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The King: Number 12 in series (Black Dagger Brotherhood Series Book 13) by [Ward, J. R.]
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Heartwarming and heart-stopping, this is classic Ward! (RT Book Reviews)

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Book 12 heightens the tension in this "edgy, erotic vampire romance" series of worldwide bestsellers.
If you want to catch up, Book 1 in J.R. Ward's addictive 'Black Dagger Brotherhood' series is called 'Dark Lover'.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2508 KB
  • Print Length: 591 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0451417054
  • Publisher: Piatkus (1 April 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars 400 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #18,006 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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*******SPOILER ALERT! ********

I am a huge fan of the early BDB books...although after Rehv's book I started to become disenchanted with the series, so I really wanted this book to be the one that made me fall back in love with the series but it feels like JR Ward has lost her way; too many characters, not enough interesting story lines, too much waffle and unfortunately, that hasn't changed with this book.

I didn't think I’d ever say this about the BDB series but the book was far too long. I actually skipped through sections…the three other story lines - Selena/Trez, Xcor/Layla and Sola/Assail - added absolutely nothing to the story and I got bored with them quite quickly as there was no real relevance or depth to the characters.
I found Xcor's turnaround unbelievable and as there was no resolution to any of these stories, I’m guessing that’s where the next book is headed but it felt like there really isn't much further to go with the stories; that they were so close to being finished that she will be dragging them out if she wants to carry on with them. I mean, with Trez and Xcor they clearly want the females and the females know that but won't get them initially, then after lots of waffle and introspection, they'll get their HEA. Snooze!

The main story line of Beth and Wrath was so protracted that I got to the point where I didn't care what happened to them, which as the “First Couple” (in the series and as King and Queen!) was a shame.
I know they had issues to work through - her wanting a baby, him not and the threat to the throne - but it felt all so drawn out and I think could've been covered in a novella. I just wanted the book to end!!
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By Cloggie Downunder TOP 500 REVIEWER on 2 Oct. 2014
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The King is the 12th book in the popular Black Dagger Brotherhood series by American author, J.R. Ward. While the main plot concerns the King, Wrath, son of Wrath and his Queen, Beth, much of the narrative is also devoted to Assail and Sola Morte (Marisol), Wrath’s parents, Wrath and Anha, Shadow Trez and Selena, and Xcor and Layla. As well as the threat to his rule from the glymera and Xcor’s Band of Bastards, Wrath is trying to deal with Beth’s wish for a baby, something that he is against for several reasons. Sola Morte discovers another side to ruthless drug lord and cold-blooded killer Assail when he sets out rescue her. Shadow iAm’s character is expanded on with a few surprises. Trez finds that his plan to foil his destiny with the s’Hisbe backfires on him when he wants to get closer to Chosen Selena. And the pregnant Chosen Layla makes a secret deal with Xcor. Beth’s cat Boo takes a liking to a household member. A gutsy Sola Morte solves a security thumbprint dilemma with aplomb. The seventeenth century narrative about Wrath and Anha also elucidates the history of the association between the Brotherhood and the King. Lessers and the Band of Bastards make very few appearances in this installment and the noticeable lack of fights will certainly please some readers. A rather atypical member of the glymera who is (somewhat unfortunately) named Abalone (though he is not at all shellfish, sorry, selfish) is instrumental to a rather neat solution to the battle for Wrath’s leadership. This instalment has kidnapping, pregnancy with associated food cravings, birth, a traditional wedding, morning sickness, ultrasounds, a sedative dart, a poison chalice, an epileptic seizure, migraine, vengeance, sparring, a divorce, blackmail, and quite a lot of ice cream.Read more ›
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First off I would just like to say that this is one of my favourite series of books. Saying that I wait with much anticipation for the next book like most BDB fans do. I was how ever left feeling very disappointed with this book. In my honest opinion it just did not deliver.

The reason I love these books are the great story lines that so far seem to have all fit and connected. I love each vampire who has had his story line. The Lessers are a major part of these books as they are the main enemy and that brings me to another great reason and that is, the action in the books. You have a great set of books with hot vampires, great leading ladies, all out fight scene and some really great erotic scenes to tie it all together to make a great book.

The king just did not fit the bill. Where was the fights, where was the interaction with the other brothers and even the sex scenes in this book were lame compared to the others. Where is the lessoning society. Only mentioned a few times in the book as a dead one was found and Butch needed calling. I appreciate where this book was heading but to me it is going to far off the beaten track that its loosing the feel of the brotherhood. You now have so many loose ends that she has left open for other books that I feel have no relevance to the BDB. The whole point of the series I thought was the good and bad - You have Omega (bad) not even in the book and the Scribe virgin (good) not even in the book. We all waited for the last book for Blay and Qhuinn story and it so delivered because of the build up for so many books. Now this book had no build up and totally left me feeling flat and not even in the slightest wanting to read the next book which I believe is about Iam.
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