Series: Black Dagger Brotherhood #2
Published: 7 March, 2006 by Signet
Genres: Romance, Paranormal Romance
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The next installment of the Black Dagger Brotherhood series is about a vampire named Rhage. Based on his name, we can already tell that he’s impulsive and has some anger issues. And he pissed off the Scribe Virgin, who is kind of like the vampires’ mentor/god figure, and she cursed him to carry a monster within him for 200 years. When he gets really really angry, the beast escapes and unleashes destruction. He’s basically got a Bruce Banner/Hulk thing going on, and he mostly manages to keep the beast at bay by unleashing his pent-up energy through lots and lots of casual sex.
Mary Luce has spent her life working with autistic children and volunteering at a suicide prevention hotline. She spends so much of her life taking care of other people. But Mary is also dying. She’s survived one battle with cancer, and now it’s come back.
Due to a chance encounter with a pre-transition vampire youth, Mary ends up coming to the Brotherhood’s house and meeting Rhage. She’s not his usual type at all, and she’s not really considering dating given that her lifespan is going to be so short, but the two of them connect, and Rhage can’t stop thinking about her. But can a man with a beast inside of him and a dying human woman really make it together?
I think that Lover Eternal was a much stronger book than Dark Lover. Rhage was an interesting male lead, and the hulk monster part was campy and fun, and it gave the sexy parts an interesting twist (is it a threesome when two people inhabit the same body? or something else? not quite sure about that one). I think Rhage had much more of a personality than Wrath. But on the down side, Mary’s cancer plotline did have a contrived ending, which I am willing to overlook in the name of a happy love story rather than a tragedy.
Onward to book 3!