"The Chosen" is the next instalment in the Black Dagger Brotherhood series. Ms. Ward continues to build a fascinating and intense world to immerse the reader in. I absolutely enjoy these books and cannot wait to read the next book. This book was well written and flows extremely well. The pages sizzle, and almost melt, with the heat between the main characters and it always brings enjoyment to see the characters from the previous books. The characters are all established and are brought to life with the story. The Black Dagger Brotherhood is a universe that truly is a pleasure to visit. I can not say enough how much I enjoyed this book. I laughed and cried and it completely grabs at the reader.
Xcor is the leader of the Band of Bastards, he and his group had previously attempted to kill the King. Things have changed for Xcor though, he has found love within the Black Dagger household. He has fallen in love with Layla. Layla has tight ties within the Black Dagger but she is drawn to a Xcor without understanding why. As Xcor and Layla fight their feelings for one another and Layla deals with the ramifications of loving the enemy, destiny has other plans for them. Xcor has a secret he has yet to share with anyone. While he becomes certain that the best course for him is to not fight anymore his newly found family might have something to say about it.
A scorching forbidden love threatens to tear a rift through the Black Dagger Brotherhood in J. R. Ward’s newest novel in the #1 New York Times bestselling series.
Xcor, leader of the Band of Bastards, convicted of treason against the Blind King, is facing a brutal interrogation and torturous death at the hands of the Black Dagger Brotherhood. Yet after a life marked by cruelty and evil deeds, he accepts his soldier’s fate, his sole regret the loss of a sacred female who was never his: the Chosen Layla.
Layla alone knows the truth that will save Xcor’s life. But revealing his sacrifice and his hidden heritage will expose them both and destroy everything Layla holds dear—even her role of mother to her precious young. Torn between love and loyalty, she must summon the courage to stand up against the only family she has for the only man she will ever love. Yet even if Xcor is somehow granted a reprieve, he and Layla would have to confront a graver challenge: bridging the chasm that divides their worlds without paving the way for a future of even greater war, desolation, and death.
As a dangerous old enemy returns to Caldwell, and the identity of a new deity is revealed, nothing is certain or safe in the world of the Black Dagger Brotherhood, not even true love . . . or destinies that have long seemed set in stone.