“As much as we have free choice, absolute destiny is immutable. What is meant to happen does, through one measure or another.” 

J. R. Ward, Lover Enshrined, p 173

Finally, Phury has received what he has always deserved. Just like all his brothers, he’s now found the love that he has always been looking for but would never admit that he really needs. Phury is the most compassionate of them all. But damn he sure is exasperating for the way he treats himself. Instead of dealing with the troubles of life and facing the feelings he believes to have for his brother’s shellan, Bella, he goes and hides out in his room, smoking the time away. However, even though he does use Red Smoke to ignore what is happening around him, he’s always looking out for his brothers, especially his twin, Zsadist, who was once a blood slave for centuries, and their shellans. That is until Chosen Cormia comes into his life. Someone that will come to love him for who he really is, not how everyone sees him as, a drug addict that has come to slice his prey as if he’s Jack the Ripper. It is the lessers that he’s doing it to so who can really fault him for taking his anger out on them. They do deserve it afterall.

Phury isn’t my favorite of the brothers, but I do respect and appreciate him. He may not take the best of care with himself with the whole Red Smoke situation, but he does cherish Cormia, the Chosen that is supposed to become First Mate. It does take a while for him to realize he’s neglecting her, a lot longer than it should have, but he does, thankfully, finally start to listen to the good part of his brain. Not the voices, in which he calls the Wizard, within it that has been guiding him wrong for a good portion of his life. He eventually comes to love her which makes me so happy for the both of them as everyone deserves someone to love in their life. Because of his love for her though, he almost comes to the point of withdrawing as the Primale so he can just be with her considering one of the Primale job requirements is to sleep with all forty of the Chosen. Sleeping with them all is not something he could bring himself to do, even before he started to fall for Cormia. He knows it’s wrong. The old rules are the wrong way to go about making young. Even though Cormia decides to leave Phury so he can go forth and do as he’s expected to with her sisters, he finally decides to say screw it and ditch the old rules. Instead of following the same old rules that have been in effect for centuries, he goes to the Scribe Virgin and changes things for the better. Go Phury! He makes the Scribe Virgin realize that she’s suffocating the Chosen for how she’s making them live, which was also resulting in the vampire race and the brotherhood to die out as the rules make it so only the brotherhood could be with the Chosen.

One thing I enjoy about this series is that it doesn’t only focus on that of the current couple, such as this one with Phury and Cormia. There’s so much more that goes on within this book and some of those moments are truly what the hell times (I love parts that bring surprises to the storyline). (Spoilers are coming up so if you don’t want to know, stop reading now) One of those times that made my jaw drop is finding out that the Omega has a son. Yup, a son. But that really wasn’t the jaw-dropper, it was finding out who that son was. For a while I was thinking that maybe it was Quinn since he’s so different from his family but it actually turns out to be Lash. WTF! Lash is a bully on a good day, now, with him having the full force of the Omega in him, he’s pretty much Dhunhd (hell) walking the streets of Caldwell. On a good note though, Tohr is back! Yay baby! Of course, he’s not back willingly and is on the verge of death, but I’m so happy to know that he’s still alive for now. When Wellsie died my heart broke and it split even more when Tohr took off, leaving John Matthew behind to grieve not only losing the mother that he saw Wellsie to be but also Tohr as his father figure.

I can’t wait to read the next book to see what other goodies come about. However, the more I read the more the books seem to bring me to tears. This time the tear-jerker is at the end when Zsadist comes to Phury singing for the first time in a very long time with that angelic voice of his. Soon after the rest of the brothers show up to urge Phury and Cormia to come back to the mansion (as Phury has been dismissed from the brotherhood and has been told to leave) for a bit and celebrate the life of Zsadist’s and Bella’s young, Nalla. I can’t seem to stop myself from picking up the next book even though I have this feeling that it’s going to make me cry at some point or another. Onward to Lover Avenged!

About Lover Enshrined

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, leaving Phury to decide between duty and love.

A list of J.R. Ward’s books can be found on her site here – Book List – The order of the Black Dagger Brotherhood (BDB) books can be found here – BDB List

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