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Lover Enshrined

Official information

Lover Enshrined Author: J.R. Ward
Series: Black Dagger Brotherhood

Publisher: Signet

In the shadows of the night in Caldwell, New York, there's a deadly war raging between vampires and their slayers. And there exists a secret band of brothers like no other-six vampire warriors, defenders of their race. And now, a dutiful twin must choose between two lives...

Fiercely loyal to the Black Dagger Brotherhood, Phury has sacrificed himself for the good of the race, becoming the male responsible for keeping the Brotherhood's bloodlines alive. As Primale of the Chosen, he is to father the sons and daughters who will ensure that the traditions of the race survive and that there are warriors to fight those who want all vampires extinguished.

As his first mate, the Chosen Cormia wants to win not only his body but his heart for herself- she sees the emotionally scarred male behind all his noble responsibility. But while the war with the Lessening Society grows more grim, and tragedy looms over the Brotherhood's mansion, Phury must decide between duty and love.

My review

Lover Enshrined left me confused and flummoxed. And this is why: While I liked the stories about John Matthew, Blay, Quinn, Rehvenge, Xhex, Thor and could appreciate the author finally giving us the villain worthy of the name (and for once the parts about the Lessers - the impotent baby powder smelling albinos were rather fetching, in the ugly sort of way), Phury disappointed me. No, not Phury, the short passages in Lover Enshrined that were given to him did.

There was such potential. So many possibilities. I was intrigued by the idea of a celibate male ending up in a harem with forty wives. Waited for his story ever since Dark Lover.

Unfortunately, all the characters I mentioned above took so much space, Phury was left in the corner. Forgotten most of the time. My reaction is mostly due to the fact that I had such high expectations for him. He was my true hero. The one who gave everything to others, sacrificing himself until he was left broke. And surprise, surprise. No one was there for him when he needed it. He was left alone with his anguish, pain and addiction. And while Cormia was a good woman (or female as they call them), she was completely wrong for him.

He needed someone who could save him for a change. There was at least one scene where she helps him, granted, but I needed more. She was just too shy, timid and confused in this world. In dire need of guidance, when Phury himself was not having the best of his days. Probably that's why they didn't click together leaving me frustrated at the lack of romance.

As always I have to commend the intricate world J. R. Ward weaves and the significance of secondary characters. Though I am not sure it is correct to call them secondary since they tend to usurp the spot light intended for the hero.

Romance aside, Lover Enshrined is a keeper. The problem - it is a book where romance should be in the front row, not the last, hence my rating.

Rating 3.5

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