By Isabella Biedenharn
April 15, 2016 at 03:29 PM EDT
(c) Jan Cobb

J.R. Ward’s Blood Vow won’t be published until Dec. 6, but EW can exclusively reveal the cover along with an extended summary of the second book from the author’s Blood Dagger Legacy spin-off series. Blood Vow will continue the storyline from The Beast, following Rhage, one of the original Black Dagger Brotherhood members. More information — and the smoldering cover — below:

Trainees at the Black Dagger Brotherhood’s training center continue to prepare for the war against the Lessening Society, but fighting is the last thing on Axe’s mind. Still plagued with the guilt of his father’s death, the brooding loner finds himself battling an unlikely attraction to Peyton’s enticing, aristocratic cousin, Elise. Elise feels it, too — especially when the two are thrown together in unusual circumstances, and she must decide whether she can trust Axe as she uncovers the mystery surrounding her sister’s death.

Meanwhile, Mary and Rhage are fostering Bitty, a young pretrans orphan, and hope to adopt her… until the appearance of a young male claiming to be Bitty’s blooded uncle threatens to tear the new family apart.