Blood Vow

Blood Vow

#1 New York Times bestselling author J. R. Ward returns with an all-new tale of paranormal passion in the world of the Black Dagger Brotherhood.The Black Dagger Brotherhood continues to train the best of the best to join them in the deadly battle against the Lessening Society. Among the new recruits, Axe proves to be a cunning and vicious fighter—and also a loner isolated...

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Title:Blood Vow
Author:J.R. Ward
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ISBN:045147533X
Edition Language:English
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:459 pages

Blood Vow Reviews

  • Karen
    Feb 03, 2017

    I feel like I need a disclaimer before I write this review. I love J.R. Ward, this book however I did not love. Here are my reasons:

    1. I didn't like Axe and Elise. I didn't hate them, in fact I felt nothing for them which is really bad when they are the main characters. I got so bored that in the end I was skimming their chapters, never good sign.

    2. Half of the book was about Mary/Rhage/Bitty. Now don't get me wrong this is what saved this book from being a one star but this book isn't titled T

    I feel like I need a disclaimer before I write this review. I love J.R. Ward, this book however I did not love. Here are my reasons:

    1. I didn't like Axe and Elise. I didn't hate them, in fact I felt nothing for them which is really bad when they are the main characters. I got so bored that in the end I was skimming their chapters, never good sign.

    2. Half of the book was about Mary/Rhage/Bitty. Now don't get me wrong this is what saved this book from being a one star but this book isn't titled The Beast 2 and is suppose to be about the new cast of characters so when it counts on the original cast to carry it, and literally it is a continuation from The Beast, there is a problem. In fact when I think about it that is the problem, the two story lines were constantly warring for attention, I wish it was either exclusively a book about the new characters, or a book about the Bitty situation so it could have gotten the attention it deserved but not both.

    3. This book was way too depressing. The Bitty stuff we knew was going to be a struggle, even if it turns out well, but why did this book have to constantly dwell on the death of Elise's cousin Allishon? It was like an obsession and not in a good way, again I found myself skimming a lot of pages.

    4. When I finished this book I realized I'm not excited for the next. I remember when the BDB books would come out I couldn't wait for the next brother, I mean even if I wasn't happy with what happened I still wanted to read about V, Zhasdist, Phury, etc..but with these books I can't even tell you all the recruits names let alone what they are like. I could care less who gets with who or what book is next. I just don't feel like they have personalities that I care about or I know about.

    In the end I was disappointed in this book and wish I would have waited for a library copy.

  • Dorsey aka ❤️ Wrath Lover and KA Addict ❤️
    Dec 14, 2016

    Honestly, I cannot get enough of the Black Dagger Brotherhood, so I am beyond ecstatic for the Black Dagger Legacy series, it feeds my addiction to these vampires!! So it took me awhile to do this review and I’ve decided to break it down into three mini reviews.

    Axe is a commoner, a guy who just wants to survive and make it through the Brotherhood trainee program. He’s had a hard knock’s life, his mother abandoned him and his father for a better

    Honestly, I cannot get enough of the Black Dagger Brotherhood, so I am beyond ecstatic for the Black Dagger Legacy series, it feeds my addiction to these vampires!! So it took me awhile to do this review and I’ve decided to break it down into three mini reviews.

    Axe is a commoner, a guy who just wants to survive and make it through the Brotherhood trainee program. He’s had a hard knock’s life, his mother abandoned him and his father for a better life when he was a young boy and his father basically spent the rest of his life waiting for her to come back and forgetting that he has a son, a son who later rebelled using drugs and sex as an outlet.

    Axe turned his life around when his father was killed in the raids, he applied for the trainee program to do something good with his life and at the same time avenge his fathers death. There is more to his back story which will break your heart but you’ll need to read all about that.

    Elise is an aristocratic, her rebellious cousin death (Blood Kiss) has affected her and her family to the point that she is being smothered and sheltered by her overprotective father. Her father refuses to allow her, her independence and attempts to smother her under tradition but Elise wants to finish her PhD in Psychology so she can become a Therapist to her race just like the humans have. To achieve her goal, she agrees to a compromise, she will accept a bodyguard. When Axe previously met Elise, he was instantly attracted to her, he wants her……badly!! However; he feels that she is way out of his league. Axe is dark and dangerous, nothing Elise is used to, yet she can’t resist him.

    Axe and Elise have a bumpy road to their HEA and for the most part I enjoyed their storyline, but both have issues to work through, including huge trust issues.

    Rhage, Mary and Bitty’s storyline picks up right where it left off in

    . Rhage and Mary have started the adoption process for Bitty who they both love and adore (along with the rest of the brotherhood household). They already consider her their daughter and she considers them Mom & Dad. But, deep down both Rhage and Mary fear that Bitty’s missing uncle will turn up and destroy their dreams of being a family. Their fear becomes a reality when Ruhn shows up to claim Bitty, what an emotional rollercoaster!!! Rhage…..oh lord he broke my heart, while Mary tried to remain strong for Rhage and Bitty all the while dying inside. Bitty is such a loving, sweet, and wise young girl. I loved their storyline and the outcome.

    Lassiter, Lassiter, Lassiter……our favorite naughty fallen angel. Lassiter and Bitty have developed a very special and close bond, they have tons of fun together that will make you smile happily. So it’s only natural that he is front and center throughout the Rhage, Mary, & Bitty storyline offering his unique brand of support to both Rhage and Mary. We see the Lassiter we all know and love…snarky, crude, and outrageous at times. Yet we also see a more serious and tender side to him, you’ll definitely enjoy his humor in this one.

  • ♥Rachel♥
    Jan 08, 2017

    Wanted more of the story focused on Axe and Elise, but still enjoyed it.

    Can't wait for Novo and Peyton's story!

  • P
    Dec 26, 2016

    I don't even have words to say about how grateful I picked this book up before Christmas. Blood Vow is the second installment of the Black Dagger Legacy series which is spinned off from the main one, Black Dagger Brotherhood. At first, I saw no reasons why J.R. Ward had to start her new series with the same setting and characters, but after I read Blood Kiss, I completely understood why she must do this.

    I don't even have words to say about how grateful I picked this book up before Christmas. Blood Vow is the second installment of the Black Dagger Legacy series which is spinned off from the main one, Black Dagger Brotherhood. At first, I saw no reasons why J.R. Ward had to start her new series with the same setting and characters, but after I read Blood Kiss, I completely understood why she must do this.

    Blood Vow has the two main stories: the first one is Axe, kinky dirty sexy alpha male from Blood Kiss, and Elise, the rich girl having the rebellious head. They're not a perfect match for me at first, but J.R. Ward made me feel like they're so good together while Axe's trying to be good for her. It reminded me of Gomez's song :

    I have to play it whenever I read Axe's part. He's my type of hero.

    The second story is Rhage and Mary's. I loved the potential these two being together since The Beast, kinda didn't like them this much in Lover Eternal for some reasons. It broke my heart to see the story in The Beast continuing in this book. To be honest, the conflict Ward put into the first part of the book was unpleasant for me because I knew consequences weren't good, yet I was so glad to see how ingenious she turned the story and solved their problems at the end of this book.

    How can I say about how much I loved Axe ? Ohmigod. I've already said but I want to do it again. He's yummy and sexy as hell

    He likes being hurt so he tells Elise to hurt him good when she's with another man. That scene alone got me to give this book five stars.

    I've had a hunch before reading this book that Axe might be like Z. But I was wrong. Axe is reasonable and not judgemental even though he's neglected by his father. He's done so many wrong things but he can understand himself without someone reminding him who he is. Elise, too, is strong and independent, she rarely acts like she's a damsel in distress, she knows that everyone has their problems and it's unnecessary to judge people until you know them well.

    J.R. Ward knows where to hit my points to fully enjoy her books. She wrote it the way she used to, nothing was changed. But the fresh start and how she put the pranks into her story were excellent as always and made me laugh my ass out. I liked her books because of them.

    Highly recommend ! This is my best Christmas gift ever. And Lassiter is my other reason that I loved Blood Vow so damn much I marked it as my favorite of 2016.

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  • Sophia Triad
    Feb 02, 2017

    There is magic involved every time I open a J.R. Ward’s book and then I suddenly land in Caldwell.

    When I am there,

    I usually hide in the dark alleys sniffing the air for baby powder smell and listening carefully for gunshots and body compacts,

    I cover myself at the back of Manny’s ambulance behind a blanket making sure is empty on the way back to the mansion and everybody has already been home safe. Sometimes when it is not empty I listen carefully to sighs and encouragements and prayers and I m

    There is magic involved every time I open a J.R. Ward’s book and then I suddenly land in Caldwell.

    When I am there,

    I usually hide in the dark alleys sniffing the air for baby powder smell and listening carefully for gunshots and body compacts,

    I cover myself at the back of Manny’s ambulance behind a blanket making sure is empty on the way back to the mansion and everybody has already been home safe. Sometimes when it is not empty I listen carefully to sighs and encouragements and prayers and I make an effort to help thinking positively so that whoever is injured, he/she will be on his/her feet soon.

    I find quiet corners in the Brothers’ mansion trying to listen to giggles and laughs and curses and “I’m sorry for cursing” (because there are kids around nowadays) and looking for paw prints and snicker bars’ wrappers , while my stomach growls when I smell the Last Meal being prepared by the doggens. And then I know that the pool table noises will stop, footsteps will be coming down the stairs, George will start barking, the TV will be silent, the vacuuming will stop and the dining room will be filled with voices and shouts and maybe music.

    Sometimes I find a quiet place in the Darius’ mansion and I listen to the petitions to the blind King. Frequently, I roll my eyes because what the subjects demand from the King is so trivial and simple and he and his brothers have a bloody war to fight and there is no time. But other times, my heart bleeds because what they ask is the impossible even for a King.

    My heart also bleeds when I visit the Safe Place and I make myself invisible behind the curtains. Abuse is not limited to the human nation. If anything, it is more brutal, more life threatening in the vampire world. Vampires are much stronger than the rats without tails. They can hit harder, they can suffer more before they die, and they can bleed more.

    And I feel similar sadness when I visit Havers’ clinic and I know that some of the patients there will not live long enough to see the moon of the following night. And I know that maybe Havers will look cold and distant in front of them (he has a god complex you may think). But when he knows that he is not watched, he will hide his face in his hands. And he will feel abandoned and desperate because whatever he does, it is not enough.

    See? I am well trained. I know what to expect.

    This time

    I also followed Elise in her family’s mansion and I listened to the glymera nonsense that her father was explaining and I listened to her aunt’s burst about her ungrateful daughter who went and got herself killed and now nobody was inviting them to the parties anymore.

    I followed Axe to The Keys. I had a mask and somebody had lent me a key to get in. I heard the noises of the sexual aroused humans, I smelled sex everywhere, I could not see faces, I could not count how many were in each of the rooms. I ran away.

    But when Elise and Axe sat in front of the fire or shared the shower I tried to be discreet and I left them alone. I knew what they were doing, anyway.

    I also followed Rhage, Mary and Bitty around. They were trying to finalize what they had started in “The Beast”. They were absolutely sure that was what they wanted. And I felt love, commitment, gratitude everywhere. The friends were helping, the family stayed together.

    And of course it was Christmas time. Many gifts, many hugs and a Christmas tree. Picture perfect!

    Ruhn welcome! Did you really exchange glances with Saxton and the air was heavy and promising?

    Oh, maybe I just imagined it…

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    5 stars

    ... just because I was feeling that I was home when I was reading

    ... just because I am a BDB fan girl

    ... just because I can

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  • Mandi Schreiner
    Dec 08, 2016

    This is the second book in the BDB spin-off series, but as we have seen in the past – this book has a main H/H, Axe and Elise, but the other half of the book (maybe even more than half) is the continuing story of Rhage, Mary and their adopted daughter Bitty. If you didn’t read Rhage’s book that came out in March, you might be a little lost with Bitty. Mary and Rhage adopted her (or are in the process of adopting her) after Bitty’s mother died from extreme abuse from her husband. Bitty also suffe

    This is the second book in the BDB spin-off series, but as we have seen in the past – this book has a main H/H, Axe and Elise, but the other half of the book (maybe even more than half) is the continuing story of Rhage, Mary and their adopted daughter Bitty. If you didn’t read Rhage’s book that came out in March, you might be a little lost with Bitty. Mary and Rhage adopted her (or are in the process of adopting her) after Bitty’s mother died from extreme abuse from her husband. Bitty also suffered, and because so many bones in her body were broken and healed poorly, they are afraid when she transitions into an adult vampire, she could have permanent damage to all of her limbs. On top of that, her blood-uncle makes contact looking for her and Mary and Rhage worry that he will take her away from them.

    Look – Bitty bored me tears because – we all know, Bitty is going to stay with Rhage and Mary. They have their HEA, and to stay happy forever, they can’t lose Bitty. So they entire drama with Bitty’s uncle coming into the picture didn’t do anything for me. Plus – Bitty is the most well-behaved teenager EVER. My God, I wanted her to rebel or have some kind of attitude. Be a brat just for a second, Bitty! Even her uncle was super nice. It was a LOVEY MUSH-FEST. Don’t get me wrong, I loooooove when Rhage goes mushy on Mary. It melts me. But, the entire family being this ooey-gooey lovey-dovey pile of mush? For half the book? My bitter, jaded heart was over it.

    The main couple is Axe and Elise and I liked them! Axe is a trainee at the BDB compound. Ex-heroin user, super poor, abandoned by his mother, father killed in the raids. Belongs to a sex club. He was edgy and grumpy and badass. Elise is glymera – wealthy, privileged and her father is terrified for her safety after all the raids and murders that have occurred. He ends up hiring Axe to be her bodyguard – and the two have super hot chemistry. Elise rebels against the glymera and wants to live her own life her own way. She was a stronger heroine for Ward – I enjoyed her a lot. Their relationship is spicy and hot.

    I also love the trainees – Peyton, the arrogant asshole, Novo another female trainee who is cool, and the quiet dude who has issues (he will be a super sexy hero). I wish there had been more training by the brothers and less Bitty (sorry – I’m so annoyed by Bitty!)

    The conflict between Elise and Axe at the end is a little meh and not sure if they were at the declaration of love yet – that felt weird for Axe to say. He is so jaded and hard-edged – him saying I love You felt odd. I believed in their romance, but maybe not in love yet? I don’t know.

    I did enjoy reading this – Vishous is around. Lassiter was amazing! He not only made me laugh (especially the last scene) but he has such a sweet moment! His relationship with Bitty is more engaging that Rhage and Mary. I adore him.

    It’s a fun read, I just didn’t want a third Rhage book.

    Now to get my hands on Xcor and Layla this Aprl. Oh baby I’m excited.

    Grade: B-

  • Jen
    Dec 12, 2016

    It is always such a treat for me to be able to visit the BDB world, and to see all of my favorite vampires too. I wasn't disappointed in the least, as we were given a glimpse into their lives once again, and the humor that is always present between the guys was their too! JR Ward has such a brilliant dialect, and she has created characters that are impossible not to love, as well as they are always so highly entertaining. My only reason for the four stars is because I did feel like the storyline

    It is always such a treat for me to be able to visit the BDB world, and to see all of my favorite vampires too. I wasn't disappointed in the least, as we were given a glimpse into their lives once again, and the humor that is always present between the guys was their too! JR Ward has such a brilliant dialect, and she has created characters that are impossible not to love, as well as they are always so highly entertaining. My only reason for the four stars is because I did feel like the storyline dragged a bit now and again. We were treated to a new main couple...Axe and Elise...but we also got more story lines about Rhage, Mary, and Bitty. If you are a fan of the BDB series, then you would remember that Bitty was introduced in "The Beast." In this series, "Black Dagger Legacy" JR Ward concentrated this time on just the two couples and didn't have the story jumping around to a whole bunch of characters. This is a nice change as a lot of us readers were beginning to get frustrated with not having more focus on the main couple.

    All in all, this was a great read, and I am always greatful for just a little more time in this world. This is my all time favorite paranormal series...or I should say The Black Dagger Brotherhood is, and then this comes next. This spin off series I feel has breathed some fresh air into a series that was starting to get a little bit dull. I love that there are new characters being introduced, and I love how this series and the other are interconnected!!! Keep up the brilliant work JR Ward!!! As long as she keeps writing about these sexy vampires...I will keep reading!!!

  • ♔ Jaela ♊ Killer ⚔ QUEEN
    Dec 18, 2016

    Elise and Axe....yes, ok, they were good, but it felt like they weren't the stars of this book.

    I hoped the Mary-Rhage drama would be over by now, and I didn't really understand the importance of these two being MC in this book, too, but I really enjoyed it, although I'd have liked to read more about Elise and Axe. I felt like the development of their relationship was a bit rushed in the end.

    -

    as the next MC will be awesome. I like her very much, I loved her in this book. S

    Elise and Axe....yes, ok, they were good, but it felt like they weren't the stars of this book.

    I hoped the Mary-Rhage drama would be over by now, and I didn't really understand the importance of these two being MC in this book, too, but I really enjoyed it, although I'd have liked to read more about Elise and Axe. I felt like the development of their relationship was a bit rushed in the end.

    -

    as the next MC will be awesome. I like her very much, I loved her in this book. She really is a strong female. I know her endgame will be

    , but she's gonna make him work hard for that. He's been such a jerk in the first book and in this one too, but we saw changes in him, and he's going in the right direction.

    I have to say that I hope I like Novo's book more than I liked Xhex's. Although I prefer strong female characters, I want them to tame the

    , and John Matthew was a sweetheart.

    -

    . I'm probably wrong, but I got a small small vibe from him and I think/(would like) for him to be

    . We'll see...

    I don't want to spoil anything. I just want to thank J.R. Ward for the amazing books that she writes and I'm always looking forward to the next one, be it a BDB book or a BDB legacy one. The're all amazing!

  • Beanbag Love
    Jan 17, 2017

    I have not bought this book yet. Here's why:

    That's JR Ward announcing this series in this blog post:

    Book 2 is already a hardcover at the price of $11.99. So I'm going to buy it when it's the paperback it was sold to loyal readers as. Not because I can't afford $11.99. I've got plenty of money. It's just that I don't like being taken for granted by authors and their pub

    I have not bought this book yet. Here's why:

    That's JR Ward announcing this series in this blog post:

    Book 2 is already a hardcover at the price of $11.99. So I'm going to buy it when it's the paperback it was sold to loyal readers as. Not because I can't afford $11.99. I've got plenty of money. It's just that I don't like being taken for granted by authors and their publishers. So my protest will include me spending the money I might have spent on Blood Vow on something else. I'm gifting some of my favorite books to some friends.

    First up: Melody -- tonight she received:

    Grace Draven's "Entreat Me"

    ($3.99, full novel)

    Grace Draven's "The Undying King"

    ($1.99, long novella)

    Ilona Andrews' "Clean Sweep"

    ($4.99, full novel)

    Why these books? Because I loved them, they're independently published, and these two (technically three) authors never seem to forget that their fans are more than dollar signs. Total cost to me for three books: $10.97. Wow. What a bargain.

    True -- pro published books are more expensive. So it behooves the author to give what she or he promised the readers. Because ... see ... we're the ones on the other end of the transaction. The ones with the money. If you sold a series as paperback, then give us a reasonably priced paperback instead of greedily bumping it up to HC on the second book because you know we're loyal and you can squeeze a little more out of us. That kind of stink doesn't just go away. Some people might think I need a waaaambulance and it's really not all that important. But some of us are just plain tired of being played for chumps and something that might seem like just a few bucks give or take ... well there's that one last straw that breaks the camel's back. Frankly, it's insulting, and my money goes where

    want it to go. Because while authors may not be their readers' bitches (thank you Neil Gaiman for that one), readers are not authors' bitches either.

    ETA: the giveaway goes on. Uniquely Moi -- my dear friend -- got the second batch of the same books. Now I've spent more than the cost of Blood Vow. As I say -- it's not that I can't afford it, it's that I'm not your bitch.

  • UniquelyMoi ~ BlithelyBookish
    Feb 03, 2017

    **sigh**

    What a wonderful, beautiful story. I'm not a

    fan of this new generation of warriors, but the time spent with my Boys, their

    and Bits - those moments alone make this story one I will re-read (parts of) often.

    In fact,

    is well worth owning, so when the publisher decides they've go

    **sigh**

    What a wonderful, beautiful story. I'm not a

    fan of this new generation of warriors, but the time spent with my Boys, their

    and Bits - those moments alone make this story one I will re-read (parts of) often.

    In fact,

    is well worth owning, so when the publisher decides they've gouged enough readers and reduces the price, I'm sure I'll be picking it up. Until then, library copies will have to do.

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