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

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 bu 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 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…

DejaVuReviewGraphicI’m not sure exactly what it is about these BDB boys, but they totally get under my skin. It’s not just the heat (not that the ‘heat’ isn’t worth reading) it’s the intense emotions that these tortured souls evoke. Wrath’s book gave us just a glimpse into his mysterious brothers. Even though Dark Lover may be one of my favorites, Lover Eternal was the first book that came close to breaking my heart. Yep, the emotion is that intense. At least it was for me.

We were introduced to Rhage’s beast in Dark Lover. We saw the torment, pain and fear he experienced each time the beast took over. In Lover Eternal we saw even more of the pain Rhage lived with, more than he even let the brothers see. Rhage put up quite a front and hid behind his reputation. On the surface he was a playboy, but underneath that mask he was broken. Then Mary came into his life. They weren’t looking for each other, but fate brought them together. Their story is amazingly beautiful and heartbreaking. They need each other desperately but there is so much going against them that the odds are insurmountable. Yes there were tears. More than once there were tears.

I love the way these books are written, mainly because Ward gives each of her key characters a voice. It gives the story so much more depth. You get inside not only Rhage and Mary’s head, but you also get a feel for everyone else, including the bad guys. Several new characters were also introduced in Lover Eternal, which keeps things interesting.

One of the best things about these books is the cast of characters and they are always changing. Ward keeps throwing new players into the mix. That’s a good thing, because as long as there are new characters, there will be new books. As long as there are new BDB books, I will keep reading them. It’s a vicious cycle I know, but one I’m fully prepared to continue. 😉

On a side note, I think this marks my 3rd time reading Lover Eternal. Yeah, it’s kind of corny at times and yeah there were some moments that weren’t exactly perfect, but my initial feeling about this one still hasn’t changed. When I read a book this many times and there are moments that still hit me hard enough to make me even a little teary, I can’t deny it. I’m just one of those readers that is still and always will be a lover of the BDB. 😉

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4 comments on “Lover Eternal (Black Dagger Brotherhood #2) by J.R. Ward

  1. Gosh, I love these brothers sooooo much! Rhage’s story was emotional as hell. Well, they all are, but damn.

    One of my favorite scenes in the entire series is when Rhage meets Mary at the restaurant (was it TGI Fridays or something?). He is a sexy beast (see what I did there) in that scene and Mary has a hard time resisting the charm, even though she is damn determined to stay away. The fact that she thinks he’s teasing and being an asshole is so sad. Her self-confidence was to the floor. Thank the heavens (or more appropriately, the Scribe Virgin) he came into her life!

    I’m also reminded of the scene when Bella brings Mary and John in, and Rhage pins her to the hallway wall. Um, yea buddy! 😀

    • Yeah, there were a bunch of those kinds of scenes – and it was TGI Fridays. 😉

      It’s been a while since I read this one and the JM scenes really got to me too. They were right up there with the Z and Bella scenes. In some ways it was almost more emotional reading it after I had gone through the rest of the books. I know what’s coming and there are some things that I STILL haven’t forgiven JR Ward for. LOL!

      I can’t decide if I’m going to pick up Lover Awakened right away or not, but I know it won’t be long. I even pulled it off my bookshelf and Z is begging to be read. 😉

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