24903031First in the branch off Black Dagger Brotherhood series Legacy by J.R. Ward, Blood Kiss focuses on young Paradise, a female of the vampire aristocracy, secretary to the king’s audience chamber, and newest recruit to the Black Dagger Brotherhood training course.

If it doesn’t kill her first of course.

In an attempt to strengthen their ranks and start to move their society forward into the 20th century, the brotherhood has reopened their training facility and has broadened their applications to anyone of any class or gender to apply, when previously it was only males of a certain breeding.

Poisoned, blinded, half drowned, blinded again, shot at with lead and rubber bullets, then forced to march until all but one fell to exhaustion ensure that only the cream rises to the top from several docen applicants. Leaving Paradise in a class of 6 that includes her best friend, his cousin, one other female and 3 other males, one of whom she can’t seem to take her eyes off of.

 So not only is Paradise going through some brutal physical training, but now she has to deal with a blossoming romance, on top of a serial killer who seems to be making the rounds among the young rich females.

 Yeah, this is her life now.

All in all, a good start to the next generation of the Black Dagger Brotherhood.

You know, it feels like it’s been a while since I read any J.R. Ward stuff, so let’s keep it moving shall we? Bourbon Kings, first in the series of the same title is next.

23355896For generations, the Bradford family has worn the mantle of kings of the bourbon capital of the world. Their sustained wealth has afforded them prestige and privilege—as well as a hard-won division of class on their sprawling estate, Easterly. Upstairs, a dynasty that by all appearances plays by the rules of good fortune and good taste. Downstairs, the staff who work tirelessly to maintain the impeccable Bradford facade. And never the twain shall meet.

For Lizzie King, Easterly’s head gardener, crossing that divide nearly ruined her life. Falling in love with Tulane, the prodigal son of the bourbon dynasty, was nothing that she intended or wanted—and their bitter breakup only served to prove her instincts were right. Now, after two years of staying away, Tulane is finally coming home again, and he is bringing the past with him. No one will be left unmarked: not Tulane’s beautiful and ruthless wife; not his older brother, whose bitterness and bad blood know no bounds; and especially not the ironfisted Bradford patriarch, a man with few morals, fewer scruples, and many, many terrible secrets.

As family tensions—professional and intimately private—ignite, Easterly and all its inhabitants are thrown into the grips of an irrevocable transformation, and only the cunning will survive.