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Black Dagger Brotherhood #17.5

Where Winter Finds You

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#1 New York Times bestselling author J.R. Ward is heating things up this winter with a holiday novella featuring some of her most iconic Black Dagger Brothers.

When Trez lost his beloved to a tragic death (The Shadows, Black Dagger Brotherhood #13), his soul was crushed and his destiny seemed relegated to suffering. But when he meets a mysterious female, he becomes convinced his true love has been reincarnated. Is he right? Or has his grief created a disastrous delusion?

Therese has come to Caldwell to escape a rift with her bloodline. The revelation that she was adopted and not born into her family shakes the foundations of her identity, and she is determined to make it on her own. Her attraction to Trez is not what she’s looking for, except the sexy Shadow proves to be undeniable.

Has fate provided a grieving widower with a second chance...or is Trez too blinded by the past to see the present for what it really is? In this sensual, arresting book full of the themes of redemption and self-discovery, two lost souls find themselves at a crossroads where the heart is the only compass that can be trusted...but that may require a courage that neither of them possesses.

480 pages, Kindle Edition

First published November 26, 2019

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J.R. Ward

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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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Profile Image for Sophia Triad.
2,239 reviews3,436 followers
February 5, 2020
“My love…,” she whispered. “How I have missed you.”

Merry Christmas Trez and Selena!

I was so prepared NOT to like this book. So absolutely prepared mentally to hate it. What was the point of this book really?
To change the ending of the saddest book in the Black Dagger universe? Yes, I am talking about The Shadows.
What could possibly happen in this book to make me reconsider that The Shadows should have a different ending?

Well, the answer is simple. The book proved to me a definite fact for myself. I just LOVE happy endings.
I don't care how they are delivered.
I don't even care if they are delivered almost 5 years late.

In romance books the happy endings are the norm!!!
You NEED to read about The Happily Ever After. You need to believe the fairy-tale and have only happy tears in the end.
Otherwise what's the point? Where is the ESCAPISM that the romance stories have the obligation to provide?

Thank you Mrs Ward and thank you insanely/ lunatic/ pink-and-animal-print-lover/ “I’m a sucker for true love” Lassiter!

December 12, 2019
3 bittersweet & to late stars


Okay let me just say that I love J.R. Ward. She is one a few authors that I will continue to read and forgive, even when they do crazy things like kill off beloved characters. The Shadows broke my heart and made me ugly cry, I still loved it and rated it five stars. Now I was hoping that Trez would get his HEA and I am glad he did. However this book was just one big blah for me. It was like I've moved on and now this book's done made me go back and relive the pain of The Shadows. I was wanting a happy sugary sweet Christmas love story. I wanted it to be cute and happy, but it was sad and painful for a lot of it. It brought me down. It was a bittersweet hea that in truth came to late for my liking. Top that off with the weak explanation of how it all happened....This book left me scratching my head and wondering what was the point????? They don't even find out til the end and then they don't get to remember...... They just know.... somehow..... magically even though they also don't know and they are ok with the wholes in their memories? WHAT???

Did I miss something? It wasn't cute it was confusing. It made no sense at all. Hell I don't think the warden knew how to work it so she just was like "it just is.... don't question it!"

I didn't hate the book but I didn't love it either. I thought the way Therese dealt with her adoption was just babyish. Who flips out and just disappears without saying a word. I could understand being mad or upset but if you knew your mom had a heart problem you don't just leave. I don't think she handled it well. Also I was one of the readers that was so upset when Tohr lost Wellsie and their young. I cried then too. I wanted Wellsie back like Rhage got Mary back. But when that didn't happen I accepted it and moved on. So when I got to Tohr's book I felt it was forced. (here is the link to my review on Tohr's book if you want to see all my thoughts. https://www.goodreads.com/review/show... )
It was like Warden was trying to make readers happy so she pushed Tohr into a mating that ended up feel like second place to him and wellsie. I didn't like it. Now that I'm over Trez's pain it's like Warden is trying to make readers who were mad over Selena's death happy and forced it. Oh well I hope I enjoy the next read better.
Profile Image for Tommeh.
83 reviews11 followers
November 28, 2019
*deep spiritual sigh* I just can't anymore. This is literally a fan fiction plot line and considering Ward's stance on fan fiction she should be ashamed of herself. You kill off a character that we didn't care enough about to kill and you wreck a character we actually do care about, and after the backlash we get this drivel? If you were going to do this why couldn't we get Wellsie back!!!!!!! WHAT THE HELL!! Why couldn't we get Darius back!!! If you were just going to hand out immortality and bring people back why not the people we actually wanted to be brought back?!?!?!?

Profile Image for Sammy Loves Books.
1,131 reviews1,422 followers
January 29, 2020
Me after reading Trez and Selena in The Shadows


What is this? Is Trez getting another chance at love?



Glad these two finally got their happy ending. I love JR Ward's writing style and this book didn't disappoint. It was really nice that this book focused solely on the main couple with our any distractions.

I only gave this a 3 star because the story itself was just ok. Trez's original storyline was far better than his second chance.
Profile Image for Christy.
3,758 reviews32k followers
July 1, 2020
3 stars
"Blessed are those who believe in all that two hearts aligned achieve. For once united, no matter where winter finds them, they will always be warm."

'The Shadows' is JR Ward's thirteenth book in her BDB series and I think it gutted me more than any of her other books. Ever since I read it, I was hoping that somewhere down the line, Trez would get his happy ever after. This book is the second part of his story.

Trez lost the love of his life and he just knew he would never find anyone again. He was used to the idea that he would live the rest of his life alone. Then, one night he meets Therese, and for the first time since his love left him, he started to feel again.

Therese hasn't been in Caldwell long. She moved there from Michigan after finding out some surprising news about her family. She's taken by Trez when she meets him, just as he's taken by her. But Trez is hiding something from her, and Therese is going through some family drama as well. All of this kind of put a damper on the romance imo.

There were some things in this story that just didn't add up for me. Also, Therese wasn't the most likable character. I listened to the audio book and the narrator, Jim Frangioni does an incredible job as always, but I wish Ward would have named Therese something else. Therese and Trez actually sound a lot alike on the audio when it's x2 speed.

As much as I love the black dagger brotherhood and Trez, this one was just okay for me.
Profile Image for Jonetta.
2,183 reviews892 followers
December 3, 2019
Trez Latimer is a Shadow who not long ago sacrificed everything to mate with Selena, a Chosen. When she later died, a part of him did, too. His brother and those in his life who care for him worry that he’s lost his will to live and are concerned that he’ll take matters in his own hands. But recently, a young woman named Therese comes to work for iAm in his restaurant as a server and stuns all that see her because she’s a dead ringer for Selena.

I so love being back in the world of the Brotherhood. There’s nothing like these stories and characters, no matter the subject, especially on audio, and this one is no different. I will always listen to Jim Frangione narrate them as he’s a critical component of the whole experience.

Since Therese entered the series, I’ve been waiting for this story and am happy it came during the holiday season. That Trez and Therese would eventually come together was inevitable and my hope was that it be imaginative and unconventional. To some degree it was, augmented in part with some involvement by others (we get some serious Lassiter time). Trez moves cautiously and Therese is inexplicably drawn to him but she has no idea of her visual connection to Selena. You know at some point this will culminate into something dramatic but the journey there was passionate and heartwarming. I rooted for them.

When Selena died, I just didn’t feel like that was Trez’s story or fate. Some fans of the series were disturbed by the author’s decisions to follow this path (I wasn’t), even though it was an extremely well written book. I just didn’t think that was the end for some reason. For me, this filled that void left after the conclusion of The Shadows. Did things wrap up a bit easily? Maybe. But, this time, it feels complete. 4.5 stars

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(Thanks to Simon & Schuster Audio for my complimentary copy. All opinions are my own.)
Profile Image for DJ Sakata.
3,023 reviews1,741 followers
December 2, 2019
Favorite Quotes:

Honestly, he hadn’t just been born under a bad star; he’d been born under one that kicked him in the nuts so badly, he’d coughed them out in his hand.

Clapping a hand over her mouth, the absurdity of it all struck her bell so hard, she nearly snorted. And as she vowed to stop— because he was clearly not in a good mood— she really wished she was a good giggler, one of those females who managed to express oh-that’s-funny in a melodic, pretty way. But nope. Not even close. She was a grunter. A chortler. A water buffalo crossed with an army tank backfiring.

My Review:

I was a late convert to the Brotherhood, I’ve only read two so far but I was quickly hooked. This world and characters are all new to me so I’m several football fields behind the eight-ball in understanding how they all fit together with their backstories and special language, but I don’t care, I am completely blown away by the stellar quality of the writing.

J.R. War obviously loves words and she knows how to use them and arrange them in the most arresting and entertaining manner. I find her lore intriguing and her characters uniquely fascinating and complicated with complex histories and rich interior lives. Her narratives are densely packed with profoundly wordy insights and inner musings that dissect each thought and observation into intensely detailed minuscule pieces that captivate and enthrall. The storylines are multifaceted, highly sensual, and surprisingly amusing with unexpected outbursts of humor, such as an angel who boogies and swears. I wonder if I would live to tell the tale if I cleared my calendar for a month and read the entire series sequentially? At the very least, I would definitely need to stock up on wine and underwear before attempting such a daring feat.
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Author 8 books329 followers
September 1, 2022
Trez and Selena (Therese) are getting their second chance at love at last in a reincarnation story line. But does Trez love Therese for her, or just because she has the same face as his ex? And what’s with the weird looks everyone keeps giving her, lol? This novella brought back some of my favorite characters we hadn’t seen in a while Some hot steamy scenes and I especially enjoyed all the Lassiter moments.

Trigger Warnings:
Profile Image for Debra.
1,985 reviews230 followers
January 22, 2020
I don't know why I even bothered. Even an appearance by my beloved Rehv couldn't get me to like this story. I think Ward also made me dislike Lassiter now.

This was clearly nothing more than Ward pandering to those who were angry at the end of The Shadows, which I wasn't, because I loved that book. The storyline was ridiculous, with the timeline and the reincarnation being given a very vague explanation at the end, that made little sense. I would say don't even bother reading it. All you need to know is that all this book does is reincarnate Selena in a way that makes little sense, and into a relationship that had no real feelings, in a story that was poorly written and poorly edited. I almost gave up about 30 percent through due to boredom and now I'm annoyed that I didn't. The only thing hot about this book was the fire near the end.

If this is how things now seem to work in the BDB universe, I'm really hoping we get Wellsie and her son's reincarnation story very soon. Won't that be interesting? NVM, it probably won't based on this mess of a book.

Upon the release of the blurb:

I was one of the minority that loved The Shadows. Reading the blurb and JR Ward's announcement hashtags, Trez and Selena finally get their HEA #abouttime #sufferingisover #lassitertotherescue, I'm guessing Therese is a reincarnation of Selena and Lassiter used his new voodoo (not quite what I expected from what was said in The Shadows) or maybe Selena has an otherworldly say in things. We shall see.
Profile Image for Jessica .
2,048 reviews13k followers
December 6, 2019
We all know that I'm trash fo BDB and The Shadows is the only BDB book I've actually cried while reading. I was so excited we were getting a Christmas romance for Trez and, after some hints about his HEA in the previous books, I wanted to see him finally happy.

I was definitely interested to see how Trez's romance was going to go with Therese, especially since she looked exactly like Selena. I was hoping it wouldn't be cliche and predictable, but unfortunately, it was. The conflicts between them were exactly what I thought they would be and there really wasn't anything going for this book. While it was over 400 pages long, I can't even tell you important plot points that even happened. We really only followed Trez feeling guilty for liking Therese and...that's it. And I'm not a fan of life-or-death situations solving a couple's problems and being the reason couples end up together, which is what happened at the end of this book.

While I was happy to see Trez happy, it wasn't as satisfying as I wanted it to be. I did love seeing some of the other brothers, but this was pretty boring to me because we didn't have the conflict that has been continuing through the main BDB books. This let me visit my favorite characters in my favorite world, but it was pretty lackluster in the end.
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1,484 reviews261 followers
November 14, 2019
Nothing like Christmas love! ❤️
I have to admit I started and stopped this book several times. It’s not the fact that it wasn’t a good story. But it’s because I don’t normally read paranormal tropes unless it’s one by JR Ward. But it still takes me a little bit to get into the storyline.

This one proved to be a little more difficult because it is definitely one that you want to have read the prior book. I believe these two characters were first introduced in book number 13 of the series.

For me it was a little disconcerting trying to figure everything out but the author is fabulous in time in some of the backstory so I was not completely lost. By the first quarter of the book, I was definitely in the groove!

Besides how can I resist a book like this? A book of everlasting love that transcends reality, or what we know of reality. And that’s what the story is all about.

Intense, highly emotional and deep with feeling, it’s hard not to get emotionally attached to the story. Not to mention it’s extremely sensual and sexual to the very depths of your soul.

You feel the connection between these two. Ward writes in such a way that it feels like you’re in the room with them. Feels like you know them. I guess in a way we really do.

I love Where Winter Finds You. As a reader, we are put through so much along with many tense situations, but through it all have faith that everything will work out eventually.

~ Copy received for review consideration
October 9, 2021
4 Trez Gets His HEA Stars!!

Once again JRW has enthralled me, I love the Shadows and I’m beyond happy that Trez finally gets his HEA although he had to go through some hard times, soul searching, and come to terms with his feelings for Therese. As for Therese, i really like her, but I was a bit put off by her attitude towards her family, I understand anger and hurt but I felt it was overly dramatic and a bit childish. That said, we’re introduced to her family and I’m hoping we’ll see more of her brother in future books.

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For those of you who aren’t fans of her multiple storylines you’ll be glad that this book doesn’t have them, naturally i’Am is included and once again worried for his twin and there is a smallish storyline involving i’Am and his Queen that I think everyone will enjoy.

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Lastly, we get more of everyone’s favorite angel Lassiter. He’s such a great character who will once again have you smiling from ear to ear.

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Profile Image for Maggie.
27 reviews
November 27, 2019
Makes no sense. I love BDB and the shadows but Selena was dead for a very short time before Trez dated Therese. So the whole reincarnation thing makes no sense because while Trez was with Selena Therese was already an adult. WTF J.R. Reincarnation is not the Wardens strong suit. I tried to enjoy the book but the whole reincarnation while someone is already old is weird and pissed me off. Either have the story 20 years in the future so the reincarnation makes sense or have Therese be a doppelganger and Trez fall in love again like Thor did. I'm triggered!
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1,894 reviews401 followers
January 15, 2020
I liked the first three quarters of the story, and was thrilled that Tres got his happy after what JRW put him (and me!) through but, and it's a big BUT .... that last quarter and the whole reincarnation thing? Yeah, that was ... I have no words. 🙄

4 stars for the first part of the book, 1 for the last. I'll leave this right here
Profile Image for ♥ℳelody.
605 reviews610 followers
March 7, 2020
2.75 stars

Because she was Selena. And Therese. At the same time.

I'm a little stuck on the rating for this one. I want to give it 3 stars cause the ending was sweet but overall I wasn't feeling it. This reincarnation story arc didn't work as a novella. Trez is not even a year into mourning Selena and she already comes back as someone else? Too much. Way too soon. I don't understand why Ward didn't just hold off in reuniting them if she changed her mind about Selena dying. At least freaking wait a little. I was curious how she was going to tackle it in such a short amount of time and while it was explained in here and she even explained it herself a while back....I still don't get it. I know the same "loop hole" was used for JM since he's Darius. But there was more wiggle room there since he was a pre-trans orphan with no family and it flowed better since we got to actually see him transition and create ties on the canvas in real time. Here, Therese is already a full adult vampire with decades worth of memories of her own life and own family when we meet her. So Lassiter just snatched up Selena's spirit from the funeral a few months ago and planted her as a newborn baby on a family's doorstep and boom that's it? How does that work? The timeline doesn't make sense to me. Are we manipulating time? Unless I'm mistaken, that's not how reincarnation works. What Ward was trying to sell here just didn't work. Especially considering the fact that Again with John Matthew that rule works and makes sense, here it didn't. And a good chunk of that is because of the short time frame this all happened in. And like someone in the comments pointed out, what's gonna happen whenever someone from the BDB household sees Therese? They gonna get one of those gnarly headaches cause their memories were scrambled? Or is that just a convenient detail used only on humans? Considering JM's seizures I doubt it. Ward is getting seriously sloppy here, she's forgetting her own rules. The lines are all blurring. 😐

How had she fallen in love with him over such a short time?

This 👆. Pretty much Ward's writing template now in a nutshell. I would be more forgiving over this farfetched arc if you didn't have h/hr falling in love in 2 days. Much less a grieving hero who is crippled by his loss yet you're telling me it only took him 2 days to magically fall in love with *someone else* who just happens to be his shellan reincarnated? Uh huh. And Therese can't explain it but she just "feels" like she's known him in an another life and yeah it's crazy but sheloveshimsoHEA! Yuh...No. Ward bit off more than she can chew here. To put your characters and readers through such a heavy serving that was The Shadows then turn around and pretty much undo it all so quickly and like this? So cheap. Yeah The Shadows sucked cause of the no HEA but at least it was emotionally gut wrenching, gripping and real. She may as well have left it alone if this was all she could come up with as a last minute "redoing". This would have suited a full length novel better but considering how everyone and their guardian angel are falling in love in 2 days times span these days in every BDB book I guess it would not have made any difference. And ain't that depressing. 😕
Profile Image for Mikky.
758 reviews171 followers
December 9, 2019
Originally posted at:

I've been loving the last few releases in the Black Dagger Brotherhood and Legacy series. This one was no different! It broke my heart, punched me in the feels, made me angry and then tied it all up in a pretty bow.

Due to my lack of interest in certain storylines and characters, I chose to skip part one (which is the book called The Shadows - BDB #13) of this story and I'm regretting the moment I made that decision! This would have probably been so much more intense and heart-wrenching had I read that book.

Trez was such a heartbreaking character to read about! He was down so deep in his own sorrow due to circumstances beyond his control. It was hard to watch him go through what he did. I wish he had gone about Therese a different and more honest way but I can accept that with the way things worked out in the end.

Therese was a sweet and loyal person who had a great family until she reacted in anger to a situation that (in my opinion) should have never been kept from her in the first place. With that, she learned how to be her own person away from her family. I liked how she didn't jump on the help Trez offered from the beginning. She was looking to carve her own way in life regardless of the circumstances that left her in.

I was losing hope by the last few chapters but I'm SO happy that things worked themselves out with some help from a sassy character *wink, wink*! I'm excited about the future installments in this series and its spin-offs!

My Favorite Quotes:

"And besides, his grief was like the snow on his car. Blinding him to what was all around, rendering him cold and sightless as to the truths he was living in."

"[...] Once the past got a stranglehold on you, it was like an anchor with grasping hands, dragging you down, down, down, until you couldn't breathe and you didn't know where the surface was anymore."

"[...] Emotions weren't reasonable and couldn't be reasoned with."
Profile Image for SamJ ★Needs a HEA★.
609 reviews857 followers
December 18, 2019
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★Book Basics★

Genre : - Paranormal Romance
Series : - 17.5 in the series
Love triangle? -
Cheating? -
HEA? -
Would I read more by this author/or in this series? - yes
Rating - 3 stars


I have to be honest - I was not sure about this story when I heard about it - and even now I still am not!

Trez was still so deep in his grief.

And Therese to me, was a bit cold about her family and they way she kept referring to them - made it hard to warm to her. Maybe I was meant to just have lingering warm feelings left over from Selena??

I honestly do not know what I think - I don't feel like there is a true "link" between Selena and Therese - they are 2 different people with 2 different backgrounds, histories etc - which then means the love between Therese and Trez is not real. Therese is still a stand in for Selene - even if I am meant to think they are one soul.

Overall I am glad Trez has a HEA - just not how it came about.
April 22, 2020
3.5 ⭐'s

Eh, so I wasn't excited about this book. It seems like the story was backpedaled to appease the fans and I hate that. Plus there is that whole implausible explanation and well, I had a hard time deciding to read it or not.

But then The Sinner came out and I just had to read that one. I really enjoyed it and wanted more of that world so here I am.

And I wasn't that disappointed. Trez is a likable enough guy but I really liked Therese even if she seemed a bit too easily manipulated.

The drama at the end was too over the top...from her family to what happened at her apartment. There were too many details of what was going on and it all got a bit muddled.

I enjoyed reading about some of the BDB characters and especially getting to see some of Lassiter's handiwork...even if it was far-fetched. And who doesn't love a HEA? It was definitely a nice wrap up.
April 12, 2020
💛❤️ “Blessed are those who believe in all that two hearts aligned achieve. For once united, no matter where winter finds them, they will always be warm.” 💛❤️

“That was impossible, right? Reincarnation didn’t happen.”

* * *
“Just because a lie feels good doesn’t mean it’s true.”
- iAm

* * *
“I died. Who I thought I was, who I thought I belonged with, and to, died. And a ghost was left in my place.A ghost is still in my place.”
- Therese

* * *
“That was kind of what true love was, wasn’t it. Against all odds and probability, two souls could indeed find each other in the soup of time and humanity, and forge a trail to walk along, hand in hand, forevermore.”
- Trez
Profile Image for Kimaya Mathew.
Author 68 books17 followers
December 3, 2019
Ok, so brace yourself because this is going to be a long review!
I have mixed feelings about this one. I could feel some major loopholes in the story. Those loopholes are going to equally reflect in the BDB world too. I'm a die-hard BDB fan. Every new release fills me with anticipation for something new and exciting. But I was left anti-climaxed at this one. This feels like Anu Malik trying to be A.R.Rehman. Few questions:
1) Couldn't Therese had her own identity?
2) Why does this book look like a forced attempt to give Trez his HEA?
3) Why did Lassiter have to tell everyone the secret of Selena/ Therese at the end?
4) Why couldn't the same be done for John?
5) Why aren't Wellsie and her son being given some re-incarnation story?
6) Is it necessary to re-incarnate every character whom you've killed in the first instance?
7) Couldn't some other plot be given to Trez for his HEA?
8) Why kill the characters in the beginning when you are going to re-incarnate them all the same?

It breaks my heart to write this 'cold-bucket' review. I'm truly disheartened. Not recommended. This is shabby and a disoriented ending for one of my favourite character. I hope the same is not being done to others. What really irks me is that Therese is not just the re-incarnation, but she equally has Selena's face too? How much sticking sweet do you want the story to be? These words are endlessly repeated in the entire book "re-incarnated" "love" "loss".

And don't get me talking on the glaring punctuation, grammatical errors and silly typos reflected in so many areas. Seriously, is this some sort of joke? I have never given such kind of review for any book and something as divine as BDB getting it is a serious crash and burn offence. But I can't help it. That starting just made me roll my eyes because it was not needed.

In the end, my only question is...WHY?
Profile Image for Stacie.
1,930 reviews185 followers
November 27, 2019
3 1/2 "I just don't know." Stars!

Well... Trez and Selena/Therese take 2! I guess I'm still a little bitter about the need for this book, but let me stop talking about that after all these years... I guess that's why this book was written.

So, J.R. Ward is definitely a talented writer. She had me enthralled from the start. Overall, I am so happy Trez is in a better place and that he finally has his Shellan. He again had to go through the emotional wringer. But I reall do love Trez. Therese was a good character. She certainly didn't have the demeanor of a Chosen and quite frankly I didn't like her that much. I just didn't care for her attitude toward her family. I felt like it was selfish and ungrateful. I understand anger and hurt, but... I don't know. I shouldn't judge her. But I did.

So the Big Reveal. I kinda felt like it was overly dramatic, but maybe not. The hows and all that... I can't explain without spoilers so I'll leave it with my last thought as I closed the book. "Ok, so that's how Ward wanted to try to fix her mess... I guess I buy it." - My exact thought at the end.

Happy reading!
Profile Image for Dianne.
6,765 reviews583 followers
November 21, 2019
He lost his true love and for Trez, life was nothing but pain and grief, until Therese came into Caldwell. Could she be the reincarnation of his lost love or has his tortured mind finally broken?

Therese came to Caldwell only to have her very foundation shattered. Is it true she was adopted? Now adrift in a sea of hurt and confusion, is she ready for what Trez is offering or will she see it for a man desperate to mend his broken heart, no matter the cost?

WHERE WINTER FINDS YOU is one more fabulous tale from J.R. Ward, proving her ability to keep a long standing favorite series alive and fresh! High on intensity, it is impossible not to feel for either of these wonderful characters or for their need to belong to someone, somehow.

I received a complimentary ARC edition from Gallery Books! This is my honest and voluntary review.

Series: The Black Dagger Brotherhood - Book 17.5
Publisher: Gallery Books (November 26, 2019)
Publication Date: November 26, 2019
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Print Length: 480 pages
Available from: Amazon | Barnes & Noble
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Profile Image for P .
687 reviews319 followers
November 16, 2020
This is not a typical Ward's book. I've found it not having depth and complex storyline as any others. Where Winter Finds You features Trez and Therese as Ward introduced them in her last books. Trez is getting his second chance with his beloved one (finally), and do you know what happened? Yeah, he almost f*cked it all up.

I also thought that if .

Anyway, if you finished The Shadows and had been dying to know whether Trez would get his HEA. This book is the answer for your question.
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2,007 reviews9,934 followers
November 26, 2019
I had such high hopes for this one because I LOVE Trez and his story broke my heart in The Shadows. I was so looking forward to seeing how he would get his second chance at love, and while I did enjoy being back in the BDB world, the romance just wasn’t enough for me here. The story definitely focused more on Trez’s grief more than anything else. The ending also wrapped up a little too quickly and easily for my taste. Still, I’m beyond happy Trez finally got his HEA!
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1,378 reviews469 followers
November 30, 2019
It was a feel good story that though good, I could have missed. For this series and the spin-off, this is the first time I felt the story was all romance and no other plot to speak of.

For me, I enjoy my romance spicy with other things such as UF, Fantasy, Suspense, Thriller, Mystery, Paranormal, Dystopian, etc.

However, this story was all romance. There were little to no paranormal aspects. In fact, this could be contemporary with very little effort by removing the vampire aspects and slight story changes. And that was the disappointing part. Where was the action and danger we usually get in this series?

Still, JRW can out write most. So it was better than some other stories with all of those elements.

Anyway, disappointing. Narration was excellent as always. I give 3.5 stars.

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488 reviews2 followers
January 10, 2020
Where did winter find me? It found me unhappy with this book. It made me wonder ......why did she bother? It made me bored, for one thing, I picked this up and put it down twenty times over the last month. Now I’m angry again over Trez losing Selena and this reincarnation is just BS. It would have been far better to just have written him a new woman. That is all.
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986 reviews7 followers
January 13, 2020
Yeah.. I wasn't crazy about this one. Honestly, Ward should have left this one alone. I got why she went the route she did with Trez in "Shadows" though it was heartbreaking and the glue that held the explanations of Selena's illness were flimsy at best, still I got it. It felt way more organic to me than this TOO SOON reunion/second chance for Trez. I would have felt better if Therese was just someone he fell for with no other link to him whatsoever. *shrugs*

Now, I did love that I got a story where the book was totally just about the MC's, something I haven't gotten in sooo long with the original BDB, it still felt like I was being Told how I should feel about these two, and not really being allowed to see it unfold for myself. If that makes sense?
Trez and Theresa spent way too much time in their own heads for me. Even when they were together. Just not enough dialogue or opportunity for things to just flow with them IMO. Was a let down. Not to mention not enough hotness here for me either. UGH!!! Trez is my baby. Why I couldn't enjoy him the way I had hoped, kills me.

The explanation as to why Trez and Therese crossed paths to begin with, was a decent explanation. I liked that. It was more solid than the explanation of why he was so heartbroken in the first place that's for sure.

This felt like a filler book to me. More like a 445 page Novella that did not need to be this long. Also it felt like a half apology by Ward for those who were just so ticked about the "Shadows" book. I think Ward should have waited longer when she had more inspiration to work with, if she wanted to give Trez a second chance. Cause this just was not it.. Weird too, because when I met Therese in the "The Thief" I think it was, I was actually rooting for a good story between them...

In any case, I'm only giving this 3 stars because of Trez and iAm, a few cameos of my faves, the Epilogue, and that 1st time locked corridor encounter ;)
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764 reviews37 followers
December 11, 2019
This book is about Trez and his second chance, given the fact that he lost his mate in a very tragic way, and he was struggling to survive until Therese appeared in his life and he got so intrigued by her....
Could he finally have a happy ending??? Read and find out
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