In the shadows of the night in Caldwell, New York, there’s a deadly turf war raging between vampires and their slayers. 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 appetites. He’s the best fighter, the quickest to act on his impulses, and the most voracious lover-for inside him burns a ferocious curse cast by the Scribe Virgin. Owned by this dark side, Rhage fears the time when his inner dragon is unleashed, making him a danger to everyone around him.
Mary Luce, a survivor of many hardships is unwittingly thrown into the vampire world and reliant on Rhage’s protection. With a life-threatening curse of her own, Mary is not looking for love. She lost her faith in miracles years ago. But when Rhage’s intense animal attraction turns into something more emotional, he knows that he must make Mary his alone. And while their enemies close in, Mary fights desperately to gain life eternal with the one she loves…
“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.”
I have many mixed feelings about this book. While I loved it, I had issues with it and I didn’t love it as much as the first one. I would say that the first half of the book was a little disappointing. It was slow and didn’t go where I wanted it to. Everything I loved about the first book was absent and it started out lacking. Mary and Rhage’s relationship definitely went off course and I didn’t enjoy it.
While I felt bad for Mary as a character and everything she had been through, she was very frustrating and wouldn’t let Rhage in to save her life. I also expected more from Rhage’s story. I don’t know what was wrong exactly but going into it, I had very high expectations and I felt like especially with his curse, his book had a lot of potential. Because of my high expectations, it fell flat for me.
The second half of the book though, was absolutely phenomenal. It brought me to so many tears and took me on a roller-coaster of emotions. If the whole book would have been like that, I can definitely say it would have gone on as one of my favorite books ever. I got what I wanted from Mary (finally) and I got to see more of Rhage’s curse and him trying to deal with it. I hope I’m not the only person that fell in love with his beast by the end.
I have to admit that about 95% through, I thought I was done. My heart was broken and if you have read the book, you will understand. I was literally sobbing for 20 minutes until I could find the will to pick up the book again. I am so thankful that I did though. I have to applaud J.R. Ward for tearing my heart out like that, and then giving it back to my with only minor cracks. Overall, I am glad I stuck it out and I can’t wait to read the next book which I hope is Zsadist’s (crossing my fingers).