Book Review

by J.R. Ward

Genre: Paranormal/Urban Fantasy, Vampire, Paranormal Romance

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Black Dagger Brotherhood warrior/vampire Rhage is the society's deadliest fighter, mainly because of a curse placed on him. Rhage carries within him a terrible beast that can decimate all those around it when it's unleashed. His warrior brothers have learned to get out of the way when Rhage is transformed into the dragon-like creature.

Mary Luce has her own demon inside, but it's called cancer. While helping a mute teenage boy named John, Mary is suddenly exposed to a dangerous world she never dreamed possible. What neither John nor Mary realizes is that John is a young vampire on the verge of turning and, without help, he will die.

When Rhage first meets Mary, he is blown away by her voice and quickly realizes that this human woman is his destiny. But the war between the evil Lessers and the vampires is ratcheting up, and Mary's health could make a future impossible. But, this beauty may be the only thing that can tame Rhage's wild beast.

The concepts and consequences of friendship, loyalty and love are critical to this extremely intense and emotionally powerful tale. Ward's ongoing paranormal world is, among other things, colorful, dangerous and richly conceived. With both intricate plots and believable characters, she has penned a surefire hit. (Mar., 464 pp., $6.99)

Reviewed By: Jill M. Smith

Publisher: Signet Eclipse

Published: March 2006

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4.5 Stars

Average Rating: 4.5 Stars
(2 ratings)

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Lover Eternal

Submitted by Robin in PA on January 7, 2012 - 8:17pm.

Cursed by the Scribe Virgin, Rhage must live with a beast who comes out when he is enraged or overly aggressive. He meets Mary while she is visiting the Brotherhood's compound and finds her irresistible. Mary Luce is a human who has leukemia. She cannot figure out why Rhage is pursuing her since she is not beautiful. When Mary is thrust into the middle of the conflict between the Brotherhood and the Lessening Society, she must reluctantly depend on Rhage for protection.

Great addition to a fabulous series. J.R. Ward creates a world that sucks you in and never lets go. The characters are strong and the story never slows down. My rating: 5 Stars.