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Lover Eternal

(Black Dagger Brotherhood #2)

4.33  ·  Rating details ·  177,563 ratings  ·  6,744 reviews
In the shadows of the night in Caldwell, New York, there’s a deadly war raging between vampires and their slayers. And 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
Mass Market Paperback, 441 pages
Published March 7th 2006 by Signet
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amber I suggest reading the series in order. Trust me.
Kia Perkins Hey, this is actually answered in the book. The scribe virgin tells Mary she gets to choose when she wants to leave this life and go in to the fade, a…moreHey, this is actually answered in the book. The scribe virgin tells Mary she gets to choose when she wants to leave this life and go in to the fade, and suggests it will probably be when her mate Rhage goes. Then when Rhage finds out she has a life span that she can choose when to go into the fade, he asks her if she will live as long as he does and go into the fade when he goes. I hope this helps. 😁 (less)

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Jul 31, 2008 rated it it was ok
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
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,
Jessica's Totally Over The Top Book Obsession
5 Bonding with the Beast Stars

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First read 2014
Reread March 25, 2017

"Rhage." "What?" "I'll tell you this. Your destiny's coming for you. And she's coming soon." Rhage laughed. "Oh, yeah? What's the female like? I prefer them - " "She's a virgin."-V and Rhage

Lover Eternal the 2nd book in the BDB series is Rhage and Mary's book and a total 5 star hit for me! It was just as awesome as book one maybe a bit more awesome because there was so much Z in it and I am head over heels for Z! I
Alex is The Romance Fox
RHAGE...aka  photo c0049931589787b2818b1398d7d706a8_zps9ef647cd.jpg
beautiful and gorgeous Brother........
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and probably the most "underrated" of the Brotherhood.

Here's this amazing guy who can get any women he wants but what he's looking for...someone to love and care for just seems to be just a dream. Afraid to love because of what's inside him...
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And at last meeting Mary, the woman who loves him for who he is, for what's underneath that beauty..she's sees a soul that's worth heart really bled for the pain she's had in her life and my h

4.6 stars

“I know all about you, and everything I see is beautiful. Everything I see is mine.”
“I’m not yours,” she whispered.
The rejection didn’t faze him. “Fine. If I can’t have you, then you do the taking. Have all of me, part of me, a small piece, whatever you want. Just please, have something.”

Blurb: Within the brotherhood, Rhage is the vampire with the strongest appetites. He's the best fighter, the quickest to act on his impulses, and the most voracious lover-for inside him burns a fe
Apr 06, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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 j
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
✘✘ Sarah ✘✘ (former Nefarious Breeder of Murderous Crustaceans)
Warning: this one should take a while. So go do whatever it is you have to do, grab a picnic (a bottle of vodka should do) and take a deep breath. Here we go.

Be glad and rejoice, dear friends and enemies, for my PNR allergy has come back full force. Well no, that's not exactly right. It's my romance allergy that's alive and kicking. And I have J.R. Ward to thank for it, yay! Because, seriously, this book? It's so packed with romantic crap that it would break even the most hardened of serial kill
Nov 19, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Sammy Loves Books
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.


The son of a bitch actually bent the laws of physics, he was so attractive. Blond hair was cut short in the back, and left longer in the front. Teal-blue eyes were the color of Bahamas seawater. And that face made Brad Pitt look like a candidate for the Swan.

Rhage is the strongest and most beautiful member of the Black Dagger Brotherhood. He’s also c
Mar 17, 2014 rated it really liked it
“I will not fall in love with you," she said. "I can't let myself. I won't."

"That's all right. I'll love you enough for the both of us.”

Rhages was cursed. Being in the dragon form is not what he appreciates, so he uses sex to settle it. But then Mary came to his life and changed his world. That's where the real fun begins.

Rhage is hot, sexy and hilarious. I liked every quote he made. Mary has a big heart even though she knows she's going to die, she can't stop herself from being near Rhage.
Sophia Triad
Rhage and Mary

Rhage fell in love with Mary’s voice, when they met for fist time. He didn’t know how she looked like. He was almost blind and disoriented and Mary’s voice calmed his Beast. A Beast that is usually silent and waiting, trapped as a tattoo on Rhage’s back. Until Rhage is in danger. Then the Beast pops out and there is no Rhage anymore – only the Beast.
Just like the incredible Hulk. Rhage transforms into a dragon who has his own personality and Rhage’s personality is pulled back.
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
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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
Jan 18, 2011 rated it really liked it

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
Jun 03, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: All BDB fans and paranormal romance fans
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
Sep 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing
5 Stars!

This book was absolutely amazing!! The plot was captivating and I never experienced a boring moment while reading! This book is about Rhage and Mary and their relationship. Their relationship was bumpy from start but that's what kept me interesting. It wasn't just a normal fairy tale and they instantly fall in love with each other. I was actually surprised that Rhage "cheated" on Mary after he professed his love for her. I did not expect that at all!
Mary's character development was so
Feb 04, 2008 rated it it was amazing
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
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

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 t
 Danielle The Book Huntress (Back to the Books)
This definitely gets five stars this time around. JR Ward wrote her own version of beauty and the beast but with some important changes. The beauty is the beast and the heroine is a 'Plain Jane' in her own eyes. I loved how hard Rhage fell for Mary. He heard her voice and dropped like a ton of bricks. His steadfast love for her throughout this book was so appealing. Mary didn't want to believe that she could have a man who loved her that way, not with all the loss in her past, and the loss sure ...more
I know that many of the fans favor Rhage from the Black Dagger Brotherhood series. And although it is not my first read, and I really tried, but still, I failed to like him, or his story. In Lover Eternal, my main complaint is the alteration (or revealing the true nature?) of Rhage’s personality. I prefer the devilish, funny, sexy Rhage he was before, not the weeping, whining, peevish man he has become.

Rhage wants Mary to be honest with him, to share her feelings and fears with him, to let him
Jx PinkLady Reviews ♡ bookwormthoughts
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 ev
Jun 01, 2015 rated it did not like it

I was enjoying this until I got to the part which sickened me and completely turned me off Rhage. He is so turned on by Mary that he goes TROLLING and screws a random female to "work" of his urge for her. Then he comes back and the same night only minutes/hours after being inside another female, yep he sexes up with Mary too. Oh, that's right, it's because he wuvvss Mary SO much that he bangs the other female.

The excuse is pathetically made so that he has a "good" reason
Sep 13, 2010 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Paranormal Romance Readers
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
Dino-Jess ✮ The Book Eating Dinosaur ✮

Where is the Jess that hated the first book in this series?

Oh, I know where she is. She's in the man dungeon, with Rhage, learning how wrong about things she was.

Rhage. Hubba hubba.

"I know all about you, and everything I see is beautiful. Everything I see is mine."
"I'm not yours."
"Fine. If I can't have you, then you do the taking. Have all of me, part of me, a small piece, whatever you want. Just please, have something."

Seriously, this book? Blew the first one out of the
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Lover Eternal

Meet Mary-Sue.... Oh wait nevermind her name is just Mary... haha my bad, honest mistake

“No. It's a punishment.”
“For what?”
“I killed a bird.”
Mary glanced at him, thinking that seemed a little extreme.
Rhage smoothed her hair back. “I did a lot more than that, but killing a bird was what finally tipped the scales.”

what the fuck Rhage, ya killed a bird so ya got cursed to be a literal monster shit, thats the shittest backstory I've ever heard

And the love-interest, Rhage. Wait no.
Feb 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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I expected to be disappointed with this but I wasn't. Not even one bit!!! And I'm screaming because Rhage is my favorite brother and hell yes his book was freaking great. I admit I had a love/hate relationship with Mary, but my intense love for Rhage and the fact that I binge read this in less than 24 hours (I stayed till 3 am to finish this, gosh, I regret my life choices) makes me ignore Mary.

✰ Liz ✰
"Please… God. Let me stay here with him. Don’t make me go away."-Mary

In Lover Eternal, the battle continues between the Black Dagger Brotherhood and the lessers. Beth and Wrath have settled in as King and Queen. The brothers are living together in an underground bunker/mansion. This story in the series focuses on Rhage and his love Mary.


Rhage is known as "Hollywood". He reminds me of a trained killer who suffers with ADHD! The only problem is that Rhage is suffering but it isn't attention defici
Feb 06, 2016 rated it really liked it
I can tell this series is going to be a fun ride because there are so many great characters still to explore. Rhage is the centerpiece of this book and as a result most of the action does take place in the bedroom. However there is still a lot of humour and a lot of camaraderie between the Brothers and their close friends. Kudos to the author for the way she manages to get over the problem of a human partnering a vampire i.e. the human's much shorter time line. It was very cleverly done. This bo ...more
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J.R. Ward is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of numerous novels, including the Black Dagger Brotherhood series. She lives in the South her family.

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Black Dagger Brotherhood (1 - 10 of 20 books)
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  • Lover Awakened (Black Dagger Brotherhood, #3)
  • Lover Revealed (Black Dagger Brotherhood, #4)
  • Lover Unbound (Black Dagger Brotherhood, #5)
  • Lover Enshrined (Black Dagger Brotherhood, #6)
  • Lover Avenged (Black Dagger Brotherhood, #7)
  • Lover Mine (Black Dagger Brotherhood, #8)
  • Lover Unleashed (Black Dagger Brotherhood, #9)
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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."
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