In the shadows of the night in Caldwell, New York, there’s a deadly turf war raging between vampires and their slayers. There exists a secret bound of brothers like no other-six vampire warriors, defenders of their race. Possessed by a deadly beast Rhage is the most dangerous of the Black Dagger Brotherhood.
Within the brotherhood, Rhage is the vampire with the strongest appetites. He’s the best fighter, the quickest to act on his impulses, and the most voracious lover-for inside him burns ferocious curse cast by the Scribe Virgin. Owned by this dark side, Rhage fears the time when his inner dragon is unleashed, making him a danger to everyone around him.
Mary Luce, a survivor of many hardships is unwittingly thrown into the vampire world and reliant to Rhage’s protection. With a life-threatening curse of her own, Mary is not looking for love. She lost her faith in miracles years ago. But when Rhage’s intense animal attraction turns into something more emotional, he knows that he must make Mary his alone. And while their enemies close in, Mary fights desperately to gain life eternal with the one she loves….
I am really digging this series so far. Ward has a special way of capturing the reader and drawing them deeply into her world Vampire Warriors and Lesser Demons. In the second installment of the Black Dagger Brotherhood, we get to know Rhage, aka Hollywood. After being cursed by the Scribe Virgin with a beast that knows neither friend nor foe, Rhage tries to keep the monster in him contained by expending energy fighting or through intimate physical pursuits. But the never ending sexual partners is not what Rhage wants, and he longs for someone special, and envies his brothers who have found their true loves and mates for life. After a chance meeting with Mary Luce, Rhage finds her voice soothing, and her presence calming. He thinks that she may in fact be the key to finally taming his beast.
For me there was nothing not to love about Rhage. His physical presence is captivating and demanding, and his manner is charming. I love his honesty in all things, and even the meticulous and neat way that he eats his food. Rhage is all consuming. His loyalty, and protectiveness is sweet and his understanding is just damn sexy. All of that wrapped in such a beautiful package makes him twice as enticing.
While Rhage had my immediate attention and love, I have mixed feelings about Mary Luce. While I admire her strength in regards to her sickness, and can relate to her as far as not feeling desirable because of scars from catheters and surgeries, etc., her insecurities became just too much for me. While I can empathize with her feeling funny about the physical scars, she took feeling worthless and undeserving to Bella levels and that irritated me to no end. If it’s one thing I can’t abide, it’s a female character thinking she’s not good enough for a man because he’s gorgeous. He could be a total asshole (Rhage isn’t), but because he looks good, she is not worthy to breathe the same air. And then the hero spends half his time trying to convince her otherwise. Hiss….booooo! In the end it just made me despise her and wish that Rhage had fallen for someone else, because by then she had convinced ME that she was undeserving.
Despite not caring for his love interest, I still loved the story and was happy to spend more time with the Brotherhood. I love being in their world, and I loved the set-up for the next story. I am beyond anxious to get into Zsadist’s story! What little I know of him I’m intrigued by and I think his story will be explosive!
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