The 9th book in the Black Dagger Brotherhood series. This one is supposedly the story of Payne (V's sister) and her mate but thankfully that's only marginally the main story. Their courtship is the same one we see every time that reminds me of what people think a Tarzan movie should be. It boils down to a man beating his chest and declaring "female mine!" after getting first glimpse at said female. Female basically swoons and opens her legs. They don't bother to get to know each other, likes/dislikes, or anything else before the dance begins. Maybe, just maybe they'll get a little bit of that before they end up mated for life...but not usually. As usual, she starts off with a human/vampire pairing that would of course be forbidden but oh, hey lookie here, that human actually has vampire blood in him so now it's all good.
The only interesting part of the book was the "side story" between V and Jane where he finally got his head put on a bit straighter. In all tho, this book had the same storyline as all the previous ones. Nothing really progresses in the world since that can only happen every 3rd book or so apparently, and all the problems are solved with a magic wand so two people who don't know each other can be together and we'll barely ever see mention of them again in future books.
Why do I read them? In all honesty, I wasn't going to read this one. I read the others because my SIL raved about them but they are dull, copies of the first one. I thought the world had potential but the author refuses to actually build the world up any more than needed for the thin storyline she concocts to bring two people of different worlds with nothing in common together. I only grabbed this one from the library because I was in a headspace where I wanted to read but didn't want to concentrate on anything of any substance and didn't care if I remembered any of it after reading it. Something with simple words and no real plot. This totally fit that bill.
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