Book Reviews

Book Review: Lover at Last, by J. R. Ward (2012).

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Qhuinn, son of no one, is used to being on his own. Disavowed from his bloodline, shunned by the aristocracy, he has finally found an identity as one of the most brutal fighters in the war against the Lessening Society. But his life is not complete. Even as the prospect of having a family of his own seems to be within reach, he is empty on the inside, his heart given to another….

Blay, after years of unrequited love, has moved on from his feelings for Qhuinn. And it’s about time: The male has found his perfect match in a Chosen female, and they are going to have a young- just as Qhuinn has always wanted for himself. It’s hard to see the new couple together, but building your life around a pipe dream is just a heartbreak waiting to happen. As he’s learned firsthand.

Fate seems to have taken these vampire soldiers in different directions… but as the battle over the race’s throne intensifies, and new players on the scene in Caldwell create mortal danger for the Brotherhood, Qhuinn finally learns the true definition of courage, and two hearts who are meant to be together… finally become one.

Review:

Lover at Last of the 11th book of the Black Dagger Brotherhood series authored by J. R. Ward. This storyline has been a long wait, to the point where I honestly believed Quinn would continue to live life pretending NOT to love Blay and therefore remain alone forever. Even though Quinn has given the Chosen Layla the gift of a child and will always be the father child deserves, he still would have been pretty much alone if not for his love for Blay. Thankfully in this novel, both Brothers get their act together and sort their fears and emotions out!

Throughout this novel Blay and Quinn run Into numerous issues from the fact Blay is dating Quinn cousin and the fact that Quinn laid with Layla during her needing and Is now pregnant. But even with these issues Quinn never stops loving Blay. And no matter how much Blay doesn’t want to admit it, he still loves Quinn with his whole heart, no matter how hurt he is by all of the rejection his friend throws at him.

Overall, I must say I have enjoyed this novel, but I found it just didn’t have the same pizazz as It’s predecessors. I recommend this novel to anyone interested in romance and the vampire genre. I give this book a rating of 6/10 stars.

Book Reviews

Book Review: Lover Reborn, by J. R. Ward (2012).

Blurb:

In the darkest corners of the night in Caldwell, New York, a conflict like no other rages. The city is home to a band of brothers born to defend their race: the warrior vampires of the Black Dagger Brotherhood. Now back in the Brotherhood – and unrecognisable as the vampire leader he once was – Tohrment is physically emaciated and heartbroken beyond despair. When he begins to see his beloved in his dreams – trapped in a cold, isolating netherworld – Tohr turns to a self-serving fallen angel in hopes of saving the one he has lost. When he’s told he must learn to love another to free his former mate, Tohr knows they are all doomed . . .

Except then a female with a shadowed history begins to get through to him. Against the backdrop of the raging war with the lessers, and with a new clan of vampires vying for the Blind King’s throne, Tohr struggles between the buried past, and a very hot, passion-filled future . . . but can his heart let go and set all of them free?

Review:

Lover Reborn has become my favourite of the series, The Black Dagger Brotherhood, authored by J. R. Ward. Of all the novels, this one has the most heart felt storyline so far. I have fallen in love with the whole Tohr and Autumn saga, forbidden love, but only of their own accord. One could almost wonder whether or not such a love could survive with the heartache that is ingrained in each of their souls. The fact that their fractured existences combined fill each other’s voids until the create a new whole that is also separate and unique to themselves just in a new light. It really struck me as a fantastic storyline founded beneath brutish modern vampires that speak in a way that makes them seem less than they really are.

The storyline of Xhex and John Mathew is intertwined with the first by the attachment of Autumn being Xhex’s birth mother. The whole revelation from previous novels is still strange and new, so it is still hard to swallow in terms of adding another broken vampire into the mix. But this allows the story of Xhex finding her own path in what is a very patriarchal society. While the brothers continue to take their cues from John Mathew, she will never truly be free to fight and be her own person. Thankfully, although it goes against the nature of a bonded male of the species, she can do such a thing. Freeing herself as well as opening a path for future females to carve their own paths without interference of a male making judgement for what is and what could be. Feminism taken to its utmost limits!

Overall, I have enjoyed Lover Reborn, the tenth novel in the series, quite a bit, giving me hope that the rest of the series will continue to keep my interest piqued. An author can’t continue with a series inevitably without the readers attention laxing or becoming completely non-existent. Hopefully the next few books prove me wrong in this aspect. I would recommend this novel to anyone interested in the Vampire genre, especially if you like a bit of romance added in. I give this book a rating of 7/10 stars.

Book Reviews

Book Review: Lover Unleashed, by J. R. Ward (2011).

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Payne, twin sister of Vishious, is cut from the same dark warrior cloth as her brother. Because she is a fighter by nature, and a maverick when it comes to the traditional role of Chosen females, there is no place for her on the Far Side… and no role for her on the front lines of the war, either.

When she suffers a paralysing injury, human surgeon Dr. Manuel Manello is called in to treat as only he can – and he soon gets sucked into her dangerous secret world. Although he never before believed in things that go bump in the night – like vampires – he finds himself more than willing to be seduced by the powerful female who marks both his body and his soul.

As the two find so much more than an erotic connection, the human and vampire worlds collide … just as a centuries-old score catches up with Payne and puts both her love and her life in deadly jeopardy.

Review:

Lover Unleashed is the Ninth book in the Black Dagger Brotherhood series authored by J. R. Ward. This novel looks at Vishious and his sister Payne and how they uniquely fit into this strange family of sorts. Vishious and Jane having difficulties was bound to come to a head eventually, especially with all the pent-up emotion he had to have been hiding behind his masculine testosterone fuelled visaed which makes some of us wonder what Jane sees in the guy when he is acting up and not like himself at all. Though throughout the novel readers still root for the home team, in that no one wants to see V and the Doc split up in any way shape or form. Hopefully he will find it easier to come to terms with his issues after Butch had his one on one time with him.

As for Payne, she brings light into how harsh the vampire world can be. Her treatment and that of her brothers as they were growing up is nothing short of appalling and it is sad to see that their mother still seems to hold no residual effect from watching and even acting upon some of what had been done to them. Payne being imprisoned for such a long time on the Far side and the acts of violence and torture forced upon her brother are nothing short of absolute evil. The fact they survived with their sanity speaks highly of their resilience and strength of character, which J R Ward has portrayed wonderfully throughout tis novel.

Overall, I must admit to enjoying this novel and I would recommend it to anyone that has a spark for fantasy and the romance/vampire genre. I give the book a rating of 6.5/10 stars.

Book Reviews

Book Review: Lover Mine, by J. R. Ward (2010).

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Blurb:

John Matthew has come a long way since he was found living among humans, his vampire nature unknown to himself and to those around him. After he was taken in by the Brotherhood, no one could guess what his true history was – or his true identity. Indeed, the fallen Brother Darius has returned, but with a different face and a very different destiny. As a vicious personal vendetta takes John into heart of the war, he will need to call up on both who he is now and who e once was in order to face off against evil incarnate. Xhex, a sympathy assassin, has long steeled herself against the attraction between her and John not allow the male of worth to fall prey to the darkness of her twisted life. When fate intervenes, however, the two discover that love, like destiny, is inevitable between soul mates.

 

Review:

With the eighth book of the series Lover Mine, we learn more about the destiny of John Matthew and how it will include a lot of heartbreak and frustration before it culminates to anything considered good. As known from previous volumes of this series, John has a special something burning in his chest for the assassin female Xhex, and it is somewhat reciprocated if their past interactions are anything to go by. However, Xhex is nowhere to be found after the rescue of Rhev in the previous novel, and John is frantic as would any male of his race would be when his future shellan is in possible peril.

Although I can’t say that I enjoyed this novel as much as it’s predecessor, but I feel that it has continued on with the fast pace action and hardcore romance which is typical of this author. Xhex and John may be broken and their love tender and kind to counteract the evil that is bestowed upon both characters, but it just doesn’t connect the dots like Rhev and Elhena.

Overall, I continue to recommend this series and this novel to anyone interested in the Vampire and Romance genre. I give the book a rating of 6/10 stars.

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Book Review: Lover Avenged, by J. R. Ward (2009). ‘

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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 lesser. 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, Elhena, a vampire untouched by the corruption that has its hold on him – and the only thing standing between him and eternal destruction.

Review:

The seventh instalment of the Black Dagger Brotherhood series is Lover Avenged authoured by J. R. Ward, and has turned out to be my favourite so far. We always knew that something was a little off when it came to Rehvenge, and it wasn’t the obvious choice of him having a sympath  side to contend with. There was obviously something that always bothered him, and the secret meetings he attended along with whatever other business not referred to in other novels. But it isn’t till this instalment that the hidden is revealed.

So far I think the romance between Rehv and Elhena is my favorite so far. The way he mutilates himself due to the endeavors with the horrid sympathy princess in order for him and Xhex to live as normal life as possible for two Vampire/Sympath half-breeds. But the way he tries to save his female from being what he sees as tainted by his demon’s is so sweet and kind that its hard no to sympathize with the beast and begin to “root for the home team”. Throughout the novel most readers would want the character to find his happily ever after.

Overall, I think this has been a great novel by J. R. Ward and quite an exciting twist of characters and their attempts at survival. I recommend this novel to anyone interested in romance and the Vampire genre and really think many fantasy lovers would enjoy this addition to what is becoming quite an addictive read. I give Lover Avenged the rating of 7/10 stars.

Book Reviews

Book Review: Lover Enshrined, by J. R. Ward (2008).

Blurb:

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 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 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…

Review:

Lover Enshrined is the sixth title to the Black Dagger Brotherhood series authored by J. R. Ward, and what a twist this book has given its readers. This book looks at the Brother Phury and his destined future. He has promised Vishous to take his place as the race’s Primale which means that his future is now set in stone as the race’s prime stud. Phury takes what time he has left and douses it with a good dose of pain and destruction, which causes the brotherhood to make some rash and unexpected decisions. But what other way to help the brother was not possible to really see. There was no other way.

As for romance and the erotic side of the novel, J. R. Ward does enter some steamy love scenes throughout the novel which will make flames of any burning desire smouldering on the surface for readers. Phury is meant to be the eventual lover of all the Chosen who await on the Other Side. He is to be husband to all and father to all their children. The Chosen Cormia is to be his first mate and this works out well for them both, in and out of the bedroom.

I think as a reader I have come to love this author’s style of writing, although the grammar freak in me comes out with vengeance often, I find that without a lot of the lingo used the storyline just wouldn’t be the same. The flashbacks which are written in a very different prose shows that the language is an evolution from the past, and these Vampire phenomena have much more depth behind their storyline than what I had first thought.

Overall, I would recommend this novel to anyone interested in the Vampire and Romance genre. It is an exciting and romantic (at times) story, that captures readers imagination easily. I give this book a rating of 6.5/10 stars.

 

Book Reviews

Book Review: Lover Unbound, by J. R. Ward (2007).

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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 ain 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…

Review

Book five of the Black Dagger Brotherhood series is Lover Unbound authored by J. R. Ward. This has to be one of the more far-fetched of the novels this far. Not only does Vishious fall in love with a human, who is compromised in so many ways, he has a paternal revelation as well as the discovery that he nearly becomes the Primale, the breeding stud of his kind.

In this Novel Butch and Vishious also come to an understanding about their taboo relationship. Which is one twist I really hadn’t expected. It’s a tough topic to pull of and continue to keep the masculinity of the characters from disappearing completely. Kudos to the author. The whole erotic fantasy between Jane and V is something of an acquired taste but a good read all the same.

There really wasn’t any important input from the lesser faction to note but I am sure that the new the novel will bring them back threefold.

John’s story continues to heat up now that he has gone through his transition and is a huge vampire to boot. He has a variety of obstacles to overcome before life will settle down for that male.

Overall this novel has been an interesting read and I would recommend it to anyone interested in the vampire romance genre. I give this book a rating of 5/10 stars.

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Book Reviews

Book Review: Lover Awakened by J R Ward (2006).

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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 bad of brothers like no other – six vampire warrior, 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 the 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 Giants Bells’s tormentors drives him to the brink of madness. Now, Bella must help her lover overcome the wounds of his torturned past, and find a future with her…

Review.

The third novel to the Black Dagger Brotherhood series I found to be more enjoyable than the first two. Perhaps the story of Zsadist and Bella is so unique and touching, or I have finally come to terms with the authors prose, either way, I found the story quite enjoyable in comparison to its predecessors.

This time I found the storyline involving the ‘Lessers’ much more interesting also. The Lesser having more of a storyline to his role in the story. It gave Bella’s torment more strength and more understanding in the way she is able to accept her hellren’s idiosyncrasies better than anyone else ever could. I found the way Bella was able to bring forth a much softer side to Zsadist was written very touching, and enjoyed the way the writer brought forward the various emotions brought forward from brutal sexually horrific and down right gruesome acts done to such a sensitive naïve vampire as was Zsadist when he was originally captured.

Overall I have enjoyed this third book of the Black Dagger Brotherhood the most of the series so far. I would recommend this book to anyone interested in romance and the Vampire Genre. I give this book a rating of 5.5/10 stars.

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Book Review: Lover Eternal by J. R. Ward (2006).

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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 deadly beast, Rhage is the most dangerous of the Black Dagger Brotherhood. Within the brotherhood, Rhage is the vampire with 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 Vamoire 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 …

Review:

The second book in the Black Dagger Brotherhood series is Lover Eternal, by J. R. Ward. It’s been an interesting ride with this Vampire novel. There have been a multitude of issues to overcome for all parties involved, Rhage and his beast, as well as Mary and her Cancer being the most difficult. But even so the pair manage to find enough time whilst battling their own demons to find love in each other. The question is at what cost? And to who?

J. R. Ward has presented yet another fine Vampire Romance novel that takes off where the first one finished, but instead of focusing on Beth and Wrath, this time we look at life with Rhage. Mary is fortunate to get wrapped up in the whole scenario when she tries to help a young man named John, who is an adolescent Vampire, which is something that neither of them knew. Not until Mary introduced him to Bella anyway!

I have enjoyed reading the romance side of this novel. Just like its predecessor, it is full of delinquent vocabulary, which I find irritating to read at times, however it continues to be an exciting and romantic storyline. I have very much enjoyed getting to know Rhage and all of his secrets and watching the relationship grow between him and Mary. I dare say just the story of the Vampires alone, even without action scenes would be enough to keep me reading, but it was an interesting read all the same. The history behind this Vampire society is something I want to get to know better whilst taking in the Vampires character and their mates.

On the down side, I really don’t find the “lessers” very good ‘bad guys’. I find myself not concerned for the Vampires in any way due to these supposed bad guys, and their names are almost laughable. I do understand there is a reason behind their naming, but seriously, I find myself wanting to skip over the “lesser” sections of text and continue on with the novel. I just find it almost boring!

Overall, I did enjoy reading this novel, even though there are some things I would have fathered not waisted my time with. I think the author has some really great things going with the characters but needs to take another look at the ‘bad guy’s’ again! I would recommend this book to adults who enjoy romance, and Vampire genre novels. It is quite interesting once you get into it! I give this book a rating of 5.5/10 stars.

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Book Reviews

Book Review: Dark Lover by  J. R. Ward (2005).

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The only purebred vampire left on the planet and the leader of the Black Dagger Brotherhood, Wrath has a score to settle with the slayers who killed his parents centuries ago. But when his most trusted fighter is killed—orphaning a half-breed daughter unaware of her heritage or her fate—Wrath must put down his dagger and usher the beautiful female into another world.

Racked by a restlessness in her body that wasn’t there before, Beth Randall is helpless against the dangerously sexy man who comes to her at night with shadows in his eyes. His tales of the Brotherhood and blood frighten her. Yet his touch ignites a dawning new hunger—one that threatens to consume them both…

Review

A great beginning to a romantic Vampire series, Dark Lover is a great read for those who enjoy Romance novels but are also interested in the Vampire genre.  J. R. Ward has put together some really unusual characters and flipped their world’s upside down to produce an enthusiastic sexually charged story that keeps readers wanting more!

The concept of Vampires is new to some characters and they are thrown in the deep end when it comes to being introduced into an entirely different world and new way of living. However harrowing this turns out to be, there is a constant undercurrent of love and loyalty, as well as strange sense of safety. There is also humour, which sets of some of the more difficult and serious situations, and comes off In a way that gives the characters depth.

Although there are some very hot sex scenes, there is always love behind it, which steers the story away from a XXX rating. The love story of Beth and Wrath Is a story that Is worth the read. Although I have to admit that it could have been written in a different story rose with a better vocabulary for the characters, but I guess without it the characters don’’t quite have the same appeal.

Overall I believe Dark Lover to be a fair beginning of what appears to be a fast paced action packed series. I would recommend it to anyone interested In Vampires, especially those who like their romance. I give the book a rating of 5/10 stars.

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