Rehvenge or Rehv and EhlenaEhlena Yeah Don t take this the wrong way She drew in a deep breath and he saw her bare shoulders tighten Okay I ll try not to You keep showing up here Being who you are There was a pause I m going to fall in love with youEhlena is a sweet, humble nurse who lives with her old and unable to help himself father She is a good nurse dedicated to her job at Haver s clinic and her patients She is a good daughter who stands by her sick father and spends most of the money that she earns for his care She is also a very poor girl who is not part of the glymera.Rehvenge is the owner of the most famous vampire club and the brother of Bella A crime boss and a drug lord He is a badass boy with a mohawk and amethyst eyes.And with a big bad secret He is half Symphath he has the ability and desire to manipulate emotions in others , which is not a good thing and he needs to keep himself calm in order to be able to operate daily Moreover Rehvenge is part of the Glymera and he is rich So, Ehlena and Rehvenge have really nothing in common except Rehvenge s frequent visits to the clinic in order to get antibiotics and medicines in large quantities Rehvenge thinks that he does not deserve her And probably he doesn t, because Ehlena will lose her job and her dignity because of him And because he never tells her the whole truth.Ehlena thinks that she does not deserve him And she couldn t be wrong, because she will save him permanently And because she will be the brotherhood s special nurse and a valuable asset for all the warriors.Book cover Yes I am totally biased I adore all Paul Marron s book covers although I love him as LOTHAIRE As a result this book cover is my favorite in the series so far.Kick start for the next book view spoiler What happened to Xhex hide spoiler 4.25 5Well, this was much better than the previous book.Honestly, I went into this book half expected it to be disappointing, considering I wasn t happy with Lover Enshrined But I needed to read this one, just couldn t resist Rehvenge s story He caught my attention since book 3 so it was impossible to ignore his story And I can tell you now, when I finished reading Lover Avenged, it wasn t what I expected and it didn t disappoint either it literally blew me away This book was amazing I really loved Rehv and Ehlena s story It was exactly what I wanted Before I started reading this book, I had a feeling that I would enjoy Rehv s character, but I never thought that I would fall head over heels in love with this half symphath, half vampire He simply stole my heart with his selflessness, gentleness, and thoughtfulness.Wrath is always one of my favorite male characters in this series, so I m particularly biased toward him here What can I say I enjoyed his story and I loved a little drama between him and Beth Speaking of Beth, she is incredibly wonderful in this book I m very happy for the king that she s his shellan.Xhex and John two wounded souls Yeah, this is what I call an interesting couple All in all, this was a great read With 642 pages, it s certainly massive, yet it s worth reading I m so glad I decided to continue with the series. 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 I don t even know where to begin with this review Like so many of Ward s other books, this book consumed my thoughts Even when I wasn t reading it, I was pondering the interactions between the characters, hoping for the best, and dreading the worst that I felt was coming I don t know how the WARDen does it, but my love for this series and her writing grows even all consuming with each book I do know that she understands the power of evoking emotions in the reader I can t read any of her books without getting my emotions involved in the process.I loved Rehv before I read this book I love him even after reading this book Rehv is a great example of why antiheroes are so compelling to me He is a mass of contradictions and not predictable in the least He is so sexy, so powerful, yet so vulnerable at the same time He s no boy scout, but his does have honor and duty He sacrificed himself again and again for those that he loved, even allowing some of them to think the worst of him Inside he bore his loneliness like a burden he felt he deserved I was glad that he had two families, his mother and sister, and Xhex, Trez, and i.am I didn t like the drugs, the violence, and the prostitution, but I could understand why Rehv and Xhex inhabited that dark world They felt that this was the only place they belonged Fortunately Rehv also has the tether of his family, although he has to live a lie for many, many years Xhex doesn t even have that The sympaths were as fascinating I thought they would be Even though this book delved into that world, I d be perfectly happy to read about them They manage to exude a menace that jumps off the page as I read about them.Like most outstanding books, the scenes were vivid like a movie in my mind I love the realism mixed with magic and the supernatural I am in awe of the WARDen s imagination She has taken an hip upscale urban motif, mixed with the culture and world of an ancient race, and created several love and relationship stories and put them all together into a delicious confection that is this book But it s the three dimensional characters that really seduce me Even the casual characters manage to grab my notice and my interest.I am so glad that Rehv found Ehlena It was great seeing such a tough, isolated guy fall so hard and fast and give his heart away The interactions between Rehv and Ehlena was sweet and romantic, but erotic at the same time He really knows how to treat a woman with tenderness, to cherish her as though she is the only woman in the world At times, I was worried that Ehlena didn t deserve his love and devotion, but she proved true and worthy of it Ehlena is one tough, steadfast woman Just what Rehv needs And Rhev is what she needs as well My heart can rest in peace that Rehv does have the love and acceptance he always secretly yearned for I am happy that he has a deep, loving relationship with Bella, and is like a brother to the Brotherhood It was also nice to see of Wrath and Beth interacting As they were the first couple, some of my memories have faded So reading about their relationship and how it has remained deep and true was really great What the WARDen has done with Wrath was so well executed and felt right although some might feel that it was a dark way to go.John Matthew is at a really dark point in this book, and I vacillated between despair and rage at what he is doing to himself But I am so excited to read his book when it comes out I wish it was coming out sooner I can t wait to see him come into his own and claim his shellan in Xhex.Xhex is my girl I love the woman She is all over it I enjoyed getting perspective on her emotions and her thoughts Her loyalty to Rhev is unquestionable, and I know there is to learn about that, as well as her past I felt her sorrow as she tried to push JM away although she clearly loves and is as drawn to him as he is to her The next book in the series is going to be awesome as we see what transpires with Xhex and JM and follow along from how things ended in this book.The whole Lash situation promises to grow even enthralling At first I dismissed him as an immature bully But he is proving to be a formidable antagonist The way things will go down with him is going to be something else He s evil as all get out, but he s a fascinating character I think he will definitely prove to be the supervillain in this series And boy did he go there at the end of this book Let s just say it s going to be on in the next book.It was nice seeing the other brothers, but like the greedy BDB fan that I am, I wanted of them Short stories about other brothers and their shellans, please I miss Marissa and Cormia Haven t seen much of them lately More Butch, V, and Jane too How about Rhage and Mary updates.Ah, I never get enough of these books Let this be a warning to you Do not read these books if you want a life outside of the Black Dagger Brotherhood Not that I m complaining, mind you. Genre Paranormal RomanceType Book 7 of Black Dagger Brotherhood seriesPOV Third PersonRating Even though not a member of the Black Dagger Brotherhood, Rehvenge was an influential member of the glymera As a businessman, he was both feared and respected But behind the persona, he had a secret that not only would change his life, but the Brotherhood as well.Ehlena was a kind hearted nurse who had fell into tough times Once a member of the glymera, a reversal of fortune forced her scrape by while tending to her ailing father She had been admiring Rehv afar, but as they got closer, his secret could possibly rip them apart.In previous books in the series, even though Rehv intrigued me, he wasn t a character I cared about Before reading, I wasn t sure if my opinion of him would change I m glad to say it did And he lived dark and violent and seedy Was going to die that way, too He deserved where he was going. On the surface, Rehv was a selfish, opportunistic and manipulative character In the past, he showed how he sacrificed for the ones he cared, but in this book we get to see yet another side of him Seeing his vulnerabilities made him lovable The thing was, it wasn t that she wanted to change everything She just wanted something for herself, something that made her know she was alive. I like how responsible Ehlena was, not only with her profession but also her family She was under a lot of pressure, yet she managed to always put others first However, there were times when I thought she was naive and judgmentalJohn Matthew was her well of soul, as the symphaths called it, or her pyrocant, to the vampires Her essential weaknessBesides Rehv and Ehlena, Wrath Beth, and John Matthew Xhex were the secondary stories Wrath s issue was a good sub plot to show his worth as the King And Xhex surprised me I never liked her before, but her vulnerability made me sympathize with her Lover Avenged is a story of a couple in two different worlds that fight for what they believe in With how the story ended, I m definitely looking forward to the next book.Standalone Books in the series Must be read in order For reviews reveals giveaways visit You know, he said, this is why I love you so much Her tone was heartbreakingly warm What do you mean You don t ask me to go inside because it s cold You just want to make it easier for me to be where I want to stand Frankly, I read this book without a break Rehv and Elena s story was than I had expected even though I wasn t into his character that much from the previous books Rehv have been a detached character for me from the start, I didn t sympathize him as much as I should for what he has to endure However, J.R ward could practically attracted me with the other stories and characters Her narrative is good as always, I couldn t have asked for Life is such a glorious trauma, is it not I loved Wrath and Beth s story, it s a little bit tragic and sad at some point, but in the end, their story was what redeemed this book to 5 stars rating Xhex and John are good, too I was so thrilled when there were five chapters left, what Rehv had done made me almost cry This is really perfect.This series is so addicting Although it s the seventh of the series, the story is still in the line Every point is reasonable Every decision of my beloved characters excites me I can t even guess where the story will go in the next book and hope J.R Ward will keep writing this until the world ends.https goo.gl okejwE you know what needs to be avenged my heart it didn t deserve this treatment Even the powerful needed protection sometimesLover Avenged is one of my favorite installments of the Black Dagger Brotherhood series It is the love story of Rehvenge and Ehlena Rehv s character is so special and extravagant Despite his tough and merciless fa ade, he is self devoted and selfless for those who he loves I really enjoyed the reveal of his personality Ehlena is perfect for him she is honest, open minded, clear sighted, and brave.Like in the previous books of the series, many storylines are interweaving with each other nothing happens without a purpose Every small detail of the plot has significance The interplay between the characters is amazing.It s one of the darkest and most angsty book of the series Every moment is sinister, loaded with dark, painful secrets and lies, tormenting memories, fears, tragedies, and pain The tension is present all along the story Somewhere in the middle of the story, slowly, very slowly, some light penetrates into the dark, but things soon turn into even deeper shit, and total hopelessness Thor finally begins to pull himself together, but it is too late because he has already lost John After a marriage crisis, Wrath and Beth straighten things out, but suddenly a much bigger problem occurs.I loved all the scenes of John, Qhuinn, and Blay, although it was saddening to see the conflicts and disagreements between them.The relationship of Rehv, Xhex, Trez, and iAm is remarkable The bond and loyalty between the four of them is as strong as the bond between the Brothers.Lash is arrogant and powerful enough, but the real antagonist here is the Sympath Princess.Not a surprise that John and Xhex s story, of which you already got crumbs in the previous books, is perfectly and genuinely prepared Lover Avenged is an outstanding installment of the Black Dagger Brotherhood series.Originally posted on my blog on March 9, 2013.My favorite quotes. 4 Sin Eater StarsFirst read 2014Reread April 3 2017 Life is such a glorious trauma, is it not Wrath SpoilersLover Avenged is the 7th book in the BDB series and it was a good read with tons going on I m going to keep this review short and sweet so I can get to my John Matthews book right away Rehvenge and Ehlena were both cute and likable I loved how playful, vulnerable, and tender Rehv was with Ehlena Ehlena was sweet but she did make me angry for a bit when she didn t stand by her man I get that he lied to her and she was hurt but it took her a whole month to come around A month was too long Rehv and Ehlena s relationship was a slow burn but had a nice build up as they spend time together but didn t have a ton of sex because of Rehv s sympath side No matter what you wear to me, you will always have diamonds on the soles of your shoes Rehv He seemed so fragile as he gave himself up to her, and she realized that if anyone tried to hurt him, even though he could than take care of himself, she would commit murder To protect him, she would kill The conviction was as solid as the bones beneath her skin Even the powerful needed protection sometimes EhlenaI have to say that sympath stuff was interesting but not very detailed, so I was left with some question There was too damn much Lash and the Lessers shit in this book I didn t give one rat s ass about them I was bored everything time they were on the pages I took a star off my rating for the overabundance of Lash Lessers We readers got our first taste of Payne and I m loving her I loved Wrath and Beth in this book Poor Wrath went fully blind and the way it was handled was both heartbreaking and beautiful Tohr was back and trying to slowly piece his life back together I was really upset with Tohr and the way he was with John Matthew for half this book He was just so closed off and it ripped JM s heart out Lassiter was great I loved all the funny ass interactions between Lassiter and all the brothers John Matthew really hit rock bottom in this book Not that I don t totally understand where he was coming from but it was sad to read especially the parts with him and Xhex I really loved getting to know Xhex in this book My heart broke for both her and JM And OMG when Xhex was taken by Lash I was flipping I know my John Matthew will get his woman back but damn I hate Lash Overall a great read that needed less Lash Below a few of my favorite quotes Oh, for fuck s sake, don t look at me like that Rhage recovered first I can t help it You re just so sexy in those baggy ass pants I got to get me a pair, cause nothing says hotness like wearing what looks like two Heftys stitched together at your racket and balls Lassiter nodded Totally craptastic Sign my sac up for some of that Tohr, Rhage, and Lassiter John Matthew was her well of soul, as the symphaths called it,or her pyrocant, to the vampires Her essential weakness Xhex Oh, man there s a marathon of Beaches running tomorrow night Can we go after ten so I can see it once all the way through Everyone in the room turned to the blond and black haired guy, who was propped in the corner, massive arms over his chest What, he said Look, it s not Mary Tyler Moore, kay So you can t give me shit Vishous, the one with the black glove on his hand, glared across the room It s worse than Mary Tyler Moore And to call you and idiot would be an insult to half wits around the world Are you kidding me Bette Midler rocks And I love the ocean Sue me Vishous glanced at the king You told me I could beat him You promised As soon as you come home, Wrath said as he got to his feet, we ll hang him up by his armpits in the gym and you can use him as a punching bag Thank you, baby Jesus Blond and Black shook his head I swear, one of these days I m going to leave As one, the Brothers all pointed to the open door and let silence speak for itself You guys suck Lassiter,Vishous, and Wrath Excellent, just excellent JR Ward is back with a vengeance For anyone who was disappointed with the previous two books in the BDB series, I urge you not to give up on it Lover Avenged is every bit as good a book as the first four of the series It s got everything that you could want, starting with an outstanding hero and heroine in nightclub owner drug lord Rehvenge and nurse Ehlena It s a testimony to the author s writing skills that she can make a drug lord, mobster pimp into one of her most endearing heroes ever I absolutely adored Rehvenge, and I never thought I would say that His character has always been so so for me But now that JR Ward has fleshed out his character, and we learn the WHY of who he is and why he s done the things he has, I just could not resist him I totally fell for the mohawked, sable fur wearing hardass with a heart of gold By the end of the book, he proved that he truly was a male of worth.As for Ehlena, well, she may be my favorite heroine of the whole series She was brave, compassionate, a caregiver for her mentally sick father, and most of all, forgiving I wanted her to have everything I thought she deserved And she took no crap from Rehvenge But when she broke up with him it just about killed me, and I wasn t too happy with her It was funny because when they first started out she didn t think she was good enough for him, but at the end the tables turned and Rehvenge insisted he wasn t good enough for her Clearly these two belonged together and were perfect for each other They are one of my favorite couples of the entire series.And Ward brought the romance back Not with just Ehlena and Rehvenge, but as an added bonus the reader gets a renewed romance between Wrath and Beth And both romances were sexy and super hot no skimping on the details either Whew, Beth and Wrath had one scene that took them under the desk and across the floor And Rehvenge well, he was one generous lover is all I can say without giving away spoilers For fans of Lora Leigh s Breeds series, you ll be interested to know that there s some common ground between Rehvenge and the Breeds About the plot it s pretty simple It starts out four months after the previous book, and Wrath is secretly fighting again, while dealing with an increased loss in his vision Being the King, fighting s a big no no, but the ranks of the Brotherhood are depleted with Tohr gone and Phury involved with the Chosen And the lessers have been on a raid all summer, killing and stealing from the glymera, and it looks like they re making serious inroads in their war with the vampires So Wrath is keeping secrets, which isn t good for his marriage And when Beth finds out she s mad about the lying, and that places a serious strain on their relationship Add to that a plot to get rid of as in kill and replace the King by some of the glymera, and it s no wonder Wrath has one giant headache all the time.Then we have nightclub owner, drug lord, and secret half breed sympath Rehvenge, brother of Bella, who s married to the Brother Zsadist Rehvenge s identity as part sympath is a closely guarded secret and it comes with a host of medical complications in order to suppress that side of him if it s revealed he could be banished to a colony for these sociopaths Rehvenge is getting blackmailed from a couple of people who know his true identity, and one of them wants him to go in on a plot to murder Wrath Although they re not exactly friends, can he do that to Wrath and the Brothers Then Rehv meets a nurse at Dr Havers clinic, the beautiful Ehlena, and sparks start to fly Rehv is so drawn to her, but he can t be honest with her If she finds out who what he is and what he has to do once a month with the vile scorpion princess one of the most disgusting villains ever straight out of a Stephen King horror novel , she would be repulsed When it looks like destiny is leading Rehv on a clear path that can t include Ehlena, will he be strong enough to give up the one woman who brings light and hope to his increasingly lonely life Fans of the series will be happy to know that almost all the characters have at least a cameo appearance, except I don t recall Marissa or Cormia mentioned except in passing But no matter, all the Brothers are back, with their wisecracks and idiosyncrasies, including Tohr, who finally looks like he ll be getting his act together I loved the interaction between Tohr and Lassiter, the fallen angel who helped rescue him and sticks around a while with the Brothers He has some of the funniest moments in the book his fascination with The Mary Tyler Moore Show and the Bette Midler movie Beaches and the brothers reaction to that had me laughing out loud There also is a mention of the character of Muhrder, who has a connection to Xhex which I m sure we ll hear about , a brief reappearance of Payne who has an encounter with Wrath , Lash who s back with a vengeance and is crucial to the plot and an adorable new character, George.There is lots of humor in the book, which helps relieve some of the tension that builds up in the plot I laughed out loud many times for example, when Butch called Wrath Rapunzel due to his long hair , or when Wrath questioned the effectiveness of a bullet proof vest he was wearing because of how light it was, and V suggested he strap a garage door, or maybe a car, to his chest There were LOTS of moments like that, and clearly, the brothers have not lost their sense of humor.We also get to see where the series is headed with the new blood John Matthew, Quinn, and Blay John Matthew and his obsession, tough girl Xhex finally hook up, but sadly, it s not all it could be These two have a lot of growing up to do, because they spend most of their time in the book hurting themselves and each other There s way than meets the eye with Xhex though, and the author gives us just a hint about her troubled past She was a hard character to love, especially when she hurt John Matthew I wanted to scratch her eyes out But then as and of her background was revealed, I felt sorry for her and all that she went through in her life She is a big part of the plot in this book, and because of where the story takes her, I m sure she will be in the next book Her situation and her relationship with John is clearly left unresolved.This is a very long book over 500 pages , but it moves along so fluidly you won t notice the length There were no spots where I was tempted to skip passages I wanted to read every detail, although some were very gory What Xhex does to some creep who murdered his girlfriend yuk There s quite a few plots going at one time, yet it never gets confusing Frustrating, sometimes, when Ward leaves you hanging to switch to another plot just as things are heating up romantically with one of the couples, but that just makes you want to read faster And the conclusion You ll think maybe JR Ward had a little help from Stephen King, is all I ll say My, what an imagination.As you can see, I loved this book This ranks right up there with my favorites of the series, and I think Ward is in the groove again I found this one extremely hard to put down, didn t want it to end, yet had to know the ending Wrath and Rehvenge struggle with but finally accept their destinies, and it helps that they each have their true loves by their sides I can t wait to see where JR Ward takes us with this series there s lots to tell 5 Big Stars
J.R Ward is the 1 New York Times bestselling author of numerous novels, including the Black Dagger Brotherhood series She lives in the South her family.
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