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Lover Eternal

by J. R. Ward

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Series: Black Dagger Brotherhood (2)

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3.5 stars

I liked this book better than book one. I'm liking getting to know everyone and how they interact with each other. The romance isn't my favorite, but I really like how the brotherhood are so connected. I'm interested in finding out more about The Scribe Virgin and The Omega and seeing where the series storyline goes. All the mythology details make me definitely want to continue the series. ( )
  ToniFGMAMTC | Jan 19, 2017 |
3.5 stars

I liked this book better than book one. I'm liking getting to know everyone and how they interact with each other. The romance isn't my favorite, but I really like how the brotherhood are so connected. I'm interested in finding out more about The Scribe Virgin and The Omega and seeing where the series storyline goes. All the mythology details make me definitely want to continue the series. ( )
  ToniFGMAMTC | Jan 19, 2017 |
Lover Eternal
3 Stars
Synopsis:
The fiercest fighter and most voracious lover within the Brotherhood, Rhage fears the harm he may cause when his curse takes over and the beast within him is released. That is until the day he meets Mary Luce, a human woman who has survived numerous hardships and can sooth the beast within Rhage. Soon the two will face their most dangerous foe and find out if their love truly can conquer all.

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Similar to book #1, the plot is on the mediocre side and only gets going toward the end. There are numerous "suspend your disbelief" moments and the Lessers are some of the stupidest villains in PNR. They are definitely more a danger to each other than to the brotherhood.

Rhage and Mary are likeable as a couple but not as individuals. Rhage goes from Don Juan/Casanova to lovesick puppy in under 50 seconds with little to no background or character development. The best thing about him is the beast even though the reason for his punishment is ridiculous at best. Mary's illness is saddening but also depressing and her lack of self-worth at the beginning makes her seem pathetic and annoying - first impressions are really very important and she does not make a good one even though she improves later.

One of the worst things about this series is the submissive and servile manner in which women are portrayed. The Chosen, for example, seem to exist solely for the purpose of "serving" the brotherhood and Layla's subservient behavior is very off putting (it reminds me of Marissa's attitude toward Wrath in book #1).

Nevertheless, there are a few appealing aspects such as the scenes with Rhage's beast, which are some of the best written in the book. In fact, the prose in general is an improvement (less street slang) but the dialogue is still childish and the writing style needs work.

Additional highlights include the compelling relationship between Bella and Zsadist and the subplot involving John Matthew's introduction to the vampire world. Both of these have me wanting to continue if only to find out what happens next - kind of like a bad soap opera. ( )
  Lauren2013 | Nov 19, 2016 |
Prayers can save lives. (I think I'm going to puke!)

It's fast paced and easy to read but there are just too many things that bother me. So I'm giving a relatively low rating.

Male characters are only masculine on the outside. They really think like women. Ok this might be a question of style on the authors side.

I don't like the usage of slang in the book. It doesn't make the guys tough if they are wearing shitkickers instead of boots, you feel me?

I think Scribe Virgin and Omega should just have a good night together. It would save so many lives!

Until I read these books I wasn't aware of the fact that happy endings can be overly exaggerated. ( )
  spacegirl3000 | Oct 24, 2016 |

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I hate to say this but I really did not ship Rhage and Mary. Just no. I don't understand what happened. Following the same formula as Dark Lover, the focus of this book is on another brother in the brotherhood, Rhage. Rhage is eye-hurt beautiful and he is a bit of a man whore. He also has a curse that results in him turning into a dragon like creature when hurt or angry. For some unknown reason he becomes obsessed when he claps eyes on Mary, who is a human plain jane who has leukaemia. Am I the only reader who thinks that vampires are wasting their time with humans? Vampires are slowly going extinct so I really don't think that a vampire warrior needs to be wasted on a human and a barren human at that. But anyway, I am well aware that suspension of logic and belief is a must when reading this series, and I'm usually fine with that but I just hated the pairing in this one.

I didn't like the transformation of Rhage into a soppy, lovesick fool and I cringed when I read the romance between him and Mary. That aside, I really enjoyed learning more about the vampire world. John Matthew is really intriguing to me and I enjoyed his POVs. I am really excited to read about Zsadist and Bella's budding relationship as the interactions between them were one of the best bits about this whole book. I even liked the lesser POVs more than I liked reading about Rhage and Mary.

That ending though.... I am not a fan. I don't understand why the Scribe Virgin did that. What's the point? I would have much preferred it to have gone the opposite way. I know the point of these books is primarily that the characters all get their one true pairings but seriously, can vampires only have the one mate and never fall in love again? One thing is for sure though, reading this series is incredibly addictive. I just can't stop. I definitely feel different about this book than I did first time around but I am holding out hope for the series to pick up with the next instalment Lover Awakened. ( )
  4everfanatical | Aug 30, 2016 |
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Ahonen, MarkeTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Frangione, JimNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Murphy, LaurenceTraductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Dedicated to: You / In the beginning, we didn't hit it off, did we? / But then I realized the truth about you and I fell in love. / Thank you for letting me see through your eyes and / walk awhile in your boots. / You are just so... beautiful.
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"Ah, hell, V, you're killing me." Butch O'Neal mined through his sock drawer, looking for black silk, finding white cotton.
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He reached around for the soap, fumbling. "Can't see."

"Just as well. No reason for you to know what we look like naked together. Frankly, I'm traumatized enough for the both of us."

(pp. 46-47, chapter 6)
"The female threw me out of her house early this morning after doing a job on my ego."

"What kind of hatchet did she use?"

"An unflattering comparison between me and a free-agent canine."

(p.118, chapter 16)
"Shit, you've bonded with her." Wrath put a hand through his long hair. "For God's sake . . . You just met her, my brother."

"And how long did it take you to mark Beth as your own? Twenty-four hours? Oh, right, you waited two days. Yeah, good thing you gave it some time."

(p.200, chapter 23)
"What's another night? You could spend more time in the tub. You told me how much you like that."

She smiled a little. "You are a manipulator."

"I like to think of myself more as an outcome engineer."

(p. 246, chapter 29)
"We're going to need a shitload of steel," the human muttered.
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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. Possessed by this dark side, Rhage fears the times 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. Her faith in miracles was lost 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…

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Fierce warrior and legendary lover, Rhage, a vampire cursed by the Scribe Virgin and owned by the dark side, finds salvation in Mary Luce, the innocent young beauty he has sworn to protect, and together they battle against their enemies and fight for eternal love.… (more)

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