Blood Fury Review
Title: Blood Fury (Black Dagger Legacy, #3)
Author: J.R. Ward
Publication Date: January 9, 2018
Publisher: Ballantine Books
A vampire aristocrat, Peyton is well aware of his duty to his bloodline: mate with an appropriate female of his class and carry on his family’s traditions. And he thought he’d found his perfect match—until she fell in love with someone else. Yet when his split-second decision in a battle with the enemy endangers the life of another trainee, Peyton has to face the idea that his future, and his heart, actually lie with another.
Novo, as a female in the Black Dagger Brotherhood’s training program, feels like she has to prove herself to everybody—and she has no interest in being distracted by falling in love. But when Peyton proves to be so much more than a rich playboy, she is forced to confront the tragedy that has broken her soul and closed her off from love.
As the two grapple with Novo’s past and Peyton’s present, another couple must contend with a connection that is unparalleled—and potentially scandalous. Saxton, who has had his heart broken, discovers in himself a deep-seated attraction to Ruhn, a new member of the household. But will the other male explore the connection? Or will he close his mind and his heart to what could be true love … and cost Saxton everything?
The Warden does it again! This book did not disappoint! I saved The Chosen so I could read it and Blood Fury back to back and I am so glad I did!
Peyton feels like he is worthless. He does not feel like he is enough on his own. He knows people only see his surface and they judge his character on that, so he keeps everyone at arms length. It is despairing to watch Peyton pine for Paradise but also feel drawn to Novo. Peyton is so starved for love that he does not even know how to distinguish love for a lover and love for a friend from each other. He does not know what any type of love feels like at all. That is just heartbreaking.
Novo is directionless in so many ways that you feel compelled to want to give her a hug- and a cookie. Yes, she has the Brotherhood training program but that is all she has. She feels alone because she is alone. Her family does not concern themselves with her, she lives in a rundown, dinky apartment, and has no real close connections to anyone- any connection she has is surface. Novo has a sorrowful past that has left her a shell of who she used to be or might have been. Learning to trust Peyton with her secrets and heart seems like an impossible task and one she does not feel up to doing.
Saxton is still heartsick over Blay. He still pines for him even though he knows there is no use in doing so. He is happy that Blay has found a family and he wants Blay to be happy. Saxton throws himself into his work for Wrath- that is all he can focus on- it’s all he wants to focus on. Ruhn makes him stumble- makes him realize there could be another chance at love again. Saxton realizes how lifeless his life is when when Ruhn walks into it.
Ruhn feels like he has no place in the Brotherhood mansion. He loves Bitty more than he ever thought he would but he does not know how to fit into her life. He knows that Rhage and Mary are the best option for Bitty and wants the best for her but he does not know how to coexist with the happy family. Ruhn is lifeless as well. He has no direction and feels like he has no place in the world. That is until he meets Saxton- they make each other realize how much life can surprise you when you least expect it.
What I loved most of about this book was that all the main characters felt like they were lost, and granted, they were. They recognized that they were missing something essential in their life. Peyton, Novo, Rhun, and Saxton all felt like they were broken and unwanted. It was heartbreaking to see these characters that I have fallen in love with feel so directionless and melancholy. It was amazing to watch them find themselves and find true love. They realized that they were not broken- just fractured- and needed to be healed.