April 28, 2010

Lover Avenged

Lover Avenged (Black Dagger Brotherhood, Book 7)Title : Lover Avenged
Author : J. R. Ward
Reading Dates : 19 Apr - 28 Apr 2010

Black Dagger Brotherhood Series. Lover Avenged is the 7th book in J. R. Ward's The Black Dagger Brotherhood series. The books in the series includes :
  • Dark Lover
  • Lover Eternal
  • Lover Awakened
  • Lover Revealed
  • Lover Unbound
  • Lover Enshrined
  • Lover Avenged

Book Summary of Lover Avenged.

Quite a number of events occur in this particular Black Dagger Brotherhood book. First, we have the main protagonist Rehvenge foiling an assassination attempt on the vampire king and leader of the brotherhood, Wrath. Of course this inadvertently works for Rehvenge and his lady love, Ehlena. Montrag was planning on revealing Rehvenge as a sympath and having him take the fall for the murder after. Its just too bad the tool he chose sided with the vampire family his sister married into. As a side benefit, the destitute Ehlena who is a distant relative of Montrag inherits his fortune.

Then, there's John Matthew's relationship with his adoptive father, Tohr and the half-sympath Xhex. The young male vampire already has sexual and abandonment hang-ups due to being abandoned as a newborn and being raped prior to his transition. Now after being left behind once too many times by Tohr and having his romantic feelings rejected, John Matthew chooses to be the one doing the forsaking instead of being the forsaken one. Both Tohr and Xhex realize their mistake too late seemingly.

Finally, Rehvenge and Ehlena are mated of course in the end. But not before Rehvenge nearly dies sacrificing himself to protect his half-sympath identity. The Brothers rescue Rehvenge but lose Xhex in the process when they come up against not only the sympath colony but the lessers lead by Lash. The supposedly dead male vampire is not only alive but has been resurrected as a lesser with extraordinary powers. The brothers can only hope that Xhex survives until they rescue her from Lash. The only plus is Rehvenge's new role as the king of the sympaths with both his uncle and half-sister dead.

Book Review of Lover Avenged.
Lover Avenged is Rehvenge and Ehlena's tale. Rehvenge is Bella's half-brother who happens to be a half-sympath and the local drug lord. Bella is of course unaware of either her brother's alter-ego since neither him or the vampire family she married into has chosen to enlighten her. Rehvenge, even going so far as to fake his own death when the threat of his secret coming to light becomes imminent. And that's among  one of the  many reasons why I can't seem to enjoy this story. Many of the trials and tribulations our hero and heroine encounters seems to be unnecessary. More a product of their own " I so don't deserve this"  attitude more than anything that it becomes really irritating.The path to true love is never smooth, at least in the world of paranormal romance fiction, but is it necessary to make a production out of it ?

Then, there's Rehvenge and Ehlena's love affair. Love is blind of course but I fail to see the connection between them. It is explained to us that Rehvenge is first drawn to Ehlena because she shares his disconnection from the rest of the world. And once they get to know each other, they realize how wonderful the other is and thus fall hopeless in love. Yeah, right ... I'd like to know when with so many other threads going on and with hardly any time or chemistry between the two main protagonists. We've got Wrath not only dealing with the pressures of being king of a race in a losing war and short on fighting power but also having to deal with his failing eyesight. Then, there's John Matthew who's finally decided to give up on Tohr since he can no longer bear to watch his father slowly killing himself. Or Tohr who finally realizes that he wasn't the only one to lose a loved one when his shellan was killed. Not the best of the Black Dagger Brotherhood series. In fact, I'd consider this the worst of the series that I've read. The best being Zsadist and Bella's story in Lover Awakened.

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