Saturday, December 26, 2009
Ok...how do I put this...LOVE HIM! Rehv is a complex hero who had to teach himself morals, feels guilt for his conception, hides his Sympath side from the world, falls in love with a female he feels he doesn't deserve, and sacrifices all for his family and friends by commiting himself to the Sympath colony.
Ehlena is a nurse who despite all she has tried to do falls for Rehv and saves him from the colony with the help of Xhex and the brotherhood. Ehlena's a great female character but not up to par with Mary, Bella, or Xhex but I do love her all the same because she gets the reason for all of Rehv's lies and knows she has to save him because he won't/can't save himself.
Wrath gets another play in this book and we get to know Payne (who we meet at the end of Lover Enshrined - a.k.a Vishous' twin) and it's nice to visit back into the brother's whose books are over. (hoping this trend continues).
John Matthew and Xhex. He realizes he's in love with her (which DUH we all knew because he started bonding with her after they first met) and Xhex is fighting her attraction and feelings because of her past with Murhder and her being a fellow half-breed Sympath. She pushes him away and he goes "toxic" from the rejection...but when she gets snatched by Lash (a.k.a Omega's son - vamp now half lesser) he resolves to save her even if in the end she doesn't want him.
Lash - is a total psycho. Hate reading his parts in Lover Enshrined and Lover Avenged. SOOOOO going to be bouncing off the walls when he kicks it.
Ok...so yeah, gotta show the love for the man with the amethyst eyes!
Tuesday, December 22, 2009
"The series [has] earned Ward an Anne Rice -style following, deservedly so."—Publishers Weekly
The newest in Ward's ferociously popular Black Dagger Brotherhood series bears all the marks of a polished storyteller completely at home in her world. Vishous, son of the Bloodletter, is a cunning, stone-hearted vampire warrior devoted to killing the wicked, undead vampire slayers known as the Lessers; after an ill-fated visit to a hospital, Vishous falls instantly and unexpectedly in love with a human surgeon, Dr. Jane Whitcomb. Soon, Vishous has brought the unwitting human back to the Brotherhood lair, where she returns his feelings, opening up a potentially cataclysmic conflict-Vishous is, against his will, destined to become the Primale, a warrior with multiple vampire wives who's meant to ensure the survival of the species. Ward has by now become an expert at fleshing out the stories of her supporting characters-each with his or her own novel-without overpowering the central story, and while the romance between Vishous and Whitcomb is genre-typical, Ward isn't afraid to break with convention in challenging, gratifying ways. Though not recommended for newcomers to Ward's universe or romance traditionalists, this fix will give Brotherhood addicts a powerful rush.
Ok - as said before Vishous is a fav. He is an utter bastard and I think that is why I love him. He has a tough exterior but with those (two) he really lets in, he cares for deeply. I am at a loss to explain why I love Vishous but I do, have since we met him. Love his relationship with Butch, love his relationship with Jane (hell Jane is one of my fav female characters bec she is tough too). Love his habit of ending statments with "true?"
Also good thing about this book is it starts you into Phury's head more than in Lover Revealed and you get to meet Cormia of the chosen. You see the relationship between V and his mother and the best part is you get to see John and Xhex meet and start their trip towards each other.
Butch O'Neal is a fighter by nature. A hard-living ex-homicide cop, he's the only human ever to be allowed in the inner circle of the Black Dagger Brotherhood. And he wants to go even deeper into the vampire world-to engage in the turf war with the lessers. His heart belongs to a female vampire, Marissa, an aristocratic beauty who's way out of his league. And if he can't have her, then at least he can fight side by side with the Brothers. But fate curses him with the very thing he wants. When Butch sacrifices himself to save a civilian vampire from the slayers, he falls prey to the darkest force in the war. Left for dead, he's found by a miracle, and the Brotherhood calls on Marissa to bring him back, though even her love may not be enough to save him.
So yeah...LOVE HIM. I am sure that I am not the only person out there who reads this series and totally falls in love with each character for each book. Butch I have liked since we first met him in Dark Lover and he has grown so very much. His issues with his longing to belong and for Marissa and the battle within himself for the new connection to the lessening society thanks to the Omega.
I honestly love the friendship and the bond between Butch and Vishous that has carried through and continues on....
Gotta be honest, Marissa is not one of my fav leading females in this series but she's still cool. And I love that we finally get introduced to Xhex in this book and we Rhev (who irritates the shit out of me in this book bec he's all about Marissa and that's just not cool, bec they are so very wrong for each other ;p) *purr*
Sunday, December 20, 2009
(from book review) When tough as nails prosecuting attorney Alexis Baldizzi rescues her sister from the clutches of vampire Ethan Carrick by agreeing to stand in as his pretend girlfriend, she quickly realizes that she is in for an interesting battle, but just this once she seems destined to lose . . . her heart. When Alexis Baldizzi learns that her sister, Brittany, has left behind her dental practice and moved into a suite at a luxury casino owned by Ethan Carrick, she is determined to get her out. She is humored when Brittany tells her that Ethan, his friends and employees are all vampires, further disbelieving when Ethan tries to explain that he is a candidate for the vampire presidency and is in need of a temporary, intelligent, non-vampire girlfriend, to soften his image. Alexis agrees to play the part and is eventually shown evidence to support Ethan's vampire defense. Ethan is the most gorgeous man that Alexis has ever known, and once she stops fighting both him and her attraction to him, she discovers that the saying "Bite Me" has taken on an entirely new meaning. Ethan Carrick has been around for nine hundred years and not once in that time has he met a woman who fascinates him the way Alexis Baldizzi does. He thought his dentist, Brittany Baldizzi, was perfect to play the part of his girlfriend; she's tall, beautiful and perfectly sweet. That thought quickly evaporated once he met her sister, Alexis, a cute little pixie of a woman with the tenacity of a pit bull and handfuls of luscious curves. Ethan finds her to be a refreshing challenge and enjoys her company as he has no other woman in centuries. When attempts on Ethan's life escalate into threats against Alexis, there is nothing in the world he won't do to protect her.
Ok this was a wicked quick read and overall very good. I love Erin's humor that runs through her characters...personally having the hero worring about spouting poetry and later taking a face plant off a balcony bec he didn't want the fruit bowl he just tossed over to hit someone below is just funny!
I am not sure if I will finish this series but I did infact very much enjoy this book.
Deeply scarred without and within, vampire warrior Zsadist believes that he is unworthy of either compassion or true love. One night a glimmer of hope crosses his path, embodied in the young civilian Bella; yet, true to form, he pushes her away. But when the enemy of their race kidnaps Bella, Zsadist can't rest until he finds her, and once he does, he faces his biggest threat to date as fate grants him one last chance at peace. Ward spins her take on Beauty and the Beast into a raw, gritty tour de force, creating an array of ugliness and beauty, pain and pleasure in a tale that sparks enough plot stunners to keep readers fascinated for years to come. Not for the faint of heart--strong sexuality and stronger language rule here--this genre-bending third novel in the Black Dagger Brotherhood series, following Lover Eternal (2006), is a perfect fit for those who like fast-paced urban fantasy rich in both fury and poignancy. Nina DavisCopyright © American Library Association. All rights reserved
Lover Awakened is utterly absorbing and deliciously erotic. The Brotherhood is the hottest collection of studs in romance, and I can't wait for the next one! -- USA Today bestseller Angela KnightBest new series I've read in years! Tautly written, wickedly sexy and just plain fun. Now here's a band of brothers who knows how to show a girl a good time. -- New York Times bestseller Lisa GardnerJ.R. Ward's unique band of brothers is to die for. I love this series! -- New York Times bestseller Suzanne BrockmannWhen it comes to tormented heroes, few can top the dangerous and tortured Zsadist. In a change of pace, it's the hero who has sexual issues resulting from his violently abusive past as a blood slave. Both the hero and heroine have suffered greatly, but it's Zsadist's journey to self-acceptance that makes this book so compelling. Ward pulls no punches in this dark, dangerous and at times tragic series. Waiting for successive installments is getting harder and harder. -- Romantic Times, Top Pick
Friday, December 18, 2009
"And how's that going to go? You're just going to walk up to her and say, 'Hey, I know you've never seen me before, but I'm your dad. Oh, and guess what? You've won the evolutionary lottery: You're a vampire. Let's go toDisneyland!' "
Welcome to the wonderful world of jealousy, he thought. For the price of admission, you get a splitting headache, a nearly irresistible urge to commit murder, and an inferiority complex.
Wrath glared. “Nice of you to show up, Z. Busy tonight with the females?”
“How about you get off my dick?” Zsadist went over to the corner, staying away from the rest.