Monday, February 2, 2015

Review of Lover Avenged (Black Dagger Brotherhood #7) by J.R. Ward

Synopsis: J. R. Ward's Black Dagger Brotherhood novels have introduced readers to a "different, creative, dark, violent, and flat-out amazing" (All About Romance)world. Now, as the vampire warriors defend their race against their slayers, one male's loyalty to the Brotherhood will be tested-and his dangerous mixed blood revealed...

Caldwell, New York, has long been the battleground for the vampires and their enemies, the Lessening Society. It's also where Rehvenge has staked out his turf as a drug lord and owner of a notorious night club that caters to the rich and heavily armed. His shadowy reputation is exactly why he's approached to kill Wrath, the Blind King and leader of the Brotherhood.

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 lessers. 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, Ehlena, a vampire untouched by the corruption that has its hold on him-and the only thing standing between him and eternal destruction.

5 Stars!

Review: I have been looking forward to Rehvenge's story for several books now. He is fascinating with the two opposing sides within him - Vampire and Sympath. Few know his secret, or else he would be relegated to the Sympath colony, where he would most likely be killed very quickly. Instead, those that do know either try to protect him, or, in one case, blackmail him for their own evil purposes. In some ways, it was interesting to read about a strong, alpha male type that was being blackmailed - and the way that he was being blackmailed - because you get to see his inner strength at work when his actual body is not always able to be at it's best.

He soon comes across Ehlena, a Vampire who has lost her place in the glymera, due to shady dealings from people that took advantage of her father while he was in a weakened state, mentally. Ehlena is a nurse at Havers's clinic, and, after she takes a risk for Rehvenge, for which she receives consequences, he recognizes that he wants to take care of her even though he is not in a place where he is able to do so. Before long, his secret gets into the wrong hands, and, in order to protect those around him, Rev does turn himself in to the Sympath colony.

The Brotherhood, Ehlena, Xhex and the Shadows - none of them are the same without him, however. Ehlena finally convinces everyone to help her find him, as she claims him as her mate, and they have to help. What they find in that colony, however, is truly dark and evil. Even though all of these books are dark and have some creepy elements, at times, this book has felt the darkest, so far, once the group in in the Sympath colony. Even though they may find Rev, however, it does not mean that they will get him out without other losses to the group because there is always another enemy working against them. Lash. The Omega's son is still looking for ways to make life hard for pretty much everyone around him. With the help of the Sympath King, he just may succeed, unless the Brotherhood can prevent him from doing so.

Again, this author is great. I can't seem to put these books down, and I am truly dreading coming to the end of what is available.


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