Published by Penguin Group on April 28th, 2009
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Caldwell, New York, has long been the battleground for the vampires and their enemies, the Lessening Society. It's also where Rehvenge has staked out his turf as a drug lord and owner of a notorious night club that caters to the rich and heavily armed. His shadowy reputation is exactly why he's approached to kill Wrath, the Blind King and leader of the Brotherhood.
\r\nRehvenge has always kept his distance from the Brotherhood-even though his sister is married to a member, for he harbors a deadly secret that could make him a huge liability in their war against the lessers. As plots within and outside of the Brotherhood threaten to reveal the truth about Rehvenge, he turns to the only source of light in his darkening world, Ehlena, a vampire untouched by the corruption that has its hold on him-and the only thing standing between him and eternal destruction.
I feel my enchantment with the Black Dagger Brotherhood waning, and I feel a bit like I had to slog through this book as much as I did the previous, even though it was better. Possibly a break from series books is in order…\r\n\r\nLover Avenged was a good first foray into the hows and whys of the vampire race’s interactions with the syhmpath colony. It also escalates the on-going battle between the race and the lessers, focuses intently on Lash’s progression as the Omega’s son. I still found it…contrived. The only thing that took me by surprise (and I’ll give credit where credit is due) is the ending. **SPOILER!** I did not expect Rhevenge to ascend the throne as King of the Syhmpath colony, and I am interested in finding out how that all works out in the end. Payne makes a more involved, if brief, appearance, thus paving the way for a book regarding her story. Phury remains largely out of the picture and story as Primale of the Chosen.\r\nIn the end, I think I am enjoying the unfolding story (throughout the books) of John Matthew the most. I know he is Darius’ reincarnate, but when will everyone else find out? And yet still, the story feels cookie-cutter, with a basic plot, not many surprises and the only thing different is the cast of characters. And let’s face it, there is already a ton of vampire fiction out there. I just don’t feel like this stands out.