Book Review: Lover Eternal by J.R. Ward

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Title: Lover Eternal (Black Dagger Brotherhood #2)
Author: J.R. Ward
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Length: 441 pages
Rating: 4 stars

Synopsis
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.

Grace Review

I’m very behind on this series, since this is only book 2 of a 1000 (yes, I’m exaggerating). But with our blog’s Month of Darkness and a much needed break on ARCs, I actually got to read a book I purchased . . . two years ago. Oops!

Since I’m late to the party, there isn’t much I can say that hasn’t already been said about this book. So, I’ll give you a quick rundown of my thoughts:

***Rhage – loved him! Except for that one time where he had to take care of his needs (which I was very pissed off about), he is totally and completely devoted to Mary. The sacrifices he made, are on the EPIC scale. Which leads me to . . .
***Mary – not gonna lie, this heroine was very frustrating. I get her insecurities. Anyone who has been thru her treatments, would feel insecure. But that doesn’t give her the excuse to be stupid. Rhage shows her SO MANY FUCKING TIMES, how much he cared about her, and what he was willing to do to protect her, but somehow, Mary can’t seem to grasp these sacrifices, and she says some really shitty things to Rhage in return for his kindness. No bueno! BUT, I did have a lot of sympathy for her, AND she proves on two very important occasions why she is the one for Rhage. How she handled the beast was shocking and I had to think, “It’s about fucking time!”
***Zsadist – OMG, this man is terrifying and intriguing all at once. Since his story is next, I know I won’t be waiting long to start that one.

Like the first book, this story alternates between Rhage and Mary’s love story, and the growing threat with the lessers. These “things” creep me the fuck out. I think I got chills everytime they were mentioned. While I wanted them to go far far away, the increased tension between Mr. X and O was interesting. Can they have a cage match where no one lives? Please? Unlikely, but a girl can dream.

This story is exactly what you look for in a paranormal romance – the love story that challenges bounderies with some primal sex scenes, the ongoing threat to the vampires existence, the tortured male, and the bond of the Brotherhood. And the author has given me a view into the next story with Zsadist and Bella, that I know I’ll want more. Until then . . .

– Grace

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