So I just finished Lover Eternal by J.R. Ward. I know, I cannot believe it either. I am finally free of this book!
My final verdict? Average. For me the parts never added up to a cohesive, satisfying total. I liked some aspects, and rolled my eyes over a lot of stuff. Basically it all came out in the wash.
Things I liked? The atmosphere in general. There was a nice gothic, comic book edge to it. I also liked Rhage's utter devotion to Mary once they "bonded." Lord help me, I liked Zsadist - which means even I have fangirl tendencies. I liked Bella.
What I didn't like? The dopey ass names. Seriously, are these guys like the paranormal romance version of the Village People? The dopey ass dialouge. Who the hell says "you feel me?" all the time? The heroine who takes forever to catch on. Seriously when the hero calls women "females" and is caught staring through her sliding glass door at 4AM you think she would have gotten a clue that the guy isn't normal. A heroine who is rather bland. She just doesn't hold water next to all the Alpha vampire testerone that's flying around. The hero needed someone with real fire and instead the author gives him a wet match. Blah.
Oh and how stupid is the Scribe Virgin thing? Seriously.
This book and series reminds me of a recent RTB column I did on "hero-squealers" vs. "heroine-squealers." The Ward series is built for fangirls because it's All About The Heroes. The heroines (if they read like Mary!) are more like an afterthought. The heroes are the real show, the heroines are wallpaper. For me, that isn't a romance. Heck, it ain't even that interesting.
Which is probably why I wasn't madly enthralled with this book. Like I said, average.