Series: Black Dagger Brotherhood 2
German \ Paperbacks, 267 + 296 pages
Debut: March 7, 2006
Read: February 13-15, 2014
Rogue Chronicles Entry No. 108
From the first book, this was another leap forward. The pace was better, there was a bit more action and the web between the characters was wider and a bit more complicated. I loved all that.
I loved Rhage, he was definitvely one of the brothers from Dark Lover that I was more fond of. I was fascinated by his curse, his beast. I was very curious what he had done to get stuck with it, and I also suspected that his womanizing ways weren't really his personality. I was happy to see Lover Eternal has proven me right on that. 😉 I practically drooled when I read that his dragon tattoo was actually alive, a real part of him and not just a fancy picture. Gosh, how awesome is that? But it was even more amazing that while the beast was a lesson for him to be learned, it was not just a mindless force of destruction that was caged inside of him, always struggling with him over the control of his body, but a being with its own personality. And I have to say I viewed that basically like Mary, it's like getting two amazing guys for the price of one. Okay, so the beast is a big scary piece of work, but it sure has it's upside, and I was so totally happy when the Scribe Virgin actually prolonged it for lifetime, although Rhage wasn't. I thought it was very much a part of him, and if he quit stuggling against it, they could really co-excist, and it'd be way more of a weapon than a curse.
I think Mary made a very nice counterpart to Rhage. She was caring and loving, yet the fighter's eyes, just like he said. I thought it was amazing that the first thing he learned about her was her voice, not her looks, it was just not the most usual way to bond. I also liked that she was mortal, and all I could think about was that there had to be a way for him to keep her. Fuck the cancer, and fuck mortality. The way she handled him despite his best efforts to keep her away from the beast inside of him was so compassionate. Mary was someone who'd give everything she had for others, for those she loved, even if there was no hope left for herself. And in turn, she found in Rhage someone who'd do anything and everything for her, even if that meant to go to hell himself.
But there was more than just Rhage and Mary. There was John Matthew, a vampire just before his transition, found by Mary and Bella, and then adopted into the Black Dagger family by Thorment and Wellsie. I loved his scenes, and I am very curious about his story. A reborn brother, just like Darius was promised to be, so I am wanting to know his past, for one, but also his future. He will be trained by the brothers, which I am looking forward to, but I am sure that he also will find his match somewhere along the series although he is still so young.
And then there was Bella, who I thought was merely a side character until she so expertly unraveled Zsadist. I most certainly liked the development those two had so far, although they did not get so many lines in the novel. Bella was at first only interested in Zsadist as a dangerous thrill, which I very much disliked just like him, but then she revealed a deeper side when she saw just how broken Zsadist really was. He also let some new pieces show which I enjoyed immensily, and I am very much looking forward to their development! I smell some very, very good drama there. I think they're going to struggle alot, but I sure hope for Z that they'll make it. I really love him and I think he deserves it for himself just as much as for his twin, Phury.
Area Scan: Flow: 5/5 -- Vocab: 5/5 -- Plot: 5/5 -- Heroes: 5/5 -- Sidekicks: 5/5 -- Villains: 3/5 -- Romance: 5/5 -- Smut: 4/5 -- Drama: 5/5 -- Action: 5/5 -- Suspense: 4/5 -- Humor: 4/5 -- Idea: 5/5
Discovered: 4+ Hoods
Challenge: 2014 Fur & Fangs Reading Challenge