by JR Ward
Release Date: August 13, 2019
Source: PublisherAs a trainee in the Black Dagger Brotherhood's program, Boone has triumphed as a soldier and now fights side by side with the Brothers. Following his sire's unexpected death, he is taken off rotation against his protests—and he finds himself working with Butch O'Neal, former homicide cop, to catch a serial killer: Someone is targeting females of the species at a live action role play club. When the Brotherhood is called in to help, Boone insists on being a part of the effort—and the last thing he expects is to meet an enticing, mysterious female...who changes his life forever.
Ever since her sister was murdered at the club, Helaine has been committed to finding the killer, no matter the danger she faces. When she crosses paths with Boone, she doesn't know whether to trust him or not—and then she has no choice. As she herself becomes a target, and someone close to the Brotherhood is identified as the prime suspect, the two must work to together to solve the mystery...before it's too late. Will a madman come between the lovers or will true love and goodness triumph over a very mortal evil?
You guys all know that I love the BDB series, so I was excited to finally be fully caught up on the series before a new release. I was excited for Boone's romance and another peak at the lives of the trainees!
Now that Boone's sire has passed away, Boone is left with a life he's not sure what to do with. He's never been enough for his sire, especially when he broke off his arranged engagement. Now, as a trainee in the legacy program, he's helping Butch investigate a series of gruesome murders. Their investigation leads them to Helania, who witnessed something bad happen and could be the key to finding the murderer.
For the past few BDB books, I feel like we've been building to a big final event between the vampires and their enemies. Unfortunately, this book was just a nice filler book that STILL gave us no answers. Granted, this is a book in a series about the trainees, so we never really get BDB conflicts all that much. For this one, it really was just a nice romance with no other real purpose for the series except for to introduce us to Syn. Other than giving us a bit more into Syn's character, this was just a fun story in the BDB world.
Looking at the romance, I really enjoyed how Helania and Boone grew to know each other through the investigation. They had undeniable chemistry, but it was hard for Helania to really trust anyone or let anyone in. I liked how even though they were in completely different social classes, they didn't allow it to affect how they viewed each other. If you're going into this one for a vampire romance, that's what you're going to get.
While this wasn't really a necessary book for the series, I thought it was a nice break until the real crazy stuff goes down in the next BDB book. I really enjoyed Boone's character and how much of Butch we got. This was just a nice book for the BDB fans to have.