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I'm a part time actor and part time writer living in Perth. I love being on stage. I love going out with friends, doesn't matter what we do
Published February 5th 2013
Book 2 of the Black Dagger Brotherhood series
Lover Eternal, written by JR Ward, is the second book of the Black Dagger Brotherhood series, the first being Dark Lover. This second book picks up the story of the Brotherhood a few months after the finish of the first and there have been a few noticeable changes. Firstly, all the Brotherhood have moved in together, to centralise their forces, with the exception of Tohr who is living with his wife. Secondly Wrath has ascended to the throne, with a queen by his side. Butch has also moved in with the vampires and is now a part of their fight, although he is still very much human.

However Lover Eternal focuses on Rhage, better known perhaps as Hollywood, the most deadly of all the Brotherhood. This isn't because of his fighting skills, although they are exceptional, it's because of the curse that he has been forced to live with. Shortly after his transition to a vampire some 100 years ago, Rhage caused the death of a snowy white owl. Now while this may not seem like much to humans, this was a great offence to the Scribe Virgin, the vampire creator and highest deity. For his crime, the Scribe Virgin sentenced him to 200 years with 'The Beast'.

The Beast is a deadly creature, much like a dragon, which takes form whenever Rhage is suffering tremendous stress, feels threatened or is in pain. The Beast is so dangerous to all around him, that even the Brotherhood stay well out of its way never knowing whether it will recognise them as friend or foe. It takes a great deal for Rhage to keep The Beast at bay, helped by fighting the lessening society or sex, and there is no shortage of women lining up to help him with that part.

Rhage is looking forward, almost longing, for the day when he will be free of The Beast, when his thoughts will be all his own, but then someone enters his life and the lives of the Brotherhood. This human woman does something to Rhage that he can't explain, and takes him to the end of his limits with The Beast. But Rhage can't get her out of his mind, and he is willing to do anything to have her, including possibly living with his curse for the rest of his life. Could he be this selfless?

Lover Eternal also introduces two new vampires, John Matthew and Beth. John is a pretrans (pre transitional vampire) who knows nothing about the vampire world. Found in a bus station bathroom shortly after birth he has been raised by humans, firstly in an orphanage then in the foster care system. At twenty three he feels out of place and believes he's nothing more than a scrawny, pitiful human. Upon being introduced to the Brotherhood and vampires, John finds his place in the world, finds himself a family. He's going to be trained as a fighter, and he knows it's where he's supposed to be.

Beth is a beauty amongst vampires, prefect body and perfect hair. She's the one to discover John and introduce him to the Brotherhood. She has a fear and admiration for the Brotherhood and what they do for the race, but on a trip to the Brotherhood's compound she meets Zsadist. She doesn't know why but the 'soulless one' captivates her, she wants to know more about him and be a part of his life. Zsadist, like always, wants nothing to do with Bella, thinking of her as nothing more than just a female. Bella is dragged into the middle of the war between the Brothers and the Lessening Society when she's kidnapped by one of the society members, hoping to get information about where the Brotherhood lives. Her kidnapping snaps something inside of Zsadist, could it be that he has finally found someone he actually cares for?

While there may seem to be a lot going on in Lover Eternal, you'll find it is just as hard to put down as the first book, Dark Lover.
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