I’ll be honest – the first time I picked up one of the BDB books I was turned off by the character names and didn’t read more than a couple pages.
More than a year later, when I was desperate for a new series to feed my addiction, I decided to heed the good reviews this series consistently receives and bought the first book through Audible. I liked it. The narrator isn’t great; in that there is little differentiation between character voices, which sort of makes one line blend into another and can be confusing. That doesn’t detract from the story though, or perhaps I should say that the story outshines that defect.
I’ve always been attracted to paranormal novels that feature a dark hero – someone who isn’t the goodie-white-hat type but still lets the reader get behind their story arc. (For example, I was never interested in the Buffy television series until season six hit and Spike really came to the forefront in a very, um, noticeable way. I loved Spike with an unholy fire and still have a soft spot in my heart for James Marsters, wherever he is. Yes, Angel was adorably broody, but he was just too *good*) Anyway, where was I… Oh, right. Dark heroes abound in the BDB series. In fact they’re coming out of the woodwork, so to speak. There are so many tortured, angst-ridden characters here that I’ve got fodder to last for weeks and weeks.*happy sigh*
The thing about JR Ward is that while the first novel was good, the second was noticeably better. I’m more than halfway through number four as I write this and it’s the best yet – meaning, this is one author who hasn’t been satisfied to stagnate once she got published. Each brother’s story has been fascinating in its own right without falling into the ‘been there, read that’ rut that mires some other authors once they have a couple books under their belts.
As for Lover Eternal specifically, Rhage and Mary’s story is great. I’m not going in for a summary because you already read that above. My best advice is, take a look at my book list. If you like the same books that I like, you’ll like these too. I have no doubt.
I have to admit I loved this book, maybe not as much as the first, but loved it still. What I cannot wait for is book three. I have already paid for and downloaded it, because I really like the Warrior Zsadist's character. The intense chapter that he had in this book has made my mouth water for the next book. I can't seem to stop listening to these books.
I cried when he gave her up to save her. Best part by far.
I am an avid fan of audible. I have over 150 titles in my library. Kersey Cole is one of my favs
yes I would. It was so moving.
Rhage declares his love for Mary and she accepts him beast and all
These books are tear jerkers and very well written
this was a great book and really got me totally hooked on the series and couldn't wait for more. Got to hear more from Rage and loved it.
I love his narration, I don't know if I could listen to another black dagger book without him as a narrator. He is great!! Love love him!
I laughed, I fussed, and I cried!! With the stroke of her pen J. R. Ward took me on an emotional roller coaster ride, and I loved every minute of the journey. Well, not every minute!!!
With only minutes left in Ward's story, she broke my heart, and made me very angry. I was almost at a point that I didn't want to continue. I paused the audible screaming WTF; I know she is not ending this story like this, while swiping my eyes full of tears. But I pushed on, and was rewarded with a delightful conclusion.
Seriously let face it, we read romance novel for a happy ending. Imaging one ending horribly, where's the romance in that.
It's worth the credit, and I will probably listen to it again.
Even though he isn't the main character in this book. I still really like Butch. He's a guy I'd love to go out for a beer (or a scotch) and hang out with. No nonsense, and funny.
With his gravelly voice, Jim Frangione is probably the best suited to read these books. He manages the female voices without sounding squeaky or fake.
Yes. In fact, I downloaded it as soon as I'd finished Dark Lover
J. R. Ward's love scenes between Bella and Rhage are believable for a couple who care deeply about one another. No gratuitous panting and fabric rending.
Anyone that had any character to his voice. Anyone that could use the punctuation while reading. Jim Frangione is monotone!! and he rambles. It's very frustrating listening to this guy talk.
Find someone that knows how to read.
I've always been a avid reader so now I'm a avid listener. I prefer the paranormal genre but I do like to switch things up. It's boring if you don't have variety. Of course I do love the romance and the hotter the better. Also, you can't beat a good thriller filled with suspense and a ending you can't even guess at until the very end.
Yes, I have read it, listened to it and will listen to this series again, and again, and again!! It may be a year or two before I revisit all these lovely men in the brotherhood, but I always keep coming back to them. This had been a favorite series of mine for years.
If I had enough free time I would listen to the whole series without stopping.
This series is a fantasy vampire based series with violence, sexual content, bad language, bad behaviour, all these lovely men (vampires) with all types of problems, that happen to find that ONE special woman that changes everything. That makes them want to be the best, LOVE only her, and face whatever may come. It's not for everyone, but thats why there are so many books out there. In my opinion this is a great series and if you like this sort of thing I described, then I think you'll like this book
I wouldnt say that! The narator is REALLY bad at all the slang used in the book, and I can definately relate to the terms used in the book better than he can! So reading it might be better in some ways than listening to it, however if you can move past that part than listening to it is great!
I loved when Rage couldnt seem to stay away from Mary after they had dinner the 1st time. He was willing to just talk to her through the door, what a deperado! Also How Zsadist reacted to Bella when she followed him to his room.. who knew he would react like that.. had me completely thrown aback!
Umm.. all of them!
Rage against the Machine
Beggin for money so I can buy more credits to get book 3!!!! Ahhhh love it !!!