Favorite Lines: “As she reached for a fresh set of undergarments, she looked at the corset and thought, the hell she was putting that on. She shoved it back into the bag, unable to bear having that iron grip around her rib cage right now.” (88)
Butch is the human ex-cop who has been adopted by the Black Dagger Brotherhood. He doesn’t fight the Lessers like the Brothers do, but he uses his ‘cop’ skills to gather information and search for clues. Butch gets kidnapped by the Lessers in this book and his life is changed forever.
Marissa is the blind-King’s former food. She used to be the one who fed him and after he married/mated with Beth she was no longer needed. The upper class vampires saw her as used and discarded because the King had cast her aside in favor of a half breed. Marissa lives with her overprotective brother and feeds from another male closely related to the Brotherhood. When Marissa hears that Butch has been injured she rushes to his side and conflict ensues.
The two have had a series of miscommunication and they don’t end with this book. Both have issues with their past and both feel unworthy of the other. They must overcome their inner battles if they are to ever be together.
I love this series. That said, I hated the first 75 pages of this book. I never cared about Butch and out of the books-this is book four-this is the only one I didn’t buy on its first day out. I wasn’t interested in the human or Marissa (she seemed a bit ‘victim’ for me). By the end of the book I was quite pleased that I’d read it.
The intro, as I already mentioned, sucked. It was like a flashback to the eighties/early ninties. Remember when the first Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle movie came out? All the name brands that were thrown in your face? The Burger King, Dominos, ect…? That’s what the intro feels like. Arby’s, Valentino, Versace, Coolwater, Motorolla, Clairol…should I continue? The prices are worse. $90,000 for this. ‘X’ for that. It’s quite irritating. Once past the commercialism you run smack dab into the homoerotic aspect.
Butch gets down and dirty with a female vampire that looks and is built (minus the package) like a man. Her hair is even cut like a man. I’ll let you find the other scenes that irritated the crap out of me. Don’t ruin my fantasy Ms. Ward. I like my strong, alpha vampire to be strait. I have a fantasy that you’re ruining for me by incorporating the ‘is he gay’ theme into.
I’m pleased that Marissa evolves into her own person. A person who stops taking orders and beginnings taking charge of her life. Butch evolves into much more than a human too. The story gets much better as it progresses and we get to watch characters we met in previous books evolve. Want to know more? Read the book.
*The next book is going to be Extremely HOT!!!!!!!!!!!!!*