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Lover Eternal

Official information

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

Publisher: Signet

In the shadows of the night in Caldwell, New York, there's a deadly turf war going on between vampires and their slayers. There also exists a secret band of brothers like no other - six vampire warriors, defenders of their race. Possessed by 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 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...

My review

Lover Eternal unleashes its power as deadly as the dragon bound to the hero by the curse. It's the story of Rhage. The pretty one. The handsome one. The one who could be as boring as a hood ornament if the shiny beautiful fa├žade was all there was to be seen. Fortunately, there are layers upon layers about him. And once you peel those layers, what you have is a hero who is struggling with himself and is willing to sacrifice everything for the woman he loves.

The woman he loves - Mary - is not just a plain Jane, but also an ill, whinny, self-absorbed person I couldn't force myself to warm up to. Wanted to slap her every time she pushed him away. And cuddle Rhage every time he suffered.

Compared to Dark Lover , Lover Eternal was softer around the edges, smoother, just as Rhage compared to Wrath. But with the lightness, comes the fun side. A humor to touch your soul. Though it has a dark side too.

Some parts could deter from loving it. The cheating part for example. For me, however, it was not the cheating that got me fuming, but what happened afterwards. Nevertheless, I loved the book. Even with all the flaws. It made me realize how sometimes childlike other authors write. On that note I could warn that if you are a conservative reader, who likes fairy tale like, stories where nothing bad truly happens to the heroes, something similar to soup operas, where (for example) the heroine marries another man, but still doesn't go through the laying together part, I am afraid Lover Eternal is not for you. I guess it's for the reader who is strong enough to live with facts such as hero drinking blood from other women, because his heroine can't sustain him (I am certain other authors would have found the solution, but that is what makes this book to stand out. The reality in the unreal world).

It's a keeper!

Rating 4.5

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