Lover Avenged (Black Dagger Brotherhood, Book 7)

Lover Avenged - J.R. Ward “It’s simple. I don’t think you should date anyone.” Rehv moved in even closer, until he could see the flecks of gold in her eyes. “But I’m not just anyone.”Wow! I think I've found my new favorite BDB book!!!!! (Besides Z's, he will ALWAYS be #1)My first read was great, I loved it, but it didn't stand out from the others. On my second read... Amazing!! One of my favorite books EVER, not just the BDB! It's totally surprising considering Rehv and the nasty business with his blackmailer, but I SOOO loved him! I loved the whole book! All the side characters were amazing! (except Lash, stupid moronic idiot who needs to DIE, ASAP!!!!!)Anyway :D Loved it!!! The storyWith most of the glymera dead or hidden, there is a fight for power in the vampire world between those who are left behind, and their main obstacle is their king, Wrath.Only four Brothers are left that are able to fight, which forces Wrath to get back on the streets and do some fighting on his own, even though it's forbidden because he is King.Rehvenge is approached by a council member who wants to eliminate Wrath.He has to deal with his club, his monthly visit to his blackmailer, his "illness" that needs more and more treatments, and now he has to decide where his loyalties lie.One night at the clinic, waiting for his dopamine shots, he talks with "his" nurse, Ehlena :) She isn't afraid of Rehv like all the others are, and is intrigued by him, but she knows that they are from two totally different worlds, so she refuses him when his flirtations get too high.When Rehv's past and double life threaten the people he loves, he will be forced to make a difficult decision...All I know is, life is too short not to come back here and be with you like this again. Life is just too short, and I like being with you too much for me to give a crap about anything other than having another moment like this.”Rehvenge’s chest swelled as he stared at her. “Ehlena?”“Yeah?”“Don’t take this the wrong way.”She drew in a deep breath and he saw her bare shoulders tighten. “Okay. I’ll try not to.”“You keep showing up here? Being who you are?” There was a pause. “I’m going to fall in love with you.”The story - Loved it! It was dark, it was f-ed up, emotional and full of surprises, with some action as well... Just fantastic :)))The Brotherhood was forced to make some changes, as well as Wrath. We get to see into Rehv's universe, how it all works, and what he must do to protect his own.The battle in the end was great, left with a little cliffie for the next book.The characters - Even though this is Rehv's book, this one is focused on two more couples, Wrath/Beth and John/Xhex. They don't get THAT much page time, but they're there and we see their relationships progressing, some forward, some backwards. Wrath/Beth - Wrath has been going out fighting alone, without anyone's knowledge, and that's something that will drive them apart when Beth finds out :((( He is dealing with headaches and loss of vision, and later on the attempt of murder by the council.Loved how it all went down, I felt bad for Wrath and his adapting to the inevitable, but in the end, it really worked :))))John/Xhex - Ahh they have some tough times, those two :((( John just goes through one bad thing after another, and in the end, he breaks. It was so difficult to read, especially the scene after she leaves him and he realises that he's always been alone and that he doesn't want any more suffering :((( He pretty much turns emotionless, and I totally felt bad for him.Tohrment - he's practically a living corpse. He doesn't want to get better and live, even with all the support from his fellow Brothers, John and Lassiter. The moment when he starts to "wake up"... Loved it. iAm and Trez - I don't know if they'll have their books or not, but we did learn more about them in this book, and I really wouldn't mind reading more ehehehehheehMuhrder - is mentioned as Xhex's ex, but if I remember correctly, there'll be some more of him in one of the next booksThe cliffie - It has nothing to do with the main couple, so don't worry, they get their HEA just fine :)It's more of an intro into the next book, so my suggestion is, have Lover Mine prepared when you read this one! You'll want to jump right at it after you're done :))))"He seemed so fragile as he gave himself up to her, and she realized that if anyone tried to hurt him, even though he could more than take care of himself, she would commit murder. To protect him, she would kill.The conviction was as solid as the bones beneath her skin:Even the powerful needed protection sometimes."Ehlena is a nurse who works at Havers' clinic. She's known Rehv for some time, but has always avoided him. It takes one night of outrageous flirting from Rehv, and she can't get him out of her head.That of course, is not a good thing for Ehlena, because they're from totally different worlds, she is poor and looking after her sick father, while Rehv is rich, and part of the highest aristocracy.She doesn't want anything to do with him, but can't help but be worried when she realises his wounds are infected.After deciding to help him get better, even if it's something he doesn't want, she goes to his flat and they have dinner.Soon after that, they get closer and closer, and eventually fall in love