Sara's Review: Blood Truth (Black Dagger Legacy #4) by J.R. Ward
REVIEWER PURCHASE PUBLISHER: Simon & Schuster Audio
NARRATOR: Jim Frangione RELEASED: August 13, 2019 GENRE: PARANORMAL ROMANCE LENGTH: 12 hours and 52 minutes FORMAT: EBOOK, AUDIBLE, PAPERBACK
As a trainee in the Black Dagger Brotherhood's program, Boone has triumphed as a soldier and now fights side by side with the Brothers. Following his sire's unexpected death, he is taken off rotation against his protests—and he finds himself working with Butch O'Neal, former homicide cop, to catch a serial killer: Someone is targeting females of the species at a live action role play club. When the Brotherhood is called in to help, Boone insists on being a part of the effort—and the last thing he expects is to meet an enticing, mysterious female...who changes his life forever.
Ever since her sister was murdered at the club, Helaine has been committed to finding the killer, no matter the danger she faces. When she crosses paths with Boone, she doesn't know whether to trust him or not—and then she has no choice. As she herself becomes a target, and someone close to the Brotherhood is identified as the prime suspect, the two must work to together to solve the mystery...before it's too late. Will a madman come between the lovers or will true love and goodness triumph over a very mortal evil? FIVE BOUNDLESS STARS
Blood Truth is book 4 in the Black Dagger Legacy (BDL) Series; however, it runs chronological order with the Black Dagger Brotherhood Series (BDB). So the proper reading order if you want to understand the larger picture of what is going on in the bigger BDB universe is to read Blood Truth after The Savior. A big chunk of The Savior will be blown if you read them out of order. Also, I am a huge proponent for reading books in order for a better understanding, and BDB is one of those series that you really can’t start from the middle. Blood Truth follows Boone the last of the latest batch of trainees. It also follows Butch who’s original book was Lover Revealed (Book 4). Coincidence? Boone story was great, and he has gone through a personal tragedy, yet he doesn’t feel the way he thinks he should. He is expressing his emotions through rage. That gets him to put off rotation when he is injured. He then gets recruited to help Butch solve a serial killer case. That is how he meets Helaine. She is at first a suspect, but when its learned that she is suffering from her tragedy, her and Boone form a bond. Like most of the BDL books, I love the secondary story more. I loved seeing where Butch was at although he is a character we know a lot of in other books much like Vishous. I was surprised Butch’s story didn’t revolve around him and Marissa, but more around him missing his old life as a cop and a human. It was an exciting twist. One huge plus on this story is I didn’t guess on the bad guy. I had a guess, but it was wrong. I love it when I don’t figure it out right away. I loved this addition to the BDB world and can’t wait for the next installment Where Winter Finds You, November can’t come soon enough. I also really loved the interview at the end of the audiobook. It was an excellent surprise.