Also in this series: Lover Unbound, Lover Revealed, The Beast
Series: Black Dagger Brotherhood #12
Published by Signet on April 1st 2014
Genres: Paranormal Romance, Vampires
Reading Challenges: Spooks Howls and Fangs Reading Challenge 2017
Long live the King...
After turning his back on the throne for centuries, Wrath, son of Wrath, finally assumed his father’s mantle—with the help of his beloved mate. But the crown sets heavily on his head. As the war with the Lessening Society rages on, and the threat from the Band of Bastards truly hits home, he is forced to make choices that put everything—and everyone—at risk.
Beth Randall thought she knew what she was getting into when she mated the last pure blooded vampire on the planet: An easy ride was not it. But when she decides she wants a child, she’s unprepared for Wrath’s response—or the distance it creates between them.
The question is, will true love win out... or tortured legacy take over?
So I have been itching to read The King ever since I heard of its release. I am such a fan of Wrath and Beth. These two are so solid together and I think what held me back from reading this one was the multiple plot lines. And even though the other plot lines weren’t something I really had a huge interest in, probably because I haven’t touched base with some of the later books in the series so I was a bit lost at times. So I didn’t get too involved in some of them. I was slightly intruged by Xcor and Layla, just because I saw them in “The Beast” and I do know they have a book of their own so I was curious to see what happened between them in this one. Some of the other characters we see that play a pivotal role in this book are:
Wrath and Anya—I loved loved this side plot line. We get a chance to take a glimpse into the love that Wrath’s parents shared for each other. There are some heartbreaking moments of course, but we see how strong they were together and love seeing where Wrath comes from and his legacy.
Trez-I didn’t have much interest in this character at all…I was having a “meh” feeling with him
Assail-I had a hard time with this one, just couldn’t connect and mostly skimmed when I realized I had little desire for this character or the plot line Ward includes.
Then we finally have our beloved Wrath and Beth. Now these two are struggling a bit. Wrath is busy with his Kingly duties and we see how its really putting him down. He is struggling still with being King and trying to live up to his parents, most especially his father. But when Beth shares her strong desire to have a baby, Wrath is over the top against it, to the point that it divides this lovely pair in a way they have never been divided. They both really struggle but ironically this is not the toughest battle they will have to face together. And man I think I fell in love with this couple even more strongly before.
“I want you to know something,” he said into her hair. As she went still, he tried to pull something worth hearing out of his ass. Some string of words that were even in the same zip code as what was doing in his chest.
“What?” she whispered.
“You are everything to me.”
It was so incredibly, totally not enough- and yet she sighed and melted into him like that was all she wanted to hear. And a bag of chips.
Sometimes you got lucky.
We see how they struggle with challenges after getting their “HEA” from Dark Lover. We see the way they become even stronger even if its tough for them to get there. I love seeing how their relationship grows into a more stronger bond and how both Beth and Wrath become even better people because of the challenges they are faced with.
“You have given me something … I didn’t even know I needed. It’s the greatest gift I will ever receive–it’s, like, completing me already in places I wasn’t aware were empty. And yet … in spite of all that? I don’t love you one bit more. You are as important to me as you’ve always been.” He curled down and pressed a kiss to the loose shirt she was wearing–it was one of his, actually, and wasn’t that great. “I was wholly bonded to you before this, and will be after this–and forevermore.”
“You’re going to make me cry again.”
“So cry. And let me take care of you. I got this.”
Its so poignant and tender in moments that will make you tear up because the moments these two have can be heart wrenching but also so romantically sweet and powerful. J.R. Ward definitely delivers on all the feels.