Review: Lover Avenged (Black Dagger Brotherhood #7) by J.R. Ward

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Summary:

Caldwell, New York, has long been the battleground for the vampires and their enemies, the Lessening Society. It’s also where Rehvenge has staked out his turf as a drug lord and owner of a notorious night club that caters to the rich and heavily armed. His shadowy reputation is exactly why he’s approached to kill Wrath, the Blind King and leader of the Brotherhood.

Rehvenge has always kept his distance from the Brotherhood-even though his sister is married to a member, for he harbors a deadly secret that could make him a huge liability in their war against the lessers. As plots within and outside of the Brotherhood threaten to reveal the truth about Rehvenge, he turns to the only source of light in his darkening world, Ehlena, a vampire untouched by the corruption that has its hold on him-and the only thing standing between him and eternal destruction.

Review:

Yes it is me. Yes I’m back with this series. No, I’m not sorry. Wanna know why? BECAUSE THEY GET BETTER EVERY TIME! When I finished the sixth book a month ago or so I wasn’t really convinced on following the reading, I mean there are 13 books, but then a friend told me that I needed to read this because I was gonna fall in love with Rehv and she wasn’t mistaken.

It would have been extraordinary to deserve Ehlena. But that was just one more thing he wasn’t ever going to feel.

Rehv is in my top three favorite stories from this series and it isn’t a surprise, you learn so much more about him in this book that your conception of him completely changes. Who knew big bad Rehvenge could be sassy or could get nervous, he even feels regret!

The book starts with Rehv in the hospital where he has a favorite nurse, whose name is Ehlena. He is definitely attracted to her and under the fear she feels towards him there is a hint of that attraction shinning back at him. Ehlena finds an infection in Rehv’s blood but he refuses to be treated, he wants to die so he doesn’t have to whore himself for the princess anymore because that makes him feel sick and suffer. What is his surprise when Ehlena steals some penicilin for him, he obviously can turn it down, not now that she has been fired for it too.

When Ehlena finally spoke, her voice was a thin whisper. “Don’t do this to me. Don’t make me see you in the morgue. Don’t do that to me.”

They start a relationship both falling for each other hard and fast, but not everything is butterflies and rainbows, not when Lash and the lessers are stronger than ever and they are wipping out every drug dealer of Cadwell, and not when the evil psychopath princess is after Rehv because she thinks he belongs to her. Plus, how can their relationship overcome all the secrets Rehv is keeping from her? Indeed, Ehlena does not know about him being a drug dealer, but that’s the least of his worries, what she mustn’t know is about his sympath condition, she would be scared of him, and run away and he loves her too much for that.

In this book we get to see more of Wrath and Beth on their POV which we haven’t had since book 1 so that was good news. Well, at least until you read about them, then it isn’t such good news anymore. Wrath has been fighting for over 4 months now without anyone knowing but Butch, when the other brothers and his shellan find out she doesn’t take the news very well, not because he isn’t supposed to be out and fighting , but because he didn’t tell her. They are apart for a while but their love for each other brings them back together only for destiny to shatter them again when Wrath, the Blind King, truly goes blind, like completely blind without shapes and vague colors on his vision. This takes a toll on him, but promptly reminds himself (or rather Beth reminds him) that he is a leader at heart and it’s not his sight condition that matters but his determination. Plus they get a really cute dog named George (in my opinion the name isn’t badass enough, maybe Gheorge would have done better).

“You know,” he said, “this is why I love you so much.”

Her tone was heartbreakingly warm. “What do you mean?”

“You don’t ask me to go inside because it’s cold. You just want to make it easier for me to be where I want to stand.”

This is the book where John Matthew definitely looses it and becomes an asshole, before he was one of my favorites and up until the middle of the book he is the sunshine we are used to have around, but then he goes all “I’m a macho men with no feelings who is just going to get drunk every night and have meaningless sex to get over the fact that people in my life aren’t how I expected them to be and I’m so alone no one cares about me” on every one and I want to punch him. Tohr gets back to being himself and wants to amend things with John but he is too far gone, and then with Xhex things don’t go much better, he loses his virginity to her but she can’t let herself feel anything (for obvious reasons if I might add), then he goes all crazy, they have meaningless sex again and towards the end when she gets kidnapped by Lash (long story) he regrets not having been better with her. The next book is his and Xhex’s so we will see how shit goes down.

Xhex was his female, wether she wanted to be or not. And he was not the kind of male who was going to sit on his ass when his mate was out there in a world of hurt.

I swear if I didn’t know everything is alright at the end I wouldn’t survive these books.

paula  calloway sisters

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