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

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

After finishing book one in J.R. Ward’s Black Dagger Brotherhood series I knew I’d be reading this.  But it took me a while to finish it. It’s not that I didn’t like it. Quite the opposite. Please read on for my review of

Lover Eternal


It was heart wrenching. It killed me. It made me cry.

On the other hand, I laughed. I got passionate in the quest of eliminating the bad guys. I wanted to see Rhage and Mary getting the HEA they so deserved.

“Hey,” she murmured, stepping out from behind the bush. “It’s me. Mary.”

The great dragon’s head shook up and down like a horse’s, its mane flashing black. The massive body swung a little toward her.

The beast was beautiful, she thought. Beautiful in the way a cobra was, its ugliness overshadowed by graceful, shifting movements and a predatory intelligence you had to respect.

“You are really huge, you know that?” She kept her voice low as she approached it slowly, remembering how Rhage liked her to talk to him. “And you did an excellent job keeping those lessers from me. Thank you.”

When she was right next to the beast, the jaws opened and it called out to the sky while keeping its eyes on her. Abruptly the great head lowered, as if it were seeking her touch. She reached out, stroking smooth scales, feeling the great tensile strength in the thickness of its neck and shoulder.

“You are scary as hell up close, you really are. But you feel nice. I didn’t think your skin would be so soft or warm.”

Those white eyes flickered to the left and narrowed, its lips curling up into a snarl.

‘Tell me someone isn’t coming closer,” she said without varying her tone or turning away. She kept her eyes locked on that huge face.

“Butch, hang back, man,” V muttered. “She’s talking him down.”

The beast growled low in its throat.

“Hey, now, don’t bother with them,” she said. “They’re not going to do anything to either one of us. Besides, haven’t you had enough tonight?”

The creature heaved a great breath.

“Yeah, you’re done,” she murmured, stroking under the mane. Heavy muscles ran in great ropes under the skin. There was no fat, nothing but power.

It eyed the vampires once again.

“No, they’re nothing you and I need to worry about. You just stand right here with me and—”

Without warning, the beast whirled around and knocked her to ground with its tail. It leaped into the air at her house, crashing its upper body through a window.

A lesser was pulled out into the night, and the beast’s roar of outrage was cut off as it took the slayer between its jaws.

Mary tucked into a ball, shielding herself from the tail’s barbs. She covered her ears and closed her eyes, cutting off the juicy sounds and the horrible sight of the killing.

Moments later she felt her body being nudged. The beast was pushing at her with its nose.

She rolled over and looked up into its white eyes. “I’m fine. But we’re going to have to work on your table manners.”

The beast purred and stretched out on the ground next to her, resting its head between its forelegs. There was a brilliant flash of light and then Rhage appeared in the same position. Covered in black blood, he shivered in the cold.

She shrugged out of her coat as the brothers ran over. Each one of the men took their jackets off and laid them down on Rhage, too.

“Mary?” he croaked.

“I’m right here. Everyone’s fine. The two of you saved me.”

And it left me hanging.

No. It doesn’t have a cliffhanger, thank goodness! It’s just that it left a plot open, for the next book to solve. Which actually killed me, but I have already started the next one, so I’m good.

What I didn’t like in this book, was the fact that neither Rhage or Mary wanted to open up and things had to become critical to be open and honest with each other. And even after their talk, they were still things unsaid and they were both too stubborn.

Of course, that doesn’t mean I’m giving up! Lover Eternal was amazing and, as I’ve already said, I started the next book immediately!

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

Title: Lover Eternal
Author: J.R. Ward
Series: Black Dagger Brotherhood #2
Also in this series: Dark Lover, Lover Awakened, Lover Revealed
Genre: Contemporary Paranormal Romance, Vampires
Published by: Signet
ISBN: 0451218043
Published on: 7 March 2016
Source: Self-Purchased
Pages: 441
Audio Length: 14 Hours: 11 minutes
Rated: four-half-stars
Heat: One FlameOne FlameOne FlameOne FlameHalf a Flame

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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 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...

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A copy of this title was provided via Self-Purchased for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.

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What are you reading and loving?? Or even hating! I accept those too 😉


About J.R. Ward

J.R. Ward is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of numerous novels, including the Black Dagger Brotherhood series. She lives in the South her family.

5 responses to “Lover Eternal: Black Dagger Brotherhood #2 by J.R. Ward

  1. Marie

    Lover Awakened is even more amazing. So happy you’re reading these! They are fantastic! 🙂

  2. Kiki S

    Marie, I find them so intense, that I make myself put the book down and take a break! There is always a point in those books, that even if I know that everything will be ok, I just can’t take the emotions…..
    I’ll keep reading and reviewing, though! As long as I can take it, of course 😉
    What are you reading?

    • Marie

      The Darkest Corners by Kara Thomas. So good!

      After you have had your fill of the BDB, you should try her Fallen Angels series. There is some fun crossover stuff!