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

The Shadows was beautifully told. The sweetness and gentleness was unexpected but welcomed, and even though I cried myself to sleep the night I finished it, I still loved the book. ~ Kimber, Guilty Pleasures 

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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…

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This review contains SPOILERS

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Tragedy struck with this one folks. Major heartbreak. Not really what I look for in my romance atruegemawardbooks. I like/need my HEA, but when I think about the story as a whole, I get it. However, just because I get the whys doesn’t mean I have like or even love it. I’d never try to tell an author how to write their book. They live with these characters and they “see” how it’s all to play out. I’ll preface my thoughts on the book by saying, I seriously doubt JRW was sitting back in her writer chair laughing about how this story would crush the fans. I know it crushed her too but she writes it how it’s “told” to her and I’m sure she went through boxes and boxes of Kleenex.

***SPOILERS BELOW***

Besides the fact not everyone gets their HEA in the BDB world, something else this story reminded me of was that you can and should live out your days to the fullest with the ones you love. Each day is a GIFT, treasure it, treasure the people in your life. No one knows when it’s their exact time to go. LOVE HARD while you have the chance.

True to the norm, we had several other story lines going on. All were tragic in their own way. Chapter 2 was perfect, though. I laughed out loud the entire time and went back and read it several times because I enjoyed it so much. I also really enjoyed the story outside the story was in Rhage’s POV. That was interesting. He’s a good guy. Loyal to the core, and that applies to everyone in his life. Looking forward to another book about him and Mary and another BDB BABY!! YAY!!

Because of the way it’s written, iAm’s story takes second stage, but he did get his HEA and he really really really deserved to have one. Part of me wanted to have Trez just go into the Fade and be with Selena, but then when I think about iAm, I’m glad he stayed for his brother. It’ll be hard for him but he’s a strong guy, he’ll make it, and I bet even find love again one day. I have hope that his story isn’t over.

So, in tragedy beauty can be found. The Shadows was beautifully told. The sweetness and gentleness was unexpected but welcomed, and even though I cried myself to sleep the night I finished it, I still loved the book.

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4 thoughts on “Review – The Shadows (Black Dagger Brotherhood #13) by J.R. Ward

  1. LOVE LOVE THE BDB BOOKS. ONE OF THE BEST SERIES EVER WRITTEN! YOU ARE THE BEST MS. WARD!!!!!!!!! THANKS FOR THE GREAT REVIEW KIMBER, ALTHOUGH I STOPPED READING AT ‘SPOILER ALERT!” SORRY DON’T LIKE SPOILERS! BUT CAN’T WAIT TO READ THE BOOK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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