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The Beast

(Black Dagger Brotherhood #14)

4.39  ·  Rating details ·  31,949 ratings  ·  2,911 reviews
Nothing is as it used to be for the Black Dagger Brotherhood. After avoiding war with the Shadows, alliances have shifted and lines have been drawn. The slayers of the Lessening Society are stronger than ever, preying on human weakness to acquire more money, more weapons, more power. But as the Brotherhood readies for an all-out attack on them, one of their own fights a ba ...more
Hardcover, First Edition, 508 pages
Published April 5th 2016 by NAL
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Danielle (Danniegurl) I have a problem with too many POVs, my max is about 4 and that's pushing it. I hate seeing the villains pov, I don't want to know, I want to be blind…moreI have a problem with too many POVs, my max is about 4 and that's pushing it. I hate seeing the villains pov, I don't want to know, I want to be blindsided like the rest of the characters, it adds drama for me. And honestly when I first read the books I enjoyed them because of the PNR aspect, then I think it was book 2 and I got to the other people (it's been a while what are their names?) I stopped after Q's book. I was dying for it, but it was diminished by the other sub plots. It could have been better, it should have been better, but it wasn't as great as it COULD be if she just tossed out half the POVs. Ugh(less)

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Oh. Hell. Yes. RHAGE !!!! I need this book on my shelf !!!

UniquelyMoi ~ BlithelyBookish
Just an updated, quickie review....

This is a story that made me laugh out loud, made me sigh, made me cry and made me believe that the WARDen might just have her groove back... though I said that before, only to be gutted by the Shadows.

Seriously, The Beast reminded me more of the original stories than any other recent book, even The King. I'm very optimistic that we might finally be seeing a return to the Brotherhood we fell in love with all those years ago!
Lana ❇✾DG Romance❇✾
4 Stars
Spoiler Free Review

She was all the power in the universe coalesced into a living, breathing thing, the miracle that he had been granted in spite of the fact that he had long been underserving of anything but his curse.

I'm going to be real for a hot second here; the last few releases in this series left me underwhelmed. So much, in fact, that I was about to give up on it entirely. There's been a plethora of secondary characters introduced since Lover at Last and I've been itchi
Jessica's Totally Over The Top Book Obsession
4 Pet Dragon Stars

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First read 2016
Reread 4/20/2017

“You are both my strength and my weakness, Mary mine. So what do you say? You want to make my whole night? And may I remind you . . . I died in your arms earlier.”-Rhage

I want to give a warning here. Almost all my reviews have some spoilers so I always try to write *spoilers* at the start of them. Some have more spoilers than others and this one is going to be full of spoilers. There is just too much I want to talk about. So DON'
Mar 10, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: pnr
To be honest, I wasn't that excited for a second Rhage book, but I was pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoyed this one. Rhage and Mary have the majority of the page time and they are super cute and sweet together. Yes, they are going through something, which is putting a little distance between them. Mary works as a therapist a the clinic they have set up to help domestically abused vampire women and their children find shelter. A very badly injured woman was brought in (I believe towards th ...more
Apr 04, 2015 rated it it was amazing
5 stars!!!
It was just a different path.

“How on earth did I ever get to end up with you?” she whispered. “I won the lottery.”

“Oh, no, Mary. It’s the other way around. Trust me.”

 No one gives you sexy, funny AND the best kind of feels like JR Ward. It’s like she has this perfect formula when writing. Going into this book, I had this feeling it was going to be spectacular… and I wasn’t wrong! Rhage and Mary’s first book (book 2 in the BDB) is my favorite book of the series. I l
4 1/2 Stars


I didn't read the whole book, as I quit this series years ago. But Rhage and Mary have always been my favorite couple in the series; so, when I heard they were getting another book, I was excited to get more of them. I only read the parts that featured them, and I have to say, I absolutely loved everything about their continuing love story. ❤️ This book reminded me why I use to read this series.
❤️ Dorsey aka Wrath Lover Reviews ❤️
Reread in anticipation of the release of The Chosen, I can't wait!! I'm so glad I decided to reread this fantastic book....there is so much I had forgotten, can't wait for more of my favorite vampires!!

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5 Beautiful Beast Stars!!

Rhage, aka “Hollywood” is the most handsome brother who’s cursed with a Beast. His Mary is the immortal human who owns his heart and soul, together they make the most unlike

One of my most anticipated books of the year… and boy, did I have mixed feelings about it.

I’m a die-hard Ward lover and I will always have a soft spot for the Brotherhood and Rhage! Gosh, I love Rhage and Mary and I’m in love with their love and I’m so sad this book didn’t make it for me.

Untagged spoilers. Read at your own risk.

I just can’t help thinking this book is just a filler.

I’ll talk real quick about what I loved of this book because the rant that’s coming. Damn, that’ll be a mess.

Rhage i
Aestas Book Blog
Apr 04, 2015 marked it as to-read
Shelves: not-yet-released
This is the next book in the series!

— "THE BEAST" will focus on Rhage & Mary. —

Releasing Spring 2016!
Sophia Triad
Rhage, Rhage's beast, Mary and (view spoiler)

I definitely cannot give less than 5 stars to a book that I was waiting for months to read and when I finally read it, it was actually very good.

First of all this book is not exactly about the BEAST. This book is mostly about the family ties and the CHILDREN: the unborn children, the born children, the toddlers, the babies, the teenagers. This book is full of emotions about families being happy together and about families coming
Apr 04, 2015 rated it really liked it
1.) Dark Lover ★★★★★
2.) Lover Eternal ★★★★★
3.) Lover Awakened ★★★★★
4.) Lover Revealed ★★★★★
5.) Lover Unbound ★★★★★
6.) Lover Enshrined ★★★★
7.) Lover Avenged ★★★
8.) Lover Mine ★★★★
9.) Lover Unleashed ★★★
10.) Lover Reborn ★★★★
11.) Lover at Last ★★★★★
12.) The King ★★★★★
13.) The Shadows ★★★★★

J.R. Ward is truly the master of book endings.

“Time was too finite; no matter how much of it you had with someone you loved, when the end came, it wasn’t nearly enough.”

Seriously, I was rolling my e
Alex is The Romance Fox
I have been addicted to this series since I read the 1st book, Dark Lover, in 2011. I have devoured each book and became totally obsessed with the characters.

But...........the last two or three books have been a total disappointment to me. I kept asking myself if I wanted to continue after the disastrous The Shadows..........but I still feel some kind of loyalty to the brothers and their families....and despite my surprise..........why another Rhage book???? Yes, this is one brother that I absol
Sammy Loves Books
***4.25"Love Myself some Rhage!!" stars***
It's about time I got caught up with my BDB.


I was just afraid to have high hopes after suffering the debacle of The Shadows

And Yes, I still miss the days of the past where a book focused solely on the main couple but those days are gone. So I've given up complaining about Ward's soap opera style writing that focuses on 5 different stories at once. I actually enjoyed the different storylines. (except for Jo's)

1) Rhage and Mary discover they both want to h
Ꮗ€♫◗☿ ❤️ ❤️
Rhage and Mary get in tune with each other and their world!

I love coming back to the Black Dagger Brotherhood after a while and being able to jump right back into the lives of the Brothers and their mates, families and associates without missing a beat. It’s like catching up with old friends and finding out what’s going on again. For a while their I had been reading book after book in a row, but they are fairly long books at 500-600 pages each, so I sort of went into BDB overload. Now I just rea
This book right here is why I adore paranormal romance, and Ward brought it with The Beast. It ticked every check box I didn't even know I had.

LOVED it! Rhage has moved to the top of my Brothers list. I adore how he loved his Mary, be still my beating heart 💖💖
 Danielle The Book Huntress (Wants to Read More)
I am so late reading this for me. I usually read these when they first come out. I couldn't afford the hardcover, so I was glad that it was at the library and available. I still plan to pick up my copy when I can afford it, but at least I had the trusty loner copy to read. God bless you, Round Rock Public Library!

This book was fantastic. I am an unashamed Black Dagger Brotherhood fan, I would never dissemble about that. I truly enjoy each book in the series. The last book didn't make five stars
Lucy Qhuay
Apr 04, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: fans of the series/author
Recommended to Lucy Qhuay by: J.R.Ward / me, myself & I / my fangirl heart

J.R.Ward never disappoints and 'The Beast' isn't an exception.

I absolutely love the writing and the ever-changing world she created.

There is never a dull moment, since all our beloved characters' lives are never stationary. They're constantly facing new challenges and struggles, as well as going through different new and wonderful things, each in their own way.

You either hate or love them. You either hate or love what is happening to them, and as such, you are never bored.

I must admit Rhage was
Apr 04, 2015 rated it really liked it

That's me right now. I can't even contain my feelings. I got too many. Rhage and Mary were awesome. So beautiful together, dealing with their problems and everything. So understanding and loyal. Life is not easy. There are obstacles to be overcome.

Time was way too finite: no matter how much of it you had with someone you loved, when the end came, it wasn't nearly enough.

I loved the Beast. He's so adorable. Sometimes like this:

and sometimes like this:

We get to see glimpses of everybody's life.
Apr 04, 2015 marked it as to-read
Shelves: pnr, romance, series, vamps

Always a great time at the Ward signings; today was no exception. I attending with Liza of Blogging by Liza and we did our best to live-tweet, take notes and correct each other where we could. It was especially difficult to hear this time around because the audience members weren’t passing around a mic during Q&A, so we’d often he
Mar 08, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Vamp lovers
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Type: Book 13 of Black Dagger Brotherhood series
POV: Third Person

Rhage's love for his shellan Mary had no boundary. When he had to face his mortality head on he was forced to reassess his life. As things changed around them, he started to feel the emptiness creeping in. But what he wanted could either strengthen them or break them.

But that was what happened when a warrior lost his fight—he was nothing more than a gun dropped from a shooting hand, a dagger let
Apr 04, 2015 rated it it was amazing
“Rhage! You have a dragon! A pet dragon! I got to rub his tummy!”

10+ stars ! It'll be my first five stars review of this year, if I cut all of the rereads out.

I do want to keep this review simple, but I can't. This book deserves a long one and these five freaking stars. The Beast is far beyond awesomeness. Frankly, I had been worried since the moment I saw the title. I was in fear for this couple, as you knew, their issues were big and the weight would crush you terribly if the way out was
Originally posted on The Book Nympho

Rhage and Mary are the central focus of the story with a few other secondary plots. Their's is sweet, heartwarming and uplifting, sorely needed after the last depressing saga.

I was hoping to see Assail reappear and he makes a heroic comeback here. He was so deeply mired in the muck I worried that redemption would be elusive. Hope springs eternal after this story. Layla's pregnancy provided some tense moments and her relationship with Xcor continues unresolved
Lover of Romance
This review was originally posted on Addicted To Romance My Review Updated
May contain some spoilers.
The world has changed for the brotherhood, since the beginning when the King met his mate Beth. The numbers to the brotherhood have increased, but the number of lessers has increased. They have become more cunning and powerful. There are enemies everywhere and are gaining access to more money and technology. The world is changing around them, and keep who they are and what they do a secr
Princess under cover
I absolutely LOVE Rhage!!! This might be blasphemy, but I might even like him better than my other fav Hero from the Black Dagger Brotherhood series by the totally awesome Ms. JR Ward - Zsadist.


Rhage is such a devoted lover/ mate, with the biggest heart (and beautiful looks) and now you see him as the world's best daddy too???? Can't get more perfect than this! Where can I find a Beast of my own!


The opening scene was jam packed and hillarious. I want to read more about our drug dealer turned goo
Sharon ∞❥ is an emotional book junkie ❥∞
4.5 ★'s

I was really thrilled to get another story about Rhage and Mary. Their first story was...tough and I wanted to read about them just being happy and I'm glad J.R.W. gave us that.

However, after a crazy start things were a bit mundane and all the infamous POVs started to take over. I implore you to muddle through it because the last twenty-five percent will rock your socks!!



• Rhage and his Mary!

• Rhage, Mary and cream, TGI Fridays, GTOs and The Beast!

• "Little Merma
Lo Bookfrantic

I love the BDB world just want to live there haha 🙄😆😍😍😍

F(BR) with War... I have been collecting the hardcovers and honestly I am having trouble finding the first books is driving me insane lol

Time to continue with my babies BDB I miss them so damn much and I might be half into that wine bottle too ... whatever LOL

Apr 09, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This book, it seriously hit all the feels and had me absolutely falling in love. I am still a Zadist girl, but Rhage was the first brother having me questioning who my fav guy was/is. This guy and his bond with Mary had me falling so in love with these stories all over again.

If you follow the series you know Mary and Rhage can’t have kids and with all the brother’s moving on and starting families he begins to want them, but not more than he wants his Mary. Bitty, becomes and orphan and things ju
“I tried to kill myself last night. And I have no idea why.”
- Rhage

* * *
“Sometimes emotions were too much for even the most logical of fighters.”
- V

* * *
“Life didn’t have to be perfect … for true love to exist in it.”
- Mary

* * *
“He was reminding her that the future was unknown and unknowable.
So if you had the chance … even if there was no music and no ballgown, no tuxedo or gala … when your true love asked you to dance?
It was important to say yes.”

* * *
“Yes, indeed, miracles most certai
Sep 18, 2016 rated it really liked it
Actual Rating: 4.5 stars

Very beautiful.
This is not exactly a romance book. However, some of the stories here are very emotional and sweet.
This is a book for the fans of the series. You need to have read the previos installments in order to truly appreciate this book.
Here we find very nice developments to many different stories and in the end, it is very satisfactory.

BDB #1: Dark Lover - 4.5 stars
BDB #2: Lover Eternal - 4 stars
BDB #3: Lover Awakened - 5 stars
BDB #4: Lover Revealed - 4 star
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J.R. Ward is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of numerous novels, including the Black Dagger Brotherhood series. She lives in the South her family.

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