Monday, May 11, 2009

Lover Avenged by JR Ward

Caldwell, NY, has long been the battleground for 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 notorious nightclub 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. Because he’s a sympath, his identity is a deadly secret- the revelation of which will result in his banishment to a colony for sociopaths. And as plots within and outside the Brotherhood take their toll against Rehvenge, he turns to the only source of light in a 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.

JR Ward is an incredible writer. As much as it scares me when talks about the conversations she has with the members of the Black Dagger Brotherhood, no one can deny that she is distinguishing herself as one of the true queens of paranormal romance. Her books are filled with a kind of depth and complexity that is a thrill to read and it is to my continued joy that she keeps publishing more. All of her BDB books deal with the type of unparalleled Alpha male that is hard to not love. They’re always these great mixes of strength, psychotic fury, and amazing tenderness – only when they’re talking to their loved ones, of course. This particular installment is her first hard cover, and while the size might be daunting (527pgs), Ward’s world is so intricate that I can see how it was impossible for her to put this out as her regular mass market paperback. Rehvenge and Ehlena’s journey is hard to describe, but suffice it say there is love and loss and the kind of relationship that every romantic heart sighs over. Vague I know, but if I tried to summarize it anymore I feel like I’d be doing this book a disservice.

Overall Feeling – Thumbs up. It’s an incredible book and the latest addition to one of the most well written paranormal sagas out there.
Series – 1) Dark Love 2) Lover Eternal 3) Lover Awakened 4) Lover Revealed 5) Lover Unbound 6) Lover Enshrined 7) Lover Avenged