Lover Avenged

 
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The brothers are back-the latest installment in J. R. Ward-s sizzling #1New York Times bestselling series.

J. R. Ward-s Black Dagger Brotherhood novels have introduced readers to a -different, creative, dark, violent, and flat-out amazing- (All About Romance)world. Now, as the vampire warriors defend their race against their slayers, one male-s loyalty to the 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 huge 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.

Customer Reviews:

  • JR Ward THe Brotherhood
    I have enjoyed this book as well as all the previous ones. A very good story, well written....more info
  • Sadly, BDB Going downhill fast.....
    BDB was a series I fell head over heels in love with. You can read the book info. to see what the storyline is about. I'm going to let you know what the book is like.
    I usually read a book, find out it's got three or four others before it, and then I buy them and read them one after another. But I bought Dark Lover when it first came out, and thought, WOW, she has got to make a series out of this!! And then I had to wait months between books for the next, so I would re-read the others in preparation for each new one coming out. When I say I loved this series, I mean I became obsessed with it. I recommended to everyone I spoke to, went to the website daily. Ward created a world unlike anything I had read before. She carried on with the things I loved best about the Brotherhood in her next three books... the Brothers bravery, their bada$$ attitude, their total love and commitment to their females, and their absolute loyalty to one another. But then she wrote her fifth book, and it got shaky, and then in her sixth book it all fell apart.
    Brothers turning their backs on one another, the love story-line completely gone, Brothers putting their own selfish needs ahead of the brotherhood!!! This was NOT the world I had lost myself in before. I felt betrayed, and by characters in a book no less. But I thought maybe the next will be better... No such luck.
    Rhev deserved such a better story. He should have had more than a third of his own book devoted to his story. Ward tells us they fall in love, but we don't see it, and we especially don't feel it. A male who can live with or without his shellan-- that's just wrong. Remember what happened to Tohr when he lost his female? Where is that kind of love now? I want Ward to make me feel for her characters like I used to, not just shock me. The shock factor for this series is so out of control that the 'shock' value is blown. A plot with twists and turns is great, some 'shocking' scenes are wonderful, but making half your male characters bi-sexual and making the other half perverts-- not so much.
    And I'm sorry, but if Xhex was going to be seen as a leading lady in a later book, perhaps she shouldn't have first been introduced as being as big and strong as a male, all muscles, with a manly appearance... You can't help but think of that wrestler China, with huge man muscles and a masculine face. I know she's supposed to be Zena-esk, but that's not how she was introduced to the series, and after having a picture of that character in your head for four books, it's hard to change it. And John M. being molested by a man bigger and stronger than him, and then falling in love with a woman who looks like a man and who treats him like a little boy... that's a little too messed up in the head for me.
    I liked hearing more about Wrath, but he's so different from his first book, it's like being introduced to a whole new character. I don't know if they have someone helping her, or ghost writing for Ward, or if her editor is a bit nuts, but this wonderful series that we invest money, time, and our hearts into, is going downhill fast. For the first time, I'm not buying the book. I borrowed it from a friend, and gladly gave it back. And just so you know it's not just me, my friend, also a complete BDB junkie, is putting the book for sale here on Amazon.
    So, if you are looking for a great vampire romance/action book, read the first four in this series, read the immortals after dark, read the darkhunter novels, but Lover Avenged is only for those who love Wards writing so much they'll give 5 stars to her grocery list. ...more info
  • fenomenol
    great!!! love the complete series. want to know when the next stories of john and xhes. manny the doctor and payne comes....more info
  • An incredible addition to the BDB!
    I wholeheartedly recommend this entire series to anyone looking for an author who can write a steamy sex scene, great action scenes, and develops multiple characters and storylines with amazing wit, humor, and detail. Lover Avenged is a great addition to this series! While others have said that they didn't feel Rehv's story was given it's due, I think that the story overall does a great job of picking up where Phury's story ended and continuing to create intricate plot lines. As we near the end of the series (JR has said she is going to Book #10 and is unsure of the series after that), this book starts the process of answering some questions that have come up throughout the first 6 books and bringing in new characters and storylines that are just as intriguing. If you haven't read any of this series, start with Dark Lover and work your way forward - you will NOT be disappointed! If you are already a fan, please don't listen to the naysayers - this is a great ride and the twists and turns will keep you on the edge of your seat. And if you're like me, some of the scenes will have you cheering for the boys, and other scenes will leave you begging for Lover Mine to come out sooner than 2010! ...more info
  • Disappointment
    I was very disappointed in this book. I have always been a fan of Wards books and was looking forward to Rehvenge and Ehlena's story. But really its like it wasn't even their story. I LOVED Rehvenge and he has become one of my favorites. He seems so awful before but once your realize what is going on in his head, He is impossible not to fall for. And Ehlena was perfect for him. Ward spent so much time setting up the next story it was like the main characters were secondary instead! It was like their story was an after thought really. I skipped over A LOT, when a say a lot, I mean like 1/2 of the book, just to read Rehv and Ehelna's story. There could have been so much much more between them and it is a shame it wasn't explored more. They deserved better....more info
  • Love the brotherhood, but this book let me down
    I have loved all of the Black Dagger Brotherhood books. It has been one of the best series that I have ever read. With each book, you fall in love with the brother and his story. Although Rehvenge is not technically a "brother" I was looking forward to reading his story. Boy was I disappointed. It really wasn't Rehvenge's story at all. It was Rehvenge & every other secondary character's story. He really got the shaft. There were just way too many characters and plot lines fighting for attention. I got really bogged down in the story and it seemed to take forever to read it. Plus, my book was missing pages! It actually was printed and bound with two pages missing. I may just wait and check the next book out from the library instead of wasting my money. ...more info
  • Loved it!
    I will admit after Lover Enshrined I was curious to see how this book would be, and I am now very happy. J.R. has gotten back to the original style of writing that made me fall in love with the books to begin with. Lover Enshrined was so full of surprises and lost me in a place or two but from the first chapter this book takes you for a ride and it is nearly impossible to put it down. I cannot wait to read the next one....more info
  • Moving book!
    Loved this book it focused on so many characters and did it well. Expressive and fantastic! I love this author!...more info
  • Loved it!!!
    I was worried when I picked this up - seeing it in hardcover and seeing how hefty a hard cover it was, I thought it might be the end of the series. I was so happy with this book. I got my daily dose of romance and the action was much better then in some of the previous books. I have just felt like some of the "lesser" scenes were extraneous in some of the prior Brotherhood outings and I sometimes barely skimmed them, yet didn't miss anything in the grand scheme of the story. Not that case here. And I was wondering how the Sympath side would be handled... no spoilers... I will just say I was pleasantly surprised. This book had everything - there was actually a point where I said, out loud, "oh no" and then worried how it would be addressed... Ms Ward brought it full circle and I actually cheered a little at the way (most) of it ended. Hopefully the one "dark" part of the ending will be solved in the next installment - which I can't wait for! It was great to see the other brothers and I would love to see more of our new Angel friend... we got a little glimpse, just enough to make me hungry for more! Write faster Ms Ward! Please :) ...more info
  • Amazing
    Lover avenged was an amazing book and I have actually already read it twice. I cannot wait till the next book...more info
  • Great book
    I loved it, great writing, amazing, can't put any of this books down.
    This one is excellent....more info
  • Hot!
    I thought the book was amazing....I can't wait till the next one comes out. All of her books are amazing!!!!!! ...more info
  • BDB Rules!
    I absolutely loved reading this newest edition of JR Ward's BDB series! I laughed, I cried......I am thoroughly mesmerized and enthralled by all the unforgettablly sexy characters she has created! The brothers' comedic banter and personalities shined through in this one. You can't help but fall in love with each one of them. I gave it 4 out of 5 because the storyline with Rehvenge and Ehlena was a little thin BUT when they did get together it took your breath away. I loved the other POV's storylines about Wrath, John and even Lash! This book, as all the others, will have you wanting to read more about their world. Can't wait for the next one and will be re-reading the others until then! ...more info
  • Suspend questions of morality those who venture here.
    It is very difficult to make someone who, in our society today, is really a criminal, into a hero. Somehow, and I have read Lover Avenged two and 1/2 times so far, and still can't figure out how Ward did it, she is successful. At least, I followed The Rev's transformation, nay, unveiling, eagerly.

    For the Doubting Thomas, go back into each book and read the disparity of behaviors Rehvenge shows depending on the people with whom he is among. With his family, he is dutiful and a good son; to his sister, he is a loving and protective brother; to his scummy clientele, he is dangerous and evil; to his competitors, he is big nasty; to his employees, he is caring of their welfare. He is a hard male, in a hard society, dealing with a horrific blackmailing creature, trying to protect those few for whom he cares, and doing it to the best of his ability.

    I found the sub-plots to be helpful. All these people live in the same community. To completely isolate each story line would be non-sensical. The vampires, their enemies, their family and brothers, interact daily and what affects one couple (or couple-to-be), has an effect on all the others. The progression of Wrath's vision problems seems to be realistic and workable. The impact of John's changes and growth are reasonable. Remember, he's not that far away from being a kid even though he's a biggn'! And, what man (or woman) hasn't lusted after a perhaps-impossible love-interest at one time or another.

    I don't this this book deserves anything less than five stars. It fits right in with the other Brotherhood books and sets the stage for, hopefully, several more....more info
  • A Surprisingly Sweet Love Story
    Since I first opened the front cover of Dark Lover and met Wrath, I have been completely addicted to this book series. Even though we have had our ups (Butch, Z) and our downs (Ghost Jane) J. R. Ward's Black Dagger Brotherhood series has remained my favorite.

    Truthfully I was hesitant to read Rehvenge's story. His character in the past books had never appealed to me so I was worried that a whole book about him would turn me off. Boy was I wrong! Out of all the brothers I think that Rehv proved the most sensitive and loving. Who knew that under that night club owning, drug dealing, pimp exterior was a man as gentle as him? I was truly blown away. I also found a deep affection for Ehlena. I hold a special place in my heart for the ladies of the brotherhood, and Ehlena quickly found her way there.

    A bonus to this already fantastic story line is the fact that we get to see more of John Matthew. All along he has been an intriguing character that I have thoroughly enjoyed watching grow and mature. It saddened me to see then dark turn his character took, but with all the things that he has been through it was only a matter of time. Lover Avenged does a great job setting up the next book for John, and I look forward to spending an entire novel with him.

    Lover Avenged was a great read that never disappoints. If you are a fan of the Brothers this book is a MUST READ. If you are new to the series start with Dark Lover... you won't regret it....more info
  • Great story--too many of them

    Like most reviewers, i adore the series, some more than others with Zsadist's story being the very best. I won't recap the plot of this one since many others have. But what makes Z's story so powerful is the lock into his strong point-of-view. This book is so evenly split between the three stories--Rehvenge, Wrath and John Matthew--it takes a a long while to feel engaged by any one of them. Rehv is a great character and many of us have been looking forward to his story. He gets a bit short-changed. Ultimately, despite the slow start, it's worth staying with this book, because once you are involved the stories are wonderful.

    My other objection was the jargon. It has added flavor to the other novels and given the heros a lot of character. In this book, especially the first third or so, the jargon is so overpowering you actually have to reread sentences to figure out what in the heck they are saying. And it wouldn't be so bad if it was just Rehv, but all of them do it equally--even the females sometimes--so that all the voices start to sound alike. Apparently J.R. decided this too since the jargon is way toned down in the second half of the book and the characters start to become more individual. Too bad it wasn't edited a bit earlier.

    All-in-all, i liked the book a lot--more in the final analysis than i have a couple of the other books lately. I am looking forward anxiously to John Matthew's story but hope it will be more focused than this book. His troubled character has been established which should make for good conflict that deserves to be the center of a great story. ...more info
  • Fabulous Story, However Morally Deficient
    Pretty much everyone here has described the plot, in addition to even letting spoilers out - so just one person's opinion.

    Ever since Jane turned into a ghost (still not over it), I have read the Brotherhood books with a feeling of diminishing expectations and letdown. From that defining point in the series, we no longer were reading paranormal romance, but rather urban fantasy. For me, Phury's book was a horrid disappointment. All that said, I loved "Lover Avenged". I liked the interaction between the brothers and Wrath. I loved the romance that was featured with 3 separate couples in this book, and I seriously will have a hard time waiting for John and Xhex's story. The writing was excellent, the "voices" of the characters stayed true and the plot was fabulous. That said, I had a problem with the character of the Reverend. As we see through the book, he is not all bad and was forced into some rather ugly choices in his life. SLIGHT SPOILER - Killing his father to protect his mother and baby sister was a high five. Dude definitely needed it. However, the Rev lived a life of extreme luxury, despite paying large sums of money to a blackmailer. His motivation was to keep mom and baby sis in the style they were accustomed to, keep secret his lineage, protect mom's reputation and also protect his three friends. All of those are extremely worthwhile; however, does it justify running prostitutes and drug addicts through his club in large numbers? Does it justify hooking individuals on drugs, leading a life of major crime and preying on the unhappiness of people? Basically he screwed an entire segment of the human population in order to afford to pay his blackmailer, live in a high rise, drive a Bentley and keep Mom and Sis in high society. Is this a good man? The answer is no. While his character was complex and well defined, I still have a hard time looking on him at the end of the book as someone worth saving or loving. However, this is the only beef I had with the book, and as I read it almost nonstop, enjoyed it thoroughly and it caused me to think, I have to give it 5 stars....more info
  • Awesome Book!
    I love this series! Rehvenge is an amazing character and Elhena is perfect for him. JR Ward had created such an amazing world!...more info
  • I'm still going to buy them...
    I had trepidation reading this book-knowing how many people totally loved it and how many people totally hated it.

    I was somewhere in the middle. I liked the whole Rhev/Elehna story. But my favorite was the JM and Xhex storyline. I confess--I hated Xhex at the beginning of the story. But now, I think I like her. I think that Ward really likes JM and Xhex too, so the next book should be really good.

    The Princess character is just disgusting. As is Lash.

    Still a series I like to read and one I will continue to buy....more info
  • What happened to the Brotherhood?
    I agree with almost all the three stars and below reviews I have read so far, so I won't repeat the most obvious disappointments.

    Rehv was so insecure throughout his romance parts, to the point where I honestly think he was worst than Zsadist with overcoming this whore/slave thing. Z's book was great because it had the right balance of insecurity and healing, but Ward seemed to have to remind readers of Rehv's lack of belief in his own self-worth which was so artificial when combined with his cockiness elsewhere.

    I am really annoyed to find out that Rehvenge didn't join the Brotherhood at the end, because after all, it's is the Black Dagger Brotherhood series which should entail members only. . . I really expected that to happen because the only non-brother to have his book - Butch - became one. And the end of Lovers enshrined totally prepped the next book to invite non-'chosens for mothers' males into the brotherhood - like for the future, Blaylock and Qhuinn. Actually - what the hell - rehv fit the bill perfectly, but Ward got so carried away with this whole sympath thing, which I still struggle to understand - that she ignored the brotherhood aspect of her whole series!!

    I also dislike JR Ward's adoption of the androgynous image for her villains because it helps create an extremely negative and unhealthy rep for transgendered persons. Also, the amount of sexual violence in this book is ridiculous and disturbing for a mainstream romance novel. I know violence is the 'appeal' of this series - but seriously, you've got to question how it is okay when every female character that isn't the main romantic interest, engages in some sexually demeaning act throughout the whole book. I don't know what worse, that JR Ward used Lash's perspective (the bad guy) to permit rape. Or believing that John Matthew and Qhuinn (the good guys) can casually belittle women, AND continue to be a potential hero. I let myself believe it was okay for the past 6 books, but she tipped the scale in this one - this callous use of prostitutes to make the guys more masculine is not something I want to read in a romance.

    One last thing - I feel like this hardcover book is such a betrayal of our loyalty - Ward isn't up to quality to shift to hardcover and justify the rise in price. ...more info
  • Better, but not great
    I've only recently found the BDB series of books. It was recommended on my Kindle based on other books I have purchased. That being said I have read all 7 in a row, so each one was fresh in my mind. As of this writing, I have read all through a second time. I really loved the first 4 of the series, Wrath's story, Rhage's story, Zsadist's story and Butch's story. I have to admit like other reviewers, Vishous's story, Phury's story and Revhenge's story are not on the same level when developing the romance. They seem to be more about filling in all the blanks to round out the world of the Black Dagger Brotherhood. So I have rated Revh's story 3 stars. It was more romantic than book 6, but not great. I'm hoping John Matthew's story and Torhment's stories are better....more info
  • THE BEST WRITING IN SERIES SO FAR
    It is true that the romance is not as abundant as in the previous books in this series but the writing and storyline are so good that I didn't even miss it. In fact, I do believe that I now prefer these later books to the earlier ones. I didn't even skim over the lesser pages, which I had begun to do with books five and six. I read book one and liked the series and now I can say that I flat out adore this series. I personally loved how time was devoted to the different relationships in so many different stages. Awesome, I can barely wait for the others....more info
  • What happened to the Brotherhood?
    I agree with almost all the three stars and below reviews I have read so far, so I won't repeat the most obvious disappointments.

    Rehv was so insecure throughout his romance parts, to the point where I honestly think he was worst than Zsadist with overcoming this whore/slave thing. Z's book was great because it had the right balance of insecurity and healing, but Ward seemed to have to remind readers of Rehv's lack of belief in his own self-worth which was so artificial when combined with his cockiness elsewhere.

    I am really annoyed to find out that Rehvenge didn't join the Brotherhood at the end, because after all, it's is the Black Dagger Brotherhood series which should entail members only. . . I really expected that to happen because the only non-brother to have his book - Butch - became one. And the end of Lovers enshrined totally prepped the next book to invite non-'chosens for mothers' males into the brotherhood - like for the future, Blaylock and Qhuinn. Actually - what the hell - rehv fit the bill perfectly, but Ward got so carried away with this whole sympath thing, which I still struggle to understand - that she ignored the brotherhood aspect of her whole series!!

    I also dislike JR Ward's adoption of the androgynous image for her villains because it helps create an extremely negative and unhealthy rep for transgendered persons. Also, the amount of sexual violence in this book is ridiculous and disturbing for a mainstream romance novel. I know violence is the 'appeal' of this series - but seriously, you've got to question how it is okay when every female character that isn't the main romantic interest, engages in some sexually demeaning act throughout the whole book. I don't know what worse, that JR Ward used Lash's perspective (the bad guy) to permit rape. Or believing that John Matthew and Qhuinn (the good guys) can casually belittle women, AND continue to be a potential hero. I let myself believe it was okay for the past 6 books, but she tipped the scale in this one - this callous use of prostitutes to make the guys more masculine is not something I want to read in a romance.

    One last thing - I feel like this hardcover book is such a betrayal of our loyalty - Ward isn't up to quality to shift to hardcover and justify the rise in price. ...more info
  • JR Ward THe Brotherhood
    I have enjoyed this book as well as all the previous ones. A very good story, well written....more info
  • Skimmed way too much through this one
    I have to agree with the more negative reviews. It's not that Ms. Ward isn't a good storyteller and her characters are more than interesting and you want to care for them, but the storylines are all so disjointed and short. How can I feel the love and passion of any of the characters when each one only has about 100 pages, if that, to their story? I actually love Xhex and John but give them more interaction with eachother if you are going to write so much of this book about them. If I'm going to be dragged away from the main character's story, then at least make it worth my while. I already read Wrath and Beth's story, so seeing characters you loved in the past is great, it's a bit much when it's at least a 1/3 of the book. It's just kind of funny because I'll still be soooo excited to read John's book, yet when it comes out I'm sure we'll pretty much only get a short story out of it. I just wasn't very satisfied and skimmed through a lot of this book. Will I continue to read her books? Hell yes! I just hope I don't continue to be disappointed....more info
  • This series is off the HOOK!!!
    I have been reading the other reviews and anyone who says this series is going down hill, well obviously is not a fan and does not know a good book when they read it!!!!
    This series get stronger with each book, unlike other series I have read that go down hill, J.R Ward still gets me!! I was not happy with her choosing to give Rehv his own book, but after the last 2 books I was falling for him. He is not a brother but he is a big player in this series. Wrath was also in this book alot and who doesn't love Wrath? Also we get to see JM and Xhex and the beginning of their love affair and I am assuming that JM's will be the next book and I can't wait.
    The "Warden" has left me wanting more and more!!! There was nothing in this book that disappointed me, except the ending, I did not want this book to end! So when the "Warden" writes the next one, I will be first in line to pick it up.....
    Keep up the good work "Warden!!!!!!!!!...more info
  • Another one bites the dust...
    Can a Drug Lord and Master Pimp extraordinaire find love, and still be redeemable?

    Eh...apparently so.

    Can a sweet, lonely vampire girl whose only job in life is to take care of her ailing father when she's not working as a nurse at Havers' clinic, fall in love with the equivalent of Satan on Earth?

    Check. And check.

    I won't go too much into the main story lines (Rev & Ehlena; Beth & Wrath; John & Xhex; Thor & the Lassiter; Lash and well...you'll have read) in this massively huge book. What I will say is that this is more of the same from Lover Enshrined. Neither going up or down, but straight down the middle, and no movement forward. AND--not a true romance folks. Then again, the definition of 'romance' might need a sprucing up.

    --Ehlena's & Rev's romance, while managing to not make it seem totally impossible, is never fully fleshed out. And isn't the focus, people. Not surprising. The syrup factor did get a bit high with these two, which doesn't mesh well with his portrayal in earlier books, even though this is about his 'softer' side. Ehlena's journey of self-discovery and that she has to have her own life outside taking care of her father, and Rev's struggle/battles with his sympath side, not to mention his once-a month Tuesday night romp with the Princess, all put strain between this new budding relationship. I did like it, and it could have been better if Ward had found it important enough, but again, it was just kind of there to change things up rather than be the actual foundation of the story as a whole.
    --Beth & Wrath's trials and tribulations, while building on the first one, runs flat PDQ. It's too forced, with little direction and it fails to really bring Beth and Wrath on a new level. Wrath can't deal with being 'King' and letting his brothers fight the Lessers, so he breaks the rules, more or less going on suicide missions to feel useful.
    --John's fascination with Xhex (which was left open ended for the next book) just doesn't go anywhere. His rise into a world where he is still lost, trying to figure out where he belongs, and how to be what he needs to be for the Brotherhood wasn't uninteresting, it just tended to drag. I usually like his story line because Ward has always had something special up with him, but it didn't anywhere either. Not to mention what I thought would be something for John--V's twin sister--didn't show up as I assumed it would. Next book?
    --Tohr & Lassiter. Well, there was no real satisfying conclusions. Tohr is also at a crossroads, refusing to believe in a greater purpose and laments over Wellsie (enough's enough, really), even though Lassiter (a fallen angel--which begs the questions of God/Devil in this world, since there is the Scribe Virgin [um, God] and the Omega [Devil]) is trying to show him the way.
    --Lash, son of the Omega. When the Omega's away, the vamp-lesser half breed will definitely go to play. And not at all very nicely either. I had to say, he was more fun to read than I expected, because generally, by some default, the POVs of the Lessers is totally uninteresting to me in the other 6 books. Lash actually provides a connection, a bridge between Vampire and Lesser that Ward managed to make more interesting than I expected. While his hookups with a few of the characters was kinda weird and mostly there to make your eyes fall back into your head, I found it somewhat contrived and too over the top at times.

    The main problems in LE are the same here. Too much goes on between the action and the numerous points of views, everyone's damage is more or less the same, or a variant on a common theme (loss, coming of age/identity, being an outcast), very formulaic in that she makes sure that all the elements that make for a good read are tightly in there. Also--the romance once again takes a nose dive into the very little or the usual sex-romp-wham-bham-thank-you-ma'am route. Most of the scenes are either to shock you, or because Ward found it amusing. Then again, Ward has an original style of telling a story that strung me along to the end, even though I was raising my brows a lot and going, 'are you jokin' me?' It got to the point that, at times, it made me want to chuck the thing out the window, and see if it can fly. Or land and kill some poor unsuspecting animal down below.

    The writing itself isn't bad, sometimes it was good, and sometimes it really wasn't. But the dialog is god-awful and populated with way too many urban/slang references, some of which aren't that common to normal vernacular--not to mention long winded and going nowhere other than to showcase that yes, Ward knows slang. And used every brand-name term in the Bling-Bling catalog. Good for her, now get over it Ms. Ward (please!), but at least she's consistent, though it's just totally lost its novelty. While dialog has never been her strong suite, in her early books, she at least made the dialog part of the story, and adequately used dialog to propel scenes forward. Not anymore. Character development wasn't entirely bad, but it's not exactly blazing, though she tries. The emotional building and detangling was really forced at some points, kind of made me wince. There are major flaws in terms of weaving the plot itself, and how things are resolved but with her one-two punch in trying to unseat your conceptions about what should happen versus what you hope, won't disappoint. Even though it gets very predictable, and at times, quite dull and all filler.

    The one thing you have to give Ward credit for is that the woman does what she wants, middle finger to anyone who says or thinks otherwise. She either has a lot of confidence, or arrogance, but she sticks true to how she's envisioned a story and her characters. She doesn't write one way to please the fans, even though we might demand or expect it, she writes as she wants, and I have to say, I appreciate that. It's refreshing because, unlike some authors (ah-hem LKH), Ward doesn't twist and destroy her characters into a black hole where you hate the characters and find them contrived. Sure, she doesn't progress them out of the boxes they're in, but she keeps some part of them true to their original form, and you still like them and sort of root for them. Plus, she makes you speculate and wonder and go, hey!, what about...That in and of itself was what drew me to even consider reading LA.

    That said, this is the last BDB I'll read. This seventh installment proved to me that the series is dead in the water and no longer has a focus. It's everywhere and nowhere and growth for this world has long since faded. Adieu BDB--it was fantastic while it lasted! ...more info
  • GO OUT AND GET IT!
    If your a fan of the series, you are going to love THIS ONE!! Rev and Ehlena are the prefect mates, she is everything he needs and he deserves her and sooo much more. i didn't think I would love Rev as much as I do after reading this book
    A huge bonus for me, was that a good amount of the book focused on the relationship between Wrath and Beth. By far they are my favorite couple and it was nice to see how far their relationship has come. Beth really is his heart and with her on his side he is going to be a great King.....just like Rev!(oops small spolier)...more info
  • Great story--too many of them

    Like most reviewers, i adore the series, some more than others with Zsadist's story being the very best. I won't recap the plot of this one since many others have. But what makes Z's story so powerful is the lock into his strong point-of-view. This book is so evenly split between the three stories--Rehvenge, Wrath and John Matthew--it takes a a long while to feel engaged by any one of them. Rehv is a great character and many of us have been looking forward to his story. He gets a bit short-changed. Ultimately, despite the slow start, it's worth staying with this book, because once you are involved the stories are wonderful.

    My other objection was the jargon. It has added flavor to the other novels and given the heros a lot of character. In this book, especially the first third or so, the jargon is so overpowering you actually have to reread sentences to figure out what in the heck they are saying. And it wouldn't be so bad if it was just Rehv, but all of them do it equally--even the females sometimes--so that all the voices start to sound alike. Apparently J.R. decided this too since the jargon is way toned down in the second half of the book and the characters start to become more individual. Too bad it wasn't edited a bit earlier.

    All-in-all, i liked the book a lot--more in the final analysis than i have a couple of the other books lately. I am looking forward anxiously to John Matthew's story but hope it will be more focused than this book. His troubled character has been established which should make for good conflict that deserves to be the center of a great story. ...more info
  • ANOTHER DISAPPOINTMENT!!!!
    I am so disappointed with this book. I thought maybe after her last book, she had enough plot points and transsesion that she can actually focus on the two main character, but no she did the some thing from the last book, the hero & heroine barely got their story. I mean this was a 500+ page book, and I think the two main character had probably had only 100 pages in it, and she totally distroyed them. Rev and Elehna was such an interesting character for me but she did not do justice to them. Rev had such a turtored pass like Zadist, that she could have elaborated more, or let us see more as to what happened to Rev in the pass and see more of his kind (sympath), but she totally butchered him, but only giving glimps of why he is and why he does the things he does. Ward is so focus on the whole world of Brotherhood, that her story has no strong points. She jumped from one character to another. This book has more story about Wrath and Beth, and John and Xhex, and so on, and on, and on about others, that it took about 2 to 3 chapters to get back to Rev and Elehna. Elehna could have been a strong heroine but I just didn't see much of her because Ward did not show her at all, only glimps of who she is, so she just faded in the background.

    I love Ward's ability to make this Brotherhood world go round, but her world has no focus. I'm just not into a book that focus in so many character at once. If you are looking for the story of Rev and Elenah, you will be so disappointed because this book is not about them, it's plainly about the whole world of the Brotherhood and its characters. ...more info
  • It's o.k., but........
    The most I can say is it was o.k. I'd actually give it a 2.5 if I could. Not what I have come to expect from the brotherhood series. I guess my first issue is that Rev is just not as interesting to me as the others characters. I found the romance between he and elena to be seriously lacking. The portions of the book involving John Matthew being far more interesting to me. And thank God for Lassiter and the humor he injected into the story. The book also did not include much of the rest of the brotherhood characters which left the story flat for me. ...more info
  • Enjoyed Most Of It
    The Black Dagger Brotherhood series continues with a full cast. Like the other books there are multiple storylines going on, maybe a few too many in my opinion. Some were definitely more compelling than others.

    In book 7, we learn more about Rehv and his love for Ehlena. Surprisingly, Rehv made a gentle, romantic lover and their relationship develops realistically. However, I did not enjoy this love story as much as the others. While Rahv was as complicated and flawed as the other heroes in previous books, I did not find him as honorable. Rehv's crime lord activities, drug dealing, pimping etc., and his taking dopamine to inhibit his symphath side was a stumbling block for me. I don't mind complicated heroes that struggle with their personal demons (I actually prefer them that way), but they should also be strong and noble. I'm sure plenty of others will have less of a problem with this issue than I did.

    Other storylines in the book include following Lash's story as new leader of the Lessers. Wrath also returns in a major storyline. He's fighting the Lessers on his own, which causes problems for him with the brothers and his mate, Beth. His life and eyesight are also threatened. Tohr returns to the brotherhood a broken warrior after losing his mate. I found his journey back to the living a heart wrenching one. I look forward to more. John Matthew's infatuation with Xhex also continues. I found this storyline heart breaking as well. I'm so invested in the stories of John and his buddies, Qhuinn and Blay. And last but not least, Xhex helps to avenge some wrongs, and we learn more about her past.

    All in all, I enjoyed the vast majority of this book. I will buy the next in this series.
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  • The Passion is Dying Book by Book
    I waited with baited breath for Rehvenge's story to arrive - after all, he was my favorite character of her Brotherhood series: dark, dangerous, unrefined, angry...I just knew his story would be filled with deep passion. But as I read Lover Avenged, I grew more and more disappointed with every page. I can understand JR Ward not wanting to be another flash in the pan paranormal *romance* writer, and so she is developing this big intricate world of the Lessers and the Brothers, and with each book she is wanting us to live there for 400 pages or so. And I enjoy that dark world, those varied characters, the arcing story lines. BUT - not at the expense of the love story of each of the brothers. What has happened to the erotic suspense that built unbearably from page to page, the passion, the joy, the love?!? I though Phury got royally gypped in the last book, but when I read this one, I felt anger at what both Rehvenge as a character and I as a reader lost out on. I developed no care for the female protagonist, and the love story between Rehvenge and Ehlena was completely unmoving, discompassionate, and the rare sex felt boring and disconnected and definitely devoid of passion.

    What is happening to JR Ward?! In her trying to break ranks from the average *romance* writer, she is losing the very fans that buy her books! I love the Brotherhood world, with all its darkness and twists and turns, but what makes the stories remarkable are the relationships that were the primary story in the first few books. Remember the intense passion and sexual tension in Butch's story? The dangerous eroticism of Zsadist's painful love? That's what we want! Now, the books seem more like urban fantasy fiction with a bit of sex thrown in. This book, particularly, felt like she was just trying to wrap up the Brotherhood stories and hurry on to her new series featuring the Fallen Angels. ...more info
  • She's Baaack 4 1/2 Smokinhot Stars!!!
    Ok after Vishous (Lover Unbound) I wasn't sure where she was going with this series. She is an awesome writer, but even I was like whaaat for the ending. Then she released Phury's book, it was a little better, but I would have liked to have actually read more on Phury! I have been waiting for Rehvenge's book for like ever. Those of you sitting on the fence after Lover Unbound and Lover Enshrined, first of all I completely understand, but this book is awesome!!!!! It reads a lot like her 3rd book Lover Awakened, which is one of my all time favs. All I have to say is Ward still got it. I could not put this book down had to stay up all night just to finish it.

    (sigh) Now I have to wait until Oct to read her newest series Covet, it's about angels.
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  • Rhev's not really redeemed, but LA is still good. Ward gives us more of the other Brothers too, Yay!
    Okay, so Lover Avenged is not a return to the romance centric stories of the first five books, but there still was a lot about this book that I liked.

    I can't say that I was really looking forward to Rhev's romance, this vampire mafioso like drug-king pimp is not a nice guy (okay so the Brothers aren't exactly teddy bears either). But surprisingly (to me), I actually enjoyed Rhev's story. I thought that Ward did a good job of developing his relationship with Elena and removing the obstacles for a future together. Even though when all is said and done, I find it hard to think that he'll be able to completely make a break from such a sordid and violent past - I am thinking that he has to have lots of enemies - but with both the sympath and vamp things going on I could be wrong.

    The other major thread that has carried through the book is John's. I know not everyone has been thrilled with him and his posse in previous books, but with events here Ward has finally moved John (do we all remember who he really is?) to the point of being ready for a book of his own. John's transition here is not an easy one, but there needed to be some dramatic incident to take him out of the victimhood of his past to prepare him to take his place in the Brotherhood. Tohr and Xhex, in a double one-two-punch, are the catalyst. The fallout is not pretty, but it is clear that John will regain himself in the end.

    The one thread that I found a bit disappointing here was Lash's thread. As the uber vamp-lesser hybrid, I had high hopes for Lash in the evil villian department and hopes that he would actually transform the Lessers into a worthy enemy for the Brothers - I used to skim over the threads centered on the Lessers in previous books because impotent, baby smelling albinos are wimpy uninteresting villains - well, maybe next time.

    I know that many fans are disappointed by Ward's move to more of a multithreaded ensemble piece from her former romances but the consolation prize for me in this book is that she finally is starting to gives us more of the Brothers again. I like their interactions and think that the dynamics of their relationships is what make Ward's book so unique. Other positives in this book in particular? I liked seeing more of Wrath, and the start of Tohr's recovery. I was also intrigued with Lassiter and look forward to see what Ward is going to make of him. And I really liked that most of Ward's 'ladies' in the book were much stronger as characters than some of the mid-series leads in previous books.

    I actually really enjoyed Lover Avenged. There was plenty going on to keep my interest and there was plenty of promise developed to make me look forward to seeing where Ward takes us in the future.
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  • Lover Avenged by J.R.Ward
    Yes! J.R.Ward has done it again and "Lover Avenged" is a return to the style of her earlier books. I cried, more than once, while reading this story. A character I really never though I could admire became a hero, and one I already admired became whatever term there is for more-than-a-hero. Fans of the 'Black Dagger Brotherhood' will rave, I'm just headed to make some room on my keeper shelf!

    Rehv, Rehvenge, or the Reverend...whatever name you use, he's still the same man. Part vampire, part symphath-he's a creature damned by his blood, his birth, and his people; yet somehow he's managed to carve out a life (of sorts) that enables him to take care of those he loves...his mother, his sister, his friends, his employees. For a man who lives amidst the wallow of drugs and death, he is kind and loyal to his friends, and death to those who cross him. This same creature is one who has sacrificed more than most can imagine in their worst nightmares...and continues to do so only for others...asking next to nothing for himself. So what happens when a creature like this has to make a decision between himself and a woman who would be the only one who could save him?

    Ehlena. She lives a life far different from her peers. Her bloodlines are impeccable, yet she's stretching every penny. Her beauty is that of the glymera, yet she can't remember her last date. She's trapped, willingly, into a life caring for her schizophrenic father. She's a nurse, she's a carer, she knows the difference between right and wrong and believes everyone deserves to be saved. She's also one of the few nurses who can deal with the frightening man who's a regular at the clinic. Their friendship has a rocky start, but quickly becomes what neither was looking for. Will she be strong enough to save Rehvenge?

    There are a ton of reviews on the plot line of "Lover Avenged". Instead of rehashing those, I'll say what I liked about this book. Ward has given us a deeper look into those on the fringes of her world's societies. Creating a character that's a drug dealer and a killer; then turning him into a hero is NOT something most writers could successfully accomplish. Rehv is an anti-hero hero--probably one of the most human and complex characters Ward has written. She's done a fabulous job of showcasing sacrifice and redemption...and not just for Rehv and Ehlena. In this story, we get more on the current situation with Wrath and Beth...and I dare you NOT to cry. Yes, there's sadness; but there's also a victory; victories in the plural really, in this story about dealing with the worst deck life can deal; and doing so with a strange kind of honor.

    The stark emotional swings I felt while reading "Lover Avenged" were those of a cathartic nature. There were sad tears and happy tears; characters I loved and characters I hated; all wrapped up in the tension of suspense, relief, hope, and sometimes horror, that didn't let up until the final scene of the book. As always when I read, I try to imagine myself as a character in the book. In this book, I wanted to be at least three of the characters, all at different times.

    For me, "Lover Avenged" and J.R.Ward have taken the BDB series in another 'zag'; but it's one that's reminiscent of the first few books in the series so it's rather like coming BACK instead of heading out. I don't mind. I'm enjoying this crazy, frightening, wonderful, and scary journey...and I can't wait to see where we're going next!...more info
  • Way to go J R Ward!
    J R Ward in my opinion has improved her writing skills tremendously since book 1. Her first 3 books, Dark Lover (Black Dagger Brotherhood, Book 1),Lover Eternal (Black Dagger Brotherhood, Book 2) Lover Awakened (Black Dagger Brotherhood, Book 3) were definitely romance novals. If you like romance novals and only want to read romance novals, stop here. But those of us that like Urban Fantasy with a touch of Romance, keep reading. Her next three books Lover Revealed (Black Dagger Brotherhood, Book 4)Lover Unbound (Black Dagger Brotherhood, Book 5) Lover Enshrined (Black Dagger Brotherhood, Book 6) you could see that Ward was trying to move towards Urban Fantasy, but was having a hard time finding her groove. The books were all over the place and she was definitely in need of a new editor. Yet, they were okay and you could see the potential. After reading six books you should be in love with the characters.

    It would appear to me that Ward now has a new editor, her new book Lover Avenged, was not all over the place, nor did she go into huge tangents about 'feelings.' She kept to her main story, yet was able to bring in her other characters. And my favorite part was the reduction of pages concerning the lessors. She was able to keep that story line short and sweet so that you knew what was going on, but didn't bore you to death like she did in the other books.

    Ward does have quite a few characters in her book, but if you read her previous books you are able to keep up with them. I would suggest that if you never read a J R Ward BDB novel before, that you start at the beginning in order to get the full impact of her world and you will be able to keep track of the characters much better.

    I new when I purchased the book that I would not be thrilled with Rehvenge. Why would anyone wish to see somebody fall in love with a drug lord and pimp. But, Ward was able to pull it off. I normally like tougher heroines, but Ehlena seemed like the perfect female to tame him.

    I loved the subplots. Xhex and John have been and will be interesting reads in the future. There were some sad moments in the book, but it is what is making Ward's books stand out from other authors. I applaud Ward for taking risk and being willing to expand outside of your normal romance formula that other authors feel the need to maintain.

    I like Ward's concept of Ehlena's father and his mental illness. It was unique. I also appreciated that she didn't go on and on about it like she would have in her early books.

    Great job J R Ward and to her new editor!

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