Author: J.R. Ward
Published by: Signet Book
Summary from Goodreads: In the shadows of the night in Caldwell, New York, there's a deadly war raging between vampires and their slayers. And there exists 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 male responsible for keeping the Brotherhood's bloodlines alive. As Primale of the Chosen, he is to father the sons and daughters who will ensure that the traditions 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 sees the emotionally scarred male behind all his noble responsibility. But while the war with the Lessening Society grows more grim, and tragedy looms over the Brotherhood's mansion, Phury must decide between duty and love.
Another one bites the dust. I'm starting to get a little worried that there won't be a Black Dagger Brother left for me as J.R. Ward keeps mating them off. She must be waiting for Vishous to come to his senses, banish that ghost, and come sweep me off my feet. A girl can dream right?
In Lover Enshrined we get to see a whole different side of Phury. What is more complex than a celibate primale...try one whose past demons haunt his every thought. Phury kind of goes on a tale spin in this novel. He can't seem to handle the pressure. While he's trying to keep it together he ends up relying on the red smoke more than he should and neglects his first mate who sits next door and builds structures out of toothpicks and peas (no joke, yea I didn't get that part either). Maybe I'm being cynical but his self-destruction got a little old to me. I understand that addiction can easily take over a person's life, but I felt Phury didn't even want to try.
The plot line for me was a little confusing and I found myself skimming over the 'lesser' parts. They have never really interested me in the story. Obviously they are a huge part of this series but for me they are just creepy, stalkerish beings. Though their extremeness hit a whole new level in this book and they upset the brothers something fierce. It's officially war time...watch out you baby powder smelling, pale skinned, bleached hair, impotent creepers. Some big scary men are out for your blood.
And of course no one can mention this book and not mention Qhuay. I personally feel that Butch and Vishous should have been an item, even though I'm madly in lust with Vishous myself, but I have high hopes for Qhuay. Hopefully I won't be disappointed and there will be a book for them in the future!