Genre: Paranormal Romance
Within the brotherhood, Rhage is the vampire with the strongest appetite. He's the best fighter, the quickest to act on his impulses, and the most voracious lover-for inside him burns a ferocious curse cast by the Scribe Virgin.
Possessed by this dark side, Rhage fears the times when his inner dragon is unleashed, making him a danger to everyone around him. When Mary Luce is unwittingly thrown into the vampire world, she must rely on Rhage's protection. Knowing that Mary feels the same intense animal attraction, Rhage must make her his alone...
When Mary discovers a mute orphan boy in her backyard, Bella her neighbour comes to join them while they talk and notices Old Language letters on a bracelet the boy, John Matthew was wearing, spelling out a vampire warrior’s name, Tehrror. The boy in unaware of the significance of the bracelet or what it means so she decides she needs to take him to The Brotherhood, Mary tags along. Rhage was still feeling the effect of his beast but as soon as he hears Mary’s voice it triggers something else;
“Rhage stopped breathing. His heart skipped a beat and then slowed.
“Say that again,” he whispered.
“Ah, my name is Mary Luce. I’m a friend of Bella’s...We came here with a boy, with John Matthew. We were invited.”
Rhage shivered, a balmy rush blooming out all over his skin. The musical lit of her voice, the rhythm of her speech, the sound of her words, it all spread through him, calming him, comforting him. Chaining him sweetly.
He closed his eyes. “Say something else.””
Rhage or Hollywood as he is also known is a chick magnet and when he asks Mary out she can’t believe it, figuring it to be a pity date at Bella’s request when in fact he is falling hard for her. But Mary can’t afford to get close to anyone, she’s ill with cancer and not to mention she doesn’t feel worthy of him. Together they become close, loving each other, depending on each other, Mary helping Rhage to accept his beast. Then Mary gets terrible news, her cancer is too far gone, there is nothing the doctors can do for her, but then hope arrives in the healing of The Scribe Virgin, who grants Mary eternal life until she decides it’s time due to her inability to bare children from the cancer treatments. One of my top three favourite Black Dagger Brotherhood novels, I love Mary’s strength and determination balanced out with Rhage’s bravery and heart, a perfect match.