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The Shadows by J.R. Ward

Title: The Shadows
Author: J.R. Ward
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication Date: March 31, 2014
Edition: Hardcover
ISBN-10: 0451417070
ISBN-13: 978-0451417077
Pages: 576
Price: $1725
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I’m such a big fan of J.R. Ward’s Black Dagger Brotherhood series and so far there have 13 books published including the current release named The Shadows. We previously met the Shadow named Trez “Latimer” in previous books but he doesn’t really exist though it’s not just because his identity was created so that a Shadow could function in the underbelly of the human world. His parents sold him to the Queen of the S’Hsibe as a child, but Trez escaped the Territory. He has been a pimp and an enforcer in Caldwell, NY for years – all the while on the run from a destiny of sexual servitude. He’s never had anyone he could totally rely on…except for his brother, iAm. It has been iAm’s sole goal for most his life to always keep his brother from self-destructing – and he knows he’s failed but it’s not until the Chosen Serena enters Trez’s life that the male begins to turn things around…but by then it’s too late. The pledge to mate the Queen’s daughter comes due and there is nowhere to run, nowhere to hide, and no negotiating. Trapped between his heart and a fate he never volunteered for, Trez must decide whether to endanger himself and others – or forever leave behind the female he’s in love with. But then an unimaginable tragedy strikes and changes everything because staring out over an emotional abyss, Trez must find a reason to go on or risk losing himself and his soul forever. And iAm, in the name of brotherly love, is faced with making the ultimate sacrifice…that will change both of their lives forever.

While reading this latest release of the Black Dagger Brotherhood series I was very excited to finally get the story of the Shadow brothers Trez and iAm because in the previous books we have read about them though it was only a tease. I wanted to finally understand the Shadow brothers who captivated me from the first time I read about them. I also wanted to find out how it would turn out between the Chosen Serena and Trez who since they first laid eyes on each other have been slowly trying not to fall in love with one another. Trez is such a complex character since he’s a Shadow surrounded by vampires that he has grown to care about and also who have come to accept him and his twin brother iAm without completely knowing all about their background. Reading this novel was a bit frustrating because the novel followed so many different characters but reading about Trez and Serena was heart breaking since we find out that she has a human disease that is fatal. It was fun to reading about Rhage and Mary again since we haven’t read too much about what was going on with them since their story in Lover Eternal. Rhage is going thru something in this novel that had me a bit confused on what is going on with him since he seemed to be getting some sort of panic attacks whenever something bad would happen to someone in the Brotherhood. I’m wondering if maybe in the next novel or so we will finally know what is going on with him like when Ward decided to go back to Wrath and his life with half vampire Queen Beth in the novel The King.

I was not happy with the way this story ended which is the second time it’s happened while reading the Black Dagger Brotherhood. The first time I very upset with the end of one of the books was when I finished reading Lover Unbound the story about Vishous and the human surgeon Dr. Jane Whitcomb. Jane was murdered though they were able to be together since she became a sort of ghost, which Vishous would be able to interact and touch. It was not the happily ever after that I would have liked for both of them but I figured at least they would be together and live their lives as best they could. Now when I found out that things would not end with a HEA for Trez I almost stopped reading the novel but I knew that I would have to find out what would happen with Trez after he loses Serena and also to find out how things would end for his brother iAm. The novel does go on for a long time about the tragic love between Trez and Serena that could have been shorter since in the end they didn’t get to have their HEA. After finishing the novel I just wished that instead of dragging Trez and Serena’s story Ward could have written more about iAm and the Shadow Princess, which I’m sorry to say, I can’t even remember her name. They end up falling in love and getting the HEA that Trez and Serena didn’t get to enjoy since Ward cut their lives together very short. In the end I enjoyed this latest novel of the Black Dagger Brotherhood though it could have ended better in my opinion and so I’m giving this book a rating of 4 Open Books.

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I'm a part-time aspiring romance novelist, book reviewer and blogger. I've always wanted to travel the world and learn everything I can about other countries. Learning the Italian language is one way of trying to make that dream come true. Traveling will help me with my writing because I'll be learning about the history of the U.S., Latin America, England, Italy, and Ireland, the countries I find so fascinating while reading the romance genre. I read and review romance novels of almost every subgenre along with erotic romance, mystery, sci-fi/fantasy and young adult novels. You can find the reviews at my blogs, Talk About My Favorite Authors and Phoebe Jordan's Reviews. I’ve also started a live podcast show called TAMFA | Phoebe Jordan hosted on Blog Talk Radio. This show is dedicated to everything I love about romance and young adult novels. I love having romance and young adult authors live on my show to be interviewed and showcase their books. I plan to write contemporary romance, romantic suspense, erotic romance, paranormal romance and young adult when I get my writing career started with help from Keta. I'm not sure what genre I'll write to begin with since I love to read so many different romance genres.

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