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Lover Avenged: Number 7 in series (Black Dagger Brotherhood) Paperback – 26 Nov 2009

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  • Paperback: 736 pages
  • Publisher: Piatkus (26 Nov. 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0749941731
  • ISBN-13: 978-0749941734
  • Product Dimensions: 10.7 x 4.4 x 17.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (122 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 254,732 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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J. R. Ward lives in the South with her incredibly supportive husband and her beloved golden retriever. After graduating from law school, she began working in health care in Boston and spent many years as chief of staff for one of the premier academic medical centres in the nation. She is the author of the Black Dagger Brotherhood and Fallen Angels series.

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'Ward easily juggles numerous personal and political plot lines, keeping the tension revved high while moving forward with subplots that have lingered for several books and will please long-time fans seeking resolution... the fast pace and cliffhanger ending will have fans wishing they could start the next book right away' PUBLISHERSWEEKLY.COM

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Seventh book in the Black Dagger Brotherhood series from NEW YORK TIMES bestselling author J. R. Ward

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75 of 75 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 30 April 2009
Format: Hardcover
Rehvenge has always seemed irredeemably bad, the brotherhood's drug dealer of choice and a decidedly seedy character. There have been hints throughout the series that he's not what he seems - his care for Bella, his sister, for instance; but a man of worth? I had never thought so.

J.R. Ward brilliantly liberates him from the shackles of evil here, painting him as a multifaceted character who would do anything to save the ones he loves - even if it means selling himself to the underworld. I was enthralled by his character. Granted, he's not a brother and neither is he warrior but he has the qualities that Zsadist charmed us with, that Rhage encapsulated - the best bits of the brothers drawn into one character and then twisted into their own unique being.

Half symphath half vampire Rehvenge fits into neither world completely. Symphaths are dangerous creatures, persecuted against and colonised by the vampires; because of this it is necessary for Rehv to hide his true nature and he exists in a web of lies. The web continues to spin when he meets Ehlena, a nurse who treats him for the side effects elicited from not allowing his symphath side to control him. His illness mirrors the symptoms of Parkinson's and he passes it off as such to most. Rightly or wrongly I found Rehv's limitations endearing; he needed a cane to walk and I suddenly found canes unapologetically sexy. There were scenes throughout the novel in which I felt heartbreakingly attached to him.

If Rehvenge is flawed darkness then Ehlena is pure light. She is a character who sees the good in everyone and everything and at her core wants to heal those who suffer.
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30 of 30 people found the following review helpful By Decca on 26 April 2009
Format: Hardcover
I am not an over generous reviewer so to get 5 stars from me takes some doing. I am a great fan of the BDB books even the last one that got a lot of stick from other long time fans.
This is Rhevs book and I had wondered how I would take to him as the hero given that he is a murdering, drug dealing pimp, but JR Ward did a grand job of making him believable, sympathetic and vulnerable.
The first 100 pages was quite slow, with a lot of Wrath in it, but once the relationship with Ehlena comes into play, I got so engrossed I read until 1am. There is a lot of chemistry between them and she holds her own against a very alpha male. There is not much sex in the book, but enough.
Thorment starts to make his comeback and Wraths story continues. Also John figures, with Xhex being quite prominent in this story.
I did find the ending a little rushed and not as satisfying as I would like. There is a cliffhanging ending but about another character, not the leads.
There has been much debate about whether the BDB books are now urban fantasy instead of paranormal romance - are they? Admittedly there is not much of the explicit stuff but sufficient, and the characterisation is what drives these books. JR Ward is a quality writer and I look forward to her next book.
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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 30 April 2009
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Like the majority of readers the last book in the series was a disappointing transition to the new style and I can honestly say I was not looking forward to this book.

The previous books were read in one sitting (apart from Phurys) but Rev's book took me 3 days - not because I didn't enjoy it but because there was a lot to take in and I wanted to slowly absorb the differences between the earlier books and this new direction. This book is a clear demarcation between them and the blending of both styles was, for me, a success. The writing is tight, the hip hop style still working. The world that JRW has built is even clearer than before - loving it.

I won't spoil the story for you but suffice to say that Rev's journey is one you don't want to end, his interaction with Ehlena, Bella, his mother and even the brothers are brilliant.

One complaint, some of the abbreviations made no sense to me, it's either a UK thing or I'm denser than some but it doesn't detract from the scenes as you do get the context.
It was good to see the brothers back together although the interaction with their shellans was minimal to non existent apart from Beth. Mary has a part but there were no descriptions of her just her words so she wasn't totally fleshed out. In this new world that JRW is building, perhaps more interaction with the shellans - how are their lives post-mating? After all, they are such an integral part of their male why shouldn't they be included as after all they are also part of this fight.

I have given this 4 stars as there is still someway to go and although I did enjoy this book I'm not entirely sure if it's ready for hardback but I will buy the next in the series as apart from the odd complaint, I hope that it continues on this new and exciting direction.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Lana on 13 July 2009
Format: Hardcover
It's a mixed feelings review. On one hand, fab book, on par with her best ones, up there with Rhage and V. On the other - am I the only one who felt cheated out of the story I expected so much more from? Rehv is a fantastic anti-hero, never black and white, but all shades of amethyst multi-facet. And yet his symphath side is never truly explained - was he manipulating emotions from infancy - if yes, how come none recognised it? If not, when did he develop it - after his transition? - then how? Nor his relationship with the colony explored in detail it deserved. His extended family only noted in passing as "those he recognised" - from where/when before?
I also felt like he didn't have enough time to develop as a character - reading the book, it was more Wrath's story than Rehv's. It is the style of JR Ward's we've come to know and love - and expect - mixing the plots, developing the sides, but come on, there is central character, and there are others. Who shouldn't be taking more space in the story than the one it's supposed to be all about, really...
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