After reading Dark Lover, my husband and I both were hooked. I don’t know that I even looked at the price to purchase Lover Eternal. We didn’t care; we had to have our new “drug.” We had to get lost in their world again. The books are the map of how to get there and we needed the fastest route.
It seemed impossible to believe that Rhage could soften enough to love a woman in the beginning. What I didn’t realize until later was that the heat that he put off on Mary (and that quite honestly she responded right back with) is just what we do when we find THE ONE that is impossible to resist. Everyone thinks of this as lust, but they’re so wrong. That’s a different feeling. You resist lust on some level because you know you’ll regret it at some point – even if you end up giving in – you’ll regret it. When you find your LOVE your soul knows it even if your silly brain doesn’t yet. Resisting this will only hurt because you’re missing a part of you now.
I loved how Mary asked Rhage at one point, “Do you have any kind of filter between your brain and your mouth?” He is so brute and to the point with everything when he first meets her. He says what he wants and acts the only way he has ever known to act. But he grows and changes with Mary in his life. He cares about her feelings and he eventually doesn’t even have to think about his actions or his words because he changed. Changed – not for her, but because of her. He became what he was supposed to be with his soul mate. He became whole.
My husband and I connect with this part – we were two broken people in our own different ways. We only knew how to act because of the way we had been treated before. Together though, we repair each other. We’re better together.
Then there is the way they have the support of the Brotherhood. Do you know a single person in your life that would take a knife to their chest to bear a portion of your pain? I want to live there, with them, to know that my husband would have friends that would have his back no matter what. We just don’t do that in our world. Everyone here has their limits.
Rhage and Mary work so hard to protect each other from their inner demons too. Rhage hides his beast and Mary hides the true pain and weight of her disease. We all do this. We try so hard to be singly strong don’t we. Why? The ones that love us truly will bear our burdens with us – and guess what? They really aren’t that heavy when shared. I believe that even if the scribe virgin hadn’t saved Mary that she would have died in peace with Rhage by her side. As for Rhage, he would have struggled endlessly without her, but when it was his turn to go to the Fade he would have run knowing she was there. No one wants to go into the light until the right person is holding the flashlight.
In the end, I respect Rhage for wanting Mary in all her strength and her sickness. He refuses to leave her to face it alone. I have medical problems that cause me extreme pain at times and my husband would gladly pull it out of me and put it upon himself. I love him so much for this. Mary in turn won’t run from his beast. My husband has a “beast” he fights every day. It’s his family past that he can never escape from. He is cursed by them. Yet, it makes him who he is. It makes him a better man for having to control his life’s path from repeating their mistakes. I wouldn’t think of not being there to soothe him when his beast tries to win.
I hope one day each of you find your Rhage or Mary.