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

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Summary:

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. 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 on 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…

Review:

Hello again! Second book of the BDB series I’m reviewing and I think you are gonna be reading reviews of it for a while (lol). So what can I tell you about this book, it was intense, as I said in the review of the first book this one is about Rhage aka Hollywood. The pretty boy of the Brotherhood is a bit polluted, he hides a terrible secret that only his brothers know about, but then he meets the beautiful human being that is Mary Luce. She hasn’t had an amazing life, her mom died a few years back and then she was diagnosed with leukemia. She gets thrown into the vampire world when she gets involved with Rhage, first they wipe out her memory but Rhage is too enthralled with her to let her go and seeks her out with the help of Bella (you will know more about her in the 3rd book) a fellow vampire and also Mary’s neighbor. When Mary and Rhage are attacked by lessers he can’t pretend he isn’t what he really is anymore and throws her into this mad world of vampires and slayers. As he starts falling in love with her he has to cope with the monster that lives inside of him (literally) and she has to overcome her insecurities.

“You know something—you’re a male of worth. You really are.”
“Yeah, well, just keep it to yourself. I’ve got a reputation as an egocentric asshole to protect.”

Here we have Rhage in all his glory, and yes he has a reputation, but contrary to what he expresses here he is not afraid to leave the asshole behind when it comes to Mary, he is ready to love her even when she is not sure about how she feels, or is restraining herself from feeling anything. But we forgive her for her indecision because she is the only one that can calm the beast and that scene is damn beautiful.

“I’m not afraid. V and Phury might have been in a little trouble, but you wouldn’t have hurt me. No way. I’m not sure how I know that, I just do.”
He took a deep breath. “God, I love you. I really, really love you.”

Meanwhile regarding the lessers Mr. O is starting to piss off the Forelesser Mr. X and this can only end one way (spoiler: not good). Maybe it is time for a new forelesser?

This is also the book where we meet John Matthews. Who is he? John is a twenty-three year old gawky boy who is muted and the only one who really understands him is Mary. Although he knows nothing about vampires, he is apparently a powerful descendant of one of the brothers. His warrior name would be Tehrror. The brothers take him and train him but he still has to go through his transition.

Compared to the first book? Well, the stories are quite different and I have to admit I was curious to read Rhage’s but I might have been a little dissapointed. Although I liked Mary I think the role of her insecurities was overused in their arguments. I felt like they always backtracked in their relationship because of it and for me it was too tiring. But even with that the cute and beautiful scenes were worth reading the bad ones.

“We are all going to be there for you. So you’re going to ask for help when you need it. And if the
time comes, she will be afforded a full Fade ceremony, as the shellan of a warrior deserves.”
Rhage squeezed his eyes shut. “Thank you… my lord.”

P.S.: I found a drawing of this beautiful couple that I think perfectly defines the characters. Credit to the owner, he/she is amazing.

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paula  calloway sisters

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