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Blood Kiss

(Black Dagger Legacy #1)

4.28  ·  Rating details ·  28,599 ratings  ·  2,459 reviews
The legacy of the Black Dagger Brotherhood continues in a spin-off series from the #1 New York Times bestselling author…

Paradise, blooded daughter of the king’s First Advisor, is ready to break free from the restrictive life of an aristocratic female. Her strategy? Join the Black Dagger Brotherhood’s training center program and learn to fight for herself, think for herself
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Published December 1st 2015 by Penguin Audio
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Angel Anne I'm surprise they make this legacy,but yeah it's good to know about paradise's story. I'm just curious about laila,and the other chosen,I hope they ha…moreI'm surprise they make this legacy,but yeah it's good to know about paradise's story. I'm just curious about laila,and the other chosen,I hope they have stories soon.including the hottie like assail, really cool.
Oh!!!since its legacy I'm hoping their children have books too.J.R ward is quite amazing and I can't wait to read this book.(less)

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OMG!!! This is a new Black Dagger Brotherhood series focusing on the ORIGINAL brothers!!!!! We're talking Wrath, Rhage, Z., V., Butch, Tohr, Phury, Rehv, etc.

Message from JR Ward : I miss the Brothers. The original ones. We're talkin' the ones who started it all... Z., V., Butch, Rhage, Wrath, Tohr, Phury, Rehv, Etc.

I miss that scene, in DARK LOVER, when Fritz kindly asks the Brothers, if they're going to bloody the human, please take him outside.

I miss Sox hats and grey Goose, Tums and Toot
Jessica's Totally Over The Top Book Obsession
4 Pedestal Stars

First read 2015
Reread 4/18/2017

*Some Spoilers*

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“Don’t put me on a pedestal. All I’ll do is fall from grace.”-Paradise

Blood Kiss is the first book in the spin-off series Black Dagger Legacy from the Black Dagger Brotherhood world. In this series we meet the new trainees for the Brotherhood as well as check in and refall in love with couples from the BDB. This book is about Paradise and Craeg as well as Butch and Marissa. What I loved about this book is that it was just from t
Feb 10, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
5 stars!

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When I heard that a spin off book from the original BDB series I couldn’t contain my excitement. The BDB is one of my favorite series of all time. This book was amazing. It was one of the best BDB books I’ve read in a while. It felt like one of the original BDB books in the best way possible!

Over the last couple of books, we’ve met Paradise, an aristocratic daughter who’s father works for the King as his first advisor. Paradise has plans. She wants to join the BDB’s training progra
Feb 10, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4 stars

I have been waiting such a long time for this book! The spin off to the Black Dagger Brotherhood series, JR Ward promised that this book would take us back to the original brothers, but also bring in some new blood by re-opening the training centre. And that’s exactly what we get - a bunch of new, young recruits with their very own hot romance, and a storyline for originals Butch and Marissa. Definitely a must-read for fans of the series, I wouldn’t recommend diving into this one without

“I still think that every time I see you after I’ve spent some time away from you. ‘Thank God … he’s here.’”

Blurb: Paradise, blooded daughter of the king’s First Advisor, is ready to break free from the restrictive life of an aristocratic female. Her strategy? Join the Black Dagger Brotherhood’s training center program and learn to fight for herself, think for herself…be herself. It’s a good plan, until everything goes wrong. And that’s before she falls in love with a fellow classmate. Craeg
Feb 17, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Is. This. Real. Life ?

You feel me ?

I. Need. This. Book. To. Add. To. My. Collection.

True ?

Alex is The Romance Fox
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I’m thrilled and excited…………The Black Dagger Brotherhood world is back!!!!!
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Since the 1st book I read in your incredibly amazing BDB Series…..I have been hooked, addicted, obsessed, possessed, passionate…damn…..there are not enough words to describe how much I feel about the world and characters that you have created………… now have a fan in me for life…..
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Why did I ever doubt that you would be able to continue that BDB magic?

Okay, let me just write down my thoughts and feelings abo
Jen Davis
Nov 21, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4.5 Stars
This is the best Black Dagger Brotherhood book I've read in years. I've struggled with some of the later books in the series, as JR Ward started including too many secondary storylines in each installment. There were so many threads happening in each book, it detracted from the main romance, which ended up rather lackluster as a result. Not here. Yes, there is a secondary storyline. One. And it ended up merging with primary story quite organically. I didn't get bored. I didn't want to s
Lana ❇✾DG Romance❇✾
3.5- 4 Stars

Do you like playing with fire, girl?" he growled. Because if you keep looking at me like that, I'm going to burn you to the ground."

The BDB series is sentimental for me. It's the series that got me into reading in the first place. It began what was to become what I refer to as my PNR binge of 2009. I was obsessed with that series...until I hit book 6. Then it slowly but surely began to lose some of its luster for me. By book 11 I had given up. It became too muddied with
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What an amazing story! It had everything I was expecting and more! J.R. Ward proved once again what a talented author she is! I was super excited about this one, it was one of my most anticipated books for December. I loved the story and I liked how it developed with half of the book about Marissa and Butch, if you have read the other books from BDB you already know Marissa and Butch. And the other half centered on Craeg and Paradise! This story was captivating, funny, myster
❤️ Dorsey aka Wrath Lover Reviews ❤️
Rereading just because I need a J.R. Ward fix!!!! 29 more days till we get The Beast!!!!!

* Just as awesome the second time around!!!!

Originally read & reviewed: Dec 2015

Blog post:

5 Classic BDB Stars!!!!

I'll start by saying that I'm a devoted BDB die-hard fangirl and I have loved each and every BDB book, obviously some more than others but nevertheless I love them all!! I was extremely excited when I heard that The WARDen was writing a spin
Sharon ∞❥ is an emotional book junkie ❥∞
Blood Kiss is a story about some new recruits in the training center that the Brotherhood is putting on. It's also a story that focuses on Butch and Marissa's relationship. There's also a murder and believe it or not, JRW works her magic and manages to twist the story lines together and bring it to a satisfying conclusion.

Since this is supposed to be a spin off series, let's talk about that for a minute. There's really not much differences from the prior books. The one thing that is missing is
Jacqueline's Reads
5 Recruit me Stars

I love JR WARD and I love the Black Dagger Brotherhood (BDB) series. Blood Kiss is a spin-off from the BDB series. You do not need to read the BDB books, however you get the full effect if you do. Blood Kiss is part of the Black Dagger Legacy. These books will focus on the new recruits to the BDB. You still get plenty of the original characters and of course a new love storyline. So it’s like having your cake and eating it twice!

Most of the book is about Paradise and Craeg, but
UniquelyMoi ~ BlithelyBookish
3.5 stars

For years now it’s seemed that the WARDen (J.R. Ward) has been taking the Brotherhood down a different path, a path I found myself less and less inclined to follow. The stories became more Urban Fantasy than Paranormal Romance and, as became painfully clear in The Shadows, the WARDen’s idea of true love and happily ever afters was morphing into something I wanted no part of. But being a loyal fan and unwilling - or unable - to give up, it was with some trepidation and a whole lot of cau
Nov 06, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: pnr
First - spoiler alert! The heroine actually lives in this book. After The Shadows, you never know. (I'm still bitter - I can't help it. But I really liked this book so I'm moving on.)

Blood Kiss is the first spin-off book of Ward's Black Dagger Brotherhood book. It's 100% set in the BDB world, in the training center and lots of brothers and their shellans are in the book. But unlike some of the recent BDB books, this one has two main focuses - Butch/Marissa and Paradise/Craeg. As the fight agains
Sammy Loves Books
Oh Hot Damn...This is Gonna Be Good!!




Full review to come!!
I'm torn between 3 and 3.5 so maybe 3.25 I liked but didn't love it stars?

After being pleasantly surprised by The Shadows I decided to go for this one. I really have missed the focus on the "original" brothers and was glad to get some more face time with them. It was all of the domestic variety rather than the slaying variety, but that was fine by me. This will probably be less of a review and more of a like/dislike.

The part of the story focusing on the trainees had a very New Adult feel and th
Sophia Triad
Paradise and Craeg

Here comes the next generation! New kids in town…
The training centre is open again and all the vampires are welcome.
There is no discrimination, if a vampire wants to join.
Females and Males are welcome. Lowly vampires as well as arrogant glymera royalties are welcome.
Everyone can become the next warrior against the lesser.
Everyone can become the next Brother.
As long as they are willing to be beaten to death, to almost die, to almost drown, to be humiliated, to walk until they

Blood Kiss
was an exciting start to J.R.Ward’s new spinoff series, Black Dagger Legacy, and we still get our favorite Black Dagger Brothers, as well!

Paradise, the blooded daughter of the advisor to the King would like to break free of the restrictive life she’s used to. As a daughter of privilege and wealth she’s expected to mate with someone from her own class and have children, but Paradise has other plans. Enrolling in the Brother’s Warrior academy she wants to train to protect her people fr

What were your first thoughts when you learned that Ward was going to be returning to the training centre and giving us stories about new trainees?

Annie: I was excited! J.R. Ward is my all-time favorite author and I knew that going back to the training centre would give readers an intimate and in depth look into how the Brotherhood worked. And although Ward essentially went back to basics, it was the most natural course to take in this series with the brewing war with the Lessers.

These new
Apr 09, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fans of the BDB. Paranormal romance fans
I think I waited a bit too long to review this since I feel like I lost some of the feeling I had for the book after I finished...but I'm going to try and get it back.

I know I enjoyed it a lot. I liked the set up of having the Brothers starting a training program for recruits in the fight against the Lessers. There's lots of potential here, and after the first arduous training class (that was the physical/suspenseful highlight of the book) we're left with just seven recruits. So surely there'll
Oh...MY....GOODNESS!!!! This book has had me so darn excited!!!! And I have to admit that it has been far too long since I have enjoyed a book quite this much! Also, far too long since I have felt that passion I use to when I first started reading the BDB series!! In my opinion, this new "spin-off" series is classic JR Ward. You know, back when the BDB books were, sexy and exciting, and let us not damn funny! In this particular book there is a scene that had me literally laughing ou ...more
Mar 17, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Vamps lovers
Genre: Paranormal/Urban Fantasy
Type: Book 1 of Black Dagger Legacy series
POV: Third Person

As a daughter of the Founding Family, Paradise was brought up in a gilded cage. She was expected to be prim and proper, and adhere to the aristocratic standard. Desperate to break free, she decided to do the complete opposite by joining the Black Dagger Brotherhood training.

Craeg lost everything during the tragic period of their race. With a single focus on mind, he joined the training to prove his
Stacia (the 2010 club)
Forgive me Ward lovers, for I have sinned.

My thoughts were of an impure nature.

Sadly, it was not in the way that you're supposed to be thinking impure thoughts while reading romance.

At times while reading this, I felt like cheating on Ward for another book.

Don't get me wrong. Blood Kiss was good - more than good enough to get 4 stars out of me, which isn't as common of a rating on my end as it used to be. But I think I'm one of the few people who wasn't giddy over BK. The romance felt one-note
Rachel Reads Ravenously
DNF at 56%

I had a lot of high hopes for this book and to say I am disappointed is an understatement. I didn't even know this spin off series existed until a week ago and the minute I saw it I wanted to devour it.

I will say what I liked was at the beginning this felt like one of the older BDB novels, with the focus on a few characters and not 20 in one book. I was excited for Butch and Marissa and the idea of new fresh characters.

My problem with this book? I was bored out of my mind reading it
Mar 19, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'm not sure what to say about this BDB spin-off book. I think on the whole it was a bit of a disappointment. It is a BDB book so it was still a decent read, but it had too many flaws and weaknesses to be considered to be one of the better books in the series. Most of the worst elements of the recent BDB books were included here, but few of the strengths were.

This felt a lot like reading the regular BDB books minus all the fun secondary characters, like Xcor and Assail, that we have grown attac
I wasn't exactly certain how this series would differentiate itself from its parent. I'm still not quite sure but my best guess is that this is the next generation of the Brotherhood.

It begins with the new slate of potential recruits who vie to participate in the training school being started by the Brotherhood. It was the most exciting aspect of the story with some truly frightening episodes that determine who moves forward.

The central romantic focus involved the new and the old. Representing
Yes!! After the disaster that was "The Shadows", we finally get back to some of the things I loved about this series in the first place. And, if you are a Butch fan, this book is soooooo for you because about half of the book is about him. The other half is about Paradise, who we met in The Shadows, and Craeg - some dude. Well, vampire dude.

But, here's the thing, this book had some amazing possibilities for some great female-power messages, and then it kind of crashed and burned at the end. So
Elfina Renee
Mar 21, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
Wow, freaking awesome, action packed novel and the recruits in training.... phenomenal! Excellent five star read. I love the Black Dagger Brotherhood series and this spin off doesn't disappoint. Incredible murder mystery of a slain woman, you'll wonder who done it and why. Butch leads up the investigation in this epic novel. Speaking of the form homicide detective, his mouth watering hotness shines, such a blast reading him again along with his partner in crime V. Long may you reign J.R.Ward! ...more
 ~*~Princess Nhya~*~

I loved everything about this first book intro of this spin off to the BDB. The magic of the first few books within the BDB was here, along with a promise of future flair for the next generation, so to speak.

This was a great read. I highly recommend it

Happy Reading :)
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