After reading the previous books in this series, I was hungry for some major girl power ... J.R. Ward is really terrific at telling parallel love stories, and this book is a great example. In addition to the dynamite romance in The Thief, there is a villain or two in the mix, with some sinister magical weirdness to bedevil the good guys ... sensual, saucy, and sinfully delicious in every way.
J. R. Ward remains a master of quick, realistic repartee and shows herself once again to be a lovely, evocative writer ... Her interactions between the brothers are as humorous as usual, and they continue to feel like guys you would love to hang out with ... Another substory about arms dealers is rather inexplicably wedged into this book...It goes nowhere and means very little to the text of the story, aside from allowing Sola to show her thieving skills ... if one can roll along with the character development and family story in and not worry too much about action (except that which happens in the sheets—Ward is back on form with that angle), this novel is very entertaining.
There are at least three or four storylines that this book follows but it isn’t overwhelming. They all come together beautifully and make for the prefect book. While The Thief or any BDB ['Black Dagger Brotherhood'] book can be read as a stand alone, I highly recommend you read the others as this is a great series to fall in love with. These are not your mother’s romance novels. It is dark, erotic, about war, heartache, redemption and paranormal.