Actual rating: 3.5Original review: http://onabookbender.com/2012/01/25/review-lover-avenged-by-j-r-ward/As this series progresses, it seems that each books spends less time on the main couple, and more time is devoted to secondary characters. For secondary characters like John Matthew and Xhex, this is not really such a big deal, because their stories are intense and fascinating. Lover Mine promises to be a good story. But I was also surprised to find that Wrath dominated a good portion of this book. There are reasons for this, of course, but when I read a paranormal romance, I want the featured couple to steal the show. I am not sure that they really did.We have known for a few books already that Rehv is a sympath, and the complications that being a sympath presents. Lover Enshrined gave us a bit more of a glimpse into Rehv’s life and I was looking forward to learning more about sympaths and how they are different from normal vampires. While we did learn more, I am not sure that I was fully satisfied with what I know now. I can only hope that the exploration into the sympath world continues with Lover Mine and Xhex.Lover Avenged shows us a different side of Rehv. Though we have known he is strongly protective of his family, being the club owner/drug dealer does not exactly paint him in the most flattering light. We learn more of his motivations for doing what he does, and though one may not necessarily agree with what he does, it is easy to appreciate his motives. Still, there wasn’t much of a focus on Rehv and Ehlena as a couple, and for that, I was a little disappointed. I wanted more.Also, Lash is an ass.