Excellent Story! The characters are so real! J.R. Ward has created my favorite vampires. They were right up there with (Carpathian Dark Series) Christine Feehan and (Lords of the Underworld) Gena Showalters. At several points, I shed tears for Rhage and Mary. Of course, two minutes later, I was laughing with them, as well.
I read the first novel in this series, Dark Lover, in print form and thought the book was just good. But this one was even better! The narrator did a great job bringing this tory to life. I liked the main characters in this book. Mary was a sympathetic heroine, her illness adding to the emotion of the story. And Rhage, while he was a typical alpha hero, dominant, larger than life, he also showed a vulnerability that brought depth to his character. Sometimes I don't like the love at first sight type of romance, but this one worked. Their romance is fully fleshed out, at times heart wrenching and at other times passionate and thrilling. The book is a good mix of romance and action/suspense. The battle with the Lessers continues and a new Brother, John Matthew, is introduced. I look forward to reading the next book in this series!
Again ward takes you into the black dagger brotherhoods world head first. This has been my favorite so far, can't wait to read/ hear the next book. I am however, getting use to the narrator. He is mild and almost mono tone at times but it becomes a soothing voice over time I think. GREAT BOOK, MUST READ.
Rhage is the perfect example of us thinking the grass is greener on other side. Women are so taken in by is looks that no one knows his torment. He doesn't even meet Mary so much as he hears her voice first and she soothes him and his beast. I think we found out more about Mary then Rhage, we don't know anything about where he came from or how he joined the Brotherhood. He is the dream man though he sees Marys inner beauty and could care less how her sweater fits. She is beautiful to him. I was a little surprised how Mary didn't really follow up with John Matthew after she brings them to meet the Brothers.
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Still enjoying this series and looking forward to continuing to listen to them.
Despite what some have said in their reviews, I enjoy Jim Frangione's narration. I'm finding, oddly to me, that I like male voices narrating romance novels. It's not something I'd have thought I'd enjoy.
Rhage is the topic of this book. When he gets mad, his demon takes over and... it's not pretty. So, the book was good in general, the plot was good, etc. The best part, though, is when Mary meets Rhage's beast and totally tames him, bringing Rhage back to sanity and accepting him as he is, ugly beast parts and all. It's very touching and really puts this book over the top as a definite must read.
Grandma bibliophile! Audible books make reading with an active life possible.
As I listened to these books I remembered why I don't like romance as a genre generally. The frequent sex scenes are unrealistic, the men are generally jealous and semi-barbaric, which is explained away in this series because it's part of their vampire nature. I actually thought the story line of the Brothers isn't that horrible, but the constant "What's doin?" and "You feel me?" started to drive me nuts.
The women are insecure and co-dependent, or just ignorant most of the time. I liked the story of Rhage and his curse, but the Sacred Scribe/Virgin? is a flat out witch, more like the short sited, emotional Gods of Olympus than a holy being. With her for an ally when the omega is just creating beings to fight the vampires, I can't figure out what else they're for, everyone is pretty much screwed. Life is a battle and the women were created to be docile cows, and of course the sex is frickin' life changing. Women remain virgins in this series for 300 yrs? That is of course because that is the ultimate gift.
It's a medieval society functioning in the modern day with horrible grammar and unlimited money. I finished the series and actually enjoyed some of the stories with characters I liked and disliked, but with the grammatical irritants, and the frequent disagreements between the men and women, generally because the males are possessive chauvinists, who can't see anybody else's point of view but their own, I found myself getting repetitively frustrated and/or irritated. I don't know why I keep reading series that I just "sort of" like when there are so many books I love. Every one of the relationships in the rest of the series are dysfunctional, conflict then wonderful sex. Ugh. (I guess I keep reading so I can find out what happens to everyone else, and it makes my life seem so good in comparison, free of a whiny, clingy partner.)
I love the Classic novels and most anything based in the nineteenth century.
Yes but with a different narrator.
The entire book was monotone. I almost didn't finish it. I wanted to know how it ended so forced myself to finish the book.
It was hard to distinguish which character was talking, even from male to females..
way to much sex. Did like the relationship parts.
greatly diminished it.
not sure, but I did enjoy his narration
did cause me to try showing more respect/reverence to my wife.
i really liked the story line, relationships and action in book one. i weathered through the sex parts. But book 2 really stepped up the sex. I did like the action, the relationships, and story line. I do realize that this was written for Women. Thought I'd give a male perspective.
Never trust anyone who doesn't enjoy reading.
What didn't I love best? would be a better question!
Zsadist.... I'm looking forward to book 3 which will be his story
When Mary approached Rhage in his beast form and soothed him.
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J.R. Ward knows how to stir up the emotions with these characters. I am hooked! Not your run of the mill sappy love story. This is gut wrenching and I love it!