REVIEW: The Beast by JR Ward


Nothing is as it used to be for the Black Dagger Brotherhood. After avoiding war with the Shadows, alliances have shifted and lines have been drawn. The slayers of the Lessening Society are stronger than ever, preying on human weakness to acquire more money, more weapons, more power. But as the Brotherhood readies for an all-out attack on them, one of their own fights a battle within himself…

For Rhage, the Brother with the biggest appetites, but also the biggest heart, life was supposed to be perfect—or at the very least, perfectly enjoyable. Mary, his beloved shellan, is by his side and his King and his brothers are thriving. But Rhage can’t understand—or control—the panic and insecurity that plague him…

And that terrifies him—as well as distances him from his mate. After suffering mortal injury in battle, Rhage must reassess his priorities—and the answer, when it comes to him, rocks his world...and Mary’s. But Mary is on a journey of her own, one that will either bring them closer together or cause a split that neither will recover from...

Title:  The Beast
Series:  Black Dagger Brotherhood
Book #: 14
Author:  JR Ward
Approximate Book Length:  521 Pages
Recommended Reader Age:  18+
Sexual Content:  Moderate


Here we have yet another book with A LOT going on. Some things are ramping up while others are just in flux. I'm just going to touch on Rhage/Mary and Layla.

Rhage and Mary face their first big obstacle as a couple since they got together and it's a doozy. That's not even counting the near death experience Rhage has. Bitty is GREAT and her introduction to the beast might be my absolute favorite part of the entire book.

This might be a mild spoiler, but Layla has the twins in this book, and the birth is INTENSE. It's a truly scary time for Quinn, Blay, and Layla and my heart just broke. The naming ceremony certainly went a long way towards stitching it back together though.

Bottom Line:

The Beast shows us a softer side of Rhage and it's a thing of beauty. This story is surprisingly emotional with some fun pranks to lighten things up. It's a pretty great read and refreshing after the last book.