Fiercely loyal to the Black Dagger Brotherhood, Phury has sacrificed himself for the good of the race, becoming the male responsible for keeping the Brotherhood’s bloodlines alive. As Primale of the Chosen, he is obligated to father the sons and daughters who will ensure that the traditions of the race survive, and that there are warriors to fight those who want all vampires extinguished. As his first mate, the Chosen Cormia wants to win not only his body, but his heart for herself. She is drawn to the noble responsibility behind the emotionally scarred male. But Phury has never allowed himself to know pleasure or joy. As the war with the Lessening Society grows grim, tragedy looms over the Brotherhood’s mansion, and Phury must decide between duty and love….
Another great addition to one of my favorite series. Before actually starting Dark Love I couldn’t have imagined how much I would love this series. Each brothers story is filled with both joy and grief. There is so much struggle for these characters in every book. They are not only fighting a war with the Lessening Society but each brother seems to have a war within that they must overcome. These men have not had it easy and Phury is just as broken as the rest of them.
I always felt bad for Phury for having to watch Zsadist hate himself. For having to feed his self-destructive ways. I loved Zsadist (favorite book!) and wanted to see him open up more, to find some happiness so where I did feel for Phury I never really took a close look at his grief. I didn’t notice how much he was struggling as well. It is hard to see all these guys torture themselves. Then not only did he have all these problems going on in his head but he has the added responsibility to keep his race going. Talk about a ton of responsibility.
Then there was Cormia. Free of all the monsters that seem to haunt the brothers but not less broken. Cormia has a different struggle. She too has a big responsibility thrust upon her. All the other Chosen would love the honor of first mate but Cormia is given a responsibility she doesn’t want. She isn’t happy with what is expected of her. She hasn’t experienced much but she does want more for her life. You just know she wants to be free but has been kept caged. She wants Phury but knows she cannot stand to be First Mate and share him with all the other Chosen.
Phury and Cormia have a lot going on. The pressure is on but Cormia will not share and Phury will not let his race down. Is there really any possibility of these two finding the happiness they deserve? As Phury continues to spiral farther down he must find a way to pull himself together. As Cormia begins to find herself she must decide whether she must do what has always been expected of her or do what is right for her. There was so much sadness in this book for me. It hurt to read but it was a great addition to an already addicting series. May the passion continue.
“You’ve got nothing to worry about. The righteous do not always do right, but their souls remain pure. You are untainted at your core. Now close your eyes, numb nut, I’m about to light up like a bonfire.”