Ward, J.R. Lover Enshrined. (New York: Signet, 2008). ISBN – 9780451222725.
Main Characters: Phury and Chosen Cormia
Related Works: This is part of J.R. Ward’s Black Dagger Brotherhood series. Dark Lover (Wrath and Beth Randall’s story) is the first in the series. Lover Eternal (the story of Rhage and Mary Luce) is the second. Zsadist and Bella’s story is the third in the series, Lover Awakened. Lover Revealed, Butch O’Neal and Marissa’s story is fourth. Lover Unbound (the story of Vishous and Dr. Jane Whitcomb) is the fifth in the series. The latest book published in the series is Lover Enshrined (the story of Phury and Cormia).
Description from book:
In this “frighteningly addictive” paranormal romance saga, there’s a war raging between vampires and their slayers. Here are the stories of 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 obligated 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 mater, the Chosen Cormia wants to win not only his body but his heart for herself. She is drawn to the noble responsiblity behind the emotionally scarred male. But Phury has never allowed himself to know pleasure or joy. As the war with the Lessening Society grows grim, tragedy looms over the Brotherhood’s mansion, and Phury must decide between duty and love . . .
I have to say that I have a real love/hate relationship with the book. I wasn’t overly vested in the relationship between Phury and Cormia. Honestly, I thought that their relationship took a back seat to the rest of the story. There was SO much else going on – there were situations with John, Qhuinn, Blay and Lash; with Phury’s drug addiction and need to torture lessers; with Phury’s explusion from the Brotherhood; with the Scribe Virgin and the Primale mating ceremony; with the return of Tohr; with Bella and her pregnancy; and others.
Then there is the fact that Phury irritated me to no end. I know that his addiction to the red smoke was clearly publicized in the previous novels, as was his deep emotional attachment to Bella. However, I didn’t buy either of these as the reasons for his awful behavior. I wanted to shake him on several occasions. I thought his self-destructive tendencies were a bit over the top. His refusal to finish the Primale mating ceremony with Cormia seemed cruel. I did like the way he finally stepped up to the plate towards the end of the book. But, I would have wished for him to return to the Brotherhood – even if for a little while before making the home for all of the Chosen with whom he would not mate. At the end, Phury seemed content to not return to the Brotherhood’s mansion – even to celebrate the birth of Zsadist and Bella’s daughter. Thank goodness the brothers decided to come to Phury. If not, I would have been very upset when I finally finished reading this book at 1:30 in the morning!
Read first June 2008