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Buddy Read: Lover Avenged by J.R Ward

Lover Avenged by J.R Ward 
Series: Black Dagger Brotherhood, #7
Genre: Fantasy | Romance | Paranormal
Age Range: Adult Audience
Format: Paperback, 527 pages
Source: My Copy
Published on April 28th 2009 by NAL
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Read in Finnish and might contain some spoilers

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.

This one was surprising reread! My original rating for this book was only 2.5 stars. You can read Ruby @ Bookishly Ruby review here.

“You keep showing up here? Being who you are? I’m going to fall in love with you.”

Based on my 2018 review I was very surprised not only how much I enjoyed this book but how much I liked Rehvenge and Ehlena together. I don’t remember the last time I kind of felt like the heroine forgave hero way too quickly in this series. We finally had a book where our main couple meets in their own book. We have had so much unnecessary drama with other couples, like Phury and Cormia and Marissa and Butch so they were able to meet but not get together because it wasn’t their book yet, so it was unusual to get it in Lover Avenged.

I always love when a book couple give me “We’re the same” vibes and Rehvenge and Ehlena delivered it. They’re both lonely and don’t really think that they deserve each other. It’s getting kind of old of a hero in this series feeling like they’re not worthy of the heroine but I didn’t mind it with these two. That might be because we knew from the start that Rehvenge thought of her as his, no matter how much he knew he shouldn’t. He has been in a very bad situation for over twenty years and I was kind of grossed over who it was with. But then he meets this nurse who wants to help him and also is intelligent and beautiful female with a quick mouth.

Ehlena also had a difficult life. She had lost her mother and had to take care of her father. It was hard for her to leave him for even an hour but being home was also difficult because it reminded her that she was trapped in her life and couldn’t change a thing.

I loved how romantic Rehvenge could be, like with the candle light dinner!

I was happy to see Wrath and Beth in this book even if Wrath could be annoying at times. These two are still one of my favorite couples in the series and it just made me upset that Wrath was keeping secrets about dumb things, things he’d have gotten and about someone else for keeping. If this was the Wrath Ruby remembers (since she didn’t read Dark Lover) no wonder she’s not big fan of his.

I was glad that John finally decided not to be a victim and take charge of his life. I think Tohr even deserved the way John treated him after all the times he left John behind  but I didn’t like the rest of his behavior.

All in all unexpecting read. I was so surprised how much I had a pleasant time with this book. I loved Ehlena for having more problem with other things but was okay with Rehvenge being what he is. This might have been four stars read if there wasn’t so many unnecessary chapters about Lash. This book was much more my taste than Phury’s book. We even got a taste of possessive Rehvenge. I felt so bad for Ehlena’s father and I liked the way his sickness was dealed.

3.5 stars
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