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Lover Eternal (Black Dagger Brotherhood, Book 2) (edition 2006)

by J.R. Ward

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Title:Lover Eternal (Black Dagger Brotherhood, Book 2)
Authors:J.R. Ward
Info:Signet (2006), Mass Market Paperback, 464 pages
Collections:Read but unowned
Tags:fiction, series, fantasy, urban fantasy, vampires, paranormal romance

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Just as a quick side note: I just got some extra cash so I went on a book crazy buying spree, so I have a TON of stuff coming your way, not to mention what I already have on my shelf I have no read yet. So...be ready.

Anyway, This book is a the classic tale of beauty and the beast, with a bit of a twist, the beast is a vampire cursed by lexicon's deity, and the beauty is a relapsed cancer survivor. Perfect right? Nope.

I love this book...it is one of my all time favorites, Ward writes with such conviction for each of these characters, they seem without a doubt real. Rhage and Mary are absolutely perfect together, nothing like the ladies man being brought down by the women who is no where near his type. There is also a very heavy plot line here that continues from the first book "Dark Lover", and it is excellent. We see a new character introduced here, who is one of my favorites as the series progresses. Don't miss this one, its excellent. I liked this book a lot, but it is not my favorite of the series, if you can believe it. ( )
  mojo09226 | Nov 21, 2014 |
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Oh man I am loving this series!! Rhage is such a wonderfully written character! He has way more depth that shown in the first book. He appears to be a player and a heartbreaker just looking for a piece of a$$. But is all has to do with his cures and urges it brings about. And really her feels empty until he finds his mate.

Mary broke my heart a little. She over came illness only to have it rear it's ugly head again! Oh and she and Rhage are perfect together!! The blend of opposites creates a fantastic dynamic.

I will say in general I do not like the Scribe Virgin. Am I the only one who finds her overly stern and a tad vindictive? In the series she is the only thing I do not enjoy. I wish she were a little more mother earth!

Great story and I can not wait to see where it is heading. It really keeps you on your toes. THere are a few moments when the box of tissues will be needed!

Zadist is the next book and i am so ready!! I love him and he is my current book lust...um I mean crush! So very bad boy! ( )
  grapeapril75 | Oct 18, 2014 |
A marked improvement over the first book. Since it worked last time . . .

Things I liked
- The bond between the men is cool, the best espirit de corps I've ever read. It's nice that a "romance" book can demonstrate different types of love.
- Rhage's "curse" is very cool, particularly how it responds to Mary

Things I didn't care for
- Is it just me, or is Mary, our new heroine, so much like Beth that it feels kind of lame? I know there are tropes to be respected, but come on. Beth illness does not equal a new, interesting character.
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  drhapgood | Jul 27, 2014 |
I found this on the bus and decided to read it. I have mixed feelings about J.R. Ward. I appreciate every scene with the main protagonists. I feel her scenes with the "lessers", or antagonists, are superfluous. I only care about the couple. I don't care about the other parts. Shallow? I don't care. ( )
  aliterarylion | Jul 14, 2014 |
After reading Dark Lover and not enjoying it all that much, I found myself continuing the series anyway. Why? Because I want to read Zsadist's story, dammit, and I know that his is the third in the series. This book only intensified my desire to read his book.

But this book isn't about Zsadist and Bella; sure, they make some appearances, particularly toward the end, but the main characters are Rhage and Mary. Okay, I can accept that.

I still can't get over the names, but I guess I am getting used to them a little. At least, I didn't feel the urge to roll my eyes every time one of them was mentioned on the page. Although I'm still curious about the lessers and their naming conventions. Okay, so they become Mr. [first letter of their last name] once they become a lesser. Does that mean that there are only twenty-six of them at any given time? What happens if there are more? Is it Mr. O2? (Sorry, slight chemistry joke.) And I'm sure they have to search hard to fill out some of those letters - how many last names start with Z and X, for example?

I think my problem is that I think too much about this series. It's supposed to be cotton candy; it was never meant to be a filling meal.

Rhage...meh. Mary...also meh. Their relationship is all kinds of messed up, but they seem happy about it, so I can't really judge. Whatever floats their boats, I guess.

I hate how women are portrayed in this series. Mary is so concerned about her average looks that it takes chapters upon chapters for her to even realize that Rhage might be interested in her at all.

And damn, is there a lot of rape in this world. John Matthew was sexually assaulted, which is why he started calling the suicide prevention line and "met" Beth in the first place. Although the author doesn't come right out and say it, I'm pretty sure the Omega raped Mr. O when he was being "disciplined," too. The first thing Mr. O wants after the Omega is finished with him is a hot shower with plenty of soap, and he mentions that he feels like he'll never be clean again - all very typical for a victim of sexual assault. Later in the book, Mr. O also mentions how the Omega was on top of him. No one will ever be able to convince me that the Omega isn't a rapist now.

And that kind of ties in with Rhage and Mary. Upon first meeting Mary, Rhage throws her up against a wall and starts groping her. A lot. Am I supposed to find that sexy? Because I don't. And the first time that Rhage and Mary have sex...what the hell? Rhage seeks out another woman to get his rocks off and to keep the beast at bay, and when he comes back to Mary (who is living with him at that point), she's so pissed off that she pretty much has her way with him? Ick. Talk about serious relationship dysfunction.

The thing I did like about Rhage and Mary's relationship is that Rhage falls first, and hard. It takes a while for Mary to fall in love with him. Hey, you don't see that very often.

Also, does anyone think that John Matthew is Darius reincarnated? I'll be shocked if that isn't what he ends up being.

I'll keep reading, at least through Zsadist's book. After that, I'm not sure it's going to be worth the effort. ( )
  schatzi | Jul 12, 2014 |
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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.
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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