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Lover Avenged by J.R. Ward
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Recommended for: Paranormal romance fans & vamp lovers
Read in May, 2009

5+ stars – Vampire Romance

WOW...just...WOW! J. R. Ward is back with a vengeance (no pun intended).

I had every intention of being monetarily responsible and waiting for the paperback release, but I figured it would be like when I got behind on the TV show LOST and had to dodge all the water cooler and break room conversations every Thursday by covering my ears and singing la-la-la while getting my morning coffee in an attempt to avoid unwanted spoilers, which ultimately proved unsuccessful. So, I gave in to my baser, weaker impulses, broke down at an airport Border’s bookstore, and forked over the $24.95 (plus...the cover is seriously kick-ass and so nice and glossy in hardback)....boy was it ever worth it! How could I have thought for even one minute that I’d be able to resist the immediate purchase of such an eagerly awaited release in what is probably the best paranormal/vampire romance series ever?!?!

For those of you with more willpower and restraint than me, who are sticking to your guns and waiting for the paperback or to get it from the library, don’t worry; I’ll try my best not to reveal any spoilers here.

“Lover Avenged” definitely makes up for the disappointment that was “Lover Enshrined” and clearly exhibits, at least in this reader’s modest opinion, why J.R. Ward is the top PNR Queen and ‘The Black Dagger Brotherhood’ series is unsurpassed.

One of the main reasons the BDB series is so utterly addicting and compelling is that the Brothers are all so flawed, fierce, unique, and complex, yet forge an unbreakable bond, have loads of fun and laughs, and incessantly rib each other, all while pimping in sexy leather, cruising in black SUVs and blasting gangster rap, kicking serious ‘lesser’ ass, and doting on their ‘shellans’ (mates/wives). And “Lover Avenged” has all the spellbinding elements that have made this series so superior in spades. It’s just phenomenal....and she brought back the humor, romance, and hot sex!!

Rehvenge is such a rich, multifaceted, and intriguing character, and he’s a reckoning force in the mesmerizing BDB world. Only Ward could make a swoon-worthy romantic hero/male of worth out of a mohawk-sporting, cane-yielding, sable-coat-wearing, drug-dealing pimp like Rehv.

“Lover Avenged” (and the entire BDB series) is flat-out awesomeness!! A big 5 stars!
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Quotes Shawna Liked

J.R. Ward
“The staircase that was revealed was lit with a soft red glow.
I feel like I'm walking down into a porn movie," V muttered as they took the steps with care.
Wouldn't that require more black candles for you," Zsadist cracked.
At the bottom of the landing, they looked left and right down a corridor carved out of stone, seeing row after row of...black candles with ruby color flames.
I take that back," Z said, eyeing the display.
We start hearing chick-a-wow-wow shit," V cut in, "can I start calling you Z-packed?"
Not if you want to keep breathing.”
J.R. Ward, Lover Avenged

J.R. Ward
“Oh, man there's a marathon of Beaches running tomorrow night. Can we go after ten so I can see it once all the way through?"

Everyone in the room turned to the blond-and-black haired guy, who was propped in the corner, massive arms over his chest.

What," he said. "Look, it's not Mary Tyler Moore, 'kay? So you can 't give me shit."

Vishous, the one with the black glove on his hand, glared across the room. "It's worse than Mary Tyler Moore. And to call you and idiot would be an insult to half-wits around the world."

Are you kidding me? Bette Midler rocks. And I love the ocean. Sue me."

Vishous glanced at the king. "You told me I could beat him. You promised."

As soon as you come home," Wrath said as he got to his feet, "we'll hang him up by his armpits in the gym and you can use him as a punching bag."

Thank you, baby Jesus."

Blond-and-Black shook his head. "I swear, one of these days I'm going to leave."

As one, the Brothers all pointed to the open door and let silence speak for itself.

You guys suck.”
J.R. Ward, Lover Avenged


Reading Progress

05/04/2009 page 207
39.28%
05/06/2009 page 319
60.53% "I'm taking it slow...savoring it like decadent dark chocolate." 10 comments
05/07/2009 page 527
100.0% "All good things must come to an end...sigh. There's nothing like the Brothers. Wish I had time to re-read the whole series. Review to come."

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message 12: by Dina (new)

Dina Shawna wrote: "Only Ward could make a swoon-worthy romantic hero/male of worth out of a mohawk-sporting, cane-yielding, sable-coat-wearing, drug-dealing, incestuous pimp like Rehv."

Hmmm, the word "incestuous" freaked me out. OMG, what do you mean by that???


message 11: by Tammy (new) - added it

Tammy This is the second review I've read where someone has commented on Rehv's mohawk and sable coat. Gotta pick this one up soon!

Nice review Shawna. =)


Shawna Dina...have you read this yet or the previous BDB books? I don't want to spoil anything if you haven't. Let's just say that Rehv engages in certain activities with his sympath half-sister, but it's rather complex and a long story. Don't let it freak you out too much though or keep you from reading it because he has reasons and Ward is a master at making heroes out of flawed characters.


Shawna And you know...I don't want to freak people out with that word...so I removed it...thanks Dina!


Holly Great review, Shawna! I tried to do the same thing, promising myself I was going to ignore all posts about this book and wait patiently til my copy from the library came in.

Seriously, I don't know who I was fooling. I lasted two days before I broke down and bought it. I freakin loved this book.


Corrine Gah! Okay, I guess I'll just have to break down and read this one, even though the last one I read in it's entirety was Lover Awakened.


message 6: by Dina (new)

Dina Shawna wrote: "Dina...have you read this yet or the previous BDB books? ..."

You can say I'm new to the BDB series, Shawna. I've read Dark Lover and I'm currently reading Lover Eternal, so the only thing about Rehv that I know so far is that he's Bella's brother. No need to spoil his story for me, I'll trust your account on that he has reasons for what he did/does. :)


MelissaB Shawna,

I am behind on Lost too because of reading this - and last night I had my hands over my ears while my husband was watching TV because I was trying to concentrate on my book! I think he was getting pissed because I was totally ignoring him and didn't hear anything he said because I was concentrating on the end of the book!




Mahlet Shawna - you make it sound so good! Great review!! I wish I could pump myself with a BDB IV and be totally caught up on this series :) ITA, that cover is gorgeous!


Shawna "BDB IV"...LOL!! Yep, I do love me some yummy covers!


message 2: by Amy (new) - rated it 5 stars

Amy Excellent review! :))


Shawna Thanks, Amy!


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