Jun 19, 2012
I know all about you, and everything I see is beautiful. Everything I see is mine.
Im not yours, she whispered.
rejection didnt faze him. Fine. If I cant have you, then you do the
taking. Have all of me, part of me, a small piece, whatever you want.
Just please, have something.
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
“I know all about you, and everything I see is beautiful. Everything I see is mine.”
“I’m not yours,” she whispered.
rejection didn’t faze him. “Fine. If I can’t have you, then you do the
taking. Have all of me, part of me, a small piece, whatever you want.
Just please, have something.”
Blurb: 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. Owned by this
dark side, Rhage fears the time 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. She lost her faith in miracles 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...
It feels so good re-reading these books. It’s like coming back home after a long and exhausting day.
boy, Rhage can make me giggle like a little girl and blush like an old
horny nun and Mary, sweet Mary, she’s oh so wonderful. She’s such a
warrior with the gentlest heart of all.
Note: As always,
when it comes to the BDB books, I can’t be neutral even to save my life.
So I’ll try to keep my head straight and have my feeling in control.
second book in the Black Dagger Brotherhood world tells the story about
Rhage and Mary and how they save each other in every possible way. This
book also plays a main part because it leads to some of the following
stories. As a sequel I can’t say Lover Eternal complements the first
book but it does do a very good job.
writing style is always on point and sharp. Some people may find the
language and the way the Brothers talk not so appealing but I like it a
lot. It makes sense if you’re really into the story.
goes for the female/male thing. One thing we need to remember is that
they’re a different species and their ways and traditions are also
different and, even when they keep up with modern tendencies, they’re
Once you get that behind, I think the books become more and more enjoyable.
sometimes skip the lessers parts, but in this book I didn’t do it. One
of the lessers, O, was twisted and sick as fuck. When he was human he
was a monster and now, in this new life, he’s such a psychopath and his
quest to find a woman who looks like his dead wife it’s both repulsive
and interesting to read.
Now, back to our MCs…
is a really complex character. He has so many layers but he’s always
ready to be the optimistic one, the one who takes the beating for
someone else, the one who makes things lighter and the one who will have
everyone’s back but he’s in deep shit, he suffers, not only because of
his curse but also for the emptiness of his actions.
“Could you not…ride me about the females? Because the truth is, I hate it, I really do.
hate the anonymity of it. I hate the way my chest aches afterward. I
hate the smells on my body and in my hair when I get home. But most of
all, I hate the fact that I’m going to have to do it again because if I
don’t, I could end up hurting one of you guys or some innocent
bystander. And those two sisters you’re so impressed with? See, here’s
the thing. I only pick the ones who don’t give a shit who they’re with,
because otherwise it’s not fair. Those two bar chippies checked out my
watch and my roll and figured I was a pimp trophy. The fucking was about
as intimate as a car accident. And tonight? You’re going home to
Wellsie. I’m going home alone. Just like I did yesterday. Just like I’m
going to do the day after. The whoring isn’t fun for me, and it’s been
killing me for years, so please give it a rest, dig?”
Only fighting and sex can calm him enough to keep
the beast under control but he hates himself afterwards. And Rhage is
actually so selfless despite some of his actions. He cares for his
brothers a lot, he’s ready to do anything for them, ready to endure any
kind of torture for the sake of them, and now Mary’s.
backstory is also interesting. Here we have a young man blessed with
godlike looks, herculean strength, and almost endless energy, smart as
they come and charming as fuck so what does he do after his transition?
He’s drunk on power. He fucks his way through life and abuses of his
recently acquired gifts for years until he’s introduced to the
Brotherhood and then he kills a bird.
“It was a barn owl. One of those lovely white barn owls. I can
still see the red stain as its blood seeped onto its feathers. When I
picked up the bird and felt its light weight in my hands, I realized
that carelessness was a form of cruelty. See, I’d always told myself
that because I meant no harm, anything that happened wasn’t my fault. At
that moment, though, I knew I was wrong. If I hadn’t given the female
my gun, the bird wouldn’t have been shot. I was responsible even though I
didn’t pull the trigger.”
That’s when the Scribe Virgin curses him with the beast.
“She cursed me, and since then, anytime I get out of control, the
beast comes out. In a way, it’s really the perfect punishment. It’s
taught me to regulate my energy, my moods. It’s taught me to respect the
consequences of all my actions. Helped me understand the power in my
body in a way I never would have otherwise.”
It says a lot of him to see things that way now,
he’s grown up so much since all of that and, despite the persona he
shows to everyone, he’s really mature.
That what makes him perfect for Mary Luce, I think.
a survivor and a helper. She was with her mother when she got sick and
died, she decides to help others and she became a therapist for autistic
children and she loved her job, but then she got leukemia and almost
die, though she clinically died a couple of times. She’s been in
remission for a couple years and she volunteers part-time on a Suicide
Prevention Hotline. She doesn’t take crap form anyone, she always has a
smile ready and she doesn’t make excuses for herself or anyone else.
all of the things I love about Mary is the fact that she’s so open to
everything. She doesn’t judge people that easily and when she does, she
tries to vanish that feeling. She’s fearless and tough and she is just
so so good. And you know I usually don’t like honest-to-god-good
characters but Mary is legit awesome.
She could not rely on him for comfort, not even in this moment.
Her life depended on her keeping it together, and there was a slippery
slope to tears. If she started crying now, she wasn’t going to stop in
the days and weeks ahead. God knew, the hard inner core of her had been
the only thing that had gotten her through the last time she’d been
sick. If she lost that resolve, she had no power whatsoever against the
Mary wiped her eyes.
Not again, she thought. She would not lose it in front of him again.
She’s fought alone for years now that having
someone watch her die, like she saw her mother, that’s something she
can’t stand. She’s willing to give herself, the good parts, to people
but her illness is hers only. Trusting Rhage and trusting he can handle
it and love her even when she’s sick is her biggest battle.
“And you don’t want me going through that?”
“No, I don’t. I
don’t want that for either of us. I’d rather you remember me the way I
am now. And I’d rather remember us the way we’ve been. I’m going to need
some happy places to go.”
“I want to be there for you.”
“And I don’t need that. I’m not going to have the energy to put up a front. And pain…pain makes people change.”
she fully understood Rhage and their feelings, she let go. It was a
breaking point, to admit she was going to be worse and worse and he was
going to be there for her.
Both she and Rhage have their
insecurities, for her was her illness and the fact that she was going to
become someone she doesn’t want to, and for him was the fact that he
had a dangerous ugly side and how could someone see past that? How can
he be worthy of someone after everything he’s done?
So they find in each other exactly what they’re looking for and way more.
and they’re very sexy together. Rhage, man, he’s a sensual male. He
knows what he wants and how to take it and make you beg for more but his
confidence and utterly devotion make him ten thousand better. And Mary?
She looks so innocent and sweet but she also likes control, she loves
watching him fall apart overwhelming with pleasure. She gives and she
demands and she’s the perfect balance to Rhage recklessness.
Now, we also had some others storylines:
Bella and Zsadist, John Matthew, Butch and Marissa and Phury’s.
like Bella, I like her a lot. She’s proper, an aristocrat woman who is
reserved but she goes after what she wants. She’s been taken care of her
whole life and she craves for adventures, an affair with the dark side
and she finds Zsadist. (view spoiler)[I’M SO READY TO RE-READ THEIR BOOK OMG OMG I CAN’T BREATHE (hide spoiler)]
She’s attracted to him against her better judgment and she wants him,
only that what she finds is a very ruined man. They’re quite interesting
because it’s not one-sided, he wants her too but he doesn’t know what
to do. He was a blood and sex slave for over a century and he fears the
intimacy. So, when Bella is abducted, he goes insane and deadly, ready
to tear apart the world to find her.
we have John and boy, my heart totally melted for him. He’s such a tiny
thing with a warrior heart. Literally. His living isn’t a good one and
when he’s taken to the brotherhood’s compound, he feels like getting
back home but when Tohr takes him to his house to meet Wellsie? Guys, I
sobbed. He was a lost boy and now he had a home.
are a lot of things going on and nothing at all with Butch and Marissa.
He likes her, she seemed to like him back in book one but now she’s
avoiding him and he doesn’t know what to do with that. Has he
misunderstood the signals? He feels unworthy of her, she’s not only a
vampire but she’s a precious woman in the community, as far as he knows, and she has all the right to reject his company but he’s crazy about her.
then we have Phury. He seems to like Bella, but his celibacy vow is
strong and he doesn’t know what to do. We didn’t see much of him but
Overall, this is my second favorite book in the series and it just makes me so happy.