warrior vampires, each book of course has some action and fighting scenes. The series are romance and at the heart of these books a love story with a happily ever after unfolds.
There’s a lot more to the series, like subplots and secondary characters, a whole realm of vampire “heaven” and the vampire race’s equivalent of an angel, and a lot more. J.R. Ward truly created her own world with this series…which is why I made it my first recommendation, but also why I am sad that I’m almost caught up!
I’m currently reading The King and I am torn between wanting to lock myself in a room and read as fast as I can so I know what happens and wanting to drag this book out so I can savor it. The next book, The Shadows, doesn’t release until late March so it will be a while before I can get my next BDB fix.
If you’d like to read the Black Dagger Brotherhood series, please consider buying it at All Romance by clicking here.