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The King by J. R. Ward
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So I have been itching to read The King ever since I heard of its release. I am such a fan of Wrath and Beth. These two are so solid together and I think what held me back from reading this one was the multiple plot lines. And even though the other plot lines weren't something I really had a huge interest in, probably because I haven't touched base with some of the later books in the series so I was a bit lost at times. So I didn't get too involved in some of them. I was slightly intruged by Xcor and Layla, just because I saw them in "The Beast" and I do know they have a book of their own so I was curious to see what happened between them in this one. Some of the other characters we see that play a pivotal role in this book are:

Wrath and Anya---I loved loved this side plot line. We get a chance to take a glimpse into the love that Wrath's parents shared for each other. There are some heartbreaking moments of course, but we see how strong they were together and love seeing where Wrath comes from and his legacy.

Trez-I didn't have much interest in this character at all...I was having a "meh" feeling with him

Assail-I had a hard time with this one, just couldn't connect and mostly skimmed when I realized I had little desire for this character or the plot line Ward includes.

Then we finally have our beloved Wrath and Beth. Now these two are struggling a bit. Wrath is busy with his Kingly duties and we see how its really putting him down. He is struggling still with being King and trying to live up to his parents, most especially his father. But when Beth shares her strong desire to have a baby, Wrath is over the top against it, to the point that it divides this lovely pair in a way they have never been divided. They both really struggle but ironically this is not the toughest battle they will have to face together. And man I think I fell in love with this couple even more strongly before.

“I want you to know something,” he said into her hair. As she went still, he tried to pull something worth hearing out of his ass. Some string of words that were even in the same zip code as what was doing in his chest.

“What?” she whispered.

“You are everything to me.”

It was so incredibly, totally not enough- and yet she sighed and melted into him like that was all she wanted to hear. And a bag of chips.

Sometimes you got lucky.

We see how they struggle with challenges after getting their "HEA" from Dark Lover. We see the way they become even stronger even if its tough for them to get there. I love seeing how their relationship grows into a more stronger bond and how both Beth and Wrath become even better people because of the challenges they are faced with.

“You have given me something ... I didn't even know I needed. It's the greatest gift I will ever receive--it's, like, completing me already in places I wasn't aware were empty. And yet ... in spite of all that? I don't love you one bit more. You are as important to me as you've always been." He curled down and pressed a kiss to the loose shirt she was wearing--it was one of his, actually, and wasn't that great. "I was wholly bonded to you before this, and will be after this--and forevermore."

"You're going to make me cry again."

"So cry. And let me take care of you. I got this.”

Its so poignant and tender in moments that will make you tear up because the moments these two have can be heart wrenching but also so romantically sweet and powerful. J.R. Ward definitely delivers on all the feels. ( )
  addictofromance | Mar 24, 2019 |
I'm relatively new to this series, but I did enjoy this book (although I did feel it was a tad overlong) ( )
  FranBL | Nov 29, 2018 |
Sigh...This book has all the same objectionable characteristics that the latest few have. Big chunks of chapters about characters we don't care about (Assail and Sola)? Check. Big, tough vampires who scoff at "feelings" yet spend pages and pages working through their feelings? Check. Constant pop culture references which will cause the books to go "out of date" far more quickly than they would have? Check. Hardly anything in the story about the main point of conflict - the war between the vampires and the lessers? Check.
But...every time, I keep reading. There is something about this story (the BDB series, not this particular one) that keeps sucking me in. Even though, at this point, it feels like Ward is doing what Peter Jackson did with the Hobbit movies - adding a bunch of irrelevant stuff and drawing it out as long as possible to keep us coming back.
Sigh. ( )
  MegPerry2 | Oct 17, 2018 |
BRAVO!!! Oh how I love Wrath. But now I love him more. Oh my I had a few good cries with this one. J.R. Ward, you rock my socks with this series. This book is one of the very best! I sincerely hope there are more to come! ( )
  SuziQBird | May 9, 2018 |
After a bunch of side stories that could have been seriously cropped in my opinion with a good healthy editing, its main story ended very well and on a good note. Since I'm behind with this series, I'll start The Shadows next while the iron is hot so to speak. I did really enjoy the parts that got us back to Beth and Wrath in this one, some of the rest was a bit eh. ( )
  RivetedReaderMelissa | Mar 22, 2018 |
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IN LOVING MEMORY OF

JONAH, A.K.A THE BOO,
A.K.A THE VERY BEST OF WRITERDOG,
R.I.P AND SEE YOU AGAIN AT THE
END OF MY ROAD XXX

AND

W. GILLETTE BIRD, JR.
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0451417054, Hardcover)

The newest installment in J.R. Ward’s #1 New York Times bestselling Black Dagger Brotherhood series.  Wrath and the Brotherhood are locked in an epic battle over his throne and the very future of the vampire race.

(retrieved from Amazon Thu, 12 Mar 2015 17:57:47 -0400)

"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 sits 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 with 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 will tortured legacy take over?"--… (more)

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