“Lover Eternal” by J.R. Ward (Black Dagger Brotherhood #2) – Review

Paperback: 441 pages

Publisher: Signet

Release Date: March 7, 2006

Series: Black Dagger Brotherhood

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 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 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

Oh man! Rhage, also known as Hollywood, has got to be the funniest of the Brothers. There’s never a dull moment in this book, and I found myself laughing over and over again. This man is truly a sweetheart, and he’s completely won me over.

This book was simply a pleasure to read and I couldn’t bear to let it go. Rhage is not only a very hot and charming vampire warrior, oh no, he’s a man cursed for a rash decision made in the past, and he now has to live with the risk of hurting those around him, because, if he doesn’t release the pressure inside, he’ll turn into a dragon that can kill anything, including his brothers.

Mary Luce is also not your typical heroine. From what I gathered, she’s not really good looking, just a plain woman. She’s also got a life-threatening disease. So when Rhage takes an interest in her, she’s bound to wonder what he sees in her. What she doesn’t know is that her calm nature calms the beast inside of Rhage.

Their love story is so emotional and so beautiful, I just had to cry in the end. I loved it! It’s got to be one of my favorite books in the series, and it finally introduces more of the brothers. The writing remains consistent throughout the whole series, and as always, you’ll probably need a slang dictionary, but I think that’s what gives it charm. There aren’t many books written in this particular way, and it gave me an insight into the New York life.

All in all, it’s a really good sequel to “Dark Lover” and I’m happy I took a risk and bought the boxed set with the first six books in the series. At least I didn’t have to wait for all these books to come out! Now is as good a time as any to start this wonderful series.

Make sure you read my review for “Dark Lover” a few posts back if you’re planning to start reading this series.

Rating: 🌙  – a golden moon!

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