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REVIEW: Lover Eternal by JR Ward

Lover Eternal by JR WardDear Ms. Ward:

I really like the Black Dagger Brotherhood. I bought Dark Lover based upon the name alone. Black Dagger Brotherhood sounded menacing, dark and, of course, appealing. I liked Lover Eternal quite a bit but there are alot of negatives in your book. The plot is pretty simple. Good vampires who are tormented for centuries find troo love with woman who tames beast. Literally in this book.

The names, of course, are the first problem. Phury? Wrath? Zsadist? Rhage? These are names for the Wiggles impersonating a vampire clan. Not names of truly bad ass vampires. It shows a lack of creative imagination, frankly, despite your protestations on the internet that these names are based on the olde worlde spellings.

The heroines are a bit weak, too. They are individuals who need to be saved rather than do the saving. Yeah, yeah, I get that they have tremendous power in that they can tame the vampire beast, or in Rhage’s case, a real beast. But these aren’t women who kick ass, kill serial killers, and take names such as an Elena, are they?

And the homoerotic undertones – oh my. I think your boys have closet tendecies that all the rap music and “my brother” will not overcome. The sharing of clothes by your boys in the beginning of the novel? I can just see the guys from Queer Eye having the following exchange: Carson to Kyan: Where are all my black silk socks, sugar my brother? In the left drawer, honey, man.

And what is with the scribe virgin. She is a total wack job. Your description of her: tiny, enrobed in all black and whose face cannot be seen brings to my mind a cross between Tinkerbell and Palpatine from StarWars. So again, with all the problems in your books, why do I still like them? I like that Rhage struggles with his beast. The idea that the removal of the beast may represent a loss to Rhage even though he despises that part of him added depth to the character. I liked that it was Mary’s voice-the sound, the cadence-that soothed Rhage’s beast so much so that others around him became insignificant. I liked the sexual tension that was in the book due to Rhage’s fear of his beast destroying Mary. I liked the glimpses of the secondary characters, particularly Zsadist and Bella.

And why don’t I like any of your other books? Because I’ve read a couple of your Jessica Halls books and they were terrible. [Sorry about getting you and Ms Viehl err Hall mixed up]. I guess keep up the good work. But, one caveat. I understand that Zsadist is your next book and it has already been written but I hope you haven’t emasculated him while taming him. In fact, I hope he isn’t tame. After all, Phury described him as follows

“My twin’s not broken. He’s ruined. Do you understand the difference? With broken, maybe you can fix things. Ruined? All you can do is wait to bury him.”

Best regards,

Jane

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Jane Litte is the founder of Dear Author, a lawyer, and a lover of pencil skirts. She spends her downtime reading romances and writing about them. Her TBR pile is much larger than the one shown in the picture and not as pretty. You can reach Jane by email at jane @ dearauthor dot com

6 Comments

  1. AngieW
    Apr 06, 2006 @ 18:50:04

    Um, as a side note, JR Ward isn’t Jessica Hall. That honor belongs to PBW aka SL Viehl aka Lynn Viehl aka Gena Hale (whew, I’m out of breath). JR Ward is Jessica Bird ;)

  2. Jane
    Apr 06, 2006 @ 19:16:30

    God – you are so right. I get those two series mixed up in my mind all the time.

  3. Jennifer
    Apr 07, 2006 @ 06:50:39

    I thought they were the same too, lol.
    I could not even buy the book because of the stoopid names. I’ll get it from my public library, but the thought of spending money to read about someone called Phury made my Scottish blood boil, lol.

  4. Jorrie Spencer » Lover Eternal
    Jun 15, 2006 @ 13:57:45

    […] Dear Author gives Lover Eternal a B. I like that Rhage struggles with his beast. The idea that the removal of the beast may represent a loss to Rhage even though he despises that part of him added depth to the character. I liked that it was Mary’s voice-the sound, the cadence-that soothed Rhage’s beast so much so that others around him became insignificant. […]

  5. Sally
    May 12, 2009 @ 11:42:25

    I am reading the series and currently in the middle of Lover Eternal. I want to know if Ms. Ward got paid for all the brand placement she adds in the book. Getting a bit ridiculous and high school! (TGIF’s, Home Depot, Krups coffee pot, Folger’s, just to name a few)
    I have a hard time with the bad names as well. And she doesn’t do a good enough job describing each character and their background, etc.
    I too, checked this out from the library. Not worth purchasing, but a fair read. Don’t know if I’ll finish the series.

  6. Lily
    Oct 04, 2010 @ 22:29:03

    Rude much? When you right a book that gets published then maybe you have the right to trash another persons. And just so you know, there is a u in stupid.

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