Lover Eternal (Black Dagger Brotherhood #2) – Slowly but surely catching up

I finished the first book of this series, Dark Lover, without really understanding what the fuss was all about with this series. I was told to keep reading so I did.  J.R. Ward’s Lover Eternal is definitely an improvement, though I’m still not in love with the series yet.

Each book focuses on a specific character.  This installment centers on Rhage, the most beautiful yet cursed brother of them all as he must co-exist with an inner beast that unleashes once he reaches his limits. To sate himself and keep this demon at bay, he must fight often and have a whooole lotta sexy time with very compliant female partners.  Lucky for him, there are normally plenty of both around. Though beautiful, he hates his playboy ways, longing to find a real partner.  And he may have found one in Mary Luce, a human cancer survivor with a good heart even though life hasn’t been to kind to her.  Even now she must face that her disease may have returned, but he handles it with pride.  Becoming involved with him only puts her in more danger, making her a potential target for enemy hunters.  Rhage will do anything he can to protect her and Mary finds that she feels the same.

This series is growing on me, but it may partially be because it’s so easy to poke fun at it.  From the baby powder villians to the rappers to the dates at TGI Fridays. I mean, TGI Fridays? Really?! That’s like a glorified McDonalds! Don’t get me wrong, I love both places but that’s far from impressive for a first date, especially for The Brotherhood.  A girl’s gotta have standards! And I am a fan of rap music myself, but for me it’s just funny knowing these characters are too.

Overall I did like Mary and felt like she was a good person, so I was rooting for it to work out between her and Rhage. But now I wonder if happily ever afters are the plan for every book, so I’m not quite sure what else there is to anticipate. The brothers all sound fantastically gorgeous, but it’s kind of hard to keep up with who’s who so I guess it’s good that each character gets a book so that we can familiarize ourselves with them.

This series is definitely paranormal romance, but the sap wasn’t quite as cringe-worthy and out of character as the first book which helped me connect to the characters a bit more.  This series is in third person and it cuts away to different scenes that signal what will be the focal points of future books. It’s good to for breaking up the melodrama, but I am still not interested in the perspective of the villains, though the author tries to make them intriguing.  But as far as I’m concerned, they’re dead and it shows.  I definitely found myself skipping over it a lot.  Whatever they do we know the Brotherhood will take care of them.

The most important reason that I can imagine anyone reading this series is for the smut.  If you want your smut you’ll get your smut in spades.  I like a little more vampiric behavior involved since they are vampires.  I personally found that lacking.  Since Mary is a human she can’t sustain Rhage, but I still wanted for them to try!  He certainly fed off enough human woman in the past.

There are books I’ve loved better, but I can at least say that I liked Lover Eternal and I plan to read the next book which is widely lauded by many readers.

9 responses

  1. Franny

    You’ve summed this up pretty well. I always skip all the Lesser and Omega stuff. The only book I loved was Zadist’s book. I had to start audiobooking them at Lover Avenged just to get through them (still skipping the lessers and anything in the distant past.)

    February 13, 2012 at 1:03 AM

    • Thankfully I have text to speech! It’s made a few slow points in some books more bearable. I wonder if an end of this series is in sight anytime soon.

      February 15, 2012 at 11:09 PM

  2. Oh those poor lessers! has there EVER been a more incompetent villain? JR Ward is in her own league. It’s almost weird. her heroines are usually bland as all get out and interchangeable (I liked Mary and Bella the best) the dialogue is just awful. I mean, who wouldn’t run from one of these guys? Their flaws are off the hook. From missing a leg to a testicle, to sight, their voice, etc….they got issues like no one else. And they love to get high! And yet the books are crack. My mouth hangs open in awe and shock over her writing, how deep the perspectives of her male characters are and the smut. Good golly the smut. And when that gay novella comes out…batton down the hatches, i will be devouring it at midnight. Hopefully in the same way Quinn will be devouring Blay. 😉

    February 13, 2012 at 1:43 AM

    • So far I do like Mary and Bella okay, Mary more than Bella. Wow there’s a LOT to look forward to! a gay novella? Have I met Quinn and Blay yet? I guess it’d make sense for her to go there with all of that testosterone around, lol.

      February 15, 2012 at 11:11 PM

  3. I enjoy the BDB series, but I agree with you about the villains. I HATE the lessers point of view, and I’m always tempted to just skip over it. While it may add to the plot, it doesn’t hold my attention for long.

    February 13, 2012 at 12:11 PM

    • I don’t really think it adds that much. It’s just an alternate perspective that we could easily learn about in a few lines when the Brotherhood takes on the lessers.

      February 15, 2012 at 11:21 PM

  4. I am SO glad I am not the only one trying to “catch up” reading this series. I was starting to feel like some sort of social pariah because I hadn’t read and already adored this series… I’ve only gotten book one under my belt, so you are one up on me!

    You’ve been TAGGED!

    February 14, 2012 at 12:34 PM

    • Book 2 is definitely a bit better!

      As for the tagging thing, cool! Though forgive me, I’m not sure what I have to do, lol.

      February 15, 2012 at 11:24 PM

  5. Pingback: Raphael (Vampire Empire #1) – A new PNR series I can really get into! « Your Urban Fantasy

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )


Connecting to %s

Enter your email address to follow this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email.

Join 1,013 other followers


Blog Stats

  • 52,464 hits
%d bloggers like this: