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In the shadows of the night in Caldwell, New York, there's a deadly turf war raging between vampires and their slayers. 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 ap...more
Mass Market Paperback, 441 pages
Published March 7th 2006 by Signet
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Blacky *Romance Addict*

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"I don't want to stop, Mary." His thumbs caressed the skin of her throat and they pressed into her jaw and angled her head back.
"I want to get you hot. Hot enough so you don't feel anything but me. So you don't think of anything but what I'm doing to you.
I want you liquid.

I loved this book! Rhage is definitely one of the guys at the top of the BDB fav list <3 Uber-hot, and such an amazing hero! A total must-read!

The story

After meeting a boy who looks to be a pretransitioned vampire, Bella...more
Beth F.
Dec 04, 2013 Beth F. rated it 2 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: anyone who thinks that sex and vampires mix
Crack. Crack laced with rat poison. That’s what this series represents.

I’ve now read the first two books in this series and feel that both have been pleasantly distracting, entertaining and I intend to finish the series post haste. However, I’m definitely camping out with everyone who’s ever read these and gone, “huh?!? How could I possibly be enjoying this?”

The Black Dagger Brotherhood is a group of warrior vampires who are fighting to protect weaker civilian vampires from evil, soulless, alb...more
Opening Line: "Ah, hell, V, you're killing me."

LOVER ETERNAL is Rhage's story and oh man are we in for a treat. Such a perfect, heartbreaking romance. Continuing directly after Dark Lover, we find The Black Dagger Brotherhood now living together in Darius's mansion. Wrath has stepped up to the throne with his Queen Beth by his side, as the battle with the Lessers continues.

One of the things I loved about the book is that we get to know all the brother's a whole lot better here, their unique pers...more
Rhage’s story was nothing like I expected it to be... It was so much better!

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Rhage is also known as ‘Hollywood’ to the other warriors of the BDB. He is the best looking of the bunch, and is with a different girl (or girls) every night. He is also the first one ready for a fight. But he has his reasons... He was cursed to live with ‘the beast’ for 200 years, and he has 91 years left to go. What people don’t know about Rhage is he doesn’t love using all the women, fighting all the time. It’s just...more
4.5 stars

I must say I really enjoyed this one. Only book 2 so we have a long journey to take.

Rhage was great, was built like a monster but was a puppy in reality.

The only thing I can’t handle is your leaving

I loved HIS love for Mary. How he wasn’t afraid to shed tears.

This one was sad in parts, funny in parts, romantic in parts, scary in parts.

“The front door flew open, and Mary shot out of the house, jumping off the porch, not even bothering with the steps to the ground. She ran over the fros
~Irene~The Trailer Goddess ♥s~Søren~Ben O'Callahan~Joe Callahan~Javier~Spin~Deacon~Isaac~Carlo~

You know those book you read where you wish/hope/pray the heroine would drop dead after the first couple of chapters??

This was one of those books for me.

I don't think I hated a heroine as much as I hated Mary since Ally in Rock Chick Revolution & Keira in Thoughtless.

Dear Mary,

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This was me for the first 80% of the book

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Once or twice my eyes rolled so far back that I actually saw my own brain. True story!

To sum it all up: LOATHED Mary, hated Rhage for pining after someone as pathetic as Mary,...more

Review edited on 11/22/2013 after re-read.

This is re-read because I can't get enough of the The Beast!!!!

My Rhage:

A special Thank You to Irene for letting me steal her Rhage. He's just so perfect!

My Mary:

It would have been great, just once, to have a man stare at her with total adoration. To have him be…enthralled. Yes, that was the word. She would have loved for a man to be enthralled by her.

“I will not fall in love with you," she said. "I can't let myself. I w...more
Rhage and The Beast --- 4.5 Stars
Warning...Gif-Partial Nudity(view spoiler)

Wow! I loved Rhage’s story! There’s so much that can be said but has already been stated much better by others in their reviews. Here are just a few of my thoughts and feelings.

Rhage - The Brothers call him Hollywood. Towering well over six feet eight, stronger than all the other warriors, all hard well endowed muscle, this vampire is flat-out drop-dead gorgeous! Pure - Walking- Desire! A sex legend in...more
Amy (Foxy)
WOW! Can, I have my own, Rhage to keep?! His devotion to Mary made my heart flutter.

R – restless
H – “Hollywood”
A – alpha
G - gorgeous
E - eternal

I love that feeling when you start to panic while reading a book because you DON'T know how the story can end on a happy note. You become irrational and start texting and calling friends to vent. And then as your walking through the grocery store you make your 17 old daughter listen to you go on and on about how he's a vampire and she's a human and what...more
The Flooze

Lover Eternal frustrated me in much the same way Dark Lover did.

I don't like Ward's depiction of women, nor do I like the whole bonding experience. From the main character Mary to the Scribe Virgin's Chosen, the female characters only find some confidence when a man deems them worthy. Up until then, they're easily cowed damsels who gasp and flutter and lament their unattractiveness. This makes the mating game exasperating. It also makes my teeth itch on general principles.

Mary's self-de...more
May 21, 2008 Daisiemae rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: EVERYONE who likes a really great love story.
Recommended to Daisiemae by: All of my SMART, BRILLANT friends here that I will listen to fro
I am really kinda speechless after reading this book. Saying that I LOVED IT is kinda putting it mildly. Honestly, the other paranormal books I have read in the past few months have paled in comparison to these books so far. What makes it so different is the camaraderie between the Brothers and the heroes themselves are so unique in their own way.
Rhage is such a womanizer. I really didn't know if I would like him or not. But, as the storyline progressed and his true nature starts to reveal itsel...more

This is me after finishing Dark Lover...

feels my emotions

Jesus Christ! What just happened?

I'm shocked of how many feelings this book got out of me.

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Meet my Rhage.

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Movie-star BEAUTIFUL.
The most DANGEROUS of the brothers
CURSED with a deadly creature

He meets Mary...

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A SURVIVOR of many hardships
Possesses a LIFE-THREATENING CURSE of her own

And while their enemies close in, Mary fights desperately to gain life eternal with the one she lo...more
Jxxx  ♥ Pink Lady ♥
Five "Holy...Wow" Stars

"The musical lilt of her voice, the rhythm of her speech, the sound of her words, it all speed through him, calming him, comforting him."

"He was blond. Movie-star beautiful."
"His eyes were an electric teal blue, so bright, so vivid....God he really was beautiful." ~ Mr Hollywood... Rhage ♥ Swoon ♥ " erotic legend in his race."

So the second book in the Black Dagger Brotherhood; Rhage & Mary's story.....WOW & WOW.


I can't begin to explain everyt...more
I have a confession to make… But please don’t throw rotten tomatoes at me! PLEASE!

*in a tiny tiny voice* I *gulp* seriously gave Dark Lover, the first book in the Black Dagger Brotherhood series, umm, one star. *run and cower for cover*

I think I have a logical explanation on the one star. I seldom skim pages, but whenever there was a lesser talking, I just had to skip pages. Plus, I felt that the H/h were jumping on each other. I barely liked the romance, so the one star. Oh, please let me hav...more
Annie (Under the Covers Book Blog)
Oh man. Lover Eternal just breaks my heart. Rhage and Mary are exceptional characters. Together, they are mesmerizing. Who knew that a womanizing warrior like Rhage could love someone like Mary. They are so different from one another. What I also loved was the fact that Mary was a little hesistant with Rhage. She didn't just fall into his arms because of his looks and reputation. She is a smart woman who sticks to the truth about life, which is that it only happens once. With her health on the l...more

I'm so late to the BDB series, that there's really nothing left for me to say about this book, LOL.

Anyway, here's my two cents...

I loved Rhage, and that's saying a lot considering that (view spoiler) but, due to some miraculous writing by Ms. Ward, it only made me feel sorry for him. I think I even forgave him before Mary did. What was "wrong...more
Sammy, Halloween Monster Sex Guru
5 Marvelous "Male of Worth Stars"!!!.

He’s a Vampire, a Warrior, and a Dangerous Beast.
His name is Rhage and he will forever own my heart.


Rhage is the strongest and most beautiful member of the Black Dagger Brotherhood. He’s also cursed to share his body with a beast for 200 years. Rhage stifles his beast and prevents it's appearance by fighting until exhaustion and fucking any female that isn't married or fertile.

God he was tired of being stuck inside his body, managing its demands, tryi
5 Big PNR Stars - Loved it all - Why stop this fantastic BDB train? A very steaming love train...

Rhage & Mary's story - it was beautiful.

These books stuns me quite much right now. That they would be so fun and really entertaining with a large bunch of people also, I actually hadn't expected. I understood that the love stories should be good and really romantic - but the rest! It feels so very well made, well thought out and it just gets hotter and slightly more sophisticated and naughty all...more
 ♥  Barb ♥
5 stars for the Gi-normous, Beautiful......HOLLYWOOD

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This is the second book in the Blackdagger Brotherhood series. It's about Rhage and Mary. I know that there are over a million reviews about this and well now.... there's a million and! All i'm going to say is READ THIS BOOK and the rest of the series. It is FAN-FUCK-TASTIC...i don't use that term alot, so when i say means this book is the BOMB!!! Rhage is AWESOME, PERFECT,...more
Lover Eternal is the second book in J. R. Ward's Black Dagger Brotherhood series. To me, it is more focused on the romance and the relationship of the hero and heroine than the first book, Dark Lover. I really liked this, as I felt it gives the reader a much better feel for the main characters than in Dark Lover. Although, I do understand that there was a lot of world-building that needed to take place in the first installment of this series.

There are so many things I loved about Rhage and Mary’...more
Sweet Baby Jesus, this book was awesome!
The guy was a sex god, an erotic legend in his race. V had said that stories about Rhage were passed from father to son when the time was right.
I thought Rhage's story was even better than Dark Lover. I might have loved everything about it, definitely a 5-Star read.

I can't believe I waited so long to pick up these books!
The Black Dagger Brotherhood is shaping up to be a magnificent Paranormal Romance Series. I can honestly say that I'm hooked - which...more
5 glorious stars !!!!

Lover Eternal indeed ! This story will stay with me FOREVER !! ETERNALLY !!!

Rhage :
Teal-blue eyes the color of Bahamas seawater

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I loved this book! I cried my heart out but it was incredible!!!!! I'm overcome with emotions .......Rhage <333 amazing!!
Lisa Jayne

Give it up for RHAGE ...

Starting this series I never imagined how addicted I would be. This author really knows how to draw her readers into this world of the brotherhood and I LOVE IT.

The characters and ongoing storyline astound me, nothing gets me more excited then when an author links a series (and this links good)! This author has a talent for writing characters that I'm obsessed with, and their are NO regrets to my addiction.

What this story doesn't pack in i...more
The dialog when this book started was so bad I would literally laugh out loud while driving in my car. I can totally understand why women love this author and the Black Dagger Brotherhood (BDB) series, the male characters say things women would want them to say. But men don't talk like that in real life. I guess that's why it's fiction.
"I feel you, my brother." These books would make a great drinking game. Every time you hear "My brother", chug it!!!

By the last third of the book, the dialog fin...more
Deanna❤Pink Lady❤️
5+ Hal E. Wood Stars

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I can't begin to express how fabulous this story was!! JR Ward has sucked me into the BDB and I may never leave. I am not sure that my
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will survive this series if each book is better than the one before. This story is beautiful, loving, great one liners, hot, steamy, sexy-sexy-sexy, heartbreaking, hopeful, resilient, awesome and FANF*UCKINGTASTIC!! I smiled, I got angry, I blushed a lot, I cried a lot, I was moved a lot, and most of all I felt passion and deep love. I'm not...more
BR with the ladies over here…

** 4 Cursed RHAGE flat-out, drop-dead gorgeous Stars **

My Rhage
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My Mary
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Parts I love …
Their love (of course)
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The power of the beast…

This part too…
And this…
And the part that my heart was like this…
Bleeding with hurt!!!

But overall, I really enjoyed it, on for Zsadist now…
Oct 20, 2008 Julianna rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Fans of PNR Romance
Reviewed for

Lover Eternal is only the second paranormal vampire romance I have read, and the second in J. R. Ward's Black Dagger Brotherhood series. It's predecessor, Dark Lover, tended to focus a lot on world-building and character development with the romance aspect being at least equal, but not necessarily the main focus. Lover Eternal differs in that it is much more focused on the romance and relationship of the hero and heroine. I really liked this, as I felt it gives the...more
Shannon The Show Stopper
I just finished this and you seriously cannot wipe the smile from my face. When I first met Rhage in Dark Lover my immediate thought was 'I can't wait to read his book' and let me just say, it did not disappoint.

Rhage is so much more than just a sexy a beast and all this comes out when he meets the unassuming and demure Mary. I read this as a buddy read and she turned out to not be everybody else's favorite but I loved her nonetheless. She's physically the weakest character we've met in the ser...more
Gosh the Brotherhood is just dreamy in a big badass thugish kind of way! :D Rhage was awesome. But I have to admit Z kind of stole the show for me in this one... something about that ugly, crazy, and broken Dude is very attractive! Even though I know his story, well regarding his past that is, is going to be awful and heart breaking I am looking forward to reading it.

My Rhage AKA - Hollywood

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Pavlina loves Dex ❤❤
Oh my god!!!!I love it amazing book!!!!I am becoming more and more addicted as I continue reading the serie!!!!I immediately liked Rhage and I love this book because of him.His understanding of Mary´s fears is incredible!The relationship between Mary and Rhage was actually unique to me.I thought that their meeting was unique because Rhage was attracted to Mary because of her voice instead of her beauty.
I cant wait to learn more about the other brothers!!!

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“You are a manipulator.
I like to think of myself more as an outcome engineer.”
“What is your name?" she murmured.
He cocked an eyebrow at her and then went back to staring at his brother. "I'm the evil one, in case you haven't figured it out."
"I wanted your name, not your calling."
"Being a bastard's more of a compulsion, really. And it's Zsadist. I am Zsadist.”
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