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...
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She filled the Krups machine with water and went into the cupboard for the coffee can. It was nearly empty so she took out her back up supply and the hand held can opener and -
She was not alone.
Mary leaned forward, looking out the window above the sink. With no exterior lights on, she couldn’t see anything so she went around to the slider and flipped the switch next to the door.
A massive black shape was on the other side of the glass.
Mary scrambled for the phone, but stopped when she saw the flash of blonde hair.
Hal lifted his hand in greeting.
“Hey.” His voice was muffled through the glass.
Mary wrapped her arms around her stomach. “What are you doing here?”
His wide shoulders shrugged. “Wanted to see you.”
“Why? And why now?”
Another shrug. “Seemed like a good idea.”
“Are you deranged?”
She almost smiled. And then reminded herself that she had no close neighbors and he was practically the size of her house.
“How did you find me?” Maybe Bella had told him where she lived.
“Can I come in? Or maybe you could come out if you’d feel more comfortable that way?”
“Hal, it’s four-thirty in the morning.”
“I know. But you’re awake and so am I.”
God, he was so big in all that black leather, and with his face mostly in shadow, he was more menacing than beautiful.
And she was actually considering opening the door? Clearly, she was also deranged.
“Look, Hal, I don’t think it’s a good idea.”
He stared at her through the glass. “Maybe we can just talk this way, then?”
Mary stared at him, dumbfounded. The guy was willing to hang around, locked out of her house like a criminal, just so they could chat?
“Hal, no offense, but there are about a hundred thousand women in this zip code who would not only let you into their homes, but would take you to bed. Why don’t you go find one of them and leave me alone?”
“They aren’t you.”
After having completed this, the second book in the Black Dagger Brotherhood Series, I'm more inclined than ever to say that this series is a good one. Actually better than that... it's a really, really good one. It's now becoming kind of addictive and I'm even more excited to start on the third book - Lover Awakened - than I was when I began this one last night.
I think it's because I'm finally getting a feel for the characters. I'm getting used to the manner in which J.R. Ward writes. I'm understanding her fast paced method. At first the jump between scenes and the action packed pages was a little hard to keep up with but I'm getting it now... In other words... I'm getting the hang of keeping up. It was a major factor while I read the first book in this series so that's why I'm pointing it out to you. It's a whole lot different to the usual books I pick up. Not just the fact that it's written in 3rd person but overall the style is very unusual to my reading eyes and at first I struggled and pushed my way through... so yip it's definitely been a learning experience. I think that's the main reason why I held back... it made me a little hesitant to continue with this series. But I'm getting into it now and I'm falling in love with the writing style, the character dynamics and of course... the hot alpha vamps!
Just like in Dark Lover, this one (Lover Eternal) doesn't take long to get going. In fact from page one it's intensely engrossing and about mid-way through I was a goner for this book. I'm not going to lie... I'm really not into the whole scene jump from the BDB's to the Lessers. For whatever reason, I get frighteningly bored during those chapters and that's a downfall for me. I'd much rather be reading about the Brotherhood or the leading lady. In fact I pretty much scanned through the chapters that didn't contain any of the Brothers. And you know what... I don't think I missed anything major. I still knew what was happening, I continued to be focused and glued on the plot... So I guess it's not a big deal then to actually read those scenes. But hey, don't take my word for it. Just because it worked out okay for me, doesn't mean it will be the same for you.
Rhage is a great (and totally sexy) character. I adore the fact that he's really kick-ass and tough one minute and then the moment he's with Mary, he's tender and sweet. I absolutely loved that. I'm not even sure which side of him I love the most. Each have their own benefits so it's hard to say.
Mary was just as great. She's tough - while still being soft in all the right places. I admired her character so much that she's one of the few female book characters I've come to respect.
Let me tell you that there was a moment there (at about 95%) that I was dreading the end of this book. I felt certain I could guess what was going to happen and it made me not want to continue with the few remaining pages I had yet to get through. And then... (and this is one of the reasons I'm going with a 4 star instead of a 5 star rating)... then suddenly within a span of a minute - everything changes - And it's so abrupt that I'm still not even sure what the deal was. That was the kicker for me. I didn't like the way in which it twisted around. Hold on... I liked what essentially happened, but I didn't like the way in which it all occurred. It was rushed and incomplete. It left me confused and with a whole bunch of questions. Hopefully you get it and if you do - let me know what happened because I'm still lost with that ending.
Other than that, this book was a good read. Action packed and pure uncensored hotness. I'm not even sure if I'm obsessed with the theme of this series and where it's going or if I'm hooked on the characters (i.e The Brothers) ... but for whatever reason this series is keeping me addicted. And it's one I'm going to continue to feed.
Rating: 4 Stars
• Read my review for Dark Lover (Black Dagger Brotherhood #1) Here