Lover Revenge is part of the Black Dagger Brotherhood series and should be read in order.
Rehvenge has successfully hidden his half symphath side from most of the society that would automatically condemn him to isolation with the full-blooded relatives who would also reject him due to his half-blood status. He has been on a course of self-destruction as he reluctantly submits to the sick demands of his half sister, one of the symphath royals while shielding his sister Bella from the harsh realities of his life as the major dealer in illegal substances and shady transactions through his club ZeroSum. Both John Matthew and Lash are maturing and exploring their limitations and powers on the opposite sides of the Brotherhood. Wrath is dealing with his own pressures as the handicapped vision-impaired leader of the Brotherhood, which is sorely dwindling in numbers and Tohr slowly fights to rejoin his brethren in their fight against the Lessers. Leavening this testosterone recipe are the females: Ehlena, whose daily struggles with her mentally ailing father conflict with her desire to have a life of her own outside of the responsibilities that she has at the vampire clinic, and, Xhex, Rehvenge’s right-hand and personal assassin who also struggles against the burden of her symphath nature and against her growing attraction for the young naive John Matthew.
J.R. Ward expertly crafts another of her intricately woven tales of the Black Dagger Brotherhood with the focus on Rehvenge and his struggle to earn the right to have a love of his own. There are plenty of Ward’s trademark spicy sexual encounters along with a few disturbingly graphic torture scenes featuring scorpions. The myriad of subplots developing and continuing to percolate in the background continue to keep the reader’s interest in the various bad boy favorites without becoming repetitive and Xhex finally stops being a two-dimensional character and starts getting a storyline of her own. Another enjoyable vampire vs. Lesser (vampire slayer) saga.
Now, as the vampire warriors defend their race against their slayers, one male's loyalty to the Brotherhood will be tested—and his dangerous mixed blood revealed . . .