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Lover Avenged (Black Dagger Brotherhood #7) by J.R. Ward

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Synopsis:

Rehvenge has always kept his distance from the Brotherhood—even though his sister is married to a member, for he harbors a deadly secret that could make him a huge liability in their war against the lessers. As plots within and outside of the Brotherhood threaten to reveal the truth about Rehvenge, he turns to the only source of light in his darkening world, Ehlena, a vampire untouched by the corruption that has its hold on him—and the only thing standing between him and eternal destruction.


4.25 🍁s

“You know,” he said, “this is why I love you so much.”
Her tone was heartbreakingly warm. “What do you mean?”
You don’t ask me to go inside because it’s cold. You just want to make it easier for me to be where I want to stand.”

I really liked this installment in the Black Dagger Brotherhood series. It was fast paced, constantly had my attention, and had many plot lines woven into it that blended together beautifully.

In my review of the last installment, I complained about the side characters taking up more of the book then the main characters. Going into this book, I was extremely worried that the same thing would happen. I am so happy to say that I was wrong. J.R. Ward did a fantastic job of balancing Rehvenge and Ehlena’s plot line as well as the side characters. I never felt like John’s or Wrath’s story overshadowed Rehvenge’s and the side character’s plot lines didn’t take up more of the book than they should have.

I have liked Rehvenge since he was first introduced. I have gotten little bits of Rehvenge’s perspective in previous books, but never enough to fully get a read on his character. Because of this, I went into his chapters with an open mind and an already developed curiosity towards his character. I love morally grey characters and I had such a fun time in Rehvenge’s head. Watching him attempt to balance his vampire and sympath sides and try to curb his urges was a sight to see and I really enjoyed my time in his point of view because of it. Learning about his backstory and everything he has had to do for the people he loves was heartbreaking and I knew that he was a good guy because of all of the things he has endured for them.

I liked Ehlena and I thought that she was genuinely a good person. She was a little stubborn when it came to opening up to Rehvenge in the beginning, but that didn’t take away from my overall enjoyment of her character. Is she my favorite female protagonist? No, but I still had a lot of fun being in her head and I am not upset about how things turned out.

Overall, I enjoyed this book. The sorta cliffhanger at the end killed me and I am dying to find out what is going to happen next. I will be reading the next installment, Lover Mine .


Other Books in the Series:

5 🍁s ~ Dark Lover (Black Dagger Brotherhood #1) by J.R. Ward

4.25 🍁s ~ Lover Eternal (Black Dagger Brotherhood #2) by J.R. Ward

5 🍁s ~ Lover Awakened (Black Dagger Brotherhood #3) by J.R. Ward

4.75 🍁s ~ Lover Unbound (Black Dagger Brotherhood #5) by J.R. Ward

4 🍁s ~ Lover Enshrined (Black Dagger Brotherhood #6) by J.R. Ward

4 🍁s ~ Lover Mine (Black Dagger Brotherhood #8) by J.R. Ward

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Lover Enshrined (Black Dagger Brotherhood #6) by J.R. Ward

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Synopsis:

In this “frighteningly addictive” paranormal romance saga there’s a war raging between vampires and their slayers. Here are the stories of a secret band of brothers like no other—six vampire warriors, defenders of their race. And now a dutiful twin must choose between two lives…

Fiercely loyal to the Black Dagger Brotherhood, Phury has sacrificed himself for the good of the race, becoming the male responsible for keeping the Brotherhood’s bloodlines alive. As Primale of the Chosen, he is obligated to father the sons and daughters who will ensure that the traditions of the race survive, and that there are warriors to fight those who want all vampires extinguished.

As his first mate, the Chosen Cormia wants to win not only his body, but his heart for herself. She is drawn to the noble responsibility behind the emotionally scarred male. But Phury has never allowed himself to know pleasure or joy. As the war with the Lessening Society grows grim, tragedy looms over the Brotherhood’s mansion, and Phury must decide between duty and love….


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“I love you forever” didn’t always need to be spoken to be understood.”

I really liked this book. It was fast paced and constantly had my attention. For such a big book, the time while reading it went by fast and before I knew it, I was finished with it.
This was Cormia and Phury’s book… or at least it was supposed to be. J.R. Ward loves her multiple point of views and that is what really messed up this book for me. While it was supposed to be Phury and Cormia’s book, their story was only about 30% of the entire book. We were given John’s, Qhuinn’s, Lash’s, Mr. D’s, the Omega’s, the Scribe Virgin’s, Xhex’s, Rhevenge’s, and Tohr’s point of views along with Phury’s and Cormia’s. Because of all of the side character point of views, much more of the book was spent telling their stories, and not Phury’s.

I had an extreme disconnect with Phury and Cormia’s relationship because, lets face it, this book wasn’t really about them. This book was really about all of the side characters and getting ready for the next installments. We even got more of Z’s story and in my head, his plot line has been over for a while now. John’s book isn’t until book eight, and we spent more time with him and his story than we did with Phury and Cormia.
This is a major problem for me. I love multiple POV books, but when the side characters’ story (whose book is coming up later) takes up more of the book than the main character’s does, there is a problem. I read this book for Phury and Cormia, and while I love the side character’s, I didn’t read this for them. If I wanted their story, I would read their book.

This book felt like a waste of my time as far as Phury and Cormia go. I didn’t connect with either one of them and whenever something interesting would happen in their plot line, the point of view would change. I found this extremely annoying and I am no closer to either of them now. I got nothing out of their plot line and after a while, it became a chore to read through their chapters together. I felt like they rarely spent any time together and as a result, when they said they loved each other, I didn’t feel it. I felt like J.R. Ward told me they were in love instead of showing me. That is a complete shame because I was really looking forward to their story.

Overall, I enjoyed this book. Though if I am being honest, I feel cheated. This book was advertised as Phury’s story and it wasn’t. When the main protagonists take up less of the pages in the book then the side characters do, there is a problem. This book got me totally excited for Rehvenge’s and John’s story, but besides that, it gave me nothing else. I hope that the future installments are not like this one because if they are, I don’t know if I can continue the series. When I go into the next book, I hope to see more of Rehvenge’s story than the other characters because as of right now, I really am excited for it. But, I think that the next book is going to be a repeat of this one if I am being completely honest. Only time will tell I guess.


Other Books in the Series:

5 🍁s ~ Dark Lover (Black Dagger Brotherhood #1) by J.R. Ward

4.25 🍁s ~ Lover Eternal (Black Dagger Brotherhood #2) by J.R. Ward

5 🍁s ~ Lover Awakened (Black Dagger Brotherhood #3) by J.R. Ward

4.75 🍁s ~ Lover Unbound (Black Dagger Brotherhood #5) by J.R. Ward

4.25 🍁s ~ Lover Avenged (Black Dagger Brotherhood #7) by J.R. Ward

4 🍁s ~ Lover Mine (Black Dagger Brotherhood #8) by J.R. Ward

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Lover Unbound (Black Dagger Brotherhood #5) by J.R. Ward

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Synopsis:

The ruthless and brilliant brother Vishous possesses a destructive curse and a frightening ability to see the future. As a member of the Brotherhood, he has no interest in love or emotion, only the battle with the Lessening Society. But when a mortal injury puts him in the care of a human surgeon, Dr. Jane Whitcomb compels him to reveal his inner pain and taste true pleasure for the first time-until a destiny he didn’t choose takes him into a future that does not include her…


4.75 🍁s

“I love you. And I’m going to keep loving you even after you don’t know I exist.”

MINOR SPOILERS THROUGHOUT:
I really liked this book. I read the first few books in this series a while ago and I ended up putting it down because I wasn’t too interested in reading Butch’s story. I loved the first three books in this series and I realized that I desperately wanted to go back to it, so I decided that I was just going to skip Lover Revealed and move onto this installment. And I am so glad I made that decision because this book was just what I wanted to read right now!

I have loved Vishous since the first book in this series. His prophetic abilities have always intrigued me as well as his hand. In the past installments, V had always played a background role really. He never really had any character development and there wasn’t really anything said about his past. Because of this, I was really curious going into this book. I wanted to get to know Vishous and learn more about his backstory. And let me tell you, like Z’s story, it was tragic and tore my heart out sometimes. The more pieces I got of it, the more I sympathized with V and the more I appreciated the strength and courage it must have taken him to survive and to get where he is.

I liked Jane, but I must say that I am a little disappointed with her character and development. I read the prologue of this installment and I was really looking forward to learning more about Jane after that. Sadly, Jane’s back story and just the overall development of her character didn’t live up to my expectations. I wish that she would have been flushed out more and a little more developed as a character.

The main problem I had with this book was pacing. At times, the book was really fast paced and I was really interested in what was happening. J.R. Ward tends to skip around to different POVs and some of them are more interesting at certain times than others. Because of this, at times, I was completely uninterested and I struggled to get through the chapter.

Overall, I really enjoyed this installment in the Black Dagger Brotherhood series. I had a really fun time while reading it and this book definitely brought back my love for the series. I will be continuing with the next installment, Lover Enshrined .


Other Books in the Series:

5 🍁s ~ Dark Lover (Black Dagger Brotherhood #1) by J.R. Ward

4.25 🍁s ~ Lover Eternal (Black Dagger Brotherhood #2) by J.R. Ward

5 🍁s ~ Lover Awakened (Black Dagger Brotherhood #3) by J.R. Ward

4 🍁s ~ Lover Enshrined (Black Dagger Brotherhood #6) by J.R. Ward

4.25 🍁s ~ Lover Avenged (Black Dagger Brotherhood #7) by J.R. Ward

4 🍁s ~ Lover Mine (Black Dagger Brotherhood #8) by J.R. Ward

Dark, Reviews, Romance, Urban Fantasy/Paranormal Romance

Lover Awakened (Black Dagger Brotherhood #3) by J.R. Ward

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Synopsis:

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. Of these, Zsadist is the most terrifying member of the Black Dagger Brotherhood.

A former blood slave, the vampire Zsadist still bears the scars from a past filled with suffering and humiliation. Renowned for his unquenchable fury and sinister deeds, he is a savage feared by humans and vampires alike. Anger is his only companion, and terror is his only passion—until he rescues a beautiful aristocrat from the evil Lessening Society.

Bella is instantly entranced by the seething power Zsadist possesses. But even as their desire for one another begins to overtake them both, Zsadist’s thirst for vengeance against Bella’s tormentors drives him to the brink of madness. Now, Bella must help her lover overcome the wounds of his tortured past, and find a future with her…


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“I was dead until you found me, though I breathed. I was sightless, though I could see. And then you came…and I was awakened.”

MAJOR SPOILERS THROUGHOUT:

I really liked this book. Zsadist was so raw and I loved him. He has gone through more things than most people could imagine, let alone live through. I felt so bad for him and all I wanted was to ease his pain and for him to be happy. I felt like Bella was so perfect for him. She fit him so well and understood him. She looked past the scares and saw the beauty underneath. I loved how she stood up to Zsadist and called him out when he was wrong. That took a lot and I was proud of her for it. She didn’t let Zsadist walk all over her and I think that was one of the main things he needed in a female.

I was starting to get worried towards the end because things started to go downhill. Zsadist didn’t believe that someone as beautiful as Bella could want him and he constantly felt unworthy of her affections. That was probably the main problem between them and why I love Zsadist so much; he didn’t understand his beauty and his worth.

Some things shocked me and I was surprised that J.R. Ward went there (Wellsie dying and Sarelle dying).

We got to see more of Phury as well and I fell in love with his character. His whole life has been dedicated to protecting Zsadist and he lives in his shadow constantly. John says a line in the book that I thought really hit the nail on the head:

You are in a prison with no bars.

I felt like that fit Phury well. He is so worried about his brother that he really doesn’t have a life. I really hope that with Zsadist finally finding happiness, Phury will as well in future books.

I have to admit that those flashback scenes hurt. We got see what Zsadist went through and I can’t even imagine it. I can admit that there is no way I would have been able to get through it. I truly admire Zsadist for his tenacity, his will to live, and his bravery. Those scenes were really raw and cut deep. I would not recommend this for people with triggers.

That plot twist was so well planned (The Reverend being Rehvenge). That was absolutely brilliant! Looking back I now see little things leading up to it and I have to applaud J.R. Ward for slipping those in there. I never saw it coming. I really enjoyed this book and can’t wait to read the next installment.


Other Books in the Series:

5 🍁s ~ Dark Lover (Black Dagger Brotherhood #1) by J.R. Ward

4.25 🍁s ~ Lover Eternal (Black Dagger Brotherhood #2) by J.R. Ward

4.75 🍁s ~ Lover Unbound (Black Dagger Brotherhood #5) by J.R. Ward

4 🍁s ~ Lover Enshrined (Black Dagger Brotherhood #6) by J.R. Ward

4.25 🍁s ~ Lover Avenged (Black Dagger Brotherhood #7) by J.R. Ward

4 🍁s ~ Lover Mine (Black Dagger Brotherhood #8) by J.R. Ward

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Lover Eternal (Black Dagger Brotherhood #2) by J.R. Ward

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Synopsis:

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…


4.25 🍁s

“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).


Other Books in the Series:

5 🍁s ~ Dark Lover (Black Dagger Brotherhood #1) by J.R. Ward

5 🍁s ~ Lover Awakened (Black Dagger Brotherhood #3) by J.R. Ward

4.75 🍁s ~ Lover Unbound (Black Dagger Brotherhood #5) by J.R. Ward

4 🍁s ~ Lover Enshrined (Black Dagger Brotherhood #6) by J.R. Ward

4.25 🍁s ~ Lover Avenged (Black Dagger Brotherhood #7) by J.R. Ward

4 🍁s ~ Lover Mine (Black Dagger Brotherhood #8) by J.R. Ward

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Dark Lover (Black Dagger Brotherhood #1) by J.R. Ward

42899

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Synopsis:

In the shadows of the night in Caldwell, New York, there’s a deadly turf war going on between vampires and their slayers. There exists a secret band of brothers like no other-six vampire warriors, defenders of their race. Yet none of them relishes killing more than Wrath, the leader of The Black Dagger Brotherhood.

The only purebred vampire left on earth, Wrath has a score to settle with the slayers who murdered his parents centuries ago. But, when one of his most trusted fighters is killed-leaving his half-breed daughter unaware of his existence or her fate-Wrath must usher her into the world of the undead-a world of sensuality beyond her wildest dreams.


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“Some bridges you crossed on your own, no matter who drove you to the edge”

I loved this book. The plot was fast paced and constantly had my attention. I didn’t want to put it down! The vampires were so different from usual and their backstories were well thought out and unique. I liked that the vampires were the ‘good guys’ and the vampire hunters were the ‘bad guys’. I thought that that brought an interesting dynamic to the story.

The different points of view were intriguing. Each character had a unique and distinct voice. I don’t usually enjoy that many different point of views but I liked it here and thought it was done well.

The characters were great. I loved each of the members of the Black Dagger Brotherhood (even Zsadist). I just want to take a moment to say I loved their names. Wrath, Zsadist, Phury, Rhage, Tohrment, and Vishous. While some people might think that they have cheesy names, I absolutely loved them. They were so unique and different from normal male names. I applaud J.R. Ward for making that decision. They were each funny and unique. They’re personalities were so different from normal male protagonists. I liked that each of them had a weakness/curse. I felt like that that aspect humanized them in a way. I can’t wait to read each of their stories.

Beth was great as well. For this giant change in her life to happen suddenly, she held her own. I was shocked at her strength and her bravery. Wrath was such a doll. I loved him. He was so intimidating and scary on the outside but actually a puppy on the inside. Once Beth got to know him, he was sweet and caring. I loved his character and his backstory.

You know when you are reading a book and the characters will say something stupid or won’t speak up when you want them to leading you to mentally admonish them? Well this is probably the first book I have ever read where that didn’t happen. I thought a few times got close but J.R. Ward would change direction and I would be so grateful. I’ve never had that happen and I was really surprised. Once again, I have to applaud J.R. Ward. I loved her writing and I can’t wait to read the next book!


Other Books in the Series:

4.25 🍁s ~ Lover Eternal (Black Dagger Brotherhood #2) by J.R. Ward

5 🍁s ~ Lover Awakened (Black Dagger Brotherhood #3) by J.R. Ward

4.75 🍁s ~ Lover Unbound (Black Dagger Brotherhood #5) by J.R. Ward

4 🍁s ~ Lover Enshrined (Black Dagger Brotherhood #6) by J.R. Ward

4.25 🍁s ~ Lover Avenged (Black Dagger Brotherhood #7) by J.R. Ward

4 🍁s ~ Lover Mine (Black Dagger Brotherhood #8) by J.R. Ward