Black Dagger Brotherhood, Book 8
My faith in JR Ward has finally been restored. After the last few duds, we got a lot of good meat in this book and boy am I pleased. This book focused on John Matthew/Xhex plus Lash and a couple named Gregg and Holly. Not only that, but we got a lot of flashbacks of Darius's life when he met Tohr and a woman they were searching for.
At the end of the last book, Xhex was kidnapped by Lash. For about a month, Xhex was beaten (if fighting back really well counts towards being beaten counts, go for it) and raped by Lash and was held in kind of like an invisible prison.
John and the Brothers actually find her but because of Lash's powers, they walk right into the room with her and don't know she's there. Basically, John has a nervous breakdown because now he believes his woman is dead.
Blah blah blah they get her back and we learn a ton of shit about Xhex that only makes me love her more. Xhex is the only female out of all the Shellans that can do anything for herself and that is the main reason why John loves her so much. She's strong.
Its painfully evident that John Matthew is Darius reincarnated, but of course the Brother's don't know that and neither does John. This brings me to the flashbacks of Darius's life. The female that he and Tohr saved ended up giving birth to Xhex. Tohr knows this ... Darius even named the girl ... So that makes this all the more sweet.
The Gregg/Holly stuff I skipped some of because I had no idea what the point was until the end. Muhrder.
Thank you, JR for redeeming yourself, I had almost lost faith. Good effing book. Thank you. Except ... Why the hell couldn't Xhex be black? Ugh ...
3 1/2 Stars
IR: Darius (AA, but it doesnt mean shit in this book)