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“Ward wields a commanding voice perfect for the genre, and readers new to the world of the Black Dagger Brotherhood should hold on tight for an intriguing, adrenaline-pumping ride featuring a race of warrior vampires who fill enemies with terror and women with desire. Like any good thrill ride, the pace changes with a tender story of survival and hope and leaves readers begging for more.”—Booklist
“The concepts and consequences of friendship, loyalty and love are critical to this extremely intense and emotionally powerful tale. Ward's ongoing paranormal world is, among other things, colorful, dangerous and richly conceived. With both intricate plots and believable characters, she has penned a surefire hit.”—RT Book Reviews
More Praise for the Novels of the Black Dagger Brotherhood
“Delicious, erotic, and thrilling.”—New York Times bestselling author Nicole Jordan
“Dark fantasy lovers, you just got served.”—New York Times bestselling author Lynn Viehl
“To die for. I love this series!”—New York Times bestselling author Suzanne Brockmann
“J. R. Ward’s urban fantasy romance series is so popular I don’t think there’s a reader today who hasn’t at least heard of the Black Dagger Brotherhood.”—USA Today
About the Author
- ASIN : B000OVLIRE
- Publisher : Berkley; Reissue edition (March 7, 2006)
- Publication date : March 7, 2006
- Language : English
- File size : 2156 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 468 pages
- Page numbers source ISBN : 0451218043
- Lending : Not Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #7,873 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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I was totally depressed throughout most of this book and really just wanted it to be over. I felt so bad for Mary and Rhage, for different reasons. Their dates were abysmally painful to read about, especially the first one. Despite feeling sorry for Mary, I really didn't like her very much through at least the first half of the book. She was unnecessarily hateful to Rhage, and there just didn't seem to be any reason for that.
Of course, ultimately, they got their happy ending, but man was it a rough and unenjoyable road to get there. Ugh. I already have the next book in the series on my Kindle, so I'll definitely read it at some point (though I'm taking a break from this series for a while). If the next one winds up being as depressing as this one, I doubt if I will continue further with the series. Like I mentioned earlier, I read fiction for an enjoyable escape from the realities of life, not to feel sad and depressed.
“And tonight? You’re going home to Wellsie. I’m going home alone. Just like I did yesterday. Just like I’m going to do the day after. The whoring isn’t fun for me, and it’s been killing me for years, so please give it a rest, dig?”
Mary is also lonely and suffering from a serious illness. She doesn’t consider herself anything special but she attracts the attention of Rhage. He’s immediately attracted to her but their relationship slowly builds and is incredibly sexy and loving.
Rhage shivered, a balmy rush blooming out all over his skin. The musical lilt of her voice, the rhythm of her speech, the sound of her words, it all spread through him, calming him, comforting him. Chaining him sweetly. He closed his eyes. “Say something else.” “What?” she asked, baffled. “Talk. Talk to me. I want to hear your voice again.”
This is a witty, sexy and action-packed paranormal romance that is perfect for fans of Alpha heroes and hot romance. I’m not sure why I liked this book so much but everything just clicked. And bonus, this is really two love stories in one. Zsadist and Bella begin their story here and I must say I can’t wait to read their book.
There’s lot of back-and-forth here between Rhage and Mary. He’s afraid of harming her and she’s sure that Rhage could never be interested in someone like her.
“There was absolutely nothing about her that courted notice. She wasn’t anything like the females he went for. And she held his attention like a marching band. “Hello, Mary,” he said softly.
I can’t imagine another character in this series with depth of the warrior Rhage. I loved his unwavering loyalty to the Brotherhood and the lengths he would go to for Mary. Even if you’re not a fan of paranormal romance, this story is fantastic and inventive and thoroughly engaging. It’s unexpectedly funny and very, very sexy. Lucky for me that I have the whole series on my Kindle! All the praise to J.R. Ward for writing a very different and very memorable paranormal romance.
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But I liked this book the best of the lot because:-
a) everyone who says that the first 3 books in the BDB series are the best certainly have got a thing going on there because I agree. The later books get more riddled with snaps and sections of other characters (building up for the next book of course), but it makes the reading more choppy, more distracted, and it takes away time from the main characters themselves which is a crying shame because the reason why we want to read the books is because we want to see how A gets B in the end. Side-stories are nice but not when it takes away valuable screentime from the main/ leading couple!
b) Really enjoyed Rhage's and Mary's interactions and relationship-building. It feels the most real and the most touching to me. I am always a sucker for a gentle man, and while it is nice to have the males all hot and sexy and alpha and bad boy, it is always a real treat to see them try and treat their love interests with understanding, care, concern and respect. Of course nobody always gets it right all the time but it is nice to see someone TRY to at least treat a woman like a proper woman, personal issues and hangups aside.
c) Like the fact that Rhage realises very early on that Mary is the one for him (and wow, he actually realises it is love before the book hits the halfway mark!), which is generally unlike most paranormal romances where the leading men (and occasionally leading ladies) tend to live in denial or in lust before they actually realise that maybe it could be something more. So I was more invested in the story and in seeing how he goes about trying to overcome Mary's misgivings and his own hangups so that HE COULD MAKE IT WORK. Awww... am a sucker for such guys.
So, all in all, Lover Eternal takes my vote as the best BDB book on the shelf. This one's a keeper.
Rhage and Mary's story was fast-paced and full of twists and turns, making it much more involving that Wrath's in the first book. As well as the inevitable involvement of the Lessers, there are other side stories such as John and his situation, Zsadist and Bella's reaction to him, Wrath's new role as King, Butch's closer involvement with Vishous and developing feelings for Marissa.
I thoroughly enjoyed reading this and reallly really wish I had bought the third book at the same time, because waiting 5 days to be able to read Zsadist and Bella's story felt like torture!