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

Tuesday, July 26

My rating:
4 Stars…

What I loved:

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...

 
What I loved:

- Mary was possibly my favourite heroine of all time. She was compassionate, kind, loving, thoughtful, and brave - she risked everything for people she cared about, gave everybody a chance, and all this on top of the mega shit she had to deal with on her own.
- J.R Ward's ability to crush my heart and rebuild it in a matter of chapters. That is some clever writing! There comes a point in the story where I thought 'huh. They are not going to end up together.' Cue heartbroken babbling on my end. Followed by reading the synopsis for the next book to see if they'll get their HEA there. But no. Ward was just playing with my emotions.
- I think it's really clever how the author works so many characters into the story whilst maintaining a sort of smoothness to the plot. I didn't feel lost, or like I was getting whiplash from the differing POVs. And I think it makes the whole series addictive - even though Rhage & Mary's story is done, I want to know about the rest of the brothers, and Bella, John, Marissa... I can't not keep going with the series.
- Rhage. Sweet, glorious Rhage. I cannot express how much I want one of those for my very own.
- All the beautiful words.

What I didn’t love:

Poor Bella. (On the plus side, at least the next story is about her, so I can take comfort knowing she doesn't die. And she also gets Zsadist... god damn it.)

Overall…

I already know that Zsadist's story is next, and I love Zsadist hard so I feel I tried to rush through Rhage's story for the last 100 pages or so. I loved it, don't get me wrong, but I knew who was coming and wild animals couldn't tear me away from Lover Awakened.

But Lover Eternal was a beautiful story, and the characters are all painted incredibly well.
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