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Lover Enshrined (2008)

Lover Enshrined (2008)
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Lover Enshrined (2008)
Lover Enshrined (2008)

About book: “You tell the others I was not worthy of her.” As the Directrix’s mouth fell open, he pointed his finger at her. “That’s a goddamned order. You tell them . . . she is too good for me. I want her elevated to a special rank. . . . I want her fucking enshrined, do you understand me? You do right by her or I’ll bust this place into ruins.” I have to say that these 4 stars go to the BDB world and stories revolving around all the other characters. I enjoyed the book even though I wasn't thrilled with the MCs, and in this case, YAY for J.R. Ward and her inserting as many characters as possible in her books :D The storyAfter accepting the role as Primale of the vampire race, Phury brings Cormia, his First Mate to the BDB mansion, without consummating the union, which means he still hasn't accepted all the other forty Chosen waiting for him to impregnate them. Yep I just said that ahahahhah :D He is still in love with Bella, and is easing his suffering with red smoke and drugs, which is getting worse by the day.His drug addiction is making him think of nothing else but his next fix, and his obligations as Primale and one of the Brothers are in second place.His other favorite pass time is torturing lessers, and the Brothers are worried about him, which makes Wrath take drastic measures to force Phury to wake up and see where his life is heading.Cormia has adapted to her new life with the Brotherhood, even though she wants the closeness Phury isn't giving her. She's in love with him, but knows he still loves Bella.Torn between wanting him for herself, and her duty to all the Chosen, she will have to make a decision, fight for Phury or return to the Scribe Virgin and let another take her place.The story - Well, the MCs don't really have that big of a role here. If those two were more in the book, I'd probably hate it.On the other hand, if the author made the characters a bit different (without the damned Wizard!!!!!!!), and they had more time in the book, I might have loved it. Who knows, but as it is, I was most looking forward to reading absolutely everyone else in the book :)))))There really isn't a big storyline here, mostly Phury dealing with the drug thing, his inner battles, and the other characters dealing with a shift in the Lesser Society, a new bad guy *gasp*The bad guys - Lessers. Again. *yawn*Those morons get on my nerves like crazy. I really can't stand them.Lash. OMG! The most irritating character ever to be created! EVER!!!! I want to kill him! Then revive him! Then torture him a bit! Then kill him! Then do it all over again!!! OMG! *rant over*The characters - Well first, there is Rhevenge. He has a big role here (well 'cause his book is next). We get to see exactly what is the deal with his blackmailer, and it's some twisted sh*t I tell you!!! Terrible, I hate it all! I mean I love Rhev, but all that's going on... Jeez. Very disturbing.Tohrment - finally. Won't go any more into detail so I don't spoil it for you :)Lassiter - new character (I love that guy - LOVE!), and I somehow totally forgot that he knows everyone already :D John/Xhex - :D In my first read of the series I didn't really care one way or another about both of them, but now :DDD I can't wait to get to their book!!! "Next time say my name" ahahahhahaha Love it!Qhuinn/Blaylock - after the attack in the bathroom (!!! shock !!!), everything changes between the three friends, and we find out more about each of them, the family background and stuff :) And finally, FINALLY we get a few scenes with B/Q <3 Highlight of the book :)))))The feel of the book - Somehow, this feels like a transition book for me. It has huge parts in it just for the characters for the following books, their storylines have started here already, and the new grand bad guy is made here too, plus there are loads of other characters introduced...So yeah, this is like a "filler" book, stuffed with loads of characters but without anything major happening.Maybe it's just me. I don't know. "It was hard to know what was worse: him being with her and all her sisters, or him being with none of them because his heart was held by another." Cormia is one of the Chosen, she is to be the Primale's First Mate, well, when he gets around to having sex with her.She hasn't known anything beyond the Sanctuary, and it takes her a while to adapt to her new life.She is in love with Phury, even though he's still in love with Bella.Eventually they start getting closer, but Phury just makes decisions that drive them apart :((( "He thought of her brushing out his hair, and realized with a shock that she had actually managed to calm him in those moments—and not just through the strokes of the brush, either. Her very presence eased him, from her jasmine scent, to the way she moved so fluidly, to the soft sound of her voice." Well, Cormia was OK, definitely the better half of the couple :DI liked her, but didn't love her. She had potential, but not enough page time, and definitely not a good combo with Phury's character being whacked.Oh well. There were a few good scenes with her when she went exploring, and watching Dirty Dancing with John :D That was funny :) Phury stepped up close to her. Her body was roaring with so much heat, he could feel it against his own skin, and her jasmine scent was as thick as his blood.He flashed her his fangs and hissed like a cat. “We’re going to my room.”“But I have no reason to go to your bedroom.”“Yes. You do.” Phury is now a Primale and is obligated to revive the vampire race.He took the job to save his friend, but didn't really TAKE the job, he doesn't want to do it, and is dragging it all along, pushing it back so he doesn't have to think about it.He brought Cormia to the Mansion, but doesn't intend to sleep with her and seal the deal that way. He's ignoring Wrath and direct orders, he's doing drugs and butchering lessers like a maniac.He has a voice inside his head (The Wizard) who is basically a big suicide mission waiting to happen.It takes a whole lot of sh*t to happen for him to pull his head out of his a** (pardon my expression). "Okay. Fine. Whatever she wanted. Hell, at this point, she could have told his heart not to beat, and the thing would have complied with the order quite cheerfully. She had become his control tower, his body’s master, and anything she told him to do or say or get for her, he would. No questions asked. No care of the means." I think I would've really liked Phury if it wasn't for the Wizard. Honestly, I don't remember ever hating an imaginary character so much. No, actually it isn't hate, it's just irritation! It went so much that Phury started to get on my nerves too, along with the damn Wizard!Such a shame :( His relationship with Cormia was weird too, at one point he's madly in love with Bella, but a few days later he realises he's bonding with Cormia? Based on what? It's not like they spent any time together, there were one or two almost-sex scenes and that's it. I know most books here have that insta-love thing, but usually it's more believable. Or maybe it's just me again. I don't know, but I wish they got more page time with a REAL story and a REAL romance/falling in love thing.Through most of the book, Phury felt sorry for himself, and doing drugs. Well that one sentence could just describe him totally as a character :( BUT! I am very happy with how it all turned out, him being a Primale, and that decision at the end regarding it all. Very, very great, a big applause for him :)))))My favorite quotes from other characters: "No . . . this couldn’t be the Fade. The aches and pains in his body and the screaming in his head were too much like what he felt on Earth.Except, what about the sun? He was bathed in its warm glow, and yet he breathed.Man, if all that vampire-no-daylight shit was a lie, the race was an idiot as a whole." “What is wrong with you,” he whispered, “that you care so much about me?”Blay’s sad smile added about a million years to his age, lining his face with the kind of knowledge that came only after life kicked you in the nuts a number of times. “What is wrong with you that you can’t see why I would?”-------------------------------------------“One thing, though,” Qhuinn murmured.“What?”The voice that came out of his throat was unlike anything he’d ever heard from himself before. “If any guy breaks your heart or treats you like shit, I will bust him apart with my bare hands and leave his broken, bloody body for the sun.”-------------------------------------------They pulled apart, looked into each other’s eyes . . . and something shifted. In the silence of the whole training center, in the vast privacy of the moment, something changed.“Just once,” Blay said softly. “Do it just once. So I’ll know what it’s like.” “Getting him out didn’t save him.” Zsadist’s eyes drifted over. “That’s the point, Phury. There isn’t any saving him. There isn’t any saving me. I know that’s what you keep waiting for, living for. But . . . it’s never going to happen. Look . . . I can’t thank you, because . . . as much as I love Bella and my life and where I am now, I still go back there. I can’t help it. I still live it every day.” After a moment, Wrath turned to John. “This is Lassiter, the fallen angel. One of the last times he was on earth, there was a plague in central Europe—”“Okay, that was so not my fault—”“—that wiped out two-thirds of the human population.”“I’d like to remind you that you don’t like humans.”“They smell bad when they’re dead.”“All you mortal types do.” The glowing man laughed. “Well, if it isn’t good King Wrath and his band of merry-merry happy-happy. I swear you boys should do kiddie shows, you’re so fucking cheery.”“Great,” Rhage muttered, “his sense of humor’s still intact.”Vishous exhaled. “Maybe I can try to beat it out of him.”“Use his own arm to do it, if you can—”Wrath glared at the two of them, who shot him back a pair of who-us? stares. This book could've been better, you feel me?

Opening Line:"The Wizard had returned."In Book 6 of Ward’s awesome Black Dagger Brotherhood series we finally get Phury’s story… sort of. Unfortunately for him (and us) with this instalment Ward switches from the romance genre to urban fantasy and consequently Phury’s love story gets lost in the shuffle. Sure he still gets the girl in the Chosen Cormina and we still get a few awww moments but Phury’s terribly overshadowed by sub-plots and many, many alternate POV’s, never truly getting his chance to shine. LOVER ENSHRINED see’s everyone from previous books returning and there's a lot of growth involved within the story as a whole. As usual Ward has several distinct plotlines running simultaneously and a host of secondary characters who continue to develop and grow. John Mathew, Blay, Quinn and Lash all take on huge roles here, evolving into very interesting main characters who captured and held my interest, often stealing the spotlight. Wrath as our foul mouthed King is wonderful and Zsadist will make your heart break all over again as he deals with his twin’s struggle and Bella’s dicey pregnancy. Vishous and Butch are barely mentioned and I found myself missing their banter. Xhex gets some major character development as does Rehvenge who has been set up brilliantly for Lover Avenged. There are also some fantastic action scenes and those Lessers are back with a new leader who’s nastier than ever. Ward builds the suspense throughout here, introducing new characters and making me cry as old ones finally return. And even though this is a departure from the rest of her series there’s still plenty to love and fans won’t be disappointed, much. Its obvious Ward’s heading in a new direction I just hope she doesn’t stray too far.Phury's character has always been a tragedy, continually sacrificing himself for the good of others. He's given up hundreds of years (and a leg) to save his twin Zsadist, remained celibate for centuries (although that's just changed) and most recently gave up his independence and future when he stepped in for V and became Primale of the Chosen. You could say he has a hero complex. He's also been pathetically in love with his twin's wife for at least 3 books now. This little predicament has filled him with such guilt and self disgust that the wizard and his red smoke have now taken up permanent residence. This book is a tough journey for Phury as he succumbs to addiction and faces the consequences. It was heartbreaking watching him destroy himself and his Brothers having no choice but to let him hit bottom and ultimately let him go. There are some great scenes here with an exasperated King and a disgusted Zsadist. We also get many interactions from the other side with Cormina, the Chosen and the Scribe Virgin as Phury struggles to fulfill the role of Primale. Through it all Phury still manages to have perfect, flowing, multi-coloured hair, how does he do it? Cheers.
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Eastofoz
I didn’t particularly like this installment of the BDB. Ward still writes well but plot wise I felt that she was all over the place. Phury’s story, that was supposed to be the main story, meandered throughout the novel. I didn’t like him and I didn’t think that his sudden love for Cormia was in the least bit believable. He was boring and tedious. Even their love scenes were blah and Ward has always written phenomenal ones for her lead characters. The other brothers were also stale. Lots of exces
Julianna
Reviewed for thcreviews.comI had noticed that Lover Enshrined, like Lover Unbound, its predecessor in the Black Dagger Brotherhood series, seemed to have quite a few low ratings, but unlike with Lover Unbound, this time I did not let the discontent of others influence my reading of the book. I am so glad that I didn't, because even though I cannot say that Lover Enshrined is one of my favorites in the series, it was still a very good story. It was also a very busy story with so much happening within its pages that I am still trying to process it all. After reading the last two books, I had predicted that big changes were afoot in the entire vampire world, and it looks like all of those changes came down in this one volume. In fact, so many things were altered, it is, in some ways, like J. R. Ward is reinventing the entire series, and at the very least, is moving it forward to the next generation, so to speak. Since so much is dumped on the reader at one time, I think it is going to take me a while to get used to it all, but overall, I feel that everything that happened made sense and has moved in a positive direction. I'm not sure how many more books Ms. Ward has planned for the series, but I am sensing a slow building of the story arc towards an epic culmination. While perhaps not quite as compelling as some of the other volumes in the series, Lover Enshrined is still a solid piece of storytelling that is packed cover-to-cover with a little bit of everything from creepy horror movie moments, to intense action-packed sequences, to emotion-laden scenes that brought tears to my eyes.While I did enjoy the book as a whole, as well as lots of the little individual moments within it, the one thing I would have liked to see more of would have been Phury and Cormia together as a couple. Considering that theirs was supposed to be the core romantic relationship in the story, they just didn't have quite enough time on the canvas to suit me. In fact, they only have a major scene together about once every 100 pages or so. In addition, all of their interactions except for one scene where Cormia helps Phury though detox, were of a sexual nature, with no real getting-to-know you moments. Granted their relationship began in Lover Unbound, but didn't really progress very far. There was also about five months in between books during which the reader could perhaps surmise that they spent some time together, but there is no real indication of that in Lover Enshrined. They seem to still be virtual strangers to each other, yet they end up falling in love very easily, which didn't really work for me. I just didn't feel that all-consuming bond of passion between them that was present in all the other brothers' romances. I also had mixed feelings about Phury and Cormia's first real love scene which was rather rough compared to their previously gentle and utterly beautiful scenes together, and I felt like there wasn't enough pay-off to the scene considering that both characters had essentially lost their virginity. While I found Phury's uncertainties due to his near virginal state to be very endearing, I was also a little frustrated with him for letting his desires build up to the boiling point until his male bonding instinct took over, but looking at it objectively, having things happen the way they did set off a firestorm of other events which propelled the plot forward. Also in looking back to previous books in the series, it seems that none of the couples have had what I would term “ideal” first matings, so at least Ms. Ward is being consistent. However, in those other stories, she would always back-track to a more tender, romantic place, and while that did happen for Phury and Cormia to some extent, I didn't feel that it was rendered nearly as strongly as it could have been.While I may not have been fully satisfied with Phury and Cormia's relationship development, I did like both of them as individuals. Based on her appearance in Lover Unbound, Cormia was pretty much everything I expected her to be. She is gentle and meek, but not a doormat, as she tends to question her faith and heritage, as well as stand up to the Primale. Being one of the Chosen and having been raised in a very traditional sense, she is much like the women of historical romances who may long for more, but have few options open to them. I really liked her child-like innocence in the beginning and how she takes such joy and pleasure in the feast for the senses that she finds on the Far Side. I also enjoyed her guilty fantasies of having Phury all to herself and not having to share him with her Sisters, and her gradually finding herself as an individual instead of just a part of the collective Chosen. Even though Cormia was rather reserved and may not have had the most sparkling personality I've ever read, I still thought that she was just the type of gentle soul Phury needed to help him heal his past wounds, and I liked her pretty well. I guess I never would have expected that a drug addict would make a compelling hero, but Phury did in a very unique and non-traditional way. Like Cormia he also has a tender heart, and has taken the weight of responsibility for everyone around him onto his own shoulders, always being the selfless one, while loosing his own identity in the process. Except for when his warrior instincts or male bonding instincts kick in, he is far more of a beta hero than any of the other members of the Brotherhood, which in my opinion made his position as Primale an apt place for him to be. Phury's drug addiction could be both frustrating and heartbreaking to read, but in spite of that, it was, in my opinion, a rather ingenious way to write it. I imagined that what I was feeling while reading these parts is not unlike what the loved ones of addicts feel while watching that person destroy their lives. I found Phury's wake-up call and two subsequent major revelations to be very poignant. I suppose that Ms. Ward could have given Phury some kind of miraculous happy ending, but the way she chose to write his battle with the addiction and recovery process, though not always easy to read, was very realistic.With Phury and Cormia's romance taking up less space than usual, I thought this book really had more of an ensemble cast rather than primary and secondary characters. Quite a bit of new information is revealed about Rehvenge, and his character is interwoven in several plot lines, probably in preparation for him becoming the hero of the next book, Lover Avenged. Readers also learn a few new things about Xhex, while the sexual tension between her and John Matthew ratchets up a notch. Based on her appearance in previous books, I wasn't sure that I was going to like Xhex, but I started to warm up to her a little more in this story. I continued to enjoy the deep friendship between John Matthew, Qhuinn, and Blaylock, but the surprising confession of one of the friends nearly causes a huge rift in the trio while the rash actions of another, unwittingly leads to an escalation in the war between the vampires and the lessers. The full measure of Lash's evil nature is revealed when he does the unthinkable to John, and his actions also contribute in a big way to the expansion of the war. All the brothers and their shellans with the exception of Mary and Marissa, make appearances (though some are no more than cameos) in Lover Enshrined, but not surprisingly, Zsadist and Bella play the biggest roles. There is some contention in Zsadist and Phury's relationship that was difficult to read, but a joyous event at the end helps to heal the rift between the twins. The Chosen, Layla and Amalya, put in another appearance as well. I like them both, especially Layla, and hope that they find happy endings in future installments. I'm thinking perhaps one or both would make good mates for Rehv and/or Qhuinn, but I'll just be patient and see what happens. There are several new Chosen introduced as well, and a brief scene with them near the end had me laughing, which is something of a rarity for this dark series. Readers are also introduced to a new character, Lassiter, a fallen angel and apparent frenemy of the Brotherhood, who arrives bearing an unexpected “gift” for them. There is also a brief appearance by the Scribe Virgin, and plenty of action from the Omega's side with a new fore-lesser, Mr. D, a good ol' country boy (but still a royal psycho), which I couldn't help but find rather funny. With the canvass jam-packed with so many characters, most of which played fairly major roles, I'm sure it's easy to see why this book was so busy.Lover Enshrined is book #6 in the Black Dagger Brotherhood series, and is preceded by Dark Lover, Lover Eternal, Lover Awakened, Lover Revealed, and Lover Unbound. Book #7, Lover Avenged is due to be released this spring, and there is also a new companion book to the series, The Black Dagger Brotherhood: An Insider's Guide. There were some things about Lover Enshrined that I thought could have been better, in particular the romance aspect and the fact that Phury was not really the main focus of what should have been his own story. I also thought that there was a little too much plot crammed into one book that perhaps, if spread out, could have created a couple of even richer stories, but I still enjoyed reading it. I do hope that Ms. Ward returns to the strong core relationship stories in future volumes, but no matter what, the overall story arc is one that has become so addictive and engaging, I can't imagine myself not eagerly awaiting each new book as it is released.Note: Sensitive readers should be forewarned that this book contains very strong language, as well as explicit violence and sexual content including one brief M/M kiss which may offend some readers.
twinfish2
yikes. I can't tell you how much I hated this book. Well ok I can and will. Well first off was there a contest to see how many subplots she could fit into this book? The cast of hundreds bored me, i cared about none of them. So many plot holes, The omega now can have children? Well I guess as the author she thinks oh well my readers are so stupid they will not remember I put that in a previous book, the omega can not create life. Well I did,and many others. This book was a mess from start to finish and I did finally finish this after 3 weeks yes I said 3 weeks I usually finish her books in 1 to 2 days. Well that was the first 4 books her last 2 have fallen off the rails. I thought lover unbound was bad but this one was worse. I mean this was no romance. And yes I know the spine of the book says novel, but the cover is a romance and the back of the book says paranormal romance saga. And the back of the book is all about phury and cormia but excuse me they take up what 100 pages of a 500 hundred page book! oh and it was put in the romance section of every book store and discount store. This book has about 6 short stories in it and they do not even have a middle and an end just the beginning of them. Nothing was resolved Nothing. I felt like I was in an episode of lost. I have a feeling she will dole out little bits and pieces over the next 10 books. All her next books will be transitional books. She introduced a new character Lassiter who doesn't interest me in the least. oh I'm sorry also Rev's blackmailer, the princess. big yawn, don't care! John is now becoming oh whine is me Phury. Yawn. Hex, gives me the whillies, I hate butch women. You can be a stong woman without looking butch and in her earlier books she was described as butch looking but suddenly she isn't any more. once again she forgets what she had previously written, If you can't remember hire someone to help you keep it straight or better yet just give a few drafts to your fans who will tell you if you forgot a specific plot point. J.R. your world is falling apart in these last 2 books. I am sorry but I wasted my money on lover unbound, I then wasted my time reading lover enshrined(luckily I got this one from the library),both money and time are important to me and you have lost me as a reader. Having checked out what others have said at amazon I think you may have lost half of your romance readers I sure hope for your sake you can pick up enough urban fantasy readers. I doubt you will, romance readers make up 50 percent of all books sold, and you aliennated many. You should have given V and Phury their books, then stated you were going to try something new and made the boys the urban fantasy part, I would have been disappointed but I would have wished you well. I have never seen a books series switch genre in the middle and you did not do yourself any favors. I am sure you thought you could make a few more bucks off us and possibly make us buy your urban fantasy. I for one will never buy a book with your name on it again, J.R ward or Jessica Bird. Shame shame shame on you. and your publishing house. berkley!
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