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Lover Eternal (Black Dagger Brotherhood, Book 2)

December 2nd, 2010

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Within the brotherhood, Rhage is the vampire with the strongest appetite. 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. Possessed by this dark side, Rhage fears the times when his inner dragon is unleashed, making him a danger to everyone around him. When Mary Luce is unwittingly thrown into the vampire world, she must rely on Rhage's protection. Knowing that Mary feels the same intense animal attraction, Rhage must make her his alone...


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Science Fiction Within the brotherhood, Rhage is the vampire with the strongest appetite. 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. Possessed by this dark side, Rhage fears the times when his inner dragon is unleashed, making him a danger to everyone around him. When Mary Luce is unwittingly thrown into the vampire world, she must rely on Rhage's protection. Knowing that Mary feels the same intense animal attraction, Rhage must make her his alone...
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  1. Mrs Dee
    December 3rd, 2010 at 01:00 | #1

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    Right off the bat, I have to say that this is the best paranormal romance I’ve ever read, and maybe one of the best romances, hands down. I’ve got to give J.R. Ward credit where it’s due, although I’ve been very critical of other authors in this genre. From an analytical standpoint, Lover Eternal is well written, well plotted and extremely well-edited (which is becoming very hard to find in this genre, particularly). It’s a quality product from start to finish, although I would have liked to have seen what she’d have done with maybe 5-10 more pages at the end of the book.

    Whether or not you’re a fan of the Black Dagger Brotherhood, whether you think their names are silly or not, you can’t help but be drawn into this love story. Rhage (also known as Hollywood to his Brothers) is a vampire warrior who was given a nasty curse by the Scribe Virgin- any time he loses control over himself, he becomes the dragon tattooed on his back. Although the beast is useful in battle, Rhage controls it by having lots of empty, meaningless sex with humans which isn’t too hard when you have a face that belongs on the big screen and a killer body. Mary Luce is a human woman who finds out that she’s dying of leukemia in her early thirties. When circumstances put Mary in Rhage’s path, he’s immediately struck by her bravery, strength and beauty (which Mary of course doesn’t see).

    As attracted as Mary is to Rhage, she tries to push him away because she doesn’t want him to see her sick and in pain… but he won’t take no for an answer. Then again, Mary seems to threaten Rhage’s control over his beast and when he tries to resort to his old methods to keep it in check, there are some serious fireworks. Now, if any other male character had behaved this way, I wouldn’t have been able to continue with the book. It’s a true testament to Ward’s skill with her characters that this feels justified. It also feels very genuine, as does the majority of the book which is really saying something given that it’s about *vampires*. The alpha male vampire is a character that’s been done to death, but Rhage is definitely three dimensional, with a very convincing vulnerability to match his physical strength. Similarly, Mary isn’t a common-or-garden storybook heroine, and she compensates for her fears with a core of steel and a level-head. I didn’t have any trouble understanding or sympathizing with these two, and through the course of the book I shed tears for both of them.

    The author’s attention to detail and layers within this piece make it a very accomplished piece of work, as well as a truly beautiful story. She even manages to work in the roots for her third book throughout the second half of Lover Eternal in ways that only contribute to this story, instead of over-complicating it. This book is very different to Dark Lover in many ways, which is only right given the differences in the characters and plot. This may sound like a no-brainer, but I am absolutely sick to death of certain paranormal series where, if you’ve read one book, you’ve pretty much read them all. It’s as if once the authors achieve any kind of success, they become a little lazy. Well.. this book puts them to shame.

    This book is an absolute keeper as far as I’m concerned, and from now on, J.R. Ward is going to be the only author I have on auto-buy.

  2. K. Montgomery
    December 3rd, 2010 at 21:09 | #2

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    The first book, “Dark Lover”, in the unique Black Dagger Brotherhood, was no big thrill for me. Sorry to all those instantly loytal fans out there (as I take a formal bow of respect), but I found that the first book fell flat in so many ways: underdeveloped characters, silly comic book style names that were just so at odds with such a strong new concept for a vampire series. There’s a thrill that readers experience though, when they’ve picked up a book they had high expectations for, and you just KNOW after the first few pages that the author has come through for you in a big way. That rush of satisfaction was my intro to J. R. Ward’s fabulous second book in the series and I’m still flying high.

    Within the Black Dagger Brotherhood resides a set of warrior vampires dedicated to the protection of their endangered race. Rhage is such a warrior – Proud, aloof and fiercely loyal to his kind, he’s fighting everyday to keep his inner cursed self from wreaking too much havoc on their lives. Punished for an unforgivable and negligent slight, the Scribe Virgin (The vamps goddess) has cursed him with an alter ego, one that is only to happy to break out when the going gets tough and tough calls for a little more force. With the Lessers becoming an even more frequent problem, Rhage is finding it difficult to keep his beast from taking over. Of course, shy and innocent Mary Luce may have something to do with that too. Mary knows about curses. She’s survived a gravely personal one of her own. When that same curse comes back to bite her where it counts, she’s not looking for commitments of any kind. She’s going to need all her strength to focus on her coming battle. So maybe that’s why she didn’t see Rhage coming. And man, does he ever come on strong. It’s the kind of instant, primal attraction that every vampire knows is his body’s way of saying “mine”. And Mary is his. He’ll have to fight literally tooth and nail for her, but he’ll get what he wants, even if it means sacrificing what he wants most.

    I was torn whether or not to continue with this series. Wrath’s story in “Dark Lover” was an okay debut, but Rhage’s story blew me away. With this second installment, readers are blessed with stellar character development and the continuation of a very unique plot that keeps getting better and better. The story has flowed nicely from the first book into this one and I was very pleased to see more details about the world that Ward has created. The subplot involving Zsadist and Bella was excellent and has left me weeping for the next book (releases Sept. ’06, entitled “Lover Awakened”). We still get lots of Butch’s smart alec comments, though I fear he may continue to be a supporting character only (I want to know more about him and Marissa, not just the snippets we’re getting in this book!). Rhage was a much more interesting hero, and I felt I really came to know him and what made him tick. His helplessness about his curse intermingles nicely with his solid determination to have as much a life as possible with Mary. Mary, thank goodness, is just as interesting a heroine. Her own battle with a recurring medical problem draws readers in and her zeal for life invokes honest emotions that many of us have felt. My only wish was for a better insight into the lessers’ motives and machinations. But hey, all in good time I suppose. I just love the way this series is going now, and I feel the tide has turned with this installmnet. It can only get better. Ward, we’re all eagerly anticipating Zsadist’s story!!

  3. Jenna
    December 3rd, 2010 at 21:34 | #3

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    I was reading a few of the reviews where women were upset that the main character Rhage “cheated” once he got together with Mary. First of all, he knows (or truly believes at the time) that if he sleeps with her, the beast will come out and hurt her. Second, she keeps pushing him away, not believing he really loves her. He tries and tries but she only thinks he is pitying her. So he’s in a bit of a tough spot and the only way to numb this creature is by sex or fighting. And with fighting he is not getting anywhere due to the lack of battles. As for the sex, he doesn’t love the women and loathes himself for having to do it when he only wants Mary. What do the readers want him to do? Not have sex and just see what happens if he sleeps with Mary and the beast kills her? I’m not a guy, but if I truly loved someone, that would scare the heck out of me. So I think under these circumstances, give the guy a break!

    What I did like about this story is for all of us “plain Jane’s” out there that only in our dreams would believe some hunk would want us. So even I have to admit, I’d be doubtful and afraid of getting hurt if some Hollywood guy suddenly said he was in love with me. I think a lot of us can relate to that story line and the fantasy of course is in the end when you suddenly realize it was true.

    The only thing I don’t like about these books is the whole sisterhood, virgin scribe being stuff. Can’t help but think that someone or something out there is above her and can put her in her place. She’s not like some glorious leader that speaks in wisdom of riddles that you learn from. She just does what she wants even if its cruel. That probably is not how it is supposed to come accross I’m sure, but that’s just my perception.

    Anyway, great book. Easy read. Lots of humor with real life, modern talk. Loved it and can’t wait to read more books from this author.

  4. H. Widmann
    December 4th, 2010 at 23:34 | #4

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    I really love all the brothers in the Black Dagger Brotherhood, and Rhage is no exception. What’s not to like? The man is simply beautiful.

    I was glad to see from other reviews that I am not alone in my opinion of Mary. While it was refreshing and more realistic to have the female love interest described with a body that actually had flaws, I simply couldn’t understand why Rhage would ever fall so quickly for her. Even with his faults, I still thought he deserved so much better (with a female of his own kind to share the blood exchange and have children since Mary couldn’t do either), especially after all that he had been through. I found Mary to be pretty depressing and at times thought she was a bit arrogant and cocky when dealing with the other brothers. Did she honestly think she knew what was best for Rhage and knew him better than they did after a whole 2 days? Why would the brothers all “love and respect” her with that attitude? And the comments that she looked down at Rhage and/or the Beast in bed and saw he had a look of total “adoration” on his face. Why?? She bothered me so much that I almost found myself skipping over her sections just to see what was happening with Bella and Zsadist. Now Bella I liked immediately and can’t wait to read her story with Zsadist. I also really liked Beth and Wrath in Dark Lover. Maybe it’s because Beth and Bella are also vampires that it made more sense for Wrath and Zsadist to fall for them. There was just something about Mary that made me not like her. At all. Sad to say, but I really hoped that at the end Mary would move on (one way or another) and that Rhage, having finally found some inner peace and a way to co-exist with the Beast, would use the experience to find a more suitable soul mate.

    As harsh as my feelings are about Mary, I will DEFINITELY continue to read this series. I love the Brotherhood and can’t wait for the next stories. Kudos to J.R. Ward for creating a universe that completely sucked me in. Your writing is fantastic!

  5. Niran Mousa
    December 8th, 2010 at 14:37 | #5

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    I finished Dark Lover, the first in the series, and was immediately pulled into the world JR Ward has created. Lover Eternal, Rhage’s book, did not fail me! The story was different than the first in the respect that it was acutely Rhage’s voice that came across. The author definately knows how to keep the perspectives fresh so that her series doesn’t become repetitve and boring. The romance is impossible, which makes the acquisition of it more beautiful! You want to root for the hero and his love! Although you see the heroic aspect of Rhage, you also see the imperfections, making the character more relateable to the reader. Sometimes you want to strangle him, sometimes you want to comfort him, but throughout the whole thing, you love him! A great continutation of the series, JR Ward delivers!

  6. Kristi Ahlers
    December 9th, 2010 at 09:15 | #6

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    Rhage is a member of the Black Dagger Brotherhood. He is a warrior and with the help of his fellow brothers he fights those that kill vampires living a life of violence and loneliness. Not only does he have his vampire life to deal with there is the added matter of the curse put on him by the Scribe Virgin. It forces him to live a life without being allowed to feel and love…that is until Mary comes into his life. Mary is sick. Her leukemia has come back to haunt her and her options are few and than she meets Rhage. This handsome man is more then she has ever allowed herself to imagine. He’s handsome, strong, and he wants her? Will she live to see her own happy ending?

    First off this is a page turner! Ms. Ward has created a dark but sensual and entertaining series. The romance between Rhage and his Mary is at turns sensual, romantic, and heartbreaking! Make sure you have Kleenex handy. Secondary characters are pivotal to the story and her secondary storyline revolving around the “lessers” continues. This is not your regular vampire read and the groundwork for Zsadist’s story has been introduced cleverly. This is a unique and enthralling read!

  7. K. A. Bloomfield
    December 10th, 2010 at 17:45 | #7

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    I dont normally write reviews on books however, this book is worth

    the review.. J.R. Ward did something very few writers can do, she

    gave us a sequal to fantastic first novel now she’s given us an equally wonderful story that kept me reading long into the night

    and early morning hours even thought I had to work the next morning

    I just could not put the book down for a second.

    If you loved Wraith and Beth .. well you will surely fall in love

    with Rhage and Mary.

    I cant wait to get my hands on Zsadist’s book.

  8. iheartjackbauer
    December 12th, 2010 at 16:05 | #8

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    Each author brings their own vision of vampires to their books. Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn’t. JR Ward writes books that will suck you in from the first page and make you wish you would never make it to the last page.

    The 2nd book in her Black Dagger Brotherhood series, JR Ward brings us Rhage. Rhage was cursed 109 years ago by the Scribe Virgin. He is part vampire, part man, part beast. We saw a bit of the beast in Dark Lover. In Lover Eternal, we learn more about who the beast is and why it’s a part of Rhage. There are only two things that keep the beast at bay. Fighting and sex. Rhage needs one or the other when he meets Mary.

    Mary knows that the cancer has returned. She knows that she’ll fight it. What she doesn’t expect is to be thrown into the world of paranormal. A world that she had no idea exsisted. When a young boy follows her home and befriends her, her neighbor recognizes him as different. Together they take the boy to the Brotherhood (though Mary doesn’t realize *what* exactly the Brotherhood is). There she meets Rhage. Mary always knew that no man would feel an “animal” attraction toward her. Little did she know!

    JR Ward takes us through her paranormal world where vampires are just trying to protect their race from extinction. Trying to avoid detection by humans and slayers alike, they will do anything to preserve their race. Mary and Rhage’s story is the second in a series that you will be hooked on. Do not miss out on this series.

  9. J. Shepherd
    December 13th, 2010 at 23:38 | #9

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    I don’t know how I can possibly fit into 5 stars how much this book TOTALLY ROCKS. I loved the first book, but this one was even better. JR Ward has written a story that is so interesting, entertaining and compelling, that the incredibly hot love scenes become icing on this devastatingly sexy cake.

    This novel should appeal to paranormal and non paranormal romance readers alike since it isn’t gory or too bloody. The characters seem completely real and you find yourself caring for them on a level most romance novels just can’t touch. PLEASE READ THIS BOOK (and the prior book Dark Lover, though not necessary to enjoy this one, I think reading one then going straight into this new one would be HEAVEN!)

    I can’t wait until September. It’s going to be a long…long…long…summer…….

  10. shazzyrose
    December 15th, 2010 at 01:18 | #10

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    A lot of people has written some overview of the storyline so I’m not going to repeat it here.Overall, it was a great read with a very interesting and imaginative alternative reality. The Brotherhood characters totally sizzled and the main plot of plain-jane-gets-prince-charming (sex-god is probably a more apt word to apply to Rhage) is one I personally can never get enough of. There was a lot of action and violence but tempered by moments of tenderness, camaraderie and humorous one liners. All the ingredients were there to bring readers ultimate satisfaction. So, why did I find myself feeling not quite as satisfied and blown away as I should have?

    It may have been the silly names (yes, a few readers have commented on the names and I totally agree). Also way the brotherhood characters sometimes talk I found a bit annoying. These males are supposed to be centuries old and yet sometimes they talk like modern hip-hop rappers (or as another reader have pointed out “frat boys”). You’d think that having spent more time living in the pre-20th century era, their speech and manners would be more old world than hip-hop.

    My biggest complain however is Mary’s character. I think it needed a lot of sprucing up to be more deserving of Rhage. I don’t mean a physical sprucing up to make her physically beautiful but certainly something more substantial than just her voice to make Rhage fall in love with her almost at once. Don’t get me wrong, I totally loved the idea of using the heroine’s voice as the basis for the hero’s initial attraction. However to turn that attraction into enduring love almost overnight would require a unique redeeming feature to convince readers that a magnificent warrior such as Rhage could fall in love with the plain jane heroine. So where’s the defining strength of character or the engaging wit or the self-sacrificing compassion or at the very least beguiling innocence? Fair enough she’s got “warrior’s” eyes but all that wallowing in self pity for most part of the book belies any notion of a “warrior’s” internal strength. I agree she’s been through a lot with her mother’s illness and also her own but strength of character is not defined by what life has dealt you but what you are doing with what life has dealt you. Wallowing in self pity and pushing away those who want to love you is a sign of defeat. She would have shown more spirit if she defied the gloom of impending death by not only embracing every opportunity of happiness that comes her way but also giving as much of herself to those who love her with the little time she has left. That’d be more akin to saying up-yours to death and shown a more admirable trait than the meek submission she exhibited. So, instead of empathising with her plight, I was more annoyed each time she shuts Rhage out and pushes him away.

    Rhage on the other hand, I totally fell in love with. For beneath that overwhelming masculine beauty and sex-god exterior beats a lonely heart seeking a partner to love and cherish. All that raw power capable of brutal violence subdued by touching tenderness and achingly enduring love. Wow! I only wish he showed a little bit of struggle against the inevitable – especially when he knows he can be lethal when his emotions are in full throttle. I was a bit disappointed that such a warrior with all the makings of an alpha male could fall so easily and yet so deeply with so very little enticement. Not that I’d complain if I was the Mary Luce to his Rhage but unfortunately I’m a reader who wants a heroine that matches up to the hero.

    Rhage also did not deserve the brutality he had to endure just because he fell in love with a human. There wasn’t even any direct law that prohibits them from falling in love with a human. As to breaking the code of the brotherhood, what greater code of honour is there than love? Even the king (Wrath) and his second in command (Tohr) admit to this.

    The last niggling thing about the book which I found a bit disturbing is the ritual of self mutilation. What’s the deal with that? I mean, I can understand the Omega dishing out this kind of punishment since he’s supposed to be the bad guy but the Scribe Virgin? For a creator with a lot of powers and mysticism, I expected her to be more compassionate and her “consequences” more sophisticated. Cursing Rhage with the beast, I find this poetic justice and I understand that every action always has consequences, and for each give there’s a take. But deliberate blood letting for atonement of transgressions is way too brutally primitive for my liking and not at all in keeping with general conceptions goodness and light. I mean, are we supposed to like the Scribe Virgin because I don’t. I like her no better than the Omega.

    So, overall, it was a great read and had all the ingredients for perfect escapism material, but it didn’t quite deliver the ultimate satisfaction for me (to my intense disappointment).

  11. Romance Diva
    December 15th, 2010 at 05:41 | #11

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    Until last month I didn’t read paranormal/vampire/shape shifting/alternate reality romance novels. The only reason I started was because, I wanted to read everything by Nalini Singh I could get my hands on, and just like that I was tumbled headfirst into a genre I had otherwise ignored. Amazon recommended J.R. Ward’s “Dark Lover”, because I had previously purchased Singh’s “Slave to Sensation” (which by the way if you have not read, RUN, do not WALK to buy). So I brought it not expecting too much. I truly enjoyed “DarK Lover”. I didn’t love it, but out of five stars it definitely rated at least a four. Since I am the type that enjoys an author more for their writing style, then the actual plot, I ordered the following available books in the series.

    Oh. My. God. Let me count the ways of how I loved “Lover Eternal”. I loved this book, because if I had to handpick a hero or heroine for both THE hero and heroine I couldn’t have done a better job. Rhage literally has a devil on his back. He is cursed for past acts, and while he has learned to live with his curse, he counts down to the days he can be free of it. This is a very important aspect to grasp. Mary Luce, is a survivor. She survived cancer with two near deaths, she survived losing her mother to disease, she survives being alone and lonely. Mary doesn’t think she’s attractive and she’s waiting to die, but won’t admit she is waiting to die. And since her cancer is back? Chances are? Mary is going to die.

    Mary meets Rhage, when her friends require her help. She goes to the Brotherhood house, and runs into a Rhage, who has just done a round the night before with his demon dragon, that is on his back. He can’t quite see, so he runs into Mary and is captivated by her voice. He literally falls in love with her voice. Cheesy right? If anyone else but J.R. Ward was writing this book, it would have hit the freaking wall by now. It has every cliché primed to make me throw the book down.

    1) Misunderstood/tortured hero? Check.

    2) Suffering heroine. Check

    3) Deadly disease. Check.

    4) Love at first sight/smell. Check.

    5) Dowdy woman. Check.

    6) Man so beautiful, the waitress at TGI Friday’s barely restrained herself from tossing her panties at him. Check. (Okay, so that isn’t usually a check, but a man prettier then the heroine, drives me nuts…usually)

    But d@rn if by this point I don’t have the stupidest grin on my face. Why? Because while there are external issues to keep this human woman and this vampire male apart? Rhage, never lets go. He fights the Lessers, the Brotherhood, Mary, the Scribe Virgin, anyone and anyone that gets in the way of him having “His Mary”. I really, truly, truly, loved this book. I read “Dark Lover”, “Lover Awakened” and “Lover Revealed” and this book has been my favorite. Although they are ALL fabulous. I am currently, chewing my elbow awaiting “Lover Unbound”. Don’t dally! Go and get it! NOW. :)

  12. jepad
    December 15th, 2010 at 23:07 | #12

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    One of JR Ward’s strengths in writing is her ability to weave together the lives of many characters, giving each of the depth and a fascinating personality.

    In Lover Eternal the main story revolves around the vampire warrior Rhage and the human Mary. Cursed with a ‘beast’ that emerges when Rhage is angry or injured, he must use physical combat and sex to bleed off his emotions, which is why he’s revered among the Brotherhood as the best fighter and lover. But living with the beast has been taking its toll on Rhage. Enter into the picture the human, Mary, who has given up on love and has recently learned that her cancer has returned.

    What emerges is a wonderful and touching story between two people who are learning to love one another despite the curses eating away at both of them.

    I have to admit that I really loved Mary’s character. She struck me as an interesting and wonderfully independent woman, who is uneasy with the attention that Rhage gives her. Rhage is interesting as well, and is far more complex than one would expect from his glossy exterior.

    In addition to this story, we are treated to interactions between Bella and Zsadist, the protagonists in the next novel in this series. It promises to be another wonderful read.

    Truly this is a must buy.

  13. Darlynne
    December 16th, 2010 at 05:37 | #13

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    LOVER ETERNAL, the second book in J. R. Ward’s outstanding Black Dagger Brotherhood series, delivers on the promise of the first and again brings something daring and fresh to the genre.

    The stakes have been raised since that breathtaking wonder, DARK LOVER, in this story of Mary Luce and Rhage, a human woman and a warrior vampire. Here, both wearily carry inner demons: his will kill anything and anyone around him; hers, while lethal only to herself, is killing her nonetheless. As a result, they have more obstacles to overcome, more territory to give up and at greater cost, although they are very much equals and each provides the pieces the other is missing. Mary doesn’t run from or deny the attraction she feels for Rhage, which is as on fire as it is difficult. Thankfully-and what a relief-none of the women in LOVER ETERNAL are coy, virginal or girlishly stammering over the physical beauty of the men to whom they’re attracted.

    The world of the Brotherhood is a rich, multi-layered tapestry, complex and textured. Each character is vividly drawn and we see this through little things: human ex-cop Butch’s awareness of his newly-discovered inner Versace; Mary’s friend Bella reflecting that life inside her fish tank always looks so calm; the sweet, simple comfort for a grieving brother that comes from an unexpected source. None of these is momentous and yet each is revealing, putting the author’s finely detailed stamp on every person and each situation. Even the monstrous lessers or slayers are substantial and written in a more fully developed way; they’re not just evil, they’re more than standard issue literary villains.

    The dialog between the brothers is hip and refreshing, fraternally affectionate and, mercifully, they know how to use contractions. When Rhage tells a brother, “And you really don’t want me up in your grille again. This time, I won’t let the cop peel me off,” volumes are spoken. And so it goes with all the characters. Is the dialog real or authentic? I have no idea and I don’t care because by turns it hums and it screams and, oh yeah, it’s funny, too. The only formal or stilted speech is in the brothers’ Old Language and that’s just flat-out lyrical.

    At the same time we are immersed in the main story of Mary and Rhage, the concurrent subplots are no less enthralling: Bella’s dangerous fascination with one of the brothers, which will unfold in the third book due in September; the arrival of a young vampire male that may, or may not, have its genesis in DARK LOVER. And, of course, the brothers themselves, who continue to delight us.

    The feeling that Ms. Ward may not always have happy endings in store for her characters or us is very strong. Yes, a certain inevitability is what we read these books for-we want the two characters to be together ultimately-and yet, she may not spare anyone. For example, Butch’s poignant and hopeful relationship in the first book seems to have headed south. We’re given a mere glimpse of his heartache and can only hope another book will explain or provide a resolution. Nothing in the world of the Brotherhood seems to be a sure bet, nothing is completely safe or easy, even in the end, which is both appealing and frightening.

    I didn’t think J. R. Ward could equal DARK LOVER, despaired, in fact, that the opposite would be true. All fears have been vanquished with LOVER ETERNAL. This series rocks.

  14. Deborah Wiley
    December 17th, 2010 at 02:03 | #14

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    J.R. Ward’s sequel to DARK LOVER is even more intense than the first! The Black Dagger Brotherhood is a group of vampire warriors who defend other vampires against all threats, particularly the lessers. Lessers are humans without souls who despise all vampires. Since Mr. X became the Fore-Lesser, the lessers have become more vicious in their attacks on vampires. Rhage, one of the members of the Black Dagger Brotherhood, is glad to vent his anger and his curse on the lessers as a result. Rhage was cursed by the Scribe Virgin to carry the beast of a dragon within him and he must regularly feed this dragon, either through sex or violence. One night after unleashing his dragon on some lessers, Rhage hears a voice of a woman that speaks to him as no other woman has. This voice belongs to Mary Luce, who is only at the mansion because she is translating for John Matthews, a potential warrior vampire who has not yet gone through the change and is still human. Mary doesn’t know this about John nor does she realize that her friend and neighbor, Bella, is a vampire. Rhage contacts Bella and insists that she arrange a date with Mary for him. However, this date doesn’t go very well as Mary has learned that her leukemia has reoccurred. Mary’s life is endangered by the lessers when she and Rhage are attacked and her purse is lost. Rhage insists that she stay at the mansion until a new security system can be put in at her home. He reveals his vampire self to her but is afraid to reveal the beast. The romance between Mary and Rhage is very powerful and Ward did an excellent job of describing Mary’s emotions as she dealt with her medical condition. The book ended without resolving the situation with Bella, as she was kidnapped by a lesser. This would have REALLY frustrated me if not for the excerpt from the next novel in which it is revealed that she was rescued. I am really looking forward to reading Bella and Zsadist’s story as Ward humanized him greatly in this book. Highly recommended!

  15. rcarey22
    December 17th, 2010 at 13:23 | #15

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    J.R. Ward is unquestionably onto something here with “Black Dagger Brotherhood”.

    I love the “Brotherhood” as each one of them has a special gift or curse depending on how you look it.

    The members “Black Dagger Brotherhood” include:

    Wrath — king of the Vampires;

    Rhage — the strongest of the brothers, who has a little beastly help, when necessary;

    Zsadist — the tortured twin who during the first hundred years of his life doesn’t seem to care about much but don’t push his buttons as he is not one to mess with;

    Phury — the twin who lives with the guilt of what his brother has suffered and decides to remain celibate, in my opinion to be around for this brother, as he once stated “. . . if my brother dies, so will I”;

    Vishous — has the ability to see the future but cannot predict the when of it all;

    Tohrment — Wraith’s second in command and when not needed by the brotherhood spends his time with his shellan or wife, Wellsie who is his guiding force, and finally;

    Butch — a human and is an honorary member as came along with Beth when she fell in love with Wraith and crossed over the land of the vampires.

    I may be wrong but I have the distinct feeling that Butch will get his own story somewhere along the way.

    I fell in love with the “Brotherhood” when I read “Dark Lover” last year when Wraith finally recognizes that he must become King of his race to protect and save the “vampire” race.

    “Lover Eternal” focuses mainly on pretty boy, Rhage’s (who is so deadly when his beast is provoke that his “brothers run for safety as when he is in his beastly form which he cannot control until the party is over as he recognizes no one until????

    Rhage who also goes by the name “Hollywood” as he also happens to be drop dead gorgeous a.k.a. Mr. love’em and leave’em until he happens upon a sick and possibly dying human, Mary Luce who calls to him as no other woman has, vampire or human. Once Rhage hears Mary speak, he realizes she is his destiny and will sacrifice anything, including the “Brotherhood” as well as anything standing in his path to have Mary by her side. It would appear that Mary has more control over Rhage and his beast than anyone can imagine, including Rhage.

    But, there is someone or shall I something that also wants Mary as much as Rhage does (his inner beast who is tattooed across Rhage’s back) who also enjoys Mary’s touch as much as Rhage and will protect her from anyone even the “Brotherhood” if it feels they are threatening her.

    I’ve read “Lover Eternal” twice and may go back for more.

    If Ms. Ward continues to the same vein as “Dark Lover” and “Lover Eternal”, I am simply waiting on pins and needles until the next installation which seems to Zsadist’s story, “Lover Awakened” expected date of release September 2006. Can’t wait, can’t wait!!!!

    No pressure Ms. Ward but can’t wait, can’t wait.

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