I picked up Lover Avenged by JR Ward (aka Jessica Bird) on Thursday night after work. It is the seventh book in a series and Ward’s first hard cover ($24.95). Congrats for her. Boo for me who is watching her budget. I can squelch all kinds of things out of my budget … except books. When it comes to books I have the strength of jello, especially for an author that I really, REALLY like. JR Ward is one that I’ll still shell some bucks on.
Prior to reading this series by Ward, my interest in vampire books was zilch, zero, nuttin’. My attidue: Meh. Warewolves? Uber-meh and major eye-rolling. (Thank God there aren’t warewolves in this series.)
Years ago I had started out with sci-fi’s Laurell K. Hamilton, which I enjoyed, but was not fanatical about. I wasn’t at all impressed by Sherrilyn Kenyon who has a pretty rabid following. It held absolutely no interest for me. I found the Twilight series to be moderately entertaining for the first book only—books two through four slid rapidly downhill from there, in my opinion. So, when folks started raving about Ward’s new series, I was like … whatever.
Finally my friend Ing from Texas got me to the read the first book, Dark Lover. Whoa, doggy. This wasn’t what I expected. It took me awhile to get over the stupid names: Rhage, Wrath, Vishous, Zsadist, Tohrment … but once I did, I was sucked into this complex nether world that Ward very skillfully created.
With each book Ward has stirred up some controversy, whether it’s the endings and “proper” treatment of a couple’s HEA (happily ever after), or a character’s out-of-the-box sexual preferences, or just plain unconventional character developments. Readers have either grown to love her or have been totally turned off.
After the last book, Lover Enshrined, I was sitting on the fence. It is still sitting on my bedside table. Despite many attempts, I just haven’t been able to get through it. The first half is just plain boring. Therefore, I was desperately hoping that this newest book would take me back to a place of love and affection for one of the few story lines that had me completely hooked.
Thankfully, it has. I’m so relieved!
Lover Avenged is book seven in the series and I’m going to guess the longest of the bunch, weighing in at a hefty 527 pages. If heaved at someone’s head (you know who you are) it could kill ’em. I wondered, what in the hell could be in this thing that it’s so long?
It turns out that there are three to four story lines happening concurrently and each is fairly well done. I’m really liking this book—so much that I slammed through the first 275 pages the first night and can’t wait to dive back in and finish the rest this weekend.
So, sorry my friends. No updates from me right now … lots of interesting things going on such as my ride-along on Friday night with one of Fairfield’s finest police officers, my first interview with a BBQ champion and a continuation of the Cupcake Chronicles (who knew that folks were so passionate about cupcakes?) … but all the juicy stuff will have to wait.
I’m a little busy reading about vampires, lessers and the resurrection of the Brotherhood.
P.S.: For something completely different, I just finished reading The Fat Tail: The Power of Political Knowledge for Strategic Investing by Ian Bremmer. I blogged about the book and his recent talk here >>> I’m telling you, the book was just as riveting as Bremmer himself. If you’re at all interested in the geopolitical and economic landscape, run, don’t walk to the bookstore. It’s FASCINATING!