livresque, February 25, 2009 (view all comments by livresque)
I agree with Book Lover about the "street talk" - it does get a little irritating. And the characters' names sometimes seem a bit silly. That said, I enjoyed the book and had a hard time putting it down.
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binalyn, August 16, 2008 (view all comments by binalyn)
Simply put...I enjoyed this book. The last reviewer really had some issues with this book. I didn't take it that seriously. It's escapism..and that's what I wanted. I'd recommend it.
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Book Lover, June 17, 2007 (view all comments by Book Lover)
"Lover Eternal" is the second book in the author's Black Dagger Brotherhood (BDB) series. The first book, "Dark Lover," was the story of Wrath, the leader of the group. Before reading "Lover Eternal," I'd recommend reading Dark Lover, to get a feel for the series. In this, the 2nd installment, we get the story of Rhage.
First off, if you enjoy a decent vampire/supernatural book, you may enjoy this series. I give this book 3 stars because it's a decent story, but those 3 stars come with some caveats.
If colloquialisms and trying to be too "hip" bothers you, this series may not be right for you. Ward uses extra consonants to make the names more...interesting (?) and it is distracting. The name "Rhage" is just the first example. The other brothers also have annoying names (Zsadist, Vishous and worst of all, Phury), and tend to speak in some sort of "We're super hip to the language of the streets, yo" language that is a bit ridiculous. They also say "my brother" continuously throughout the book, which can make the highly-educated reader want to smack herself repeatedly with the book.
Here's a prime example:
"Quit clocking me, my brother." (Vishous to Rhage)
"Then gitcha ass moving." (Rhage's reply)
Ok, now that I have that out of my system, I'll say that the book is the story of Black Dagger member Rhage and a very sweet cancer victim by the name of Mary Luce. Rhage was cursed as a "young" man (he's a vampire, so age is relative), and has a tattoo of a dragon that comes alive when he goes into a rage. Mary has learned that her illness has returned when she meets a young man who is a frequent "caller" to the suicide hotline where she volunteers. Mary's next door neighbor calls in the BDB because she realizes the young man is a latent member of the BDB. As soon as Rhage meets Mary, their emotions go on overload. Their love story is full of love, sex, and worry for their respective futures. Also in there are the battles against the evil "lessers" and some run-ins with the Scribe Virgin, the goddess who originally cursed Rhage with the dragon.
This is an average Sunday afternoon read for someone who craves a little escapism and doesn't mind the negatives I mentioned above. The author has also completed 2 more of this series, with another one pending.
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Lover Eternal: A Novel of the Black Dagger Brotherhood (Signet Eclipse)
Used Mass Market
J R Ward
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In the shadows of the night in Caldwell, New York, there's a deadly turf war going on between vampires and their slayers. There exists a secret band of brothers like no other-six vampire warriors, defenders of their race. Yet none of them relishes killing more than Wrath, the leader of The Black Dagger Brotherhood.
The only purebred vampire left on earth, Wrath has a score to settle with the slayers who murdered his parents centuries ago. But, when one of his most trusted fighters is killed-leaving his half-breed daughter unaware of his existence or her fate-Wrath must usher her into the world of the undead-a world of sensuality beyond her wildest dreams.
#1 New York Times bestselling author J. R. Ward’s “different, creative, dark, violent, and flat-out amazing”* Black Dagger Brotherhood series continues as a vampire warrior crosses the line between life and death…into a world of dark dreams and darker desires.
Ever since the death of his shellan, Tohrment has been a heartbroken shadow of the vampire leader he once was. Brought back to the Brotherhood by a self-serving fallen angel, he fights again with ruthless vengeance, unprepared for a new tragedy. Seeing his beloved in dreams—trapped in a cold, isolated netherworld—Tohr turns to the angel Lassiter to save his former mate. The only way to rescue her is for Tohr to love another. As war with the lessers rages, and a new clan of vampires vie for the Blind King’s throne, Tohr struggles between an unforgettable past and a hot, passion-filled future. But can his heart let go and set all of them free?
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