Narrator: Jim Frangione
Length: 14 hrs 25 mins
Series: Black Dagger Brotherhood #16
Published by Ballantine on April 10, 2018
Genres: Paranormal Romance
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Sola Morte, former cat burglar and safecracker, has given up her old life on the wrong side of the law. On the run from a drug lord’s family, she is lying low far from Caldwell, keeping her nose clean and her beloved grandmother safe. Her heart, though, is back up north, with the only man who has ever gotten through her defenses: Assail, son of Assail, who never meant to fall in love—and certainly not with a human woman. But they have no future, and not just because she doesn’t know he is a vampire, but because he is not about to stop dealing arms to the Black Dagger Brotherhood.
Fate, however, has other plans for them.
When Assail falls into a coma and lingers on the verge of death, his cousins seek out Sola and beg her to give him a reason to live. The last thing she wants is a return to her past, but how can she leave him to die?
As a lethal new enemy of the vampires shows its face, and the Brotherhood needs Assail back on his feet, Sola finds herself not only a target, but a mission-critical force in a war she doesn’t understand. And when Assail’s truth comes out, will she run from the horror... or follow her heart into the arms of the male who loves her more than life itself?
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I am a huge fan of this series even after all these books and issues I’ve had before. I’m a die-hard fan. So, of course I have this book in ebook as well as a virtual signed copy. I’m addicted to my virtual signed copies, although I would one day love to be able to make it to an event J.R. Ward is attending.
I just finished reading The Chosen and was left with questions about a certain couple who have already had their book. I really needed to get some closure on that subject and I was SO glad it was addressed in The Thief. My problem started when that couple’s situation was resolved fairly early in the story and we went to focusing on Assail and Sola. We also learn more about the new threat that Throe is creating. A good chunk of the story was also setting up a problem for Assail and Sola. A problem where their shared past comes back to haunt them.
Assail was a character I was on the fence about. He was involved in the bad side of things, but was also dabbling into helping out the Brotherhood. I did feel bad for him when he had to give up Sola a few books ago when she moved to Miami. He’s been through so much trying to get rid of his addiction and that brings a lot of respect. Showing the difficulties a hard drug like cocaine can bring to a person was getting real. I liked that the book didn’t hold back on the severity of the withdrawal Assail suffered while trying to change his ways.
Sola coming back and bringing Assail out of his sort of coma was ingenious of Assail’s cousins. They really understood the connection Assail was fighting with Sola. Hiding what Assail was took some maneuvering, but Assail had Sola pretty installed in his life before he finally breaks the news. It was necessary, but Assail’s sadness at Sola’s reaction really got to me. I was so scared she was going to pack up and go back to Miami or somewhere.
Sola’s vovo killed me. She was so good to those cousins and Markhas. She wasn’t going to let Sola make the mistake of giving Assail up no matter what he secrets he may of revealed or what he may have done. She saw the love in Assail’s eyes. I couldn’t help but laugh at her stubborn personality and control she had of Sola.
The Thief satisfied some open threads that were bugging me, but I didn’t have the connection with these characters that I did with the Brothers. The next book features Murhder and I’m not sure how I’m going to feel about that as he hasn’t had much page time. There could be the interesting situation of him being Xhex’s ex. I’m also curious to see his relationship and HEA. I’m wondering if the Brotherhood is winding down, but we do have Throe’s threat heating up. I think I need to be more open to the new characters being introduced instead of focusing on how often I get to see our previous characters.
As always, I was pulled in by the storylines I felt more invested in and enjoyed them a lot. I can kind of see things coming together on areas I thought weren’t going to be related to the Brotherhood stories. I wouldn’t have missed this edition for anything and I’m glad to have gotten to know Assail and Sola a little better.
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