Title: The Jackal
Series: Black Dagger Brotherhood Prison Camp #1
Author: J.R. Ward
Length: 416 pages
Publisher: Gallery Books
Date Of Publication: August 18th, 2020
Rating: 4.5 Stars
The #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Sinner brings another hot adventure of true love and ultimate sacrifice in the Black Dagger Brotherhood world.
The location of the glymera’s notorious prison camp was lost after the raids. When a freak accident provides Nyx clues to where her sister may still be doing time, she becomes determined to find the secret subterranean labyrinth. Embarking on a journey under the earth, she learns a terrible truth—and meets a male who changes everything forever.
The Jackal has been in the camp for so long he cannot recall anything of the freedom he once knew. Trapped by circumstances out of his control, he helps Nyx because he cannot help himself. After she discovers what happened to her sister, getting her back out becomes a deadly mission for them both.
United by a passion they can’t deny, they work together on an escape plan for Nyx—even though their destiny is to be forever apart. And as the Black Dagger Brotherhood is called upon for help, and Rhage discovers he has a half-brother who’s falsely imprisoned, a devious warden plots the deaths of them all…even the Brothers.
The first of which being Rhage's present-day father daughter evening at the Brotherhood mansion with his daughter.
Which then morphs into Nyx and Posie'e run in with what they thought to be a deer. In their car on a dark road. On their way to the farmhouse they shared with their grandfather.
Only the deer was far more than that.
And the secret that he would unknowingly set free into the world. As he lay feverish, and struggling to overcome his injuries. With Posie keeping an ever vigilant watch. Is one that serves to unearth old secrets. Thought long buried. Call to mind old memories; thought long forgotten. And send Nyx on a mission destined to change everything that she, Rhage, her family, and the Black Dagger Brotherhood ever thought they knew about love, life, family, and what loyalty really means.
And now the good part.
The aforementioned story fragments do come together.
But it does take quite a bit of convenient roaming by Nyx. Inside the prison.
Into which she finds a very convenient entrance.
And is very conveniently discovered by just the right man...uh...vampire.
Did I also mention that all of this convenience also included guns and knives?
Our girl is able to find her way into a centuries old supernatural prison. Find the one male that won't kill or rape her on sight. That male being The Jackal, or Jack. And manage to keep all of her weapons.
Say it with me now?
WT absolute F?
And Oh yeah...
She's there to find her sister. Who she believes was falsely accused of murdering her former employer.
All of which is truly well and good.
At least until.we get to the private hot spring and wild animal sex that By a and Jack manage to have while on the run in one incident. And injured in others.
But I digress.
In true J.R. Ward fashion, you can expect mouth watering delicious sex. A male with a tragic past doing the best he can to redeem himself. While saving or redeeming the woman who turns out to be his mate. From her equally tragic present.
But in this case there is prison, family, surprises, sisters, torture, and more. As well as crazy looping plotlines that have to be read to be believed. And let's not forget the secrets, secrets, and more secrets.
This is truly a one sitting wonder that one just had to keep reading from the first word.
Well done J.R.
On what promises to be a wonderful spin off.
Thanks to Netgalley and Gallery Books for the review copy on which this honest critique is based.
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