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review SPOILER ALERT! 2016-05-05 15:00
Lover Eternal by J.R. Ward

 

 

Lover Eternal by J.R. Ward

 

Goodreads Summary:

"In the shadows of the night in Caldwell, New York, there's a deadly turf war raging between vampires and their slayers. 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. 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..."

 

Overall Thoughts:

 

Lover Eternal by J.R. Ward was an enchanting read. The idea to read this series started when I was watching Kassidy Voinche's book review of the first two novels in the Black Dagger Brotherhood Series; Dark Lover and Lover Eternal. After listening to the review I immediately looked up the series on Goodreads. The key words that I took from it were: vampires, hot, steamy, and sexy. This was just what I was looking for. I've never been a fan of contemporary romance due to for some reason not being able to get into it at all. Every time I've started a contemporary romance I have set in down after a few chapters from boredom. However, adult romance I have found to be extremely entertaining. I love the darker adult romances...and better yet a paranormal romance makes it that much more enjoyable for me. I don't think I'll grow out of the paranormal genre for a long time because I love romance with a twist. Normal romance bores me most of the time and I love a romance with a little something extra.

I read Dark Lover a few months ago and I loved it. I was in a book hangover and didn't know what was going to get me back into reading. Once I thought of the next book in the series I knew it was perfect. I listened to the first book as an audio book so I knew I wanted to experience the book the same way. As soon as I started the book I knew it was just what I needed. Of course right once I got the the part where you knew Mary and Rhage were going to meet I had to go to work.  At that point my feelings were:

description I wanted to keep listening to this book so badly. Of course it had to be right before the two main characters were going to meet. Fortunately, as soon as I got home I kept listening and listening all the way to 2 in the morning. The next day I didn't have to work which turned out great because I was able to continue listening to the book. I listened to it all day while I got some laundry and dishes done. Then I got to the scenes in the park, which is the beginning of one of my favorite parts of the book, and I was like: description All the way through Rhage and Mary going back to her house and him spending the night I loved. YES I enjoyed all scenes between the two; but, like all books there are always parts that you enjoy even more. Than I got to the part where Rhage turns in front of Mary. description I was so excited when Mary finally saw Rhage in his cursed form, which is a dragon. I had been waiting for this moment for so long while listening to the audio book.  I knew it would happen at some point but I was so happy when it finally did.  I loved the way it happened also.

 

Mary runs away and Rhage comes to Bella's house to find her.  Only when Rhage goes to take Mary home there are lessers waiting for them. Rhage turns into the dragon to protect her and so on.  

Then I got to the end of the book. I was so bummed because I enjoyed the book so much I wanted more.  I wanted so much more of Rhage and Mary, but at the same time the book was wrapped up so nicely I was happy with the ending.  Although I had many emotions, the one that overpowered was:description

 

Characters:

 

 

Mary: Our lead female of the novel I enjoyed. She is struggling with an illness and at the same time is swept away by an eternal vampire whom is beyond her wildest dreams. Although at times I found her to be slightly annoying I could understand why she acted the way she did. What would you do if you knew you weren't going to live much longer. I also enjoyed the journey of Mary's personal growth throughout the book. Mary at the begging is a much weaker character than she is towards the end in my opinion.

Rhage: Our lead male I loved. Rhage is also struggling with personal issues as is Mary. However, Rhage has a much more dangerous problem than Mary. Rhage has a curse that turns him into a dragon. I never found myself annoyed by the character at any points in the book. The character makes a lot of personal sacrifices for Mary because he loves her and wants to protect her. I love a character who has undying love towards another. Especially when it is coming from a man.

Bella: Mary's best friend and neighbor is a secondary character in this novel, who ends up becoming the lead of the third novel and has her own story line. I kept picturing Bella as Elena from The Vampire Diaries, at least the TV show. I would love to have a friend/neighbor like Bella. She is a fun character to get to know.

  

 

Would I recommend this book to others?

If you are an individual like myself who loves; paranormal, supernatural, at times erotic, adult romance reads than this is definitely the book for you.  This book is the second book in the series and as of now my favorite. I have read the first three books in the series and Rhage and Mary's love story is my personal favorite.  

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review 2015-04-15 15:57
Resident Evil by Ricardo Sanchez
Resident Evil Vol. 1 - Ricardo Sanchez,Kevin Sharpe

I received a free .pdf file of Resident Evil by Ricardo Sanchez published by Wildstorm, in a goodreads promotion in exchange for a fair review. I received a combination of the 6 comics, but from a content perspective, it is the same as the trade paperback.

 

I was pleasantly surprised. As a rule, I don't read graphic novels but in this case the art work was well done.  Kevin Sharpe is the illustrator.  I absolutely loved the fact that quotes were referenced & the acronyms defined.

 

"You haven't seen a tree until you've seen its shadow from the sky."-Amelia Earhart was one of my favorite quotes.

 

I gave this novel five stars. I read other reviewers reports that things weren't what they expected because they were prior Resident Evil Fans. Since I'm a novice reader, I was happy to report I completely enjoyed the story & the illustrations. Agent Mina Gere is partnered with Agent Holiday Sugarman. She's about the age his daughter was when she had been killed. He is fluent in six languages.

 

There was graphic violence & some scenes were difficult to view, but they took the story to the level it needed to be rather than just gratuitous illustrations. In addition it does have the caveat "for mature readers".

 

Link to purchase: http://www.amazon.com/Resident-Evil-Vol-Wildstorm/dp/1401226027/ref=la_B0058VGEPG_1_1s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1429097004&sr=1-1

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review 2014-07-10 03:11
Bared to You by Sylvia Day

 

 

Bared to You  by Sylvia Day was an amazing read.  It was hot and steamy and full of romance, which I'm a sucker for.  No I'm not one of those people that is reading this series because of all the sex in it,  I'm reading it because it's a real and dark relationship.  I love reading books about characters who deeply love each other on a level that is more than just him/her being a vampire with a hot bod who can protect you.  Although, I can't complain too much because I like most of those books as well.

 

When I first originally heard about this book/series I heard from a booktuber and other news sources that If you enjoyed Fifty Shades of Grey that you would enjoy these books and possibly like them even more than the other series.  I'm not sure If I could say I like the series more than Fifty Shades of Grey because I have only read the first book but what I can say is I like the first installment of this trilogy much more than the first installment of Fifty Shades of Grey.  Yes I understand that some of you may have hated that series but I enjoyed it because of the dark romance behind it, not because of all the descriptive XXX scenes.  So, when I heard this trilogy was compared to Fifty Shades of Grey but on a whole different level I knew I had to pick it up.

 

 

I started this book yesterday around 3 pm and read it for 11 hours straight all the way to 2 am.  Some of you may think I'm crazy for being able to sit that long and read but when you find yourself a great book, there's nothing else you want to do more than keep reading.  That's exactly how I felt with this book.  It consumed me and I couldn't put it down.  I wanted more and more so I kept on reading and reading.  Pretty soon I found myself finished with the book and wanting so desperately to read the next. On that note I was glad only a few weeks ago I had picked up the second book because it was on sale at Barnes and Nobles.  Now as I sit here writing this all I can think about is starting the next book in the series, Reflected in You. 

 

Eva:

Eva is a great female lead.  I loved her character in this book.  I enjoyed how the girl actually had some skeletons in her closet unlike many adult romances I have read which are only the guy having baggage.  Eva has gone through a lot which you find out in the book.  She is a dedicated and driven girl who is fresh out of college and in the working world.  She has just moved from San Diego, California to New York City.  She works for an Ad agency under a boss she adores.  

 

Gideon: 

Gideon is our male lead.  He is just what every woman loves.  A strong and attractive man, who also has a soft side.  Gideon owns the company that Eva works at called Crossfire.  Although he owns the company, he is not her boss.  Gideon also has a past that is dark and mysterious, which Eva starts to uncover as her relationship with Gideon grows.  Gideon is head over heals in love with Eva.  He makes a lot of mistakes along the way but never gives up on her, he is always trying to make it up to her...swoon.  

 

Cary:

Cary is Eva's gay best friend. He is a caring, lovable, and hilarious character that everyone who reads this book will grow to love.  Cary stands by Eva's side no matter what and is always there for her.  He is the best friend a girl could ask for.  Cary also has a past as well, just like the other characters in the series.  Cary actually met Eva at a therapy session.  

 

 

Relationship:

The relationships that are in this book are the romantic relationship of Eva and Gideon, along with the friendship between Eva and Cary.

I loved Cary and Eva's relationship.  There best friends and from the beginning you start to get to know them and love them.  I really enjoyed the friendship aspect that was in this book.  Most of the other romances I have read drop out the friendships that are in the book to focus on the main romantic relationship going on.  I appreciated the fact that the author continued to have scenes between Eva and Cary.

Than their is Eva and Gideon's relationship and can I say damn!  Their relationship is full of love, drama, lust and a lot of heart warming, sexy scenes. I liked the progression of the relationship.  When Eva was first approached by Gideon, although, she thought he was hot and dreamy she didn't jump into the deep end right away with Gideon.  She took her time getting to know him a little first.

 

World:

The world in this series is set in New York.  I really enjoyed the scene setting because I have never been there but have always wanted to.  I always like reading books where their destination is also one I would like to visit sometime in the future.

I have been in a real world mood for the books I have been reading recently which makes this book even better because it was a made up world.  It was real New York.

 

Story-line:

This was a face paced story and a very easy read.  From the start you are thrown head first into this story.  You aren't sitting around for 50 to 100 pages waiting for something to start or for the romance to start.  You start the book and BAM the first chapter you already get some romance with Eva and Gideon's first encounter.  This was a very easy read. It wasn't a complex story that had you trying to figure out what was going on and I loved that.  

 

Reflected in You:

This is the second installment in the Crossfire trilogy and I can't wait to start it. I'm sure I will be binge reading this book withing the next 24 hours and I couldn't be more excited.  

 

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