Friday, May 22, 2009

Review - Lover Avenged

Title: Lover Revenged
Author: J. R. Ward
Publishing Date: May 2009
Genre: Paranormal
Rating: C+
Sensuality: Hot

Lover Revenged is book seven in J. R. Wards Black Dagger Brotherhood Series. For a brief synopsis of this series and a reading order, check out my series post on the Brotherhood. The Reverend or Rhevenge runs the night club Zero Sum in Caldwell. He is half vampire-half sympath. He injects himself with dopamine to suppress the sympath side of himself - his murderous, raging, mind-controlling self. He frequently needs to go to the clinic for a steady supply of dopamine. Most of the nurses are afraid of him, except for Ehlena. Rhev is drawn to Ehlena because of how pure and innocent she seems, which is so different from the tainted life Rhev lives.

I just finished Lover Revenged last night. I have to be honest here... I couldn't really get into it. I think it was Rhev. I sometimes struggle with books where the characters are less than human, ie they have demon in them or in this case sympath (and sympaths totally creep me out by-the-way). I mean he was a pimp, a drug dealer, a murderer and to top it off a half-psychopathic lizard creature. One of those things I could have handled, maybe two. But all of them together was too much of a stretch for me. Plus, for some reason with the mohawk, the big coat, fancy designer suit and cane, I kept picturing him as the rapper Flavor Flav with the over-sized gold watch around his neck and gold caps on his teeth. Okay, so because of Rhev I had a big disconnect, but I will say that I still thought the romance between Ehlena and Rhev, was good. I especially liked the scenes with them talking over the phone. The scene where they are intimate the first time is a great one too. I just wish I would have liked Rhev more.

Onto the John Matthew saga... Well, I have always liked John Matthew and his buddies. I don't really get his interest in Xhex though. I think JR wanted to make John seem more edgy, so she created this angst with Xhex to achieve it. I am not sure how I feel about it yet. She definitely hooked me with the unresolved ending surrounding these two. Lash was also featured and I don't know why, but I like him. I mean, I don't like him per say, but I like what he brings to the stories. He is completely sick and twisted, but dare I say it, he entertains me. I don't know why, but I was amused by his relationship with the Princess. It seemed fitting with their similar personalities.

Wrath and Beth (first book, Dark Lover) play a prominent role in the plot of Lover Revenged. Wrath and Beth are having trouble with thier relationship and they have some things they need to work through. I thought it was good to revisit with these two and see how their relationship has progressed.

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Anyone who comments on this post will automatically be entered to win my copy of Lover Avenged! Contest will end Tuesday May 26th at midnight. Winner will be announced the next day. The contest is open to anyone!


Barbara said...

Great review, Jill! Yes, I can absolutely see your POV of Rehv. I suppose I really liked that fact that outwardly he played the role of a man who was seemingly untouchable, yet in truth, he was really quite vulnerable. I also adored how tender he was with Ehlena. He was so big and almost scary but when it came to her her was so gentle and passionate. Kind of a taming of the beast scenerio.

I also was never a big fan of JM's infatuation with Xhex. She's always sort of scared me, lol. Although I thought Ward did a good job giving the reader a better view of Xhex's feminine side in Lover Avenged.

Since I have the book you don't have to enter me. But good luck to everyone else who comments!

Jill D. said...

Hi Barbara! Thanks for visiting. Yes, I had a hard time with Rhev, but you bring up a good point with his vulnerability. That was what I enjoyed about his relationship with Ehlena.

Yep, I never saw the appeal of Xhex and Ward did another great job of making her likable. Although, I could have done without the graphic demise of that lesser in the graveyard. Sheesh!! It was enough to make me want to gouge my eyes out!

gaby317 said...

Please count me in! I have heard much good thing about this book and this author but haven't had the chance to read anything by JR Ward yet.

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Anonymous said...

Great review. I've only read the first 2 books but so far I really like the series. I can't wait to read the rest.


Maija P. said...

I'd really like a chance to win this book. I'm waiting for the paperback edition to be published, so there's still months of suffering ahead. I've liked all of her books and know that I'll like this one as well :)

Seneca said...

I'm done with this series. I hate it now.
I wasn't even going to read this book (it was a DNF, BTW) but a friend sent me the hard cover. Ugh.

Safe to say you do not need to enter me into the contest. I already have one copy that I'm letting my littlest child draw in.

Leontine said...

I'm a hundred pages away from finishing this book and I'm riding a double feeling. Recognized a few things from your review as my own feelings Jill.

Christine said...

I've been a HUGE fan of this series since I read the first three in 2006, but my enthusiasm has waned with the last several releases. I'm still curious enough to want to know what happens, though, so please put me in the drawing! Thanks. ;)

Seneca: Ouch! and LOL! at the same time.

nath said...

No need to enter me, I'm not reading this series anymore... but I liked your review :) and LOL, the pic made me LOL :)

Jill D. said...

Seneca, I already have one copy that I'm letting my littlest child draw in. LOL, this clearly states where you stand! :)

Leontine, I can't wait to hear your thoughts once you finish it. Let's tweet about it!

Christine, I too have loved this series. I wasn't crazy about V's story, but I actually liked Phury's book. This one, was really hard for me because of Rhev's low apeal. I still love Ward's writing. She has such a distinctive voice. I hope you do enjoy it.

Nath, I am glad that I could make you laugh. I was hoping someone would appreciate my sense of humor!