Welcome to the Meet the Boys of the Black Dagger Brotherhood event here at Book Chick City. You will find reviews to each of the 11 books in the series throughout the month of March, an interview with J. R. Ward and a fantastic giveaway. So make sure you check back often, as this is an event not to be missed! You can also click the image above to see all the event posts so far.
Which of the Boys Would You Marry?
A few of us BCC girls have rather a soft spot for the men of the Black Dagger Brotherhood. In fact, it’s not unusual for us to have a bit of a Twitter fight over who would marry whom and which leather-clad warrior belong to which gal. So we decided to stake our claims officially in a blog post. It turns out that only Rebecca and Bobby are going to have truly fight it out. (Potential spoilers ahead!)
If you’ve been reading my reviews of the series, it’s probably going to come as no surprise that the BDB boy I would marry is John Matthew. It’s perhaps not the orthodox choice and I did deliberate for a while over Vishous or even Rhage. But there is something dark and vulnerable all at the same time about JM.
We watch him grow throughout the series, you could argue he was never really a boy even at the beginning, his childhood stolen from him. As he grows we watch his tortured past plague him, his unexpected friendship with Quinn and Blay and ultimately fall in love with the seriously tough Xhex.
While he did make me rather cross in Lover Reborn, by the end he’d redeemed himself, and the one book he wasn’t in – Lover Unleashed – I missed him terribly, the book just wasn’t the same. He’s dark and complex and damaged, but full of love for those who take a piece of his heart. Plus the description of him bring Chaning Tatum to mind, who wouldn’t want a piece of that?!
I want John Matthew to secretly tattoo my name on himself, to lust after me in the dark and to never ever stop looking for me if I went missing. To fight for me and with me, and to marry me in a gorgeous red dress. Is that too much for a girl to ask?!
Everyone loves a bad boy, and I’m sure fans of the series will know exactly who I mean by that before I go on to say it! Unlike the other ladies, I’ve only managed to read the first five books so far, so unfortunately I won’t have caught up in time for the release of Lover At Last, which does make me quite sad. I’ve only made it past the first five books so far, but the one that really grabbed my attention and wouldn’t let it go until the very last page was Lover Awakened.
This book belongs to the brother known as Zsadist, who intrigued me since his first appearance in Dark Lover. He is the most mysterious and secretive of the brothers, and it was always clear that he was harbouring a dark past. It is this dark past that has defined his present personality, but despite all the warning signs we are given I just couldn’t bring myself to turn away from this tortured soul.
It is in Lover Awakened that we finally find out about his past, having seen him kicking butt alongside his brothers in the first two novels, but is always the first they point the finger when anything goes wrong, which just evoked my sympathy rather than my suspicion! Despite his troubled past he still finds the passion within himself to fall for his mate, Bella, and treats her with an almost-reverent caution. When he finds the right woman he is gentle, sensitive and afraid of causing them any pain.
If this sounds like he might be putting you on a pedestal, you’d be half-way right, but he is still malleable to the strong-minded Bella’s will, so it is possible to put this brother in his place if need be! He is just as strong as his fighting compatriots, but when you date this brother you are guaranteed the protection of his twin brother, Phury, that’s like having two for the price of one!
His appearance may not be as drop dead gorgeous as typical masculine figures, what with his scars and tattoos, but these are as much a part of him as his fighting spirit. I’m sure all of us dream of reforming the bad boy, and here is one bad boy that actually has the capacity to reform when confronted with the right woman, a pleasure I’m sure we’d all enjoy (but hands off he’s mine)!
So, unfortunately I am only allowed to pick one Brother to be ‘mated’/married to (I blame those male chauvinistic rules of the Brother’s world, where a male can take as many females as mates as he wants, but when a female wants to take more than one? It’s a no-no). Sorry about that little rant, but to choose only one of the males in the series is a difficult one for me. There are three of the Brothers, who are in contest as the one I would most like to marry; Vishous, Butch and Zsadist. In the end I chose…. Butch.
Why, may you ask?
Well, being the only once human of the bunch, he may get me better than the other males. Plus, ever since his introduction to the series I have just had a soft spot for the ex-cop. His dedication to his friend and one time crush, Beth, really chose a steely determination that is very hard to come by.
Even though he technically was the weakest of the group before he transitioned, Butch still chose to join the fight. It also doesn’t hurt that he has a very close ‘friendship’ with Vishous. In essence I would get a two for the price of one deal . I know there would be no way I would stand between these two.
As I have typed this, I realise that I may have been reading a liiitttllle too much erotica and my mind has wandered to that ‘other’ place. Still, I wouldn’t change my choice at all. So you can keep your Qhuinn and your Blay! I’d rather be shackled to one part of the original Bromance
Ok, to me this is a straight up, obvious choice. If I had the opportunity to be a Shellan, then I would be taking V as my other half. I love his dark and slightly twisted side, which to me is a total turn on, and yet as much as he is a dark and forbidding man, you see his unbelievably deep and caring side in his relationship with Butch. As strange as it sounds, even to my own ears, I find myself wanting them to get it together, and am not repulsed by the idea. It would just be another side to him to love….although Gemma would have to shove up a bit!
I love the fact that he has a secret side, although naturally if he was mine, he wouldn’t be keeping it a secret from me! You can be sure I would be the one up in the penthouse with him, playing with all his lovely toys, licking my way around his multitude of tattoos. He seems to have no boundaries which I think can be a bit scary, but it’s always good to push yourself out of your comfort zone right? ….. RIGHT???
When I encountered the opportunity to write about which Brother I would marry and why, I jumped at the chance. This wasn’t because I was intending to name more than one member of the Black Dagger Brotherhood (unlike some people I could mention). I can see the draw of many of the leather-wearing warriors, but there was never any doubt. The moment the question was posed I knew who I would pick, and that is – drumroll, please – Zsadist. *Sigh*
Just thinking of him now, years after first reading his story, my heart does this little palpitation-like thing that it does whenever a book is really getting to me (I’m fairly certain that it’s the books that do it, and not some underlying condition). The experience of reading Lover Awakened was of one palpitation after another because of one aspect – Zsadist.
What is it about Zsadist that draws me to him? The guy is broken, and rightfully so, but he fights alongside his Brothers to protect their race. He wants to not care about people, not to care what they think of him, but he can’t help himself. His issues mean that even his Brothers are wary of him, and every time one of them doubts him it’s obvious how much it affects him.
He is, presumably purposely, like Beast from Beauty and the Beast (one of my favourite Disney films). He needs love, it’s the only thing that can save him – but he doesn’t believe that he deserves it. To be quite honest, there are times when I didn’t believe he deserved it: the amount of times he did something that seemed utterly stupid are numerous. But the tender moments are worth it all. I am not a crier when it comes to books: I have only ever cried at the Harry Potter series before this, but when Zsadist learns to write for Bella, I have palpitations AND leaky eyes at the same time. The level of love he feels for her is matched only by the depths of unworthiness he thinks that he is relegated to, and the reconciling of these two things is both beautiful and heart-breaking to watch.
So, why would I marry Zsadist? Well, because his description reminds me a little of M Shadows from the band Avenged Sevenfold. Oh, and because he’s a worthy male who’s willing to sacrifice anything and everything for the people he loves.
And I think ‘Bobby’ would look great across a pair of broad shoulders.