For What It's Worth

Monday, April 5, 2010

CONTEST! Win the Black Dagger Brotherhood by J.R. Ward box set!!

                                                     J.R. Ward Box Set

Lover Mine, the 8th book in the Black Dagger Brotherhood series comes out April 27th (woo-hoo!) so to get you caught up I'm giving away J.R. Ward Box Set - books 1-6 in paperback from the series . You'll still have to read Lover Avenged (released last year) but all the other books are in this set!

Let me start by saying this series is formulaic, repetitive, full of testosterone filled aphas', cheesy names and .....I LOVE it! There are so many series out there like it now but this one is still the best! J.R. infuses these characters with depth, compelling back stories and warmth and weaves book after book together seamlessly. They are like comfort food - you can read them again and again & they are still that good.

Here's my quick take on the series so far and my favorites.............

Dark Lover - Wrath & Beth's story. The one that started it all and is the set up for many of the future brother's stories. The first of the warriors to soften and Beth is a worthy shellan for Wrath to lead the brothers. My favorite scene was when the brothers buried their swords in the floor & bowed to Beth - accepting her. I really loved Dark Lover at the time but now after reading the others it's not at the top of the list for me. If you're going to read Lover Mine when it comes out, this one is a must read - a lot that happens here that will affect John Matthews story in Lover Mine.

Lover Awakened - Zsadist and Bella's story. OK - this is my favorite! I am a total sucker for a tortured hero and no one was more tortured than Z. I really loved how he slowly opened himself up to Bella when he couldn't even be touched in the beginning. I cried....a lot. My one peeve....sometimes I though Bella pushed Z a bit too much. I think this was a well written story about some really tough topics that I hadn't really read about before.

Lover Eternal - Rhage & Mary Luce's story. Oooh this was a good one! Especially after Z and Bella's story. It was a little lighter in tone. Rhage has to hold back his inner dragon (how cool is that!) True love - sacrificing it all to be together...loved it!

Lover Revealed -  Butch & Marissa's story. OK - I confess....I didn't read this one. I don't like Butch. I don't like Marissa. BUT everyone else likes it - so you will too...and I probably would if I got around to reading it :-)

Lover Unbound - Vishous & Dr. Jane's story. This was a controversial book. Some people were mad that Vishous didn't end up with Butch, some people hated the ending. I originally didn't like Vishous and skipped over this book but then realized I was missing information so I went back & read it. I liked it. Dr. Jane was spunky and I thought she was the right girl to counter the kinky S&M loving Vishous. I also liked the snarky humor between the two. The ending was a little too convenient but I'll give a pass on it since Jane does serve a purpose in the future books (which I'm guessing is why she Ward wrote it that way)

Lover Enshrined - Phury & Cormia's story. Mixed feelings on this one. I like Phury .......he has sacrificed for his twin Z for years and has to watch him be with the woman he loves, but he kind of gets a little to whiny for my tastes and Cormia isn't a really strong woman either BUT I did like watching her come into her own and it was an enjoyable book - just not one of my favorites. I read J.R. Wards The Black Dagger Brotherhood: An Insider's Guide that had a few deleted/alternate scenes between Phury and Cormia and I have to say, I would have enjoyed the book more if those were the scenes in the final version.
Lover Avenged - Rhevenge & Elhena's story. This book is not in the set but I thought I would mention it because I really liked it. I didn't think I would - the Rev wasn't too interesting to me as a side character in the previous books but this one of my faves of the series. Not sure if I would want to have sex with him though! (inside joke to those who have read the book *wink*)
So there you have it - my totally unnecessary wrap up the Black Dagger Brotherhood series. (for you Tiger hehe) CONTEST time!

Tell me who's your favorite character or your favorite book so far from the series. Haven't read it yet?? Then let me know why you want to win it - which book interest you the most? What do you hope happens in Lover Mine? (Qhuinn/Blay please)

Here are the rules!
•You must be 18 years or older to enter
•US only
•All entries must be received by Sunday 4/11//2010 11:59 pm EST
•Tell me: Who's your favorite character/book so far or why do you want to win this series!
•Winner will be posted on this blog Monday 4/12/2010 - it is your responsibility to check back to see if you won.
•The winner has 7 days to email me with their address or I will pick another winner.

*Extra entries:
+ 2 if you're a follower of my blog
+1 if you're a new follower and tell me who referred you - you both get +1!
+ 1 if you follow me on Twitter (@teamsheltie)
+1 if you post a link on your blog or tweet about contest (include links for me to check)


  1. I haven't read this series, but I have heard many good things about it. I have been toying with picking up the first book and this would give me a great opportunity to do so!

    +3 entries


  2. I can't believe its a US only contest, I would love to win this .

  3. Sorry Natassia.....I'm using amazon prime and it's free shipping within US. I try to do a few international contests too - so keep checking back for future contests!

  4. I wanna read this series because I've heard nothing but good things about it!

    +2 old follower.


  5. I’d love to win because of all the awesome things I’ve heard about this series. I can’t believe I haven’t read it yet.

    I’m an old follower and i follow you on Twitter @mamabookworm

    TheFictionEnthusiast AT Live DOT Com

  6. To be honest I haven't read any books in this series but getting the first 6 books box set would be good start right?

    +2 old follower via google friend connect
    +1 follower on Twitter (@jmspettoli)
    +1 Twitter:

    Thanks for the giveaway!

  7. I haven't read any of these books but I've heard they are great so that is why I am entering:)
    +2 I follow your blog
    +1 I follow on twitter @bangersis
    +1 I tweeted
    email bangersis(at)msn(dot)com

  8. I have not read any of these books but I would love to read the set of Black Dagger Brotherhood. Pls add my name to the draw.

    +2 Follow your blog

    +1 Follow via twitter(@misskallie2000)

    +1 tweeted 4-5-10
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  9. I have heard great things about this series and have had it on my wishlist. Thanks for the chance to finally get to read it and see what it is all about.

    +2 follower
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  10. Are you kidding me with all of the BDB loving going on in blog land, I was always late to the show... So, I must have these books to find out what all the hype is about... yea, I said hype... lol.. cuz I have to know what is it about these men, these books that is driving everyone crazy with lust!!!!! I must I must I must - I tell you!!!!
    Please enter me in!

  11. +2 follower
    +1 on Twitter (@alannah7)

    AWESOME giveaway!!!

  12. I've never read this series either. But I keep hearing everyone rave about it so I guess it's time I got with the program. :0)

    I follow.

    librarygrinch at gmail dot com

  13. Don't enter me, cause I have 'em all, but I LOVE you for doing this!

  14. Great contest Karen! I haven't read this series yet but it looks like it's filled with the alpha heros I love! I just finished the Demonica series by Larissa Ione and loved it - this looks like another series that would lead to little sleeping and lot's of reading :)

    Please enter me:
    old follower/ twitter follower/ tweeted

  15. I love this series! What a great contest!!
    +1 new follower (referred by @darklyreading
    +1 twitter follower @tawania_e
    +1 tweetwe and posted on my blog

  16. I have not read this series but have heard great things about it! Great giveaway!!

    +2 i am a follower

  17. I'd love to win this series because I don't have it & haven't read it yet. And it sounds awesome, I just love a good series!
    I follow your blog
    I follow you on Twitter
    and I tweeted this contest here

  18. I love Wrath, he's the reason I fell in love with the series but I def have a thing for V and Butch, something about the two of them and their relationship is intense

    RoxanneRhoads @ aol. com

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  20. Wrath and Beth are my favs their relationship is why I read the series.

    I followed your blog, twitter and I tweeted about the contest

  21. I want to win because I have not read this series yet. It comes highly recommended by my cousin who has read every paranormal romance ever written (or close to it)!!

    (+2) I'm a follower.
    (+1) I follow on Twitter (@bookofsecrets).
    (+1) I tweeted:

    Thank you!


  22. I love this series. I've read them all but I've loaned them all out to friends and family.
    This is such an addicting series!

    +1 New Follower!
    +1 Follow on twitter @dawnpnr
    +1 Tweeted

    dawnpnr at aol dot com

  23. I have read sooooo many people raving about this series that I can't help being curious about it. I actually picked up Lover Avenged in hardback because I beckoned to me from a table... Now it just sits there on my shelf, waiting for me to get the others because it knows that I have to start a series with the first book.

    Great contest!

    +2 follower
    +1 follow on twitter @kittyism