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Brute by Kim Fielding Review

   Brute by Kim Fielding  3.5 Stars!

Brute leads a lonely life in a world where magic is commonplace. He is seven and a half feet of ugly, and of disreputable descent. No one, including Brute, expects him to be more than a laborer. But heroes come in all shapes and sizes, and when he is maimed while rescuing a prince, Brute’s life changes abruptly. He is summoned to serve at the palace in Tellomer as a guard for a single prisoner. It sounds easy but turns out to be the challenge of his life.

Rumors say the prisoner, Gray Leynham, is a witch and a traitor. What is certain is that he has spent years in misery: blind, chained, and rendered nearly mute by an extreme stutter. And he dreams of people’s deaths—dreams that come true.

As Brute becomes accustomed to palace life and gets to know Gray, he discovers his own worth, first as a friend and a man and then as a lover. But Brute also learns heroes sometimes face difficult choices and that doing what is right can bring danger of its own.


I like everything this romance very much. You can’t ask for a better hero than Brute. It is a joy to see his life improve. His kindness is is heroic

Gray is a great hero too if a kind of redeemed one.

Their love story is sweet.

What I wanted more of was a better understanding of the world, magic systems, and much more couple time.

The Shadows (Black Dagger Brotherhood, Book 13) by J.R. Ward Review

4.5 Stars!

Sold by his parents to the Queen of the s’Hisbe as a child, Trez escaped the Territory and has been a pimp and an enforcer for years. On the run from a destiny of sexual servitude, he’s never been able to rely on anyone…except for his brother, iAm.

iAm’s sole goal has always been to keep his brother from self-destructing—and he knows he’s failed. It’s not until the Chosen Selena enters Trez’s life that the male begins to turn things around…but by then, it’s too late. The pledge to mate the Queen’s daughter comes due, and there is nowhere to run, nowhere to hide, and no negotiating.

Now Trez must decide whether to endanger himself and others—or abandon the female he loves. When tragedy strikes and changes everything, iAm, in the name of brotherly love, is faced with making the ultimate sacrifice….


Here is the thing, if you love this series you can’t not read this book.

People hate it because there are two love stories running neck and neck in this book (three if you count the love between the brothers) and only one of them gets an Happily Ever After.

Turns out, because there are two romances, I am okay with that. This is weird because I hate angst in romance and really get angry at cliffhangers and Happy for Nows, and not happys.

Here is another thing, there is a happily ever after for the couple that doesn’t seem to get one but you have to believe in the world Ward has created to be okay with it.

I am not gonna lie this book is a tearjerker.

Both romances as well as the love between the siblings are well done. I love IAm’s heroine and all the twists and turns this plot takes in terms of the series. I love IAm.

I hate being in the villain’s head and I don’t have to be in this book.

Ward does a great job managing all the plot lines and characters.

I am rarely going to five Ward a five star though because you can’t read this book as a stand alone have it matter to you.

This book kicked off a reread of the whole series for me. I loved just being in this world.