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Lover Eternal by J.R. Ward
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Aug 03, 10

bookshelves: novels, part-of-a-series, trashy-romance, vampires-weres-monstery-types
Read in August, 2010 — I own a copy

Again, and I stress this: I hate her language conventions.

This plot is one of the better ones so far in terms of getting into the dude's head and understanding his half of the attraction. Almost all of these paranormal romances have some plot device where the guy is inescapably tied to the woman right away and then all the attraction thereafter is explained away as "that's just how the species works." I get it, it's necessary to explain why they'd interact / fall in with humans and works as an excuse to bring in characters, but it's pretty weak sauce from an emotional standpoint. And though Ward does have this convention (bonding), I feel like she uses it judiciously and that the bonding is normally a reaction to emotional involvement instead of a replacement for it. Long story short, the characters' feelings for each other make sense, which seems like very little to ask from a romance novel, but seriously, you'd be surprised.

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