Being such a big fan of J. R. Ward's Black Dagger Brotherhood (BDB) series, I had high expectations for this book, the first of the Fallen Angel SerieBeing such a big fan of J. R. Ward's Black Dagger Brotherhood (BDB) series, I had high expectations for this book, the first of the Fallen Angel Series. The premis of this book was quite creative. Jim Heron a former military hit-man turned construction worker goes to a club with two buddies of his (who are not what they appear), but leaves because it's not really his scene. A lady in a blue dress follows him out of the club to his car. The next day on his work sight Jim is surprised to find that the woman in the blue dress whom he was with last night was none other than the girlfriend of his rich boss Vin dePietro. Because of this shock of seeing the woman again and whom she was with, Jim accidentally electrocutes himself. As he is standing at the precipice of heaven, he learns that he didn't do enough in life to warrant him entering and now he is charged with helping people who are at a cross roads in their life. Each of these cross roads deal with the seven deadly sins. I don't want to give too much away, but the blue dress woman is not all that she appears (she's actually quite evil) and Jim has to help Vin and his love, Marie Therese (a minor character from the BDB series) in order for them to have their HEA together.
It was great to see familiar places, characters, and Brother sightings in this book, I can only hope that this continues. My main complaint with this book was the fact that the pace of the story was so slow in the first half of the book. At times I wondered if it was even worth finishing this book, however, I stuck with it because Ward is such a great story teller. The story didn't pick up and really get interesting until Vin and Marie Therese had their first kiss. The ending was great, yet surprising and set up the continuation of the series nicely. ...more
My rating is for the entire book, 4 stars. However, the novella "Father Mine" I would give 5 stars to. In my opinion it was the best part of the book,My rating is for the entire book, 4 stars. However, the novella "Father Mine" I would give 5 stars to. In my opinion it was the best part of the book, certainly though other sections are great as well :)...more
Lover Avenged (Book 7 of the Black Dagger Brotherhood) by J. R. Ward Hardcover: 544 pages Publisher: NAL Hardcover (April 28, 2009) Language: English ISBN-10: 0451225856 Synopsis: Ward powers into hardcover with the tangled seventh title in the Black Dagger Brotherhood series, picking up four months after the end of 2008's Lover Enshrined. Rehvenge, a symphath vampire who gets energy from manipulating others' emotions, is recruited by a group who want to displace vampire king Wrath, a gruff, determined vigilante. Rehvenge is also falling hard for vampire nurse Ehlena, who disdains his affections and focuses on caring for her ailing father. Ward easily juggles numerous personal and political plot lines, keeping the tension revved high while moving forward with subplots that have lingered for several books and will please longtime fans seeking resolution. New readers may be a little lost despite a helpful glossary, but the fast pace and cliffhanger ending will have fans wishing they could start the next book right away. Review: This installment from Ward focuses on Rehvenge (Rehv), (a half vampire, half sympath) dealing with the circumstances for his unexpected birth, coming to terms with his illegal business enterprises, accepting his sympath side while letting his vampire side dominate his life all to win the heart of Ehlena, a nurse in Havers' vampire clinic. The book starts off with a meeting between Rehvenge and a member of the glymera (vampire aristocracy) where a hit is desired on the King of the vampires and Brotherhood, Wrath. Rehv puts a hit on this man and chooses to inform the Brotherhood and ultimately chooses what side to belong to. In the first half of the book we have Ehlena quarreling and shooting Rehv down when he gives her his number. Ehlena sees what kind of shape Rehv's arms are in due to the dopamine shots to tame his sympath side. This is where Ehlena makes a stupid choice full of intentions to steal antibiotics for Rehv and meets him at his private penthouse where the first of their love sessions is introduced. Rehvenge decides to “revamp” his life (no pun intended) to be worthy of Ehlena's love. Meanwhile, Lash, a blooded vampire and a son of the Omega leads the Lessers into a new career path to make money for the Lessening Society (an evil, undead race that slays vampires) by moving large quantity of various drugs in Caldwell, NY while eliminating the competition. Besides the Lessening Society, there are other side stories in this novel. We have a life altering circumstance with King Wrath and a closer glimpse into his life and his interactions with his wife and queen, Beth (half vampire, half human). Others make various appearances, but one that serves more of a prominent role is the newly changed (matured) young fighter, John Matthew. His interactions with Tohr (a Brother that made denial and depression his best friend after loosing his wife) first in the form of rejection and then almost reconciliation and Xhex (the female half sympath head of security for Rehvenge) who seduces John Matthew, even though they both want to belong to each other and the eventual lovers' betrayal gets us ready for the next installment of the BDB, Lover Mine (not published yet). Ehlena must deal with a hard life, loosing her job, and finding out the truth about Rehvenge shortly after the death of his mother. She feels betrayed and rejects him as a lover and refuses to ever see her again. With a stroke of luck Ehlena and her ill father receive all assets from the murdered member of the glymera. During this time Ehlena digs into the past of this distant relative, learns much about Rehv and his past and the truth in this past and she decides to reach out to him. Meanwhile the princess of the sympaths is still trying to blackmail Rehv, we have various scenes happening at the sympath colony between the sympath king, Lash, and Rehv. Rehvenge becomes a prisoner at the sympath colony and Ehlena must decide to enlist the help of the Brotherhood and Xhex to rescue Rehvenge so they can have their happily ever after ending as mates. I must say this book was really good!!! After the previous two BDB books being just mediocre Ward is back with one incredible tale of a most fascinating character. I loved this book second only to Lover Awakened (Zadist's story). ...more
Whoa! So many things happened in this book. It seemed like the end was rushed though. So many things introduced at the end. There was a change in tideWhoa! So many things happened in this book. It seemed like the end was rushed though. So many things introduced at the end. There was a change in tide with regard to the lessers and the war. I never liked Lash and predicted all along that he was the Omega's son. The war just reached a whole new level. Mr. D, the new fore-lesser got on my nerves!!! He was so obnoxious. I see him only being fore-lesser for a little while longer until permanetlyLash takes over and revamps the society and the terms of war. The romance between Cormia and Phury seemed unrealistic to me. Maybe this was due to the fact that the romance wasn't a large part of the story as the previous books. They were indifferent then in love. It was hard to believe that there was a deep and lasting love between them. I can't wait to see what happens with Qhuinn, Blay, and John Matthew. I knew Qhuinn's issue would be resolved, didn't see bodyguard as the option though, but it totally works. I'm interested to see what becomes of John Matthew though, can't wait to read his book. It would be awesome if Qhuinn got one as well. One of the revelations that shocked me the most, but I was waiting for it was Tohr's return. I shed tears when he was back at the mansion before JM left to let him sleep. It was like all the time they spent apart was gone in an instant and Tohr reasssumed the role as friend and father figure to John. I wonder if the angel Lassiter will be in Ward's new series? I've read somewhere that the Brotherhood will make appearances in the new series (Fallen Angels). Rehv was revealed a little more in this book. I must admit I am dying to read his story. He's shrouded in mystery with a touch of intrigue. No doubt to keep me reading, well done Ward, but it isn't such a sacrifice on my part. Only little bits have been revealed about him in previous books. I am sure much more about the sympaths are going to be revealed. Rehv's blackmailer is evil sadism personified!I can only hope that he does something about this and in true BDB fashion finds his perfect love. I'm excited to see what happens next with Bella and Z, and their new daughter, the next generation. And I can't forget to mention what is going to happen with and the background story of V's twin sister. ...more
WOW! I really liked this book! There were so many unexpected twists and turns at the end. I cannot wait to find out what happens next! I read some hypWOW! I really liked this book! There were so many unexpected twists and turns at the end. I cannot wait to find out what happens next! I read some hype/controversy surrounding portions of this book. I feel like I need to address this. I was a little hesitant at first when I started this book. I found absolutely nothing wrong or offensive with parts of this book that left other people wondering if it was questionable. I must admit this book started off slower than other BDB books, but the pace and story quickly picked up. I do like how this book ended and where the next few books will surely take the series. ...more
I think this is my favorite book of the series so far. Zsadist is also my favorite Brother so far too. This book was deeper than the first two, and II think this is my favorite book of the series so far. Zsadist is also my favorite Brother so far too. This book was deeper than the first two, and I was glad over the triumph of the Lesser called O, but I was sad about a few of the deaths. I can't wait to find out what happens next!...more