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"Ms. Ward has done it again!"

Unbeknownst to the human population, a war is being waged that will determine the continuation of the vampire species. Only one thing stands between survival and extinction, The Black Dagger Brotherhood...

Rhage, aka "Hollywood", has it all, fast cars, movie star good looks, any female he desires; but looks can be deceiving. Cursed by the Scribe Virgin, inside lurks a beast with the ability to destroy all he cares for, and he would sooner die than allow that to happen. When an encounter with the Lessers unleashes the beast, he undergoes a transformation that takes days to recover from. While recuperating at the Brotherhood's compound, Rhage encounters a female with a voice that has the ability to sooth his savage beast. Though females mean little more than release for him, there is something different here that needs to be explored.

Mary Luce, has fought her way back for the edge of death and has learned to be strong and independent. After watching her mother suffer and die after a long illness, it seems like a cruel joke that she should be diagnosed with leukemia; but she refuses to give in to the disease. While volunteering at a suicide hotline, Mary meets a mute boy who captures the interest of her neighbor, Bella. When Mary accompanies them to the Brother's compound, she is cornered by the beautifully dark and dangerous, Rhage. Their encounter ignites a burning she would not have believed possible. But how could a man like Rhage be interested in an ordinary looking woman like her? And besides, with her illness she is going to need all of her energy to fight back, she has no time for a relationship. When Rhage pursues Mary, against the advice of the Brotherhood, they are both made to face their fears, and reopen wounds that run so deep that any chance at happiness seems lost.

Ms. Ward has done it again! Lover Eternal is the much anticipated second installment of The Black Dagger Brotherhood series. Rhage and Mary's story is at once edgy, raw, tender, and heart wrenchingly poignant. It is difficult to convey in a review just how complex this story is. The author has created an emotionally charged story that will have the readers riding a roller coaster along with the characters; hold on tight, you're in for a bumpy ride. Readers will get a glimpse of characters that will be explored in future books, and will be pacing the floor waiting for the next installment in this fantastic series. Zsadist's story is coming in Lover Awakened, September 2006.

Review date: March 13, 2006

Reviewed by Dee Gentle
Posted November 3, 2006

SUMMARY

**2006 PEARL HONORABLE MENTION - BEST SCIENCE FICTION/FANTASY**

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...

Genre: Paranormal Romance
Theme(s): Vampires

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Lover Eternal
(Black Dagger Brotherhood: Book 2)
by J. R. Ward

Signet (Eclipse)
March 1, 2006
Available: March 7, 2006
ISBN #0451218043
EAN #9780451218049
464 pages
Paperback
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Other Books by
J. R. Ward

Lover Reborn
Envy
Lover Unleashed
Crave
Lover Mine
Covet
Lover Avenged
Dead After Dark
The Black Dagger Brotherhood: An Insider's Guide
Lover Enshrined
Lover Unbound
Lover Revealed
Lover Awakened
Dark Lover


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