I'm having a difficult time deciding on an angle to review this book. Was Between Sinners and Saints the best book I've ever read? The most exciting?...moreI'm having a difficult time deciding on an angle to review this book. Was Between Sinners and Saints the best book I've ever read? The most exciting? The sexiest or hottest? Fast-paced? The best written from a literary standpoint? NO
But Marie Sexton did something that is almost impossible to do... No matter how ignorant or homophobic the reader, there was no escaping total acceptance. I don't see how anyone could read this book and still have a shred of doubt on whether or not Gay shouldn't be an issue or why we are so arrogant to feel that we should have a say in anyone else's love-life.
Sexton tackles some difficult topics: Abuse. Homosexuality. Religion. Family. And it is written in an authentic, non-salacious manner that anyone could relate to- or should relate to. I struggle for words to describe the book. Real is what came to me first, followed by authentic and raw.
Jaime was written perfectly in my opinion. I've read books about surviving abuse, and the emotions and actions of the survivor aren't... real. I guess you had to have been in that position to grasp the emotions of not being a victim but a survivor, of not living but surviving. The difficulty to feel alive, even at small increments. When I read other stories of abuse, it feels false. There is no easy smile or quick to laugh in reality. You can ignore it until it creeps up on you, but it's has a life of its own. When you least expect it, you're frozen with dread. You are only partially in the here-and-now at any given moment- ever. No amount of healing will completely heal you. You embrace whatever happiness envelopes you and pray it lasts, and are thankful for people who understand and accept you for who and what you are. There is no trivializing it. Sexton made the abuse feel real, as if it were a character within the book- a myriad of emotions you couldn't deny.
Religion: Whether you are a believer, sinner, saint, or atheist, I believe that religion is between you and your God. It's not about a doctrine or a house of worship; it is your ability to own your actions and accept the consequences. It's not my business what you have to say to your God. Why anyone else is arrogant enough to think otherwise is beyond my grasp. I just want to scream, "You wouldn't ever renounce your faith and belief system, don't demand me to renounce mine. & We will just accept the difference." Sexton does a beautiful job setting a foundation for the religious issues within the book. Without bringing down the Mormon faith, the story spells out that faith is subjective- it is an intangible thing that can't be explained, so how can it be black and white to so many of us.
I found Between Sinners and Saints impossible to put down- poignant. I can't point out just one reason or even a dozen of the why of it. I guess that was the beauty of the read... (less)
Not a review, but a comment. I am shocked that I was able to stay dry-eyed. The balloons got me- not the mother- the BALLOONS and the word DAD! *choke...moreNot a review, but a comment. I am shocked that I was able to stay dry-eyed. The balloons got me- not the mother- the BALLOONS and the word DAD! *choked up* Excellent. Definitely worth the read! (less)
Father Mine a novella in the Black Dagger Brotherhood series(#6.5)-J.R. Ward
I am always hesitant to purchase a novella. Usually they are just scenes...more Father Mine a novella in the Black Dagger Brotherhood series(#6.5)-J.R. Ward
I am always hesitant to purchase a novella. Usually they are just scenes cut by the author and offered to readers as insight, not adding anything to the overall series. In the case of Father Mine, a story that involves Zsadist and Bella, I was drawn to it for the love of the characters. This novella is a pivotal part of the BDB series. While nothing changes in the story premise, it shows us the birth of Nalla and the events surrounding it. I would highly recommend reading it as part of the series.
I don't know why this novella caused me to become an emotional idiot. Scene after scene had me wiping tears from my eyes. What I loved about the story is that after a book is finished we all feel as if it is a happily ever after, especially in the paranormal romance genre. This novella takes place after Zsadist and Bella's novel. It shows that characters may heal but the pain lingers creating issues within a marriage. I felt as if our characters have everyday issues just as the rest of us do and everything in a book doesn't have to be imagination land.
This was a perfect way to spend two hours in a highly emotional setting.
The following quote had me laughing. I am not sure why, maybe for a break from the emotional torture. I envisioned the quote in my head and found it humorous. It is also a perfect way to showcase Ward's ability to flawlessly switch between the male and female characters.
Gun muzzles came out of the windows of the Lessening Society's soccer-mom special like the bitch was a stagecoach, and the bullets went ape shit.
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Vishous and Jane's journey in the Black Dagger Brotherhood world.
Vishous His depression and loneliness over his genius and abilities...more Lover Unbound
Vishous and Jane's journey in the Black Dagger Brotherhood world.
Vishous His depression and loneliness over his genius and abilities makes him more Human . Vishous is my number 2 favorite brother. I loved the look back into his past. We see him as a pretrans, though his change, and just after his change. Obviously, as a Brother, he has had a hard start. *Just once, give us a well adjusted brother. LOL! Not gonna happen, is it?* Vishous' back story only makes him that much more intriguing. The entire BDSM element adds a scorching twist to the story. His parentage makes complete sense in regards to his abilities, and completely took me by surprise. The Primal addition, while creepy, was an interesting development. For Vishous, fate sure is a wicked Bitch, as is his MOM!
Jane Jane is a brilliant human doctor who tends to our injured V. She is the perfect counterpart to Vishous. He needed a strong, intelligent female to hold his interests and she fits him perfectly. She has had her own life lessons that we get a look into through her back story. We are also introduced to her friend and Boss, Manny, adding an interesting view to the book. Lover Unbound causes many bawl worthy moments in relation to our female protagonist. I was shocked at the direction of the story flow and the impact it had on the entire series.
Cast of Characters Vishous, Jane, Phury, Rehvenge, Xhex, John Matthew, Manny, and the lessers. John Matthew's point of view has been pivotal throughout the series. Finally, we see him transition. I love the bond that Zsadist and John develop over their similar backgrounds, even though John doesn't know about Z., yet. I think I am most connected to John because he has his own storyline in each and every book, almost as if he is a third protagonist outside of the major couple showcased. I am not complaining. I LOVE John Matthew. He is by far the most developed character in the Black Dagger Brotherhood universe.
I am annoyed that Tohrment is still AWOL. We hear tidbits about him from the other characters, but his absence has caused me to not care what happens to the male. As brutal as that sounds, I feel that J. R. Ward should have done something in regards to him sooner. Show at least few lines in the story so that we don't forget him and get a chance to learn and hear his voice. It's almost as if she didn't know what to do with the male and left it hanging.
I see this as the first time we see the Scribe Virgin as a person, even as we see her beginning to fall apart. The Omega is her twin. We know nothing of their parentage, only that the twins are a delicate balance between good and evil. I wonder if their Father is also the Father in every major modern religion. Most likely...
As this series moves forwards with more characters it evolves into a intricate, twisted, delicious storyline. I hunger for any information I can feast my eyes on.
“Terrific. A bisexual dominant vampire with kidnapping expertise.”
“Red Sox looked around Jane at the patient, “Your mind reading coming back?” “With her? Sometimes?” “Huh. You getting anything from anyone else?” “Nope.” Red Sox repositioned his hat. “Well, ah…let me know if you pick up shit from me, k? There are some things that I’d prefer to keep private, feel me?” “Roger that. Although I can’t help it sometimes.” “Which is why I’m going to take up thinking about baseball when you’re around.” “Thank fuck you’re not a Yankees fan.” “Don’t use the Y-word. We’re in mixed company.”
“Qhuinn smiled, baring his fangs. 'Has anyone ever shown you the difference between good touch and bad touch? 'Cause I'd love to demonstrate. We could start right now.”
“You would have made a fine warrior, you know that?" I am one. Death is my enemy." Yeah, it is, isn't it." God, it made such sense that he'd bonded with her. She was a fighter… like him. "Your scalpel's your dagger." Yup.”
“V rolled the Aquafina bottle between his palms. "How long have you wanted to ask me the question? About the gay thing." "For a while." "Afraid of what I'd say?" "Nope, because it doesn't matter to me one way or the other. I'm tight with you whether you like males or females or both." V looked into his best friend's eyes and realized… yeah, Butch wasn't going to judge him. They were cool no matter what. With a curse, V rubbed the center of his chest and blinked. He never cried but he felt as if he could at this moment.”
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Sorry guys! Prepare for a long diatribe because this book just pissed me off!! I won't lie, I loved it. For some reason only Richelle Mead can put me...moreSorry guys! Prepare for a long diatribe because this book just pissed me off!! I won't lie, I loved it. For some reason only Richelle Mead can put me through complete emotional torture and I will beg for more.
Seth, Oh, Seth, how I hate thee!
So, it was almost like Seth exchanged with a body snatcher. None of what he said or did made any sense. I could believe an arch-demon in my living room before I believed anything out of his mouth. The following is how I saw the course of events.
Seth: "Oh, Georgina, I love you so much. I want you to have a ring that is almost the exact replica of the one your husband gave you 1500 years ago (even tho u don't wanna talk about it cuz it hurts your feelings) Oh, Georgina, I love you so much I am going to jump in front of a speeding bullet to protect you, my life be damned. Lets play with whipped cream. I want you so bad that I am willing to lose years of my life just to bed you. I might even give up my soul to the darkside to remain at your side for eternity." *1 Week time period*
10 minutes later...
Seth: "Maddie, ya wanna go fuck?" "Maddie, we are exclusive now."
24 hours later... Christmas Morning no less...
"Oh, you found out that I slept with your only female friend?" I am going to look at you with a patient expression like I did absolutely nothing wrong and why would your feelings hurt. "I don't do flings." "I love you, Georgina, but I like Maddie. You two are so much alike but she is HUMAN!" "Oh, did that hurt?" feigns confusion.
New Years Eve.
"So Maddie and I are HEA now, even tho she was away at her family's home until this morning and I haven't spent more then a few hours with her... She's my true Love!" "Every time I see Georgina I am gonna tell her how amazing she looks so that she feels like the whore I think she is."
So are you all following me here? Anyone else find this all really strange? I knew from book 2 when Seth picked her up for the airport that this was inevitable. Don't get me wrong, I was never a Seth and Georgina fan. I knew that wasn't going to last. Carter is always saying how great a guy Seth is and everyone comments on how bright his aura is.... I have a massive theory, several actually...
1: Seth never really cared about Georgina. It wasn't until he realized that he would actually hurt her that he bailed. Also, the no fling rule of his. He slept with Maddie and was in it for the long haul after. Duh, he always had that as a plan. I think he was intrigued by G. his control was because he really didn't give a crap. His one and only love is his muse, his writing.
2: The Bright Aura. He is a very selfish person that just betrayed his so called love of his life. Picked up a rebound girl that he WILL marry on the beach with a ruby on her hand and have a litter of kids that he will ignore in order to write. He doesn't really even care for Maddie, she is Mrs. Right Now not Ms. Right. So how is his aura so bright? Doesn't he sound like he plays for the other team? DENIAL! He sees himself as righteous. When he looks in the mirror he doesn't see himself clearly.
3: Seth soul is... G.'s husband, the painter, the priest, and Seth. Carter knows this but glorious free will and all that jazz won't let him interfere. *Palm read* You will continue to have your heart broken, repetitively because you never learn... I think Seth taught her the lesson. How the hell can a soul that fate made hurt another forever get an bright and shiney aura?
4: Maddie: She is an enigma to me, completely inconsistent. An educated writer for a feminist magazine who is so demure she can't speak for herself. Did I forget what the word feminist meant for a minute? But no matter how much she was poorly written it doesn't change that fact that I hurt for her future, she is a replacement. He will not truly love her, just a means to an end. We the reader are supposed to feel good for her because she said she was willing to be ignored while he wrote his stories... *FEMINIST?* HUH?
So by the end of the book it was 2am and I was bawling like a baby. No matter how none of the nonsense made any sense it still struck several of my nerves. Plus, I really didn't like Seth. I've been reading waiting for Roman to appear again. I had to start the next book right away to take the sting out, clearly that didn't help being that it's 6am and I'm typing up this filibuster of a review.
See, I couldn't really relate to Georgina until now. The break up scene was eerily similar to the first time I broke up with my husband. Telling me how much I meant to him and then an hour later telling me he met someone else and wanted to see how it went. Ya know that if it fell through we'd get back together. That she and I would be great pals, bff's, because we were so much alike. That if he could take her and me and combine us we'd be the perfect wife for him. So, yeah, I get it. Knowing that you are more intelligent and attractive then the other person but you still weren't good enough and that they threw you away like garbage. I never cried to this day about the break up of my marriage. But, this f-ing book made me.
I keep hearing Seth tell Georgina that Maddie & Beth *city of demons novella* that they reminded him of her. That was the exact words my husband tortured me with. How can these people be considered good? Really, I'd like to know... I'd ask Carter but he would be evasive!(less)
I read the entire Hex Hall series in two days. It was a reread on the first two in the series as a refresher. So instead of reviewing each book I will...moreI read the entire Hex Hall series in two days. It was a reread on the first two in the series as a refresher. So instead of reviewing each book I will review the series. Without Spoilers !
Hex Hall series was fun from the first page. I enjoyed Rachel Hawkins voice. The series was imaginative, with great characters. Each book had something different to offer than the previous installment keeping the reader engaged and wanting more. The core of the story was snark, sarcasm, humor, and wit shadowing the underlying ache the characters felt. This was perfect to lighten the feel of the story, especially for younger readers. The Hex Hall series had a fast pace, twisty plot that kept you guessing, and a strong underlying friendship between the characters. I would recommend this series to 12 years and up. I'm a 33 year old female that was highly entertained. Many times I laughed out loud *for real (:* and was pleasantly surprised by the turn the story took, which is unusual for young adult for an adult reader. Yes, a few moments were highly cliche. But, this isn't Shakespeare, it's all about the entertainment. And I was highly entertained. I used this series as a palette cleanser after reading books heavy on adult content and found it a refreshing change. Hex Hall and Demon Glass left cliffhanger endings that made me NEED the next in the series. And I was thankful I had them. Spell Bound is the finale of the series and it was tied up nicely leaving no loose ends. It did, however, leave openings for spinoff series, or for your own imagination to latch on and create any ending you would enjoy. I won't lie, a few times I was teary eyed while reading the final book. I, however, wouldn't change a thing. It was fun, entertaining, and exciting. I look forward to more by Rachel Hawkins.
Lothaire was excellent, not just the book, I mean the man!
I have a thing for a sociopathic male protagonist. Some may fin...more LOTHAIRE, the enemy of old
Lothaire was excellent, not just the book, I mean the man!
I have a thing for a sociopathic male protagonist. Some may find the bad boy, smoking. Others may find the tortured soul hero, compelling. I, on the other hand, find a man with questionable moral behavior, intriguing. This, for me, makes or breaks a book. It just trips my trigger.
With this said, I find a female protagonist who puts up with their shit, weak. I think that is the draw for me, they are a true challenge. I wouldn't put up with them(sociopath-bf) for a second. That is the beauty of the book Lothaire. Elizabeth Pierce, aka: Ellie, The Goddess Soroya(possession) She didn't take his crap. Ellie is a fantastic character. A hillbilly with a will made of steel to deal with all the grief Lothaire and his thought-to-be mate, Soroya, put her through.
Throughout the book Lothaire has brief thoughts of, "I hope she isn't my mate. Nah, she can't be. I wouldn't do something so heinous to my mate." When the light bulb finally comes on inside Lothaire's mind he doesn't even apologize for it. If Ellie were to give him an inch he would have a continent. She doesn't give him an inch. She does, however, give him her middle finger, Literally . In her defense he does gift her with his black heart, torn free from his chest by his very claws. Aww, how romantic!
The romance, or should I say; abduction, rape, torture, emotionally/mentally/physically abusive, hijacking of her person. Yeah, that sounds better. The ROMANCE was scorching and highly inventive. The premise of the story was pretty weak. The book dragged on. *GASP* Did I just say that? Yup, pretty sure I did. It took a long time to get where it was going in the very thin plot. I did love the journey. Yeah, I took a star away because of this. Don't get me wrong, I loved every second of the book and will highly recommend it to anyone and everyone. But, Lothaire was one of my favorite characters from the series and I excepted a better plot. He was given a kick ass Queen, so no complaints there. I would have seethed if she weren't up to par, she's excellent for him!
The plot, or lack there of, climax was underwhelming. It resolved fast. "Yeah, Uncle Lothaire, we just gave the ring back to the creepy Zombie-esque lady and her zombie minions. She said thanks!" That's how it felt. Regarding the possession of Ellie by Soroya, the above mentioned baddie just pointed a finger and BAM! she was gone, just like that. All that build up and no release. I felt like I was at an orgy, *glanced around,feeling frustrated, noticed the relaxed participants* "Where's mine?" *Makes sad face*
Keep in mind that the climax resolved (its self?) about 100 pages before the end of the book. The Valkyrie kidnap Ellie just as she (in a moment of bloodlust) beheads Lothaire. I know I am supposed to be worried, but this is paranormal romance, a guaranteed HEA! I loved going to the Valkyrie's mansion. I missed them. But, I am far from an idiot. We have enjoyed them for 12 books, so (Kresley Cole), did you honestly believe we would think that you would have the Valkyries hurt Ellie? Not happening. While I loved it, it was also filler, so that we could see the Valkyries. Not cool!
The ending was Faery tale-ish, albeit enjoyable. The shocker cliffhanger, wasn't a shock to me. I knew who that babe was the moment it was mentioned. I loved this part of the story, back story, rather.
LOVED I loved Ellie and her Hillfolk, their fierce loyalty to one another. I loved Ellie and the way she brought Lothaire to heel. I LOVED Lothaire. I liked the glimpse of the Valkyrie, though unneeded. I liked the set up for the next book. Nix, unpredictable, fantastic, NIX!
LOATHED What disappointed me. The PLOT, as weak as it was, it wasn't solved by the protagonists. It was, "Who cares?" Lothaire and his back story, Ellie and her back story, they needed a better plot, actually, the needed a plot. The romance? Or assault? was fantastic. It felt as if Cole just filled in between. This was a filler book. No new strides were taken for the Ascension. Lothaire and Ellie deserved better.
With all this said, I still enjoyed the book as it pissed me off. I feel like Lothaire. Which is it? Did I love it or did I hate it? I guess you will have to read it and decide for yourself...
The second installment is still emotionally charged but without the feel of torture, just slightly less.
My thoughts and feelings of this book were th...moreThe second installment is still emotionally charged but without the feel of torture, just slightly less.
My thoughts and feelings of this book were the same as Shade with the exception that is was a faster paced read. The story drew me into it's grasp and didn't want to let go. I wanted to read it in one sitting and when ppl got in my way I wanted to growl at them. I was very irritable when I didn't get my way. When I was reading Shift I was so absorbed I didn't see, hear, or acknowledge anything around me that wasn't the book. To me that is a sign of a great read. I have a feeling this book will stick with me for a while. I look forward to the conclusion of this trilogy.(less)
Reviewed on Wicked Reads vkwickedreads.wordpress.com I've awaited a few day on reviewing this book to stew on it. I'm still not entirely sure how I fe...moreReviewed on Wicked Reads vkwickedreads.wordpress.com I've awaited a few day on reviewing this book to stew on it. I'm still not entirely sure how I feel about it. Many readers are complaining about variations on whether this is Paranormal Romance vs Urban Fantasy or HEA vs HFN. That Ward's original vision of the series was romance and she is letting readers down by changing how she writes the series. I could really care less about any of this controversy. I would read anything the WARDen writes, even a cereal box. I feel as the author of this series it is her prerogative to write it any way she sees fit, and I love her all the more for it. Jeez, lighten up readers, it's just for entertainment. I understand her NEED to write as she wishes without catering to fans.
As a huge UF fan, I am excited that the series isn't traditional in the romance guidelines. I love a series to end in HEA, but during the journey I want to be surprised. I love that as we read the series past couples deal with everyday issues, trials, and misunderstandings. I can relate to this, and love it!
Alright enough on that diatribe, time for the story.
Lover Reborn: Overall I loved it. However, the first half of the book was VERY slow, drawn out, and lacking a connection to the main protagonists. It wasn't until the halfway point that we really engaged Tohrment & No'One. While I love John Matthew and Xhex and understand why this couple was showcased in Tohrment's book, they stole the show. I wanted to read Tohr & No'One, I wanted less JM & Xhex.
I guess my issue with the book is the disconnect- there were so many point of view change ups that I couldn't connect to anyone. I've already connected to those from past installments. Since No'one & Tohrment haven't graced the pages that often I didn't know them at all, and I'm still not sure I know them now. I love pov change ups, this was just too frequent and by too many characters. I actually felt the need to skim through the story to get back into the minds of Tohr and No'One.
Every other aspect of the book was fantastic. I was thrilled to be back into the BDB universe. I am sadden that I have to wait another year for the next installment. The anticipation will be torturous since my favorite characters will be the main focus!! YAY! *happy dance*
I would go farther into depth with my thoughts on this book, but I don't want to ruin the experience for my fellow readers. (less)
***Disclaimer*** Warning do not read if you are depressed. Actually I was in a happy caffeine aided mood and this book just about did me in. Also, have...more***Disclaimer*** Warning do not read if you are depressed. Actually I was in a happy caffeine aided mood and this book just about did me in. Also, have several boxes of tissues at hand.
Shade is definitely a book that will stick with you, replaying over and over in your mind. The author did an amazing job at inflicting emotional torture to the reader.
With all that said, I loved the story premise. The characters were solid and fully developed. The author shows a wonderful mix of personality faults and honesty in the characters' choices and actions within the story.
As emotionally distraught I was during the book you can see the message of letting go of the past, moving forward into the present, and hope for the future. (less)
Following the same format as the previous installments, but no less fantastic.
This book is the story of Butch and Marissa.
My Man, Butch! During my first read through of Dark Lover I didn't really like Butch. He felt as an obstacle that Wrath and Beth had to overcome. I was able to fully appreciate how much I love Butch on subsequent rereads. He is tied for my favorite Brother. Butch never felt as if he fit in anywhere, even his own family. Finally, he is taken into the arms of the Brotherhood, but felt as if he was useless. We all have felt this way, as if we walk this Earth alone and that we add nothing to the greater good. Whether it is food, clothing, or even the roof over his head, it all belongs to the Brotherhood. Butch feels as a well loved pet, a bird in a gilded cage. The Omega, unknowingly, gives Butch a reason to live, while V. opens his arms and makes Butch his true brother. Lover Revealed may be the love story between Butch and Marissa, it also shows the bond between Butch and V. This bond is one of my favorite friendships, bromances. I will not go into detail with this to avoid spoilage. But, the bond *love story* rivals any other in the series.
Marissa! I could relate to Marissa. I know that sounds odd under the circumstances. How could any of us relate to her, right? Well, I was married for a long time to someone I had been with since childhood only to realize it was all wrong. *Marissa to Wrath* I have a very loving, somewhat claustrophobic, family.*Havers* I have felt strength grow as I deal with my past. I have felt lost in what my place is in this world. I am hopeful to find love in the future. *Maybe there is a Butch for me* See, I can relate. Most people see Marissa as weak, subservient female. I love how she goes from meek to strong as she deals with what is thrown at her, while keeping to her traditions and values. Marissa is a good role model and a very interesting character. She made some mistakes along the way, but righted them. We forgive our male protagonists so easily, but hold our females to a higher standard.
POV Cast of Characters Butch, Marissa, Vishous, John, Rehvenge, The Lessers. Flawless point of view change ups as usual. Hearing from the cast of characters creates an involved story that thoroughly engrosses the reader.
Parts that stuck out! Anything JOHN MATTHEW *btw, my favorite brother*! The new recruits storyline. Butch and Vishous moment in the tomb. Rehvenge. All the interactions between all the Brothers.
“That's you," Wrath said. You shall be called the Black Dagger warrior Dhestroyer, descended of Wrath son of Wrath." "But you'll always be Butch to us," Rhage cut in. "As well as hard-ass. Smart-ass. Royal pain in the ass. You know, whatever the situation calls for. I think as long as there's an ASS in there, it'll be accurate." "How about bASStard?" Z suggested. "Nice. I feel that.”
“I liked you, cop. From the moment I met you. No… not the first moment. I wanted to kill you when I first met you. But then I liked you. A lot.”
“V?" Butch said. "Don't leave, okay?" "Never." V brushed Butch's hair back with a gesture so tender it was out of place coming from a male.”
Favorite scene of the entire series Then it was V's turn. Vishous came up onto the dais, his eyes down. He accepted the silver glove from Z and slipped it over the black leather he already wore on his hand. Then he scored himself with a quick flash of the black blade and stared at the skull as his blood dripped down into the basin, joining the others'. "My flesh," he whispered. He seemed to hesitate before turning to Butch. Then he pivoted and their eyes met. As candlelight flickered over V's hard face and got caught in his diamond irises, Butch felt his breath get tight: At that moment, his roommate looked as powerful as a god… and maybe even as beautiful. Vishous stepped in close and slid his hand from Butch's shoulder to the back of his neck. "Your flesh," V breathed. Then he paused, as if asking for something. Without thinking, Butch tilted his chin up, aware that he was offering himself, aware that he… oh, fuck. He stopped his thoughts, completely weirded out by the vibe that had sprung up from God only knew where. In slow motion Vishous's dark head dropped down and there was a silken brush as his goatee moved against Butch's throat. With delicious precision, V's fangs pressed against the vein that ran up from Butch's heart, then slowly, inexorably, punched through skin. Their chests merged. Butch closed his eyes and absorbed the feel of it all, the warmth of their bodies so close, the way V's hair felt soft on his jaw, the slide of a powerful male arm as it slipped around his waist. On their own accord, Butch's hands left the pegs and came to rest on V's hips, squeezing that hard flesh, bringing them together from head to foot. A tremor went through one of them. Or maybe… shit, it was more like they both shuddered. And then it was done. Over with. Never to happen again. Neither of them looked at the other as V broke away… and the parting was complete and irrevocable. A path that would not be walked. Ever. V's hand snapped back and then connected with Butch's chest, the impact harder than all the others, even Rhage's. As Butch choked from the force of the punch, Vishous turned away and rejoined the Brotherhood's lineup.
"Thanks for putting me up for it… trahyner ." As V's eyes flared, Butch said, "Yeah, I looked up what the word meant. 'Beloved friend' fits you perfect as far as I'm concerned." V flushed. Cleared his throat. "Good deal, cop. Good… deal."
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Lover Eternal is one of my favorite books in the Black Dagger Brotherhood series by J. R. Ward.
Rhage, aka, Hollywood, he is a gorgeous male that has...more Lover Eternal is one of my favorite books in the Black Dagger Brotherhood series by J. R. Ward.
Rhage, aka, Hollywood, he is a gorgeous male that has to burn off his excess energy by fighting lessers and sexing up the ladies. His beast, a dragon like creature, comes out to play when his energy hits it's maximum. The beast is a curse created by the Scribe Virgin as punishment and as a way to teach him to control his baser impulses. While Rhage appears to have it all, he is lonely and sick of the life he is leading. When he walks into a room all eyes focus on him, male and female alike. His Brothers think he basks in the attention, while secretly he abhors it.
Mary Luce volunteers at a suicide hotline. She used to be a therapist for the handicapped until her illness created her to resign. She is stalked by a caller who doesn't speak to her, but calls at regular intervals. We find out that the mystery call is a boy named John Matthew. She befriends him. Her neighbor, Bella, visits and sees John Matthew's homemade bracelet marking J. M. as a vampire, and not a civilian, one of the Brotherhood. This is how Mary becomes entangled with the Brotherhood and ultimately meets Rhage. Mary is a strong woman. I love that she is portrayed this way. She is dying of leukemia and instead of lying down and dying, she fights. She doesn't back down in her beliefs and that is what I want in a heroine. This is what was lacking with the first heroine in the series, Beth. As Queen of the Vampires she wasn't strong enough for me. Mary is made of Steel and I love and respect her for that.
Rhage and Mary's first meeting was hilarious. The chemistry and uncomfortableness made it engrossing. Their first date was equally entertaining. I loved being in their presence. I loved their misunderstanding of one another and the strife this brought about. The pair are highly original and entertaining. The interaction between Mary and the beast was interesting. Watching Rhage struggle to come to terms with his other half also wanting his mate was entertaining.
The multiple point of view change ups in this book were flawless. Each change was perfectly timed and needed. We saw through the eyes of: Rhage, Mary, John Matthew, Bella, Butch, and Zsadist, as well as the lessers. The amount of characters voiced did not lessen the connection to the main characters. I felt an instant connection with the new voices and a feeling of comfort to hear the story through past characters. Ward is the Queen when it comes to multiple POV!
Another aspect that Ward shines at is the balance of emotions. This is a highly emotional book. The balance between humor and heartache is perfect. I cried with our characters, I laughed with them, and I truly felt them as if I were in their shoes.
While Zsadist is not new to us, his voice is. This gave us a look inside his soul in preparation for his novel, Lover Awakened, the next in the series. We also hear from Bella for the same reason. I love how it was written. It makes it so easy to delve into the next book without having to LEARN the characters voices, to get inside their head. It makes the next in the series a flawless continuation of this book. This book leaves threads unraveled that Lover Awakened starts right off with. Perfection.
As I've stated in the previous review, this is one of my favorite series for it's entertainment value and re-readability.
There was one minor thing for me that sets up the next book. Bella running from the Lesser through the meadow back to her home and the safety of her underground bunker and tunnels. Why the hell didn't she just Dematerialize back to her kitchen, then run downstairs? Why run across the field away from a human slow being when you can teleport? She is our next heroine, why is Ward making her an imbecile? Also, the place is wired like Fort Nox by her brother, Rhevenge. Why didn't something notify him when the doors and windows were busted? He is over protecting and as she said on multiple occasions that he calls at dawn. So why didn't he the morning of her abduction? I don't like plot screw ups and this is huge for me. I understand that this is to set plans in motion for the next book. But, come on, you can do better then that, Ward. Some minor tweaks and this wouldn't have been an issue.
I would like to mention that I adore how J. R. Ward represents women and how the Brothers see them. Respect, strength, independence. You don't see this often and when you do you truly appreciate it!
Titles and Covers of the series I also want to remark on the titles and covers of the series. I failed to do so for the first in the series, so I will do so now. When I first came upon this series as a Barnes and Noble recommendation I passed on it. The covers were very ROMANCY and not very original. I was into paranormal and fantasy genres and looking for something a little more hard hitting then books that had the word LOVER in the title. Looks can be deceiving. This is a hard hitting series. I do not think that the cover or the titles do it justice. I think that it turns many readers away. This was for the purpose of drawing in the mainstream romance crowd, but it accomplished pushing away the paranormal readers. I am slightly queasy about people thinking I'm reading a romance novel. I'm not as bad as I used to be, but three years ago I would rather pass romance by then read it. Many that I've spoken with had the same comments on this issue. It was word of mouth from other readers that had us devouring the series. This amazing hard hitting series needs a bad ass name and cover. It's series name is the Black Dagger Brotherhood for goodness sakes. Give it some edge! & you will get some more adoring fans of these fine Brothers!
“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.”
“He wanted to give her another word to say, something like luscious or whisper or strawberry. Hell, antidisestablishmentarianism would do it.”
“It was the wife, John thought. And she was giving this tough guy a tongue-lashing. And the man was taking it. "Okay. I love you. Bye." Tohrment flipped the phone closed and put it in his pocket. When he focused on John again, he clearly respected his wife enough not to roll his eyes and make some macho, shithead comment about pesky women.”
“My name...my name is Mary. I'm here with a friend.' Rhage stopped breathing. His heart skipped a beat and then slowed. "Say that again,' he whispered. 'Ah, my name is Mary Luce. I'm a friend of Bella's...We came here with a boy, with John Mathew. We were invited.' Rhage shivered, a balmy rush blooming out all over his skin. The musical lilt of her voice, the rhythm of her speech, the sound of her words, it all spread through him, calming him, comforting him. Chaining him sweetly. He closed his eyes. 'Say something else.' 'What?' she asked, baffled.' 'Talk. Talk to me. I want to hear your voice.' She was silent, and he was about to demand that she speak when she said, 'You don't look well. Do you need a doctor?' He found himself swaying. The words didn't matter. It was her sound: low, soft, a quiet brushing in his ears. He felt as if here being stroked on the inside of his skin. 'More,'he said, twisting his palm around to the front of her neck so he could feel the vibrations in her throat better. 'Could you...could you please let go of me?' 'No.' He brought his other arm up. She was wearing some kind of fleece, and he moved the collar aside, putting his hand on her shoulder so she couldn't get away from him. 'Talk.' She started to struggle. 'You're crowding me.' 'I know. Talk.' 'Oh for God's sake, what do you want me to say?' Even exasperated, her voice was beautiful. 'Anything.' 'Fine. Get your hand off my throat and let me go or I'm going to knee you where it counts.' He laughed. Then sank his lower body into her, trapping her with his thighs and hips. She stiffened against him, but he got an ample feel of her. She was built lean, though there was no doubt she was female. Her breasts hit his chest, her hips cushioned his, her stomach was soft. 'Keep talking,' he said in her ear. God, she smelled good. Clean. Fresh. Like lemon. When she pushed against him, he leaned his full weight into her. Her breath came out in a rush. 'Please,' he murmured. Her chest moved against his as if she were inhaling. 'I...er, I have nothing to say. Except get off of me.' He smiled, careful to keep his mouth closed. There was no sense showing off his fangs, especially if she didn't know what he was. 'So say that.' 'What?' 'Nothing. Say nothing. Over and over and over again. Do it.' She bristled, the scent of fear replaced by a sharp spice, like fresh, pungent mint from a garden. She was annoyed now. 'Say it.' "Fine. Nothing. Nothing.' Abruptly she laughed, and the sound shot right through to his spine, burning him. 'Nothing, nothing. No-thing. No-thing. Noooooothing. There, is that good enough for you? Will you let me go now?”
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Dark Lover is the first book in the Black Dagger Brotherhood series by J. R. Ward. I have read this book 4 times so far. I will most likel...more Dark Lover
Dark Lover is the first book in the Black Dagger Brotherhood series by J. R. Ward. I have read this book 4 times so far. I will most likely continue to read it every year in preparation of the newest release in the series.
Dark Lover is actually my least favorite in the series. It could be that it is the first book, where you learn the world and mythology of a series. In this case, the world is amazing and easy to immerse yourself into, or, perhaps, it's the couple. I have a hard time relating to Wrath, for obvious reasons. And while I love Beth, she is my least favorite female in the BDB universe.
What I love about this book, as well as the series as a whole, is Ward's voice. Each of her characters are unique. Many book in the paranormal genre the main protagonists blend together and start to sound like one another. Ward's point of view change-ups are flawless. We hear from the male/female protagonists at just the right moment to truly feel them as a character. Also, we hear from others in their world to feel connected, this is especially important in future books. The enemy (Lessers) voices are also heard, giving an exciting take on the storyline.
Ward's BDB world is inventive and original, a whole different take on the vampire culture. At times we have cliche moments, but their cheesy goodness is extremely entertaining. I adore how one single thread in book one connects to a larger picture in future books, amazing foreshadowing.
The conclusion of Dark Lover sets the series storyline premise, leaving it as not longer a book about a couple but about the salvation of a race. And this is how the series progresses, each book creating a more in depth vivid world.
This series holds me enthralled, engrossed, and as embarrassing to say, aroused. BDB is a thrill ride of a journey, it's characters intriguing, the couples scorching.
The Black Dagger Brotherhood doesn't top the Paranormal Romance Genre at #1, it creates its own genre and no one else makes that list. No other series has such a high re-readability. These books are a great investment, not only on price, in entertainment value. They will leave a lasting impression creating a craving to read them again and again.
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