This is book seven of the Black Dagger Brotherhood and is Rehvenge’s tale. Rehvenge or The Reverend as he is called by the people in the drug trade lives a double life. He is a prominent business owner and leader of the Council from a respectable family. But he was hiding some pretty big secrets like being a prominent drug dealer and a symphath. Because of his need for dopamine to suppress his symphath tendancies he has to go to see Havers, the race doctor. He is pleased to see his favorite nurse is going to be taking his vitals. Ehlena has her own problems, living in a small rundown house caring for her mentally ill father. She is quite attracted to Rehvenge but doesn’t feel she has any room in her life for such a dangerous male. She finally gives into temptation and gives him a reason to get rid of the blackmailer destroying his soul. Will he be able to build a life with Ehlena or will it all go up in smoke?
My synopsis doesn’t do this book justice. If you haven’t read the previous books in the Black Dagger Brotherhood, don’t start here! Ms. Ward has constructed a complex world with many layers and anyone trying to start with this volume will be totally and utterly lost. I want to be honest and say that the last two volumes were not among my favorites but I have always enjoyed Ms. Ward’s intricate stories overall. This book however, ROCKED! I enjoyed every moment and couldn’t put it down but made myself do so to draw out the experience. Rehvenge hasn’t been my favorite character up to now, but he has always been interesting and compelling. But I fell in love with him and cried a few times. We get to discover what is really going on behind those beautiful amethyst eyes. The romance between him and Ehlena was so sweet and at the same time smokin’ hot. Others have commented that the switching points of view are annoying and ill timed. I will respectfully disagree as I found them to be just another part of Ms. Ward’s talent, ratcheting up the tension. The secondary thread with Wrath and Beth was wonderful, really touching and oh, so believable. I really have also enjoyed the relationship of John Matthew, Blaylock and Qhuinn. John Matthew comes a long way in this book especially in regards to his relationship with Tohr. I can’t wait to see how his book plays out, thank goodness it is next! The Black Dagger Brotherhood has been called the equivalent to crack, so pass the pipe because this is an addiction I don’t have any desire to quit!