The Savior by J.R. Ward ~ Review

Also in this series: The Beast (Black Dagger Brotherhood, #14)
The Savior by J.R. Ward ~ ReviewAlso by this author: The Beast (Black Dagger Brotherhood, #14)
The Savior (Black Dagger Brotherhood, #17) by J.R. Ward
ISBN: 1501194941
Series: Black Dagger Brotherhood #17
Published by Gallery Books on April 2, 2019
Genres: Paranormal, Romance, Supernatural, Vampires
Pages: 496
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In the venerable history of the Black Dagger Brotherhood, only one male has ever been expelled—but Murhder’s insanity gave the Brothers no choice. Haunted by visions of a female he could not save, he nonetheless returns to Caldwell on a mission to right the wrong that ruined him. However, he is not prepared for what he must face in his quest for redemption.

Dr. Sarah Watkins, researcher at a biomedical firm, is struggling with the loss of her fellow scientist fiancé. When the FBI starts asking about his death, she questions what really happened and soon learns the terrible truth: Her firm is conducting inhumane experiments in secret and the man she thought she knew and loved was involved in the torture.

As Murhder and Sarah’s destinies become irrevocably entwined, desire ignites between them. But can they forge a future that spans the divide separating the two species? And as a new foe emerges in the war against the vampires, will Murhder return to his Brothers... or resume his lonely existence forevermore?

“Dearest Scribe Virgin, he could not breathe.
All these years…he had been wrong.
Hers was the face he saw in the sacred glass.
This was the female he was destined for.”



There is little that gets me as excited for reading as the Black Dagger Brotherhood books do. There is something about them that consumes me, takes me away while reading, and gives me an adventure while never leaving my house. These stories are exactly why I read, blog, and review books.


“There was a beast on the far side of his will, a wild creature rattling at the iron bars of his restraint, a force so much greater than she could understand.

And she wanted the monster in him. The unleashed. The crazed.”


The wait for Murhder’s book was worth it. The intense emotion, the flawless connection he had with Sarah, and the page-turner of a story made for a phenomenal addition to the series. If I’m being completely honest there were a few iffy things for me, but nothing that takes away from my rating. The book started off a bit slow for me. It did pick up and then it was ok. The second would be that it took me longer than I would have liked for me to root for Murhder and Sarah. I would have liked their chemistry to have been stronger. I also would have loved for him to have been more “brother-ish” instead of just a normal guy looking for his place in this world. Again, none of this takes away from how much I loved the book but it was worth mentioning this stuff.


“I don’t want to think,” she told him. Begged him. 

After a moment, he nodded gravely, as if they had forged some kind of pact. “Then I shall make you feel…”


I did get to travel to Ohio for the release even for The Savior. JR Ward was amazing in person! She was hilarious, welcoming, and did not disappoint (The hotel & staff were horrible but that has nothing to do with JR or her event). I can’t wait to go again next year!!

Here are a few bullet points for this book. I love doing these so I don’t gush and give anything away.

  • LASSITER! I love you. You are everything & my person.
  • Tohr, dude. You lose your female and you push Murhder and Sarah apart. NOT COOL!
  • JM and Xhex, you guys are cute. I’ve always loved you two. HUGS <3
  • THAT ENDING THO *dies*
  • Brothers…thanks. You know what you did.
“The instant the connection was made, she knew that she would do this anyways. She would choose him, this man – this male, she corrected – even if she would have memories that made her miss him for the rest of her life.”

About J.R. Ward

J.R. Ward is the author of over twenty novels, including those in her #1 New York Times and USA Today bestselling series, The Black Dagger Brotherhood. There are more than 15 million copies of Ward’s novels in print worldwide and they have been published in 25 different countries around the world.

After graduating from law school, Ward began working in healthcare in Boston and spent many years as Chief of Staff of one of the premier academic medical centers in the nation. She lives in the south with her incredibly supportive husband and her beloved golden retriever. Writing has always been her passion and her idea of heaven is a whole day of nothing but her computer, her dog and her coffee pot.

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