Within the Black Dagger Brotherhood, Rhage is the warrior vampire with the strongest appetites. He’s the deadliest fighter, the most voracious lover, the quickest to act on his impulses. He’s also been cursed with two hundred years of hell. Possessed by a beast, he lives in fear of the times when his inner dragon comes out and he’s a danger to everyone around him.
Mary Luce has unwittingly found herself in the vampire world, and under Rhage’s protection. With her own life-threatening curse to bear, she’s not looking for love. Besides, she’s stopped believing in saving grace and miracles long ago. But when Rhage’s intense sexual attraction turns into emotional bonding, he knows he must have her for his mate. As their enemies close in, Mary finds herself praying for something she fears she’ll never have: life eternal with the one she loves.
Point of view:
3rd person. Multiple perspectives. Not always clearly defined.
What I like about the BDB series as a whole is that it’s sort of this epic, ongoing, lots of moving parts type of series. In Lover Eternal, the “background” pieces are fantastic. Butch’s continues integration in the Brotherhood, John Matthew, Bella and Zsadist, etc.
However, Mary and Rhage’s story is pretty meh. While I get that Mary thinks she’s being punked by Rhage’s interest in her and her fears of someone watching her die – it takes too long for her to come around and to feel like she’s really with Rhage. Rhage is afraid of hurting Mary so he’s also emotionally back and forth. But what really killed it for me was the cheating, under the cloak of “my body needs this and you can’t give it to me” was really icky and I had a hard time coming around after that. When things finally come together for them, the book abruptly ends.
Honestly the best part of this book is the anticipation of Zsadist and Bella’s story, Lover Awakened.
Jim Frangione has a really unique voice. It took me a while to get used to his style. I feel like the voices of the characters aren’t always differentiated and sometimes it made it confusing to figure out who was talking. Overall, it was an enjoyable listen.
About the author:
J.R. Ward is the author of over thirty novels, including those in her #1 New York Times and USA Today bestselling series, The Black Dagger Brotherhood. There are more than 15 million copies of Ward’s novels in print worldwide and they have been published in 25 different countries around the world.
After graduating from law school, Ward began working in healthcare in Boston and spent many years as Chief of Staff of one of the premier academic medical centers in the nation. She lives in the south with her incredibly supportive husband and her beloved golden retriever. Writing has always been her passion and her idea of heaven is a whole day of nothing but her computer, her dog and her coffee pot.
You can connect with J.R. Ward here:
About the narrator:
Jim is the voice of many of Dennis Lehane’s books (The Drop, World Gone By and Live By Night), JR Ward’s popular Black Dagger Brotherhood series and her new spinoff Legacy Series, also Spencer Quinn’s Chet and Bernie Mysteries, as well several popular new novels by Christine Feehan. Jim has narrated over 200 titles, was selected as one of AudioFile Magazine’s “Best Voices of 2015”, has received numerous Earphones Awards, was nominated for an Audie Award for fiction and was just recently nominated for a Voice Arts Award in the Mystery category for his narration of Scents and Sensibility by Spencer Quinn.
You can connect with Jim Frangione here:
My Favorite Quotes
I’ll love you enough for the both of us. – Lover Eternal by @JRWard1 #Audiobook narrated by Jim Frangione #BDB #Vampires #RomanceTweet