Review: Lover Enshrined by J.R. Ward

Posted 23 January, 2012 by Amanda / 14 Comments

Lover Enshrined by J.R. Ward
(BDB, #6)

Genre: Paranormal Romance
Format: ebook
Read: 12/6/2011 — 12/7/2011
In Six Words: The secondary characters saved this book.

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Book Order

1. Dark Lover
2. Lover Eternal
3. Lover Awakened
4. Lover Revealed
5. Lover Unbound
6. Lover Enshrined
7. Lover Avenged
8. Lover Mine
9. Lover Unleashed
10.  Lover Reborn


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….
-From Goodreads

Why I Started Reading This Book and Final Verdict

Lover Enshrined was another read for the BDB (re)read we had going on in December.  Definitely my least favorite of the BDB books thus far, but I am incredibly interested in reading the next two books, so I will stick with the series.

My Thoughts

I am just going to come out and say it: Phury is kind of pathetic.  This BDB book felt less like Phury’s story, and more about furthering the overall series.  Of all the books that I have read so far, it seems that there was far less focus on one specific brother (i.e., Phury) and more on Rehvenge (next book) and John Matthew (eighth book).  There was even a focus on Qhuinn and Blay, which I totally and absolutely adored.  And Lash?  I abhor him.

In many ways, though, Phury’s story is important to the overall story arc for the series.  I’m not sure exactly how it will influence the rest of the series, but it’s a big enough change that makes me wonder what is in store.  There is also the development with Lash and his general awfulness.  I am trying to figure out why Phury’s story holds less of a draw than others.  Phury is just as tormented and broken as the other brothers.  But there is something about him that is not quite as appealing as the previous brothers.  Perhaps it is because much of it seems to be that he put himself into the mess he is in.  He makes some really stupid decisions, and it’s hard to understand them.  There is also less time spent on building the romance between Phury and Cormia, which is sad given that part of the reason I enjoy this series as much as I do relates back to the emotions that the romance J.R. Ward writes evokes.

Lover Enshrined is a necessary continuation of the series, but not exactly a story that will captive you like previous books.  There is a good amount of time spent on the lesser POV, but in this case, I do believe it is necessary, albeit somewhat boring until about halfway through.  It really is the secondary characters that make this book what it is.

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14 Responses to “Review: Lover Enshrined by J.R. Ward”

  1. Yeah, majority of BDB readers seem to resent Phury and his book. And I happen to be on the minority ;(
    Love love LOVE Qhuay, there can never be enough of them UNF!
    And Lash? I abhor him.

  2. Oh, honestly! Cormia? If I could have gotten past book two, I think I would have tripped up over all the ridiculous names.

    *runs away*

  3. This was my least favorite as well. Loved the Blay/Qhuinn (*dies a little inside for them*) storyline and the Xhex/John Matthew storyline, but this book just didn’t seem like it was fair to Phury almost. Not sure if that makes sense. Even though Z was damaged and tortured, I still loved him and was rooting for him, but for some reason I just wasn’t rooting for Phury. Oh well, at least we didn’t get an ending like V’s with Jane:)

  4. Let’s all say it. Phury needed a 12 step program, and therapy for depression! I think the reason it’s so hard to connect with Phury is that his issues aren’t easily solved by the love of a good woman. He wasn’t coming out of his funk just by meeting her…

    I think ultimately he didn’t seem ready to change. He wasn’t ready to move on. He was ready for suicide. The boy was too seriously wounded. The other brothers begin the healing process almost immediately after meeting their love. Phury was still stuck in his mental issues. I even think at the end of the book he still needed more help than he got…

  5. Phury’s book is probably one of my two least favorite in the series and they tie for the bottom! I thought she just didn’t do the justice she would have for Phury since he has such an intriguing back story. I just thought she side-charactered him in his own book. That being said you will be able to tell which is my 2nd least favorite book when you get to it because the same thing happened there.