Lover Enshrined by J.R. Ward
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Series: Black Dagger Brotherhood
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 mate, the Chosen Cormia wants to win not only his body but his heart for herself. She is drawn to the noble responsibility 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....
Fantastic! The story is really coming together - I can almost see how some things will play out. This book kept me going. Once again, it was more what was going on outside of Phury and Cormia that kept the book intact for me than their story - although it was very good. Cormia must come out from being a part of an entire entity of beings and discover who she is, and Phury must find himself in the mess his life has been since the day he was born. It's a great combination. I recently read where someone didn't feel Phury truly get over Bella - but I disagree, I believe Phury was getting over Bella from the very beginning of the book when he was drawling the picture of her with her hair up. Cormia was already seeping, unknown to him, into his mind.
I loved the tenderness that came out of John Matthew towards Cormia in this book too - he really did help her in her discovery process I believe. I just wish that the boy ...er, man...would communicate more. He sees things and does things and truly needs to tell people about them instead of doubting himself all the time. Of course I think it will come eventually. I'm just curious if eventually he will get his own book, or if his story will continue to be told on the sidelines. Same with Blay and Quinn.
I'm anxiously awaiting Lover Avenged while reading the guide book.