Tuesday, July 19, 2022

#Simon&Schuster audio review of Darius by JR Ward

OMG I'm so excited to be bringing you this review. Fans who have been there since the beginning of JR Ward's Black Dagger Brotherhood series know the story of Darius, know how he died, know he's Beth's sire. And luckily all we didn't know the Warden has now given us in Darius, a prequel to the series, A Simon and Schuster audio original.
Enjoy my #Simon&Schuster audio review and a shout out to them for gifting me this audio review copy.

Publisher: Simon and Schuster audio
Release Date: 7-19-2022
Length: 6hours-57minutes
Source: Publisher for review
Buy It: Amazon/ Chirpbooks



In this powerful audio exclusive, #1 New York Times bestseller J.R. Ward shares the star-crossed love story of listener favorite, and original member of the Black Dagger Brotherhood, Darius.

Darius, son of Marklon, isn’t looking for love the night destiny comes to claim him. He’s also not interested in crashing his new car. But when a human woman runs out into the road and he must swerve to avoid killing her...everything goes off course.

Disillusioned by his King’s lack of leadership and the losses in the war against the Lessening Society, Darius finds purpose in protecting a woman he cannot make his own. Love finds a way, however—until the truth of what he is comes out and she leaves him in horror.

Unbeknownst to them both, Anne is carrying his young, a female who is destined to be Queen—and after a tragic reunion, he vows to protect their daughter. Resigned to perpetual sadness, he is determined to serve the memory of his beloved no matter the cost...unless by some miracle, fate sees fit to once again bring them together.

Click HERE to Listen to an audio sample courtesy of Simon and Schuster Audio

My #Simon&Schuster audio review:

JR Ward

Long time fans of the BDB series are in for a real treat as the Warden FINALLY gifts her followers the full, good, bad and ugly Darius story a prequel to her unparalleled Black Dagger Brotherhood series. From the beginning series groupies know the story of how Beth and Wrath meet and fall in love but now we also know how Beth came to be as JR recounts the tragic, star-crossed love story of Beth’s parents Darius and Anne. It’s fun going back in time before cell phones and the brothers obsession with rap music, before they all occupied the Mansion and reuniting with the not ready for prime time barbaric bros. As usual Ward’s narrative is gritty in your face, f-bombing and unapologetic And listeners will have the opportunity to go back when the Lessening society was in it’s prime and the brothers were losing the war. Long-time fans can skip around a bit but new readers should read/listen in order as they may have trouble connecting all the dots. Thank you to Simon and Schuster audio for this review copy.

Jim Frangione is the voice of The Black Dagger Brotherhood and once again his deep, mesmerizing, penetrating voice will wow listeners with his emotionally charged and impeccable narration.

Darius son of Marklon had a vision ever since The Black Dagger Brotherhood left the old country and arrived on the shores of this new land, a dream of bringing all of his brothers together to live, even going as far as building them a mansion in Caldwell NY to house not only his brothers but their future families too. But he’s got a King who refuses to rule who is his own worse enemy and a band of rebellious fighters who are barely fit for pleasant company. So the very last thing he needs is to find his true love, but as he’s about to learn you don’t always get what you want when you want it and fate can be a real bitch.

Anne is through with lying cheating men so when she literally runs into the path of a car driven by a tall, dark and handsome stranger she thinks maybe, just maybe this time she’ll find her prince charming. But what she gets is kicked in the butt by Karma.


About the author:
J.R. Ward is the author of more than thirty novels, including those in her #1 New York Times bestselling Black Dagger Brotherhood series. There are more than fifteen million copies of her novels in print worldwide, and they have been published in twenty-six different countries. She lives in the South with her family.



  1. Ah yes exactly, so sad! I am not sure I'd want Darius' story knowing its end, but I guess it's still good to get to know him more fully and his love story.

    1. Well it is a romance so the ending isn't sad but that's all I'm saying ;-)