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"An extremely powerful novel with a provocative plot..."

Returning to Caldwell New York and the Black Dagger Brotherhood in the novel Lover Eternal, J. R. Ward reveals to us more about Rhage aka Hollywood. In her first book Dark Lover the reader is given a glimpse into the curse he carries in his body. Not only is he a vampire but he holds inside a beast so fierce it takes over by transforming his body into a raging dragon. The beast can only be tamed if Rhage can keep his reckless behavior and energy levels down so he can stay focused and in control. And for him those outlets have been either sex, drinking or working out. Fighting sometimes helps but if the beast feels the odds are out of balance or a brother is threatened it takes over and Rhage must surrender to the will of his beast.

Mary Luce is a woman who has tried to keep herself busy and distracted from the realities of her life as clerk at a law firm and volunteering at a suicide hotline. Not only has she watched her mother die from a disease but one year later Mary finds out she has leukemia which is treated and goes into remission for two years. The experience has ravaged Mary's body and feminine confidence. And now she has received a message, the doctors want to see her again.

Mary continues to lose herself in her excessive volunteering at the hotline. It is through this she connects with a young man who has been on the run all his life. Unable to speak he would call and sit silently. It is not until he follows her home and finds her outside by the pool that she discovers he is unable to speak but knows sign language, which Mary is fluent in. Bella, a vampire and Mary's neighbor, recognizes something unique about this young man and bring them to the brotherhood under the guise of it being a martial arts training school. It is at this school Mary inadvertently runs into Rhage in the hallway.

Outside the brotherhood Rhage has not shared knowledge of the beast with anyone. It is by chance meeting in the halls of their facility that he stumbles across a human woman whose voice soothes the savage beast inside him. Blurred vision aching body, a result of changing back, Mary's voice reaches him on a level that both soothes and stimulates him and the beast inside.

J.R. Ward writes an extremely powerful novel with a provocative plot that involves complexities of real life in a paranormal world. In some books you can see where the author is taking the book and figure on the ending. With this book I had NO IDEA what-so-ever! Ms. Ward creates a wonderful twisting plot in this novel and to amp it up even further she manages to tell an even greater story as we follow each book in the series with the conflicts the Brotherhood of the Dagger go through to protect their own kind against the pale lessers. These books are so well balanced and intriguing I can help but enthusiastically recommend this series!!

Reviewed by Mindy Lobaugh
Posted February 27, 2007

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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