Book Review – The Viper

#3 in the Black Dagger Brotherhood Prison Camp series.

Nurse Nadya falls for patient Kane and the two make a heroic escape from the prison camp. As Kane decides to let his past go, and seeks Nadya out, his past makes a surprise appearance and it could change everything he’d thought about his life before prison and the reason he was locked up in the first place.

So, the last several spin-off books I’ve read have been a bit of a disappointment and I find that I’m really only reading them to get those glimpses into the main-brotherhood’s lives. I want to love these, but I have a hard time connecting with the new characters and find most of them to be the same color of boring grey. I think there’s a lot of potential, but starting with the addition of the Band of Bastard characters, Ward has struggled for some reason to create characters I cared about – the exception being the Legacy spin off (but I suspect its because their stories were extremely intertwined with the core group).

I’m going to leave this one short. I won’t tear it apart because it doesn’t warrant that. The issues I have with it are about my preferences and lots of people loved this book. I felt that the story was mid-field, the characters could have been more interesting, and the romance felt… average. It was a beige read and not terrible, and it got me through the day at work. Good enough.

I’m giving this a 3 out of 5. I wish it had been better, but my expectations were exactly met on all fronts with this one. If you enjoy Ward’s books, read it. There was definitely some interesting details from the core group included, so you don’t want to miss out there.

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