REVIEW: Lover Eternal by J.R. Ward

Lover Eternal (Black Dagger Brotherhood, #2)

Lover Eternal
(Black Dagger Brotherhood #2)
Author: J.R. Ward
Publisher: Signet
Published: March 7, 2006
Genre: Fantasy, Paranormal, Romance, Contemporary, Erotica
My Rating:

fourstars

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…

MY THOUGHTS…

“You don’t know me.”

“I know all about you, and everything I see is beautiful. Everything I see is mine.”

It’s not that hard to adore this series. More so this second installment of Black Dagger Brotherhood that highlights more about the super hot, ravishing, “Hollywood” Rhage.

This time around, we get to know Rhage even better. And guess what, his character is beyond my expectations. I didn’t expect to discover some revelations about himself and I also did not realize that behind the playboy of the brotherhood, with every girl hooking up with him, is someone who has fears and weaknesses, too. If you think Rhage is perfection, he’s not. But he’s beautiful! As what Mary described him…

He was… death. Death in a beautiful package.

And not only is he a great, yummy package. He’s every woman wants. Although his love affair with Mary was kind of instant, I think his growing devotion to her is deep and strong. The one that’s perfect you just want to cry. (Excuse me for being cheesy. Lol.)

“No offense, but there are a hundred thousand women in this zip code who would not only let you into their homes, but would take you to bed. Why don’t you go find one of them and leave me alone?”

“They aren’t you.”

Swooning to the highest level! Well, everything about this book is exceptional. The action scenes are brilliantly written and adrenaline-pulling. I also love every character in this book. They’re strong, witty, and with unique personalities.

And although the ending is quite predictable, still, it’s a great and enjoyable installment! 🙂

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REVIEW: Dark Lover by J.R. Ward

Dark Lover (Black Dagger Brotherhood, #1)

Dark Lover
(Black Dagger Brotherhood #1)
Author: J.R. Ward
Publisher: Signet
Published: September 1, 2005
Genre: Fantasy, Paranormal, Romance, Contemporary, Erotica
My Rating:

fourstars

In the shadows of the night in Caldwell, New York, there’s a deadly turf war going on between vampires and their slayers. There exists a secret band of brothers like no other-six vampire warriors, defenders of their race. Yet none of them relishes killing more than Wrath, the leader of The Black Dagger Brotherhood.

The only purebred vampire left on earth, Wrath has a score to settle with the slayers who murdered his parents centuries ago. But, when one of his most trusted fighters is killed-leaving his half-breed daughter unaware of his existence or her fate-Wrath must usher her into the world of the undead-a world of sensuality beyond her wildest dreams.

MY THOUGHTS…

“You don’t know this yet, but you’re mine.”

I’ve always been fascinated with vampire books, that’s why I didn’t think twice when a friend of mine introduced this to me. The moment I read its brief synopsis, I admit it didn’t leave my mind. Well, as expected, I was seriously hooked with this one helluvah book! And yes, what I expected was what I got.

Dark Lover is the first installment of Black Dagger Brotherhood series. It brings out Wrath and Beth’s story. Wrath is the only remaining first-blooded vampire who is expected to reign as the King of his people. In a twist of fate he searched for Beth, a half-human, half-vampire daughter of his Black Dagger brother. And then everything went into unforgettable twist of events.

Everything in this book is pure awesomeness. There are serious and morbid action scenes that basically make everything interesting.

I also love Wrath and Beth’s love story. Their chemistry right from the start is undeniable. Their romantic development on the other hand is also deep, emotional, and seriously hot! And what I also love about them is that their romance is not only the entire thing that is emphasized. They both work together as a team.

“You’re tough, you know that?”

“I’d better be if I’m going to hang around with you.”

Abruptly, he took her face into his hands. “I want that.”

For those who haven’t had a taste of this book yet, believe me when I say it’s absolutely delicious! The characters are thoroughly defined. And they are not annoying. I easily get into them and I didn’t have a hard time figuring out their roles in the book.

This book covers multiple POVs but for me, it’s quite okay since it made me get to know more about the other characters, too. Now I am so excited for the next book, Love Eternal! 🙂

My Rating for this Book: 4 Stars 🙂

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REVIEW: Fifty Shades Freed by E.L. James

Fifty Shades Freed (Fifty Shades, #3)

 

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fourstars

When unworldly student Anastasia Steele first encountered the driven and dazzling young entrepreneur Christian Grey it sparked a sensual affair that changed both of their lives irrevocably. Shocked, intrigued, and, ultimately, repelled by Christian’s singular erotic tastes, Ana demands a deeper commitment. Determined to keep her, Christian agrees.

Now, Ana and Christian have it all—love, passion, intimacy, wealth, and a world of possibilities for their future. But Ana knows that loving her Fifty Shades will not be easy, and that being together will pose challenges that neither of them would anticipate. Ana must somehow learn to share Christian’s opulent lifestyle without sacrificing her own identity. And Christian must overcome his compulsion to control as he wrestles with the demons of a tormented past.

Just when it seems that their strength together will eclipse any obstacle, misfortune, malice, and fate conspire to make Ana’s deepest fears turn to reality.

This book is intended for mature audiences.

MY THOUGHTS…

This book is way BETTER than the second installment. It started off really well. I love the honeymoon part where they traveled to Europe, the gift-giving and generous Christian Grey, the passionate scenes, the jealousy/protectiveness Christian always displays– everything! It’s just too perfect to be true! And if ever this story happens in real life, I’d definitely be crazy!

This book is great. I was about to rate it 5 stars, but then, I was not at all convinced when it comes to its ending. All right, they have a perfect, happy ending and they created a happy family. But — I don’t know. Maybe I was expecting a different conclusion with this trilogy.

I also didn’t like how Ana became pregnant and how EL James incorporated a bit of action in the near-end. I’m not so sure why I wasn’t thrilled. Maybe I was just impassive or something. But all in all, I mostly enjoyed this book. Ana and Christian’s love affair is insanely surreal!

The Book Is…

Pros

Romantically driven. There are sweet moments that will definitely entice you and melt your heart away. It has, as expected, a happy ending.

Con

There are scenes that are superfluous. And some things are also quite unbelievable and exaggerated.

My Rating for this book: 4 Stars (I love this book and I totally recommend it!)

Favorite Quotes from this Book

“I want your world to begin and end with me.”

“We always hurt the ones we love, darling.”

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REVIEW: Fifty Shades Darker by E.L. James

Fifty Shades Darker (Fifty Shades, #2)

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threestars

Daunted by the singular tastes and dark secrets of the beautiful, tormented young entrepreneur Christian Grey, Anastasia Steele has broken off their relationship to start a new career with a Seattle publishing house.

But desire for Christian still dominates her every waking thought, and when he proposes a new arrangement, Anastasia cannot resist. They rekindle their searing sensual affair, and Anastasia learns more about the harrowing past of her damaged, driven and demanding Fifty Shades.

While Christian wrestles with his inner demons, Anastasia must confront the anger and envy of the women who came before her, and make the most important decision of her life.

This book is intended for mature audiences.

MY THOUGHTS…

This book is indeed a lot darker than the first. No offense, but I have to say I’m a bit bored with this second installment of E.L. James. The storyline seems a bit slow-paced and there are also repetitive scenes that show dullness and monotony. The only interesting part of this book is Christian’s revelation as of why he became fifty shades of f*cked up. Other than that, the story was not thoroughly given with substances that will make you feel engrossed.

To better give you the entire scenario of the book, these scenes are what you will certainly encounter: They’ll make love today, they’ll have misunderstanding later, they’ll make love tomorrow, they’ll become okay the next day– and then repeat from the top. It’s like a bizarre routine and yes, it happens until the end of the book. I hate to admit it, but it has a lot of major cliches.

However, I still managed to get the gist of it and eventually reached the end of the book. Didn’t regret it, though. It was still a great book. Christian Grey continues to be domineering and romantic and generous to Ana, and Ana is– well, her character development improves here. *smirks. We can see her blossom into a beautiful, stunning woman. Not like the Ana we’ve met in Fifty Shades of Grey.

The Book Is…

Pros

Just like the first installment, it has interesting parts. Also, you will discover a lot more about the characters especially Christian’s dark past.

Con

The scenes are quite repetitive.

What I Think About the Characters

Ana Steele

Well, as mentioned, Ana grew more stunning and classy here. She no longer borrows dress from Kate. Lol 😀 And the way she approaches situation is a lot more different compared to the first book. I think she really developed a lot here.

Christian Grey

I’m glad he finally opened up and revealed his fears and imperfect struggles to Ana. This made me understand him even better. I think it’s also a good start for both of them. And as usual, this man never fails to entice me. The way he communicates with Ana through text and email is kind of gasp-inducing. 🙂

My Rating for this book: 3 stars (It’s a great book, but not nearly as good as the first book.)

Favorite Quotes from this Book

“You’re the only person I’d fly three thousand miles to see.” – Christian Grey

“We have to learn to walk before we can run”

REVIEW: Fifty Shades of Grey by E.L. James

Fifty Shades of Grey (Fifty Shades, #1)

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fourstars

When literature student Anastasia Steele goes to interview young entrepreneur Christian Grey, she encounters a man who is beautiful, brilliant, and intimidating. The unworldly, innocent Ana is startled to realize she wants this man and, despite his enigmatic reserve, finds she is desperate to get close to him. Unable to resist Ana’s quiet beauty, wit, and independent spirit, Grey admits he wants her, too—but on his own terms.

Shocked yet thrilled by Grey’s singular erotic tastes, Ana hesitates. For all the trappings of success—his multinational businesses, his vast wealth, his loving family—Grey is a man tormented by demons and consumed by the need to control. When the couple embarks on a daring, passionately physical affair, Ana discovers Christian Grey’s secrets and explores her own dark desires.

Erotic, amusing, and deeply moving, the Fifty Shades Trilogy is a tale that will obsess you, possess you, and stay with you forever.

This book is intended for mature audiences.

MY THOUGHTS…

Okay, so I read this book out of curiosity since this had gone viral two years ago that even celebrities made a big deal about it. Surprisingly, I found myself engrossed with this book. I love how E.L. James particularly described the characters from the very beginning. They are kind of fascinating, especially Christian Grey. I know for some people this book is a piece of trash but I cannot simply put it down, for the very exact reason with anybody else who were getting hyped with this book– it’s interesting.

How Christian and Ana became attracted to each other and how Ana wasn’t able to stop herself from thinking about him after their first encounter was already one of its key scenes. You see, Christian, a dominant character, searched for his submissive and basically found it on Ana. At first, I was a bit apprehensive about it but as the story went, I realized that it isn’t just all about kinkiness or whatever sexual exploits we all expected. The story was all about how their attraction to each other grew into something else.

Ana particularly went through the point where she was confused about her feelings toward Christian. There is no denying that she’s not only attracted to him but it seems like she was slowly building that kind of emotion that she couldn’t easily deal– not with Christian who only became interested with her because of her potential for a “rare” relationship.

“The only man I’ve been attracted to, and he comes with a bloody contract, a flogger, and a whole world of issues.”

I admit that the only thing that makes me wince about this story are the scenes that introduce detailed descriptions about how Christian uses those sort of things (ropes, ties, etc.) while they are making out. But that’s understandable since it’s an erotic genre and we’re expecting that from the beginning, right? That’s what made the book a real buzz to begin with.

The ending was also astonishing. I didn’t exactly expect that. I guess what Ana did in the end was just right. It left me hanging with lots of questions that can only be answered in the next book.

The Book Is…

Pros

Unique, exciting, and intriguing. The storyline also promises real romance between the characters.

Con

Some people will never appreciate the kinky sexual adventures of this book and may also find them unsuitable in any way.

What I Think About the Characters

Ana Steele

She was described as an innocent college girl. I think she’s basically naive in an amusing way. She easily fell with Christian and I couldn’t even blame her for that. In this book, I also admire how she interacts and deals with Christian. I love her for her smart mouth!

Christian Grey

Well, does anyone here find him unattractive? I don’t think so. He’s unreal and he basically does not exist in real life. Lol. He was described as a dignified man with an extremely attractive face and a real hot physique. And incredibly rich. But he has an ultimate drawback and that’s all about him being accustomed to his BDSM dom/sub lifestyle.

My Rating for this book: 4 Stars

Favorite Quotes from this Book

“Never trust a man who can dance.”

“We aim to please Miss Steele”

“Later’s, baby.”

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REVIEW: Dreaming of You by Lisa Kleypas

Dreaming of You

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five-stars

She stood at danger’s threshold—then love beckoned her in.

In the shelter of her country cottage, Sara Feilding puts pen to paper to create dreams. But curiosity has enticed the prim, well-bred gentlewoman out of her safe haven—and into Derek Craven’s dangerous world.

A handsome, tough and tenacious Cockney, he rose from poverty to become lord of London’s most exclusive gambling house—a struggle that has left Derek Craven fabulously wealthy, but hardened and suspicious. And now duty demands he allow Sara Fielding into his world—with her impeccable manners and her infuriating innocence. But here, in a perilous shadow-realm of ever-shifting fortunes, even a proper “mouse” can be transformed into a breathtaking enchantress—and a world-weary gambler can be shaken to his cynical core by the power of passion…and the promise of love.

MY THOUGHTS

So this is my first Lisa Kleypas novel and I have to admit that this author basically owned me after reading this. She writes the best characters– both male and female and a romantic twist that really sits well on me. Dreaming of You is one of a kind. I always have an undeniable taste in historical romances from the moment I encountered a Judith McNaught book. And now, Lisa Kleypas– she’s made of awesomeness!

This book talks about the beautiful country girl Sara Fielding who works as a novelist, and of course, the hot-damn sexy owner of a gambling house Derek Craven. They both met when Sara rescued Derek from a fateful attack. Sara, who went to London for the sake of research for her upcoming novel, eventually landed in Derek’s infamous underworld of gambling — only to fall for him in the long run. Being known as one of London’s notorious and wealthiest men, Derek wasn’t really the perfect man Lisa defined here. He’s one with a broken soul because of his unfortunate and painful childhood, which led him to be somewhat cautious when it comes to getting his heart involved with a woman. Realizing that he was also slowly falling for Sara, he intentionally let her go and sent her back to her local place, and basically tried to forget about her. But fate played irony on both of them as they met again and together, they battled their emotions whether to keep the attraction going or just let it slip away.

What I love about this book is the way Lisa made every scene unforgettable. The romance is alive, the sexual tension obviously exists, and the storyline is neatly done. Honestly, I’ve been through a whirlwind of emotions with this book. It has the right mix of romance and action all at the same time.

The setting is also worth noting. I love how Lisa described the beautiful countryside Sara was residing. I was also engrossed with the details the author described when it came to Derek’s gambling house. Everything was sophisticated! Totally love it!

The Book Is…

Pros

Superb. One with an unforgettable ending and a dramatic climax. Each character was presented with clear and well-defined personality. It’s also full of romantic and sweet scenes.

Cons

There weren’t any, in my opinion.

What I Think About the Characters

Sara Fielding

She’s actually a very admirable character. I didn’t have a hard time liking her. She’s plain and simple and yet very smart and headstrong. She’s not pretentious when it comes to showing her emotions and feelings for Derek.

Derek Craven

I have to admit that I wasn’t smitten with this man at first. But as the story went, I slowly developed a huge liking on him. He’s kind of aloof at first but eventually, I found out that he’s a sweet guy as he bared his soft side. He’s also very protective and passionate. He’s an ultimate book beau!

My Rating for this book: 5 awesome stars! 😀

Favorite Quotes

“Separately they had different strengths. Together they were complete.”

“I didn’t want to give you the one last part of myself that I couldn’t take back. And then you were gone… And I realized it was already yours. It had been since the beginning. Except that I hadn’t told you. It drove me mad, the thought that you would never know.”

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