Reviewed by Susan65
Title: Lover Avenged
Author: J.R. Ward
Narrator: Jim Frangione
Series: Black Dagger Brotherhood #7
Genre: MF Paranormal
Length: 23 Hours, 6 Minutes
Publisher: Recorded Books
Release Date: May 12, 2009
Available at: Amazon and Audible
Add it to your shelf: Goodreads
Blurb: Caldwell, New York, has long been the battleground for the vampires and their enemies, the Lessening Society. It’s also where Rehvenge has staked out his turf as a drug lord and owner of a notorious night club that caters to the rich and heavily armed. His shadowy reputation is exactly why he’s approached to kill Wrath, the Blind King and leader of the Brotherhood.
Rehvenge has always kept his distance from the Brotherhood—even though his sister is married to a member, for he harbors a deadly secret that could make him a huge liability in their war against the lessers. As plots within and outside of the Brotherhood threaten to reveal the truth about Rehvenge, he turns to the only source of light in his darkening world, Ehlena, a vampire untouched by the corruption that has its hold on him—and the only thing standing between him and eternal destruction.
Review – Book: I was kind of dreading Rehvenge’s book because I really had no immediate like or dislike of the male. To me, he was just there, nothing more than a pimp, drug dealer, and Bella’s beloved brother. However, there were so many levels to the guy, so much pain, so many secrets, and so much love that even though on the surface he appears to be scum, he is totally a male of worth. Ehlena was just meh to me. She was a good girl, had a great heart, was a devoted daughter to her ailing father, but she was still kind of bland compared to the larger than life Rhevenge. I really do not see what he saw in her, to be honest.
My love for this book is mainly due to all the other story lines. We have Xhex and John hooking up and then Xhex treating him like crap. When she chose to screw him, with all their clothes on, but refused to kiss him and thus breaking his heart, I just wanted to wring her neck. She really is a hardcore bitch, and even though I felt for her during her imprisonment with Lash and his brutal handling of her, she is still a mostly unfeeling bitch to me and remains that way throughout the series. She is loyal to Rehvenge though so you gotta give her kudos there.
Rhevenge and his mistreatment at the colony is cringe worthy and nightmare inducing. Being cocooned in spiders and scorpions is just wrong on so many levels. I would turn into a spastic nutcase just seeing it, let alone having it happen to me. Ugh, so disgusting.
Probably the part that slayed me the most in this book was Wrath finally losing his sight and truly becoming the blind king. His fear was palpable, and my heart broke for him when he was so lost and afraid. George was a Godsend and even though it was truly heartbreaking watching this fierce warrior become trapped in his own head, it was an amazing transformation how fast he overcame his limitations. And with this we finally meet Payne.
So, all in all, it was a great book, an even better listening experience, and even though John and Xhex are not my favorite couple, I am looking forward to listening to their story next (more because of the Blay and Qhuinn storyline).
Review – Audio Book: Jim Frangione has set a consistent pace, his voices remain all Black Dagger warrior, his performances (especially of the emotional scenes) and his handling of this entire world leads me to believe that he truly becomes one with his characters. It shows in his performance and it’s amazing to hear. One thing that threw me off was his pronunciation of Xhex’ name. I wonder now which way is the correct way.
Overall Impression: I loved it
*I purchased my own, personal copy of this book for review.*