The King by J.R. Ward
Narrator: Jim Frangione
Length: 22 hrs and 4 mins
Date Read: April 2014
J.R. Ward's # 1 New York Times bestselling Black Dagger Brotherhood continues as a royal bloodline is compromised by a grave threat to the throne.
Long live the King…
After turning his back on the throne for centuries, Wrath, son of Wrath, finally assumed his father’s mantle--with the help of his beloved mate. But the crown sets heavily on his head. As the war with the Lessening Society rages on, and the threat from the Band of Bastards truly hits home, he is forced to make choices that put everything--and everyone--at risk.
Beth Randall thought she knew what she was getting into when she mated the last pure blooded vampire on the planet: An easy ride was not it. But when she decides she wants a child, she’s unprepared for Wrath’s response--or the distance it creates between them.
The question is, will true love win out... or tortured legacy take over?
Publisher: Penguin Audio
Series: Black Dagger Brotherhood #12
Also by this author: Dark Lover, Lover Eternal, Lover Awakened, Lover Revealed, Lover Unbound, Father Mine: Zsadist and Bella's Story, The Black Dagger Brotherhood, Lover Enshrined, Lover Avenged, Dead after Dark, Lover at Last, The Shadows br> br>
Also in this series: Dark Lover, Lover Eternal, Lover Awakened, Lover Revealed, Lover Unbound, Father Mine: Zsadist and Bella's Story, The Black Dagger Brotherhood, Lover Enshrined, Lover Avenged, Lover at Last, The Shadows
Listened for Review (Penguin Audio)
Overall Rating: 3.50
Story Rating: 3.25
Character Rating: 3.75
Audio Rating: 4.00 (Not part of the overall rating)
First Thought when Finished: The last quarter of The King by J.R. Ward bumped the rating from a 3.00 to a 3.50, it was a very good way to end that story.
Note: This will probably be my last BDB book for awhile. I think my love affair with these characters has gone. That isn’t on J.R. Ward. She has been very consistent these last few books in how she is now telling these stories. There is just too much going on for me and not enough quality time with the lead characters of each book. That is just a personal reading preference. Many people (including my mom) still love this series! That means I will always have access to the books should I choose to come back. So instead of going into why this just doesn’t work for me anymore (It is me, not the books), I am just going to do an audio review.
Narrated By Jim Frangione / Length: 22 hrs and 4 mins
I love Jim’s narration of this series. He makes the slang a little less annoying. He makes me smile with his ability to show the brotherhood at their best and show their camaraderie. I also like his ability to make the bad guys, pretty darn bad. I do recommend these on audio (if you haven’t already been reading them). I think it would be harder for someone who has only been reading the series to jump in though because I guarantee that some of the characters will sound different in your head.
Final Thoughts: Despite my problems with the story (or the sheer amount of them), I did love the ending. I think the series is about to turn a corner and it just might be really good!
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