Fiction Vixen ButtonI’m pleased to be here at Book Chick City today talking about my favorite romantic moments. Thank you so much for inviting me Carolyn.

Being a true romance junkie, I love the thought of a big tough hero turning to marshmallow for his mate and not caring who knows it.  So, I’ve decided to share a few of my favorites romantic scenes from J.R. Ward’s Black Dagger Brotherhood.  I can’t think of a better example of the tough guy turning sweet marshmallow for love.

We all know know the Brothers of the Black Dagger Brotherhood are sexy beasts. But they are also violent, and indulge in many vices. One would think this would make them undesirable heroes but when they love, they love big and somehow their less than gentlemanly habits seem less offensive. They bond with their females fully and completely and honor them by reserving a special part of themselves only for their mates.

My first example of this special kind of romance is a scene with Wrath and Beth. There’s nothing sexier than when a man associates a pleasant smell or taste with the one he loves. When he compares her to something sweet and delectable. How romantic is the thought that he might catch the scent while away from his love and it brings her instantly to his mind. That when he tastes something as simple as a peach, it brings forth memories and feelings for his beloved.

Wrath to Beth:

“Do you know what you taste like?”… “Peaches…Like eating peaches.
“Just like peaches…”  “And I love peaches.”

What’s more romantic than overcoming what seems like impossible odds, finally becoming all that you’ve ever wanted to be and sharing the moment with with the one person you love more than your own life?
Phury had just blown apart the whole spiritual fabric of the race…as well as the biological one…And Cormina was there to share his moment:

With a cry, she gathered her gorgeous pale lavender robe and ran toward him, tears streaming down her cheeks.
…”I love you,” she choked out. “I love you, I love you…I love you.”
In that moment, with the world that was his in transformation, and his shellan safely in his arms he felt something he never would have imagined.

Phury finally felt like the hero he had always wanted to be.

The Brothers are not strangers to loss and John Mathew is no exception.  Although he does not believe Xhex returns his feelings, he knows he loves her without question. When he believes he has lost her, he decides that he, and he alone will bring her back:

Here was the thing: Xhex was his female, whether she wanted to be or not. …He was going to avenge her. …He was going to bring her home safe…

I think one of the saddest books in the BDB series was Lover Unbound.  I hoped with all my heart that Vishous would not go through with wiping out Jane’s memory and was crushed when he did. Thank goodness it’s a romance novel though and Vishous came back for her.  Jane is sitting in the car and feels like something is wrong.  Something she just can’t remember.  Then the man from her dreams appears.  She doesn’t know if he’s real.

“Are you real?”
“How do I know?”…
“Jane…” he breathed. “I’m so sorry—“…
…”I’m not getting mated.”
Her breath stopped. “You aren’t?”
He shook his head. “I couldn’t do it. I can’t be with anyone but you.”…

V chose love over tradition.

Zadist and Bella are perhaps one of the most loved couples in the BDB series and they had much to overcome. Z sets out to make himself better, take better care of himself, and learn to read and write before he sees Bella again after their separation. Sometimes it comes down to three words:

His hand was shaking as he held it out. “it’s messy.”
Bella took the paper. In a child’s uneven block letters there were three words:

And Z’s response to Bella’s revelation that she loves him:

“I was dead until you found me, though I breathed. I was sightless though I could see.  And then you came…and I was awakened.

And of course Z’s reaction to the news he was to become a father:

Suddenly he stopped. “Are you sure you want my young?”
“Oh yes. Oh, dear Virgin, yes. Even more…” She smiled up at him. Took his hand. Placed it on her lower belly.
“You’re going to make a wonderful father.”

And that was when he fell over in a dead faint.

He fainted! Now is that’s not swoon worthy I don’t know what is.

I suppose I could go on and on. These are only a few moments within the series that made my heart go pitter patter. What are your favorite romantic Black Dagger Brotherhood scenes? Or, your favorite romantic scenes from any book or series?

A special thank you to Mandi at Smexy books for using her resources to quickly track down BDB quotes for me!

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Leontine February 14, 2010 at 11:28 am

Fiction Vixen, you are making me mushy and teary-eyed. Loved the quotes and yeah Z and Wrath, I felt it from the tip of my toes to the crown of my head when the fell for their mates *dreamy sigh* Great post, loved every word of it :)


Fiction Vixen February 14, 2010 at 2:44 pm

Leontine-I got all mushy writing that post. I'm so excited for Lover Mine.


Alexia561 February 14, 2010 at 3:37 pm

Great post! Agree that there is something special about a big, strong warrior turning into a giant marshmellow when it comes to his mate. Loved the quotes! :-)


Fiction Vixen February 14, 2010 at 3:41 pm

Alexia561–Yes, who doesn't love a big strong hero with a marshmallow heart for his lady? :)


J.A. Saare February 14, 2010 at 3:52 pm

All great moments, but then, doesn't the BDB have so many of them? I can't count the times I've read Lover Eternal and Lover Awakened.

Thanks for sharing. 😉


Fiction Vixen February 14, 2010 at 3:54 pm

J.A. Saare–I've yet to fully re-read any of the novels but going back and skimming for this post was fun. I really think this series is re-read worthy though. I'm excited for Lover Mine!


Gigi's Consignment Closet February 14, 2010 at 3:57 pm

I love The BDB men. Almost as much as Dean. *happy swoon".
The things they say are so romantic.
I have to say my personal fav is Rehvenge. The things he did to keep Ehlena safe made me cry for them.


Fiction Vixen February 14, 2010 at 4:01 pm

GiGi–I sobbed when V hatched his desperate plan for Jane. Although the ending was weak on that book, I truly felt for V and all that he went through. (tried not be spoilery since there are people in the world that have not read the series o_O) lol


Cari Quinn February 14, 2010 at 4:03 pm

I'm way behind on reading this series. But after these quotes, I know I need to get cracking! :)


Fiction Vixen February 14, 2010 at 4:05 pm

Cari-Get crackin' girl! You need to be ready when Lover Mine comes out in April! You won't regret it. Great series!


Book Chick City February 14, 2010 at 4:07 pm

It sounds like I should get cracking on starting this series. I think I'm missing out! :)


Fiction Vixen February 14, 2010 at 4:08 pm

Yes Carolyn, the time has come. I'm curious to hear what you think of the series since romance is not your main read. I hope you enjoy it!


Jamie Lynn February 14, 2010 at 4:15 pm

Oh how I love the Brothers! I think I may make them my valentines haha. I love that these big, tough guys fall so hard for their women. Z had my crying and so did Rhage's book. I can't wait for John Matthew's book (is it April yet?) and I hope Tohr finds happiness.


Fiction Vixen February 14, 2010 at 4:17 pm

Jamie Lynn–Don't even get me started on Tohr! omg. If JR Ward doesn't nothing else with this series, please let her give T some happiness! Poor T!


Tracy February 14, 2010 at 4:34 pm

Well Good Morning V-Day, Love waking up to BDB happiness and warm fuzzies. Thanks FV & BCC


The Book Vixen February 14, 2010 at 6:04 pm

Great quotes! I. Cannot. Wait. For. April!!! Srsly, is it April yet? Can we just fast forward through the rest of February and all of March? I need JM NOW!!


misskallie2000 February 14, 2010 at 6:05 pm

Oh Wow, I am crying. Fiction Vixen you know how to touch our heart. I must read this book.

Thanks for the Great interview.


Fiction Vixen February 14, 2010 at 6:09 pm

Tracy–I agree, nice way to wake up. :) LOL

BV April cannot get here quick enough.

misskallie2000–yes, BDB is a must read.


jaymzangel February 14, 2010 at 8:48 pm

awww, I'm all mushy now too. I love the BDB SO much, the Brothers are some of my most favorite men in the book universe. wonderful post, FV


Sarah February 14, 2010 at 9:10 pm

Fantastic quotes!! I love the all the Brothers but Z I am crazy about – he is so adorable!!!


Mandi February 14, 2010 at 10:59 pm

I love the BDB! Did you know that? 😉
No seriously, how hot is it for men – who are dripping in leather and weapons – that will lay down their lives for their "brothers" and then come home and be totally mushy to their females. Hello!

Nice post Ms. FV


Amber Leigh Williams February 14, 2010 at 11:41 pm

Woohoo, I love the brothers. Thank goodness I happened upon Rhage's book by choice. I swooned when Z fainted and at the end of his short story in the BDB Insider's Guide. You nailed it with "the brothers love big." I love them all the more because of their flaws. They always redeem themselves in a BIG way in the end. Waiting for Lover Mine with bated breath,



Smokinhotbooks February 15, 2010 at 5:23 am

(wipes away tear) when Zadist gives Bella that "love note" I was nearly sobbing. Bella and Z's story remains my favorite in JR Ward's BDB.


Erotic Horizon February 15, 2010 at 10:21 pm

Thanks for the memories… I have stopped reading this series, but I loved the first three books of this series….

Good choice of quotes…

Fun post…



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