December 19, 2010

Review : Lover Enshrined by J.R. Ward

Title : Lover Enshrined
Author : J. R. Ward
Reading Dates : 20 Nov - 23 Nov 2010
Lover Enshrined (Black Dagger Brotherhood, Book 6)
Black Dagger Brotherhood Series.
The Books in the series :
  • Dark Lover
  • Lover Eternal
  • Lover Awakened
  • Lover Revealed
  • Lover Unbound
  • Lover Enshrined
  • Lover Avenged
  • Lover Mine
  • Lover Unleashed
From Amazon :
In this "frighteningly addictive" paranormal romance sage there's a war raging between vampires and their slayers. Here are the stories of a secret band of brothers like no other-six vampire warriors, defenders of their race. And now a dutiful twin must choose between two lives...

Fiercely loyal to the Black Dagger Brotherhood, Phury has sacrificed himself for the good of the race, becoming the male responsible for keeping the Brotherhood's bloodlines alive. As Primale of the Chosen, he is obligated to father the sons and daughters who will ensure that the traditions of the race survive, and that there are warriors to fight those who want all vampires extinguished.

As his first mater, the Chosen Cormia wants to win not only his body, but his heart for herself. She is drawn to the noble responsibility behind the emotionally scarred male. But Phury has never allowed himself to know pleasure or joy. As the war with the Lessening Society grows grim, tragedy looms over the Brotherhood's mansion, and Phury must decide between duty and love...

Book Review of Lover Enshrined.
Lover Enshrined was an okay read. There were plenty of good parts but nothing that particularly shone for me.

What I found interesting about this book was the main characters’ story. Phury because he offers another look at the past he shares with Zsadist and because of his present struggle with his drug addiction. As for Cormia, I enjoyed reading about how she adapted to life outside of the boundaries of the Chosen. Unfortunately, the pair simply doesn’t click as a couple. There was no spark to their relationship despite their supposed sexual attraction to each other. And that of course ruins the romance part of the tale.

The other quibble I have with the story is how Bella puts down Phury’s feelings for her. While I can believe that he had a change of heart, I couldn’t accept her assertion that he had mixed up his feelings of gratitude with love for her. As I recall, he and Zsadist both started to have feelings for her at the same time. None of them could have known that she’d be able to save Zsadist from himself then.

The part I enjoyed the most was the change in John, Blay and Quinn’s relationships and standing within the Brotherhood. What happens here certainly has me wondering about what changes are coming for everyone.

My conclusion : Borrow for a read.

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