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 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….
It wasn’t my first read. I have to admit that for a long time I considered Phury’s book the weakest of the series. Now, reading it more carefully and intensely, I don’t understand how I could ever think that.
And as I have the right to change my mind, I can say Lover Enshrined is a great book of the series.
I realized that both Phury’s and Cormia’s characters are beautifully developed.
Phury’s personality and back story are so complex that I could ramble about him for hours. His story actually begins in Lover Awakened, and with all his weaknesses, faults, wrong decisions, mistaken assumptions, drug addiction, and self-deceit tendencies, he is a wonderful man. In Lover Enshrined, Phury reaches the deepest and darkest point in his depression and self-destruction, and goes through hell emotionally. It was a relief to see him find his balls… er… I mean strength, love, and purpose.
Cormia’s innocence is sweet, understandable, and realistic, unlike Marissa’s unrealistic innocence in Lover Revealed. Cormia is occupied by lots of things other than losing her virginity: her faith, the frustrating traditions of the race, her feelings and possessiveness for Phury, her curiosity for the world in which she has arrived, and its people, discovering herself, her interests, and talents. She is pleased even by small, ordinary wonders. She is kind, wise, and determined.
It was absorbing to follow both Phury and Cormia’s emotional journey, and character development not only in this book, but throughout the last three installments, as first you get a dose of Phury in Zsadist’s story, Lover Awakened, and he also has a significant role in Vishous’ book, Lover Unbound. Cormia appears first in Vishous’ book, and the insights into her offbeat, nonconformist thoughts were really impressing.
Cormia and Phury are both vampires, furthermore officially mated, so theoretically there can be no obstacle between them.
The main problem is the lack of communication. Both of them assume that the other has no interest toward them. Phury is convinced that Cormia is forced to be his First Mate; that was true initially, but now Cormia is more than willing to be Phury’s mate. Cormia believes that Phury is in love with Bella; that was also true, but for now Phury realizes that he has never felt toward Bella as he feels toward Cormia.
The attraction slowly turns into love, and they are very sweet together.
Despite the fact that it is Phury and Cormia’s story, the most sensual moment is the first kiss of Blay and Qhuinn.
The ending is pretty satisfying; I love the new perspectives!
Lover Enshrined is not only a love story. The storylines of the other characters are not simply ‘side’ stories as they are just as important as the story of Phury and Cormia.
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