I have become quite addicted to the Black Dagger Brotherhood series but this book was difficult to get through. Compared to the other brothers, I feel Phury's story was given far less attention and development. This book included a great deal on additional story lines which can be fine but they often eclipsed the main story. So here is what I liked and didn't like.
- John Matthew starting to come into his own, along with Blay and Quinn
- The final resolution with the Chosen is ultimately satisfying
- Ending between Phury and Zhadist
- Too much time spent on other storyline development. Lash, Quinn's situation, John Matthew, Bella and the baby, and Tor and Lassiter...the last in particular could have waited to the next book.
- Phury's story is not really a love story...frankly Cormea did nothing for me at all and I really don't see her as an agent of change for Phury....this is really about him overcoming his addiction
- In regards to Phury's drug addiction, I think this was really overplayed and over-reacted by the Brotherhood. As another reviewer commented, all the Brothers are really broken and frankly Zhadists self-destruction before Bella was as bad as Phury's and they did not kick him out...and what about Tor just up and taking off after Wellesly. No one really tried to help Phury other than yell at him and Zhadist was really hypocritical in cutting him off after all he did himsef
- I felt that this was more a rant on JR's part against drug addiction and Phury's self-loathing just made me want to smack him
- We got gipped with the birth of Nala...after all the lead in and worry about Bella we get a line..."Oh by the way, the baby was born fine...let's celebrate"..Hello! This is the first Brotherhood baby, tons of storyline about Zhadist worrying and Bella being in danger and we don't even get to see what happened. I thought she was not even due yet.
So...I enjoyed this book reasonably but would not listen again and found it a weak but necessary contribution to the series.
I love all the BDB books and have read them several times. I don't care for the narrator though and i see they have used the same one for Dark Lover. His voice is just not right for the brothers, no inflection and very monotone.
Once again J R Ward lures you into her vampire world in a seemingly effortless way..you are instantly engaged and left wanting more!!! This is the 6th book in her Brotherhood Series and delivers Phury & Cormia's. This story is somewhat dark and reels you in until the end and trust me the end comes all to soon!! So far she neatly sets up each new storyline for her next book in her most current novel. If you have not experienced J R Ward's vampire world I highly recommend each and every installment of this series. I really like the narrator even though there is not much difference between female and male voices...I hope he continues with the series...have purchased each and every title in series, all are amazing, well worth the credit.
- The love story between Phury and Cormia. So MANY MISSED OPPORTUNITIES where the author could have shown their love growing --but it seemed like it was automatic. Considering that it had been 5 months --I don't believe that "they love each other." The sexual encounters --if you call it that, is not the same as getting to know each other and finding out that you love and care for them. There was no growth what so ever. And it definitely wasn't love at first sight.
- The wizard --the annoying voice in Phury's head. It angered me more than feel for Phury. It would have been better if it was monologues to himself.
- The Brotherhood not facing of with his problems. No intervention and he needed one. He was given an ultimatum after his OD on H by the brotherhood. It looked like they just turned his back on him. His actions angered the brotherhood but they didn't dig deeper to see why he was on this downward spiral. It's unbelievable that the brotherhood would just do this to him considering what he has done.
- Cormia --so many opportunities for her to reach out to Phury and she didn't press. When people seemed resigned to not want to talk about what's bothering them --sometimes, spending time with them and offering them silent solace can help. It shows the other person that you care and that you will be there when you are ready to talk. This didn't happen. She's self absorbed. She may not understand the ways of the world outside her comfort zone, but she has no idea what was going on with Phury and made no attempts to find out. I REALLY HATE THIS CHARACTER. I hate her for that. Phury deserved much better from her. She's utterly clueless. Having said that, without her finding her own self, I can't see her falling in love with Phury. Does she even know what that is considering the isolated life that she had. IT DOESN'T MAKE SENSE.
-This was suppose to be Phury and Cormia's story. Subplots are great --but when the audience loves the subplot more than the main story --then you have a problem. If you are looking for this epic lover story between Phury and Cormia --you are not going to get it. That is what's so dissapointing about this book.
He's good, but his feminine voices isn't really where it's suppose to be. If he doesn't like doing female voices, I would recommend having 2 narrators --one for the male parts and the other for the female parts.
ANGER AND DISAPPOINTMENT.
- Lack of love story between Phury and Cormia = Very angry and disappointed reader/listener.
- The Wizard talking instead of Phury just doing his own monologues. That would have been better.
- Blay, Quinn, and John Matthew --The Blackdagger Brotherhood -- the next generation :)
- Scene with Wrath, Beth, Quinn, and John Matthew
- Rhage's rant about the Glymera (A little bit of an LOL moment too)
- Thor and Lassiter
I have never ever been so very irritated and so very disappointed with a story until I've read Lover Enshrined. I thought that the reviews were exaggerations but no --it really was such a terrible continuation to the story. I hate --absolutely hate what they have done to Phury's character. It didn't do him justice. I had to fast forward so many times because the Wizard was just getting under my skin way too much and that's saying a lot since isn't the Omega the main thing that we want to hate? I mean I hate the Omega too but the Wizard is pretty much up there with him.
And the Wizard --my goodness, the most irritating things I have ever read. Honestly, if I had a paperback of the book, I would have thrown it across room --hard --several times. --Actually, make that a lot of times every single time this "character" would show up. Had I not liked the other characters in this book or had I not wanted to continue reading Blay, Quinn, and John's story, I would have thrown the book outside, drive over it several times, let the sprinkler have at it, and stomped on it several times. Man, the wizard and his irritating voice makes me want to pull my eyes out.
**POSSIBLE SPOILERS AHEAD FROM PREVIOUS AND BOOKS AFTER LOVER ENSHRINED**
What the author has written about Phury --it just makes my skin crawl. The wizard as his imaginary "friend," --if it was alive, I would have punched him right in the nose. I cannot believe that no one talked with him sooner during those 5 months and make him talk. I'm really surprised that they didn't. I mean, they (Butch and Phury) were able to make V reveal what happened when he was chosen as the primale. I can't believe that they didn't make him see how great a man he is. Reading about him suffering makes me want to jump into the story, give him a great big bear hug, and lock him in a room until he knows and gets it into his thick skull that he is an amazing man of worth. I would have made him talk and understand. The brothers know each other well enough that they should have seen and done something for Phury. And where is the building love story between the 2????? That is my biggest problem with this book. Even though I was annoyed with the Scribe Virgin at V's book, at least the love growing between V and Jane can be seen. I thought I missed a scene several times but no, their love is very much NOT palpable or believable. Not to mention that I still believe that Phury would pick Belle over Cormia any day. And the brothers --him leaving the mansion is quite sad. I wish that he would have just stayed there with the brotherhood --it's not like they were lacking any room. I would have been okay with the book if you can really see the love growing between Phury and Cormia and you know that they really are meant for each other, if Cormia has some sense in her to have gotten into Phury's face about issues --whether it be subtle or in your face, if the brothers have found a way to reach Phury sooner than the 5 months --especially Zsadist and V and maybe with a discussion with Cormia, and if Phury stayed at the mansion. Him being away just doesn't feel right and it is quite bothersome.
Cormia --o dear. She is a sweetheart but naive. She has confidence one moment and the next --she doesn't. Lack of individuality. I think that she would have been better of with John Matthew because they could have grown together. Actually Xhex or Payne would have been better fit with Phury. While Cormia's softheartedness might have worked on another guy --Xhex or better yet Payne would have been a better fit. Actually, that's it. Since John Matthew and Xhex has a little bit of chemistry going on okay. Xhex and Payne would have probably gotten into Phury's face about his problem --way sooner than 5 months. (Side rant: I would prefer for JM to be with Sarelle though --she liked him before the transition unlike Xhex. And I think she insulted him once or twice too? And while I'm at it, Wellsie and Sarelle shouldn't have been killed of. If Ward wanted to show Thor as a tortured soul too, she could have done it another way. Same goes for Lassiter. Lassiter could have entered the lives of the brotherhood another way.)
The lesser, the Omega, and Lash --> interesting but it always sickens me every single time that I read a scene about them.
Quinn's family --> I'm sorry that they died but I still can't believe what they did to him.
The annoying and snotty glymera. It's people like them that give good aristocrats a bad reputation.
The saving grace for this book:
- The relationship between Blay, Quinn, and John. Epic set of brothers. They got the whole "one for all and all for one" thing going on.
- Blay and Quinn. Epic relationship. Book 11 should do their story justice.
- Tohr and Lassiter. Anticipating his return and reading about Lassiter is a good read.
- Rhage's mini rant about the glymera near the beginning of the book. (Another side rant: Got to say --Rhage's rant was the best part of the book for me. --I just can't see the "epic love" with Phury and Cormia. Phury absolutely deserves the best. Cormia is not it. Unless any of the chosen has found their individuality --no none of them deserves Phury. He needs someone that will cherish him and get on his face when needed. Cormia needed to grow more. I'm glad that they feel happy with each other but their "love" pales in comparison to Wrath/Beth, Thor/Wellsie, Rhage/Mary, V/Jane, Zsadist/Belle, and even Butch/Marissa. She should have gotten up in his face several times to make him see more clearly.
My other rant about the other books since I'm already on a roll --
- Scribe Virgin. Isn't she suppose to be all powerful and wise?? No --after reading what she had done to V, she is just awful. AWFUL!! Absolutely awful!!! AWFUL!! I can't say it enough. And after reading what she let happen to V by the Bloodletter, I'm even more pissed of that Z --for that matter, all the brotherhood were made to strike Rhage and for what --caring to love???. She so does not deserve the adoration or devotion. And lest I forget the primale crap? Oh, and let's not forget that her "worshippers" aren't even allowed to ask questions unless they have a death wish.
- Primale crap. I have never cursed so much while reading this book. I can't believe that they would make one of the brothers do such a thing. It's not like they didn't have any other option --before they were mated and after Wrath ascended to the thrown. The sex drive of the males weren't lacking. If the brothers --and those before them were allowed to interact more freely and frequently with the Chosen --considering that they are fertile all the time, they wouldn't need a primale. They can let the males tire themselves out. Considering what happens during the needing --it wouldn't be that hard to let them do their thing. I would have let all the brothers and chosen go and do their thing when they fall in love with someone. If they didn't have any other option then yes, I say that their practice is legit even though it sickens me to my very core --but there was another way, they just didn't do it. And by the way, by letting the "chosen" be taken against her will --makes them as bad as the Omega. I'm glad that V and Phury had some sense in them.
- All the Chosen --Lack of free will. Obedient little slaves. That's what they really are. Brainwashed into thinking that there isn't something better out there. I thought Cormia has some backbone when she gave John some advice but no, I just found her annoying. They lack individuality. I can't believe that they don't know this. And like I said, unless they find themselves --they do not deserve to be the other half of any brother.
- And I thought Marissa was annoying --Cormia, the Wizard, and the Scribe Virgen takes the cake.
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I love this series I didn't like this book as much as I liked the previous once. Phury has sacrificed himself for the good of the race, becoming the male responsible for keeping the Brotherhood's bloodlines alive. Problem was Phury sacrificed his self for everyone he cutoff his own foot to safe his Twin Zsadist from the mistress who enslaved him he agreed to be the Primale of the Chosen, because V fell in love with Jane and didn't want to do it. What I dislike the most about this book was the self loathing that Phury went never seeing the good in him self never believing that he was good enough it got old and tiring to the point that I had to stop listening to it at times. I liked Cormia who was the Chosen first mate she was willing to do what she had to do for the good of her race, but she didn't have her own mind and she wanted to be her own person. I liked the fact that she learned to speak up for herself and I liked her friendship with John. I did like the fact that this book had a lot of things going on Blay told Qhinn how he felt, Qhinn cut Lashes throat when he attacked John in the shower although John stood up for him self. Phury OD on heroin from the wait of all the things on his shoulders, which was a good thing because it made him self things different. For me this book would have been a lot better if the author would have pulled back on some of the self loathing. I was also glad that Torh was found. I look forward to reading or listening to the rest of this series.
Thinking back on books 4 and 5, it seems like the brothers took a little break for love and some R&R. You get to book 6 and BAM, it was on and popping! There was so much going on in this story. Between Phury, the 3 musketeers also known as Qhuinn, John Matthew & Blay, the Omega and his evil genius, and of course Phury's 'wizard' who totally stole the show---your head could easily spin, but, the various storylines are so interesting that its easy to keep up, stay interested and riveted, waiting for more. This one felt like the primer for everything that's about to unfold, and I know its going to be awesome!
Phury has been featured in all of the previous books of the Black Dagger Brotherhood - passionate, loyal, yet deeply troubled, who through the previous books one gleans that Phury also has gotten himself hooked a bit with addictions to drugs. When one of his brothers asks to be relieved of the duty of Primale for the Chosen (A vampire to sire and propagate the vampire race keeping the Brotherhood’s bloodlines alive with the Chosen women) he agreed to sacrifice himself for the duty. Some 5 months later Phury’s first mate the Chosen woman Cormia was not pleased and in trying to be considerate Phury did not pursue or complete the consummation. Cormia has since observed and realized that though Phury is definitely kind and she has warmed to him, he is also deeply and emotionally scarred. As the war between the Lessening Society grows much more grim, Phury must decide between duty and love.
*** While I have been completely enraptured by this series, and have really liked Phury in the previous books, he totally infuriated me in this one. Needless to say, I wanted to strangle him for at least three-fourths of this book. And yes, I also got out of sequence with the storyline but will go back and correct the reading order.
However, while Phury and Cormia’s story was the focus of LOVER ENSHRINED, the secondary story lines were so powerful with John and Xhex; Blay and Qhuin; Revenge, Tor, and of course the revelation of the Omega having a son were what kept this from being a very low rated book. With all these new revelations popping into the scene Ward just keeps the excitement sizzling and the action at an all-time peak with thoughts of a new and more powerful threat to the Brotherhood.
Bottom line: As much as I wanted to whack Phury throughout the better part of LOVER ENSHRINED, he did redeem himself by the end of the story and should not be overlooked for the set-up of the new directions of story lines planned.
So many books...so little time! :)
Phury really drove me crazy in here, as he deals with his addiction and his obligation as Primale, and he just continues to make things worse! In his past he has always put others first before himself, and he has suffered for it all his life. As he confronts his first chosen, Cormia, he is in such a destructive state, not to mention dealing with this strange voice in his head, that he doesn't see what is in front of him. I really enjoyed Cormia and her personality the most I think! Phury brings her over from the other side, and while she adjusts to a new way of life, she puts Phury in his place and isn't afraid to take chances.
This book made me frustrated a lot, as Phury kept making bad decision after bad decision, which I guess is to be expecting considering everything he has been through. The ending, however, made up for it and the other story lines were good too! While this wasn't a favorite, it is still worth listening to!
Didn't feel the connection of the love relationship as I have in the others.
The way he fought the drug addition.
Can't really say there was one.
This is book number 6 in her series. Her seventh is due out April/2009. You need to start with the first book Dark Lover and read through to really understand as to what is going on. To just read this one will make some sense but not wholly. I think one of the other reviewers trashed the novel without really reading the entire series. I am a HUGE Butch fan so I can't wait for the whole series to be available on audiobooks!! Cellies will be thrilled!