The Savior by J.R. Ward
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
I gotta say, it was nice to take a break from the core characters of the BDB. This is so far removed from the larger relationship drama that I honestly think you could probably dive in here and join the series with Murhder’s story. Yes, the names are ridiculous.
This story picks up with the only member to ever get kicked out of the BDB. To reinforce the name of this book, he “took one for the team” by not explaining his motivations and simultaneously covering for his ex. The result is him getting kicked out and essentially exiled. Lots has changed since last he was in this world, but he has started to rebuild him mind after it was supernaturally destroyed. He has also maintained his objective – save the woman who mysteriously showed up in a piece of sacred glass. It’s this woman who finally forces Murhder to rejoin society, if only for help tracking her down.
Alongside this story is Sarah’s tale of lost love and evil research labs. In one such lab, unbeknownst to her, they were experimenting on what turns out to be the son of Murhder’s mystery woman. Here’s where they cross paths, and you can obviously predict these two will end up together. As the required additional story, we get some movement on the larger shadow story, including some bad injuries along the way. That is still shaping up to be the next big bad, but the focus was mostly on the Sarah/Murhder (and some others) story. If you’ve been previously burnt out on the BDB, I invite you to come back for a bit of fresh air. Sure, the romance is relatively predictable, but the characters were a little more developed and separate from our regulars for once.
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