I read Lover Eternal hot on the heels of Dark Lover. Rhage is one of the more fascinating characters of the brothers with a curse that turns him into a ferocious beast. As soon as I picked up the book, I sank straight back into Ward’s world. Her rich characterisation and world building. Even if I do find the whole Omega/Lesser thing a little strange.

I don’t think there is any of the brothers that do not make a worthy hero, each are fascinating and darkly complex in their own right. I liked Rhage’s curse and how it added something different into his story in comparison to Wrath. He is fierce, wild and a little out of control.

In contrast to Rhage’s dark fierceness is our heroine Mary. Mary is human struggling a very difficult battle against cancer. Rhage and Mary are such a contrast. They are both strong and vulnerable in equal parts, but in different areas. You have Rhage’s physical strength, versus Mary’s illness and fragility. Then Rhage’s emotional instability against Mary’s strength and calm.

Because of Mary’s illness there was a certain amount of angst in the love story. I’m not a great lover of angst. It’s rare that I choose for example to read a book about cancer, not because I’m dismissing the plight of people with this terrible disease, but because it’s not something I would choose as entertainment. But, on the other hand, I do like my heroines to have to overcome large obstacles. The story was thankfully quite balanced, it didn’t delve too much into the detail and it did make Mary and Rhage’s romance desperately sad at times. There were a few moments I kept thinking this is a romance, I’m going to get a happy ending… Aren’t I?!

We’re introduced to a new character in this book, the young and mute John Matthew who approaches Mary for help. John Matthew was a fascinating character and I loved the parts of story he was included in. I found his story as good as the main with Rhage and Mary. As well as Bella, Mary’s next door neighbour vampire friend, who captures more than one brother’s eye. Can’t wait to see how that develops!

I would say if you’re thinking of picking up Lover Eternal as a stand-alone book, I really wouldn’t. The books are written in a way that threads run throughout and tie each together and you would get a lot more out of them reading them in series order. Particularly in Lover Eternal the series threads begin to build quite strongly.

Oh and be warned this book has a cliffhanger, you may want to have the next one waiting ;)


A really good book, the series is fast growing in momentum. The plot is dark, sexy and growing more addictive with each instalment.

Rating 4 Stars

Lover Eternal by J.R. Ward
(Black Dagger Brotherhood #2)
Paranormal Romance
Piatkus Books (2006)
Ebook: 453 pages

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A self-confessed bookworm who's favourite genres are urban fantasy, horror and a good love story with a sexy supernatural beastie. Also has a bit of a handbag fetish… actually, let's not mention the handbags; they seem to be breeding!


Gemma March 6, 2013 at 10:28 am

Ah that bittersweet love story that is Rhage and Mary. I was like you. I never normally pick up books with a character with cancer, however Ward really did handle this well. I was also on tenderhooks, wondering if they would get their Happy Ever After. This was a huge improvement to the first book and Rhage is one of my fave characters.

Glad Vicki and mines badgering is paying off. :D


Laura March 8, 2013 at 8:38 pm

Ahh yes I like Rhage’s book too, I like his beast and the fact he’s super handsome ;)


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