Saturday, May 10, 2014

Review: Lover Eternal ( Black Dagger Brotherhood #2 ) by J. R. Ward

Lover Eternal by J. R. Ward
Excerpt

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 band 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 a 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 on 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...


Genre

Urban Fantasy

Review

Rhage, my favorite of the brothers so far! Well, I only read up to Book 3. I shall keep this comment updated when I read more of the series later. With everyone going on and on about Zsadist, I was caught surprised by Rhage's story. Initially I was planning to treat this as a filler read before Book 3. But Holy shit! This one was a total gem. I mean, Rhage really bring on the swoon. Weak knees, warm uterus and all.

Previously, Rhage was known as a total manwhore who fucks like there is no tomorrow. He had some serious anger management issue and will turn into a dangerous beast if he didn't cope with it. Finally, we see his POV and how his curse was destroying his life and make him miserable. He hates all those anonymous fucks that he had to endure just to curb his beast. Poor guy. 

The heroine Mary is a human who is battling with her leukemia and worked at the suicide hotline where she came across John Matthew. Cue some fangirlin' cheers for JM, though I don't find his appeal yet. So JM had some connection with the Brotherhood and there's how Mary came into the picture.

Rhage's obsession for Mary did came out of nowhere and it scare the hell out of her. I don't think Mary had insecurity issue, to me she was just being frank and practical. She is a nobody and all of a sudden, a handsome and sexy as sin Rhage wanted to date her. Is must be some prank, right? She was dubious at first and totally blew him off. I totally sympathize with Rhage when he was feeling hurt by Mary's words. Mary did came around later when Rhage manage to convince that he is really serious about her.

His dedication, love and the sacrifices he was willing to make was impressive as hell. The kind that is totally selfless and admirable. Way to go, man. Add on to that, he can even turn into a Hulk or Godzilla ala vampire style when he was pissed. Hotness overloaded, my friend.

Rhage's most swoon-worthy moment ever,

"I will not fall in love with you. I can't let myself."
"That's all right. I'll love you enough for both of us."

"If I can't have you, then you do the taking. Have all of me, part of me, a small piece, whatever you want. Just please, have something."


I'm kinda holding my breathe during the climax worrying whether will we get a HEA. Of course there is, right? But how? Everything seems so bleak and Rhage was ready to make the toughest decision in his life.

We have more of Butch and his integration into the brotherhood. I never like Butch in Book 1, I find him kinda annoying and getting in the way. But now his camaraderie with the brothers and especially with V, is so fun to read. They were like a butch of frat boys living together.

Rating 5/5

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