Lover Eternal (The Black Dagger Brotherhood #2)
With the story of Wrath and Beth wrapped up, the second book in J.R. Ward’s Black Dagger Brotherhood series focuses on Rhage, aka “Hollywood” nickname by his brothers. Rhage, who has been cursed by the Sacred Virgin for his anger and inappropriate behavior with the curse of turning into an uncontrollable dragon monster when threatened, wounded, or not getting enough sexual release or fighting, inadvertently stumbles across a woman named Mary. Mary is a cancer survivor who has developed a relationship with a caller at her job at the suicide hotline, a person that doesn’t talk to her, but only wishes to communicate/hear from her. This mysterious caller, Mary discovers is a young man named John Matthew, who cannot talk but is knowledgeable of sign-language. He has been following her and claims to be protecting her as she goes about her day and job as a suicide crisis hotline receptionist. Through her neighbor, a drop-dead gorgeous woman named Bella who lives next door from Mary’s barn house, Mary discovers that John is very special – noted by his hand-carved bracelet that turns out to be in a very rare language, and the bracelet has an intriguing word on it. Bella calls the Black Dagger Brotherhood to come see John, and Bella, John and Mary were asked to come to the Brotherhood manor. By chance and accident, Mary runs into Rhage in the manor – and Rhage instantly becomes infatuated with her. Mary, however, is not wooed at all by his smooth moves and breath-taking looks. With his growing interest and devotion to Mary, Rhage must also deal with his curse, which seems to be also reacting to Mary’s presence and growing interest in Rhage.
I think that this second book in the Black Dagger Brotherhood series was overall a success, in that it was entertaining, suspenseful and has a nice lead into the next book in the series. I would have liked some of the conflicts that appeared throughout the book to have been addressed more thoroughly instead of just glossed over. I really enjoyed reading about how Rhage actually has to use his smarts and be romantic in order to win Mary over. And of course, the sex scenes were as fantastic as the first book’s scenes.
Rating: 4/5 Stars
Rating: 4/5 Stars