Title: The Wolf
Author: J. R. Ward
Series: Black Dagger Brotherhood: Prison Camp #2
“Life is a series of unexpected surprises, some good, some bad… some life-changing, whether we know it at the time or not.”
Lucan, a wolven-vampire hybrid, is forced to barter drug deals for the Prison Colony. What he doesn’t expect is to find himself attracted to Rio, the second in command for the Caldwell supplier, who is also hiding a bigger secret.
I was a little apprehensive going into this book because I didn’t really fall in love with the first book. Well, I shouldn’t have waited so long to read this because I loved Rio and Lucan’s story. Lucan was a great hero. He went out of his way to protect Rio, even when he knew it was a bad idea. Also I loved that he knew she could protect herself and accepted all parts of her.
Rio was a dedicated undercover cop who was determined to catch the drug overlord in Caldwell. She has dedicated months to this but you can tell it has worn her down. I really enjoyed how strong of a woman she was. She defended herself when necessary but also wasn’t afraid to break down when she was in over her head. Rio was just a strong woman who was struggling with PTSD and the loss of her brother, but was still determined to do her job.
This book also covers some of V and Jane’s relationship progression. V is a character who I have issues with. I don’t love how he treats others, especially when he is jealous. I did like seeing him and Jane work out some of their relationship issues and start to find a way to work with his kink. Also while I do have issues with V, I love his and Butch’s bromance. They have such a strong bond. Butch is just so supportive and I love that he was there for V when he needed him.
Overall, I really enjoyed this book. I am really excited to get my hands on the next Prison Camp book now because I want to know more about Apex and the others.
Trigger Warnings: kidnapping, torture, PTSD, death. Rio’s brother died of an overdose.