Lover Avenged (Black Dagger Brotherhood, Bk 7)
Lover Avenged - Black Dagger Brotherhood, Bk 7 Author:J. R. Ward As the vampire warriors defend their race against their slayers, one male's loyalty to the Black Dagger Brotherhood will be tested -- and his dangerous mixed blood revealed.... — 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 hug... more »e 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.« less
Lover Avenged is a worthy addition to the BDB collection. It's a longer, deeper story than any of the others, with plenty of time dedicated to sexy Rehvenge as well subplots on Wrath, John, and eeevil Lash. I don't want to give any of the plot away - you deserve the pleasure of discovering Rehv's amethyst eyes for yourself. Just know that Rehv is awesome, he has to deal with way too much crap (yeah, I got teary once or twice), but fortunately he doesn't have to deal with it all alone... which means we also get a much-needed hot Brotherhood fix to boot.
Ward has outdone herself with "Lover Avenged." The first six novels in this series revolve around rather simplistic plots: Zsadist's story is simply his own, as is Rhage's, etc. This novel tells the story of Rehvenge BUT there's so much more. If you've been wondering what's going on with Wrath and his queen, question answered! Wanted more about John Matthew? That's there too. Wondering how Doc Jane is? Read on!
Additionally, she manages to present the characters of Xhex and Rehvenge honestly (showing all their flaws), but still in a way that just warmed my heart. You'll be a Rehv fan when you're done, I promise!
I liked Lover Avenged, but there was something about the book that didn't quite work for me. There seemed to be a shift somewhere; it didn't read like a Black Dagger Brotherhood book, IMO. Maybe it's because the book was about Rehvenge and he's not a brother. Also, this is the first time that I became annoyed with the lessers. They are an integral piece to the on-going war, but it was just about the leader finding ways to make money and it was boring to read about. Besides what's going on with Wrath, the storyline did not move forward in this book. The whole war issue with the lessers was at a stand-still and I wished there was some type of progression with it.
With my complaints aside, I loved Rehvenge and Ehlena. I liked how gentle he was with her and there was true emotion when they were together. I thought the revelation of who, and what, Rehvenge was handled beautifully. Ehlena's feelings and reactions were spot on and I admired how she was able to forgive him.
I felt so bad for JM in this book. He got kicked around too much, but I hated how he decided to handle everything. He's never had much guidance, and the one person he looks up to, was not around when he needed it. I am looking forward to his book, which I believe is next. Honestly, I hope it's not as long as this one was. 3.5 stars
Kimberly K. (kmk) reviewed Lover Avenged (Black Dagger Brotherhood, Bk 7) on
Helpful Score: 7
I love this series!!!! I never know what's going to happen in J.R. Wards Black Dagger Brotherhood series, except to say that she's never let me down when it comes to a page turner. Well worth the money I spent on this book and one I can read over and over again when I find myself in a reading rut. Just wish I didn't have to wait so long for the next one, then again, Ward makes it worth the wait. A 5 star read.
Continues the saga of the Black Dagger Brotherhood with the story of Rhevenge and Ehlena. Not a horrible book, but not nearly as good as the first few books in the series. Definitely not worth the cost of a new hardcover, so get it used or at your library.
There were lots of subplots going on in this one. It set the stage for the next book (John and Xhex). There was a fair amount about Wrath. The rest of the brothers were in the book but only superficially.
If you like the series, I think it's a "must read" because the books build on each other and you would have information gaps otherwise.
I enjoyed Rehv and Ehlena's story. I enjoyed the other story continuations of the multiple other members of the BDB. John and Xhex and Wrath and Beth factor heavily in this book. Like all the other BDB books before this, there is plenty of Brand Name dropping, slang, and the super fun spelling of names.
No disappointment with this series yet! The seventh book in the series was more interesting than I thought it would be. Loved the story of Rehvenge and Ehlena. I was also very pleased that Wrath a main character in this story too. Loved the set up for John and Xhex's Story and I can't wait to read about Payne! Great book overall though I will admit that the first half of Lash and the lessers story was boring IMO.
Lover Avenged really changed my stance on Rehv, until this point I enjoyed his character but I had never considered him as one of my favorites... now I take cooking tips from the guy. (Try making his roast, and see if it isn't the best thing ever) I never thought I would cry over the purple Mohawk wearing gangster, but there was more then a few times this book had me reaching for a Kleenex. So my hat goes off the the Warden on this one because this is the only time my initial opinion of one of her characters has changed.
Then there is the John/Xhex side story, the John/Tohr side story and one gorgeous angel all of which are reason enough to come back another slice.