Review: Blood Fury by JR Ward

Reviewed by Jen

I’m almost to the point where I can just say point blank that I like these Black Dagger Legacy books more than current incarnation of the core series. Why? More focus on the romance. The main BDB books jump all over the place, from character to character, scene to scene. There have always been parts I’ve wanted to skim to get back to the romance, but with the spinoff books, it’s all romance; there’s nothing to skim.

That’s not to say there’s no jumping around here… there is. It just happens between the two romances which equally carry the book. The blurb may be all about Peyton and Novo, but this is every bit as much about Saxton and Rhun, and frankly, it’s all the better for it. The secondary romance (and I hesitate to call it that because it had equal page time) was even better for me than the headlining love story.

You probably remember Peyton as the rich, party-boy BFF to Paradise, the heroine in Blood Kiss. He wasn’t very happy about his friend’s HEA with Craeg because he thought he was in love with her. In fact, he nearly bungles their friendship beyond repair when he confesses his feelings here and borks up a field exercise trying to play her knight in shining armor. Still, there is something about Novo that draws him. She is tough as nails–reminds me of Xhex in a lot of ways–and she gives as good as she gets.

Of course, there is more to Novo than meets the eye. We learn all about the backstory that forced her to harden her heart, and everything about Peyton reminds her things left best forgotten. They both think they can just indulge in something physical, but as each works through their individual and deep-rooted family issues, they realize they can finally have something more with each other.

I liked their romance well enough. I still didn’t love Peyton, despite the progress he makes in his journey. But there are some super-hot moments between them and neither character dies, so that’s always a plus in a Ward book.

I had way more investment in Saxton’s story. The poor dude was crushed when Blay dumped him and he’s still nursing a broken heart made worse by the fact that he has to see his ex living the good life, in love, every day. This is a gentlemale of the highest order. He is crazy smart, loyal, and super-classy. He’s just so sad.

Then along comes Rhun. Admittedly, I forgot who he was for a moment, but ultimately got the reminder that he’s Bitty’s uncle who has come to live at the mansion since Rhage and Mary adopted the girl. Rhun is in many ways the opposite of Saxton: big, quiet, illiterate. But he has a lovely gentle heart. He’s never been attracted to a guy before, so his growing feelings for Saxton are confusing. But together, these two are just so sweet! They hit my happy buttons. My only complaint is that they didn’t have their own book.

There are glimpses and shout-outs to most of the main characters in the BDB world, but it doesn’t really move any major arc. But that was ok, because it gave us more time for the loving. The pace was fast, the sex was hot, and the ending satisfied.

Mhore please.

Rating: B+/A-

*ARC provided by publisher

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Blood Fury
by JR Ward
Release Date: January 9, 2018
Publisher: Ballantine Books


  1. I gave up on the BDB books years ago and was afraid to even bother with the spin off but all these great reviews for Blood Fury have me caving on this one. Plus I want to see Saxton get his HEA.

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  2. I love having more focus on the romance in the BDL series too! BDB plotlines have become so intricate that I ended up skimming quite a bit to get to the parts of the story I was interested in. The Legacy series feels like early JR Ward to me and I love it!

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