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“The only purebred vampire left on the planet and the leader of the Black Dagger Brotherhood, Wrath has a score to settle with the slayers who killed his parents centuries ago. But when his most trusted fighter is killed—orphaning a half-breed daughter unaware of her heritage or her fate—Wrath must put down his dagger and usher the beautiful female into another world.

Racked by a restlessness in her body that wasn’t there before, Beth Randall is helpless against the dangerously sexy man who comes to her at night with shadows in his eyes. His tales of the Brotherhood and blood frighten her. Yet his touch ignites a dawning new hunger—one that threatens to consume them both….”

So I read this because a coworker said I should and even put it into my hands. This was a pretty decent romance novel. I prefer my romance novels to have the paranormal element as it makes them more exciting and can explain the huge issues of sexism as “well that’s just vampire culture” instead of having to actually face this as being a book written by women for women.

Speaking of sexism, this book has transphobic comments out of nowhere for no reason at all. This may seem like a non-issue for some since it is vampire culture to have super masculine males (not men, males is the term according to the vampire language). Yet, there is no reason to justify transphobic language or for it to even exist as none of the characters are trans*. The sexism is so inherent is romance novels now that is is sickening, but it is at least expected and used as a way to hype of the masculine draw of the main man.

The main male in this book is Wrath. He is mostly blind and he is the king of the vampires. Beth is a budding reporter that faces a normal plot line for a woman (she is sexually assaulted and then she falls in love, losing all chance at living her hopes and dreams). Wrath helps Beth to acclimate to vampire life as she is actually a vampire! The way vampires work is they need the blood of another sex to be able to survive, but it also has to be vampire blood to be really helpful. So Beth now depends on Wrath for life, because she knows no one in the vampire world.

Otherwise, I was rooting for Wrath and Beth. The couple that just gets better and better. They come back in all of the rest of the series that is currently out and it is shown that Beth has a great deal of power over Wrath and he listens to her. She is effect has all the power in the relationship. So it helps me deal with the sexism in the book to know that the author had the whole race based on males being subservient to the females.

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4 out of 5 stars. I would recommend this book, but only to romance novel lovers.

You can buy this book here.

~Isaiah

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