- Title: Lover Avenged
- Author: JR Ward
- Series: Black Dagger Brotherhood #7
- Genre: Adult, Paranormal Romance
- Category: Vampires
- Website: www.jrward.com
- Purchase: Amazon, betterworldbooks.com
I am so thrilled with book 7 in the Black Dagger Brotherhood series. The last two books disheartened me a little, but this one was the best of everything I have loved about this series.
The primary storyline is the love story between Rehvenge and Ehlena. I was a little nervous about this pairing because Rehvenge has been a little bit of a wild card for me in previous books. Being a half-sympath-half-vamp, his sympath side gets his kicks out of mind games and pain. He’s being sexually and financially blackmailed by his half-sister (who is a full sympath), so he maintains some very deviant business practices to meet the demands of his blackmailer. I don’t know why I worried because this love story was really romantic and sexy. I liked Ehlena too – she is strong and relatable.
For these two to be together, they have to deal with murders, kidnapping, blackmail, and a great deal of prejudice. Lucky for us, the brothers are involved from the very beginning.
One of the things I’ve liked about this series from the start has been the strength of the subplots. They’ve never felt less important or less intense than the primary storyline, and this book is a perfect example of that. Wrath and Beth are in the spotlight again as well. We also get to read more of Tohrment’s story and also John’s story. It was fabulous.
There is so much going on in this book that I couldn’t write a review without a few spoilers.
I’ve been waiting for John to lose his virginity for several books now, so I was thrilled that he finally seals the deal with Xhex but then heartbroken that it gets so messed up. It was so tough to read about John’s fall into bitterness and anger. He turns into a total jerk. And what’s just as bad is that he takes Quinn down with him, and I had such high hopes for Quinn and Bray. I sure hope these three guys can get their act together in the next book. Considering the big cliffhanger at the end of this book involving Xhex and the new lesser king, I’m pretty sure these three boys are finally going to have their own adventure.
Another great addition is Payne. She has been eluded to in previous books, but this is the first time she has a purpose. Fighting with Wrath after he becomes totally blind gives him some of his independence back, and allows him to relearn his technique without a visual. For Payne, we know that she is fighting because she is just plain bored being on the other side. Personally, I’m thrilled that there is another female fighter in the series. And, because she is the daughter of the scribe virgin, she technically could fight for the brotherhood.
I didn’t have any complaints at all about this book. It was so awesome. There was a ton of action, a ton of twists and turns, and a ton of suspense. I loved
that some of the core characters got some page time again. I loved that the oppression in the story came from the many bad guys rather than from self-inflicted inner turmoil (as in a couple of the previous books), and I loved that Ward didn’t throw in any new paranormal elements. With this book we get a good solid Brotherhood story and more than one good solid Love story. Lover Avenged was also the longest book so far, so we get a lot more content.
I highly recommend this series for fans of Paranormal Romance and Paranormal Thrillers. This is definitely an adult series because of the sexual scenes and violence.