Review: Lover Eternal by J.R. Ward
Tuesday July 17, 2012 at 12:00 am |

Publisher: Signet
Copyright: 2006
Published: March 7, 2006
Pages: 441
Form: Paperback
Series: The Black Dagger Brotherhood (2)
Find the Author: J.R. Ward
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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….

My Thoughts:

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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12 Responses to “Review: Lover Eternal by J.R. Ward”

  1. Aww, that sucks you felt that way about Mary! I admit I didn’t react like that to her at all, even if it’s always annoying when they feel undeserving. I loved them together and in the end, it’s still one of my favorite books in the series. I still have to get back to it though! I’m disappointed I haven’t taken the time yet. o: Great review, and I’m glad you’re digging the series!

    • Jade Jade says:

      I tried to like Mary, and I did at first. But I quickly got to the point of wanting to shake her. She was sooooo insecure and INSANELY stubborn to boot. I couldn’t go for that.

  2. Vampire Warriors! Lesser Demons! Black Dagger Brotherhood! I think those are three of the COOLEST proper nouns ever LOL :’) I just fall in love with the idea of this series every time I hear more about it! Although as soon as you described Mary Luce, I knew the type of heroine you meant. It always bugs me when the heroine doesn’t think she’s good enough for the hero — it makes me want to wish myself into the story, become her best friend, and give her the BIGGEST self esteem boost!

    Awesome honest review, Jade! Despite Mary Luce and you not connecting, I’d say Rhiage sounds awesome enough for the both of them 😉 <3

    • Jade Jade says:

      Ah Mimi if you ever decide to jump into Adult Paranormal you should start here. The BDB is mad eof total awesomeness and I dream of the kind of guys that make up this brotherhood!

      They are such a force and I think you’d love them!

  3. Molli says:

    RHAGE! RHAGE! SWOON. Jade, did you know that Rhage and Tohr are my two favorite characters? THEY SO ARE. 😀 I’m REALLY hoping to start a BDB re-read this summer since I’m a few books behind on the newer ones.

    I’m super glad you liked this one. What you love about Rhage is what – I – adore about him, too. I loved his growth over the course of the novel. I did like Rhage/Mary…wasn’t too happy with some of the things they had to go through though. I think you’ll fall hard for Zsadist, too!

    Molli | Once Upon a Prologue

    • Jade Jade says:

      Yes Rhage was totally swoon worthy and my heart ached for the burden the Scribe Virgin placed on him! He was a spectacular character and I loved getting to know him better! And I think I’ve already fallen for Zsadist, even though he kinda scares me!

  4. I totally agree with you about Mary. She was way to whiney for my taste. But I loved Rhage! I miss his story. The burden he choose to carry, for her. Aaaaah! Yup, he melts my heart. Fantastic review. Yes, Ward does have her wicked ways of making us fall in love with this series.

    • Jade Jade says:

      Glad I’m not the only one who found Mary to be insufferable at times. Ward has a goldmine with this series. I do love the brothers.

  5. I’ve read the first one but haven’t read this one yet. It’s too bad that you didn’t like the love interest. I’ll be sure to tell you what I think. I’ve only read the first one but I’m not sure that I’m feeling this series as much as everyone else. But I love the sound of the men in these books. I can’t put my finger on what exactly it is.

  6. Amanda P says:

    As a general rule, I’m not that into Wards Heroines, this series is all about the brotherhood and the females are just kind of along for the ride. I can’t even remember most of the heroines of the series. I did like Bella and Xhex (you dont meet her until later)

    This book, Lover Awakened and Lover Mine are my favs of the series. I do have to admit this book made me cry and thats a tough feat!

    -Amanda P
    Paranormal Romance

    • Jade Jade says:

      I think you’re right about the heroines. Although I liked Wrath’s lady because she was a fighter and didn’t whine so damn much. Or have all those insecurities. I’ve only read two of them, so I’ll see how the rest go.