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 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. Possessed by this dark side, Rhage fears the times 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. Her faith in miracles was lost 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…
This is not the first time I’ve read this book and this series, and it probably won’t be the last. However, nowadays I don’t feel that I have to hang onto every word, and instead read these oh-so popular vampire stories the way a lot of people do: by skipping parts!
J.R. Ward has a very distinctive way of writing. She made vampires sexy in a way few other authors managed to do. They’re enormous in size and personality, are warriors using modern weaponry, swear a lot, and live like really rich frat boys. The series is fun and addictive to many, but others are turned off by the style (especially the crazy names and the constant brand name-dropping!).
Lover Eternal is my favourite in the series, and involves a human woman who accidentally ends up in the middle of this crazy vampire world. It is one of the few books involving an extremely attractive man and a Plain Jane woman where I am convinced the attraction is real; this is a theme that almost never works for me.
Sure, there’s a lot of insanity, and the story doesn’t hold up so well when you start analysing. The deus ex machina at the end is absurd, but even more absurd is the fact this vampire hero turns into what is essentially Godzilla when he is fighting!
Ward isn’t very kind to some of her female characters, but this instalment isn’t so bad with the misogyny. What she never does well is write the villains: they literally all have names like Mr O and Mr X, and their sections are the ones I don’t even bother reading.
It’s ironic that the book and the characters I like the best in the whole series are the characters (and especially the hero) the author openly admits she dislikes. I think the story is better because she wasn’t too attached to them, which meant in the end she wrote them a better story!
For all its faults, the addictive quality of these stories keeps me coming back.