Discussion: Black Dagger Brotherhood

I love the Brother hood, and all its characters, so don’t get me wrong by my complaints. I’m not a basher of authors, because I have a great amount of respect for authors who can pen their thoughts into a book. Especially books that are great, and creative like the brotherhood.
I love the sense of community and how the brothers interact mostly. There are only a few characters, and a few other things, that i don’t like and I would just like to point them out, hence this discussion post. I love how she wrote the characters, and how they are all so fiercely loyal and have a bond with each other, yet so complex and different when you get to know them individually. I love how they aren’t so perfect, and that they have emotions, not just commitment issues.
Zsadist, Rhage, and Rehvenge are my favorites, and all for different reasons. My least favorite however is Phury, twin brother to Zsadist. I bought his story, skimmed a page and promptly returned it. Not saying that it wasn’t a great, or even good, book–I wont make such judgement–but it didn’t engage me. It went to a place where I just would not like to explore, not even in a book. But what ticked me off was that he even went there, when things were just not that bad. At least from my perspective. I liked Phury at first, felt for him, but the more I read the books, the more he just got on my nerves. Just thinking about him ticks me off still. He’s the reason I wanted to rant mostly, and I’m glad I got it off my chest. He literally almost ruined the series for me. I guess the real why of why I’m so ticked off is because I liked him so much. He was just so sweet and considerate, though way too self sacrificing. But I was thoroughly distressed at his self decline from the book two all the way to his book. It got so bad that I literally started skipping his parts. Its not like I can’t identify that shit happens, because I so can. But I just don’t think his situation warranted that. I’m not being a goody two-shoe either, or naive, I know bad things happen–I see it all the time. I just thought that his method sucked, and in turn, sucked everything out of the characters appeal, and about his book.
Phury, coupled with the way Vishous’s story ended and the not-so-hot news about the next book, book eleven, had me wondering what kind of tangent can J.R. possibly be going on. She’s mixed the rules of romance and I still like her, but her next book, Lover Reborn, just seems to be pushing the cake. I don’t think I’m going to be able to take it. And that sucks because I want to take it. But I mean, really? What can she possibly be thinking?
I’ve already had it with the; Perfect brother unraveling at lightning speed, while not-so perfect brother becomes the reasonable and grounded one. I don’t know how the characters are going. Too much twist and turns and unfairness to me.
But let us leave this on a good note though, I have it on good authority that Dark Lover, Book one–haven’t read–is good. She gave it her stamp of approval; “It’s good”. I don’t know if I’m going to read that, but we’ll see. The Black Dagger Brotherhood series is really great–excluding Phury’s hellish decline–and its easy to get caught up in it. As you can see, it doesn’t matter if you read it in order or not, but if you want to go ahead. Rhage and Mary’s story is so profound and just Great! Zsadist and Bella’s story is just so compelling a well written, you feel everything. You see the guy who’s so bad ass, but super innocent. How many times do you get that? To read his story is to seeing just how awesome he is. Yeah, I think this is the positive end I was looking for. I ranted, and I rave. I’m out.

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Black Dagger Brotherhood: Lover Mine

Lover Mine LOVER MINE
by J.R. Ward
Published by Signet Eclipse
April 2010

Book Nine: John Matthew’s Story

Readers have flocked to the “raw, gritty…genre-bending”* novels of J.R. Ward’s Black Dagger Brotherhood. Now return to that seductive- and dangerous- night world as the fever rises in the war between the vampires and slayers.

*Booklist

In the darkest corners of the night in Caldwell, New York, a conflict like no other rages. Long divided as a terrifying battleground for the vampires and their enemies, the city is home to a band of brothers born to defend their race: the warrior vampires of the Black Dagger Brotherhood.

John Matthew has come a long way since he was found living among humans, his vampire nature unknown to himself and to those around him. After he was taken in by the Brotherhood, no one could guess what his true history was- or his true identity. Indeed, the fallen Brother Darius has returned, but with a different face and a very different destiny. As a vicious personal vendetta takes John into the heart of the war, he will need to call up on both who he is now and who he once was in order to face off against evil incarnate.

Xhex, a symphath assassin, has long steeled herself against the attraction between her and John Matthew. Having already lost one lover to madness, she will not allow the male of worth to fall prey to the darkness of her twisted life. When fate intervenes, however, the two discover that love, like destiny, is inevitable between soul mates.

Lover Mine, book nine in J.R. Ward’s BDB series, was my second read and the book that really got me craving more of the Brotherhood–and sad to say that crave was not satisfied until months later, because my friend kept forgetting to find the books. But anyways, Lover Mine was definitely a great read. It got me to start understanding just how this Brotherhood thing worked, and it got my feelings sucked in so much, I teared up. I’m a crier, and I’m not afraid to say it. I love a book that can make me cry–see Rhage and Mary, I was bawling. But Lover Mine is about John and Xhex, and boy are they a real good couple.

How many stars: 4 1/2

Main Characters: John Matthew and Xhex are the main character, and they are both broken and frustrating, but like all heroes and heroines the baggage is expected. But John is so determined and he is so in love with her its absolutely powerful. His love and his willingness to fight until he gets her back or avenge her is so compelling you cant help but turn the pages. Its not new in a story, but when you get to know John, it all seems a little different. Xhex is complicated, but you have to love her, because under that I’m a bad ass-which she is- theres that little flower that needs some TLC. And I wanted to give her some TLC along with john.

Story: The story is fun. The plot is filled with a great deal of juicy tidbits, aside from the main story, that just keeps you turning the page. The story developed at a nice pace and John and Xhex are so good together.

Improvements: I really loved Lover Mine, but I still thought there could have been a little improvement, though this is just my thought. Well its not improvements so much as a little more clearing up, especially about John’s Identity.

Topping: Hmm this was definitely a very nice, perfectly blended frappuccino, with light whip and about medium amount of extra caramel to make it just good enough your tempted for more.

Black Dagger Brotherhood: Lover Eternal

LOVER ETERNAL
by J.R. Ward
Published by Signet Eclipse
ISBN# 0451218043
Publication Date: March, 2006
Book Two: Rage’s Story
In the shadows of the night in Caldwell, New York, there’s a deadly war raging between vampires and their slayers. And there exists a secret band of brothers like no other – six vampire warriors, defenders of their race. Possessed by a deadly beast, Rhage is the most dangerous of the Black Dagger Brotherhood…
Within the brotherhood, Rhage is the vampire with the strongest appetites. He’s the best fighter, the quickest to act on his impulses, and the most voracious lover—for inside him burns a ferocious curse cast by the Scribe Virgin. Possessed by this dark side, Rhage fears the times when his inner dragon is unleashed, making him a danger to everyone around him.Mary Luce, a survivor of many hardships, is unwittingly thrown into the vampire world and reliant on Rhage’s protection. With a life-threatening curse of her own, Mary is not looking for love. Her faith in miracles was lost years ago. But when Rhage’s intense animal attraction turns into something more emotional, he knows that he must make Mary his alone. And while their enemies close in, Mary fights desperately to gain life eternal with the one she loves…

Source: http://www.jrward.com/bdb/index-books.html#lovereternal

Lover Eternal is Yummeh! Rhage, Full warrior, part dragon, and amazing lover. What can I say? The guy is a beast. I love him. I literally forsake my school work, and most of my priorities to be with him–er…read his story.    And when I was free, I locked myself in my room and delved deep into the pages.
Rhage’s book is the second installment in the black dagger brotherhood series, but my third read, as I read the eight, Lover Avenged, first and the Ninth, Lover Mine, second. My thirst for another BDB book was dormant for months before my friend gave me this book. I was so in love with this book, that I ran out and bought the third one, Lover Awakened, and fifth, Lover Unbound, before I even finished.

My Review

How many stars: 5

Main Characters: The main characters were awesome and unforgettable. Rhage, the strongest of the brotherhood warriors, and the most emotionally freeing. He loves and aches with the same fervor. Mary, a fighter until the end, is the most kindest and most compassionate heroine. Together she and Rhage are compelling, and unforgettably and achingly perfect.

Story: The story grabs you by the collar and pulls you in from the first sentence. It was paced perfectly. The story made you ache for them, both individually and together. I cried with them, and for them, but mostly I enjoyed them. They loved fast and hard and they fought, both each other and for each other, and always willing to sacrifice. So good.

Would I re-read: Yes and I already reread it. Its just that good. Its re-readable, from the moment you finish.

Improvements: A little bit longer. And that’s just purely for my sake. It was so perfect I didn’t want it to end.  I wanted to be with them a little longer.

Topping: This book was the perfect Frappuccino, light whip, and the perfect amount of extra caramel.

I love this book. To me it emphasizes just how much of a stellar author J.R. Ward is. I love how she put this book together, from copy right page to the end.