Book Reviews

Book Review: Lover Enshrined, by J. R. Ward (2008).


In this “frighteningly addictive” paranormal romance saga there’s a war raging between vampires and their slayers. Here are the stories of a secret band of brothers like no other – six vampire warriors, defenders of their race. And now a dutiful twin must choose between two lives…

Fiercely loyal to the Black Dagger Brotherhood, Phury has sacrificed himself for the good of the race, becoming the sacrificed himself for the good of the race, becoming the male responsible for keeping the Brotherhood’s bloodlines alive. As Primale of the Chosen, he is obligated to father the sons and daughters who will ensure that the traditions of the race survive, and that there are warriors to fight of the race survive, and that there are warriors to fight those who want all vampires extinguished. As his first mate, the Chosen Cormia wants to win not only his body, but his heart for herself. She is drawn to the noble responsibility behind the emotionally scarred male. But Phury has never allowed himself to know pleasure or joy. As the war with the Lessening Society grows grim, tragedy looms over the Brotherhood’s mansion, and Phury must decide between duty and love…


Lover Enshrined is the sixth title to the Black Dagger Brotherhood series authored by J. R. Ward, and what a twist this book has given its readers. This book looks at the Brother Phury and his destined future. He has promised Vishous to take his place as the race’s Primale which means that his future is now set in stone as the race’s prime stud. Phury takes what time he has left and douses it with a good dose of pain and destruction, which causes the brotherhood to make some rash and unexpected decisions. But what other way to help the brother was not possible to really see. There was no other way.

As for romance and the erotic side of the novel, J. R. Ward does enter some steamy love scenes throughout the novel which will make flames of any burning desire smouldering on the surface for readers. Phury is meant to be the eventual lover of all the Chosen who await on the Other Side. He is to be husband to all and father to all their children. The Chosen Cormia is to be his first mate and this works out well for them both, in and out of the bedroom.

I think as a reader I have come to love this author’s style of writing, although the grammar freak in me comes out with vengeance often, I find that without a lot of the lingo used the storyline just wouldn’t be the same. The flashbacks which are written in a very different prose shows that the language is an evolution from the past, and these Vampire phenomena have much more depth behind their storyline than what I had first thought.

Overall, I would recommend this novel to anyone interested in the Vampire and Romance genre. It is an exciting and romantic (at times) story, that captures readers imagination easily. I give this book a rating of 6.5/10 stars.


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