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Buddy Read: Lover Eternal by J.R Ward

Lover Eternal by J.R Ward 
Series: Black Dagger Brotherhood, #2
Genre: Fantasy | Romance | Paranormal
Age Range: Adult Audience
Format: Paperback, 441 pages
Source: My Copy
Published on March 7th 2006
J.R Ward: Website | Twitter | Goodread
Read in Finnish and might contain some spoilers

In the shadows of the night in Caldwell, New York, there’s a deadly war raging between vampires and their slayers. And there 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 appetite. 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. When Mary Luce is unwittingly thrown into the vampire world, she must rely on Rhage’s protection. Knowing that Mary feels the same intense animal attraction, Rhage must make her his alone…

I wanted to keep going with this series reread and thankfully Ruby @ Bookishly Ruby wanted to buddy read Lover Eternal with me. But I already finished the book in the end of October and she still hasn’t and she’s not really in the mood for it, so I decided to post my review finally.

Dark Lover used to be my favorite but after reading this again I have to say I might actually prefer Mary and Rhage’s story to the one Wrath and Beth had. Which is the opposite of what I said on my review back in 2018.

“That’s all right. I’ll love you enough for the both of us.”

Lover Eternal is a story about Mary who agrees to go to the Brotherhood as a sign language interpreter to John Matthew. There she meets Rhage but he’s erased from her memories, so Rhage makes Bella, another vampire and Mary’s neighbor to arrange them a date.

Rhage is a manwhore but it’s not like he likes to be one. It’s just that it’s one of the only ways that calms down his beast he was cursed with 200 years go (for a stupid reason in my opinion) but at least it taught him something.

I admired Mary. She knew what the brothers were but she was ready to defy them and anything to keep Rhage safe from whatever tried to hurt him.

I felt so bad for Mary, not only does she have a cancer but she’s very insecure and felt like she was nothing when truly Rhage really liked her. Her voice alone affected him on their first meeting and Rhage thought that she had a warrior eyes, probably because of everything she has gone through. I loved these two together. There were few complications on the way, of course, bur they clearly loved each other and were there for each other no matter what.

I love how Ward already is giving clues to the upcoming couples. I can’t wait to read Bella and Zsadist’s book! I like John Matthew, so it’s sad that I won’t probably read his book, since I don’t remember enjoying it. We even got to see Layla and she doesn’t get her own book until in book fifteen.

All in all maybe my all time favorite book of this series. I forgot how much I love the relationships the brothers have with each other until I read Lover Eternal. We got to see a little in the last book but Wrath is their leader, so it felt a little different. I don’t think I’d change anything about this book even if I could.

5 stars
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