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Lover Mine (Black Dagger Brotherhood, Book 8) Kindle Edition
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John Matthew has come a long way since he was found living among humans, his vampire nature unknown to himself and to those around him. After he was taken in by the Brotherhood, no one could guess what his true history was—or his true identity. Indeed, the fallen Brother Darius has returned, but with a different face and a very different destiny. As a vicious personal vendetta takes John into the heart of the war, he will need to call up on both who he is now and who he once was in order to face off against evil incarnate...and rescue his one true love.
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“To die for. I love this series!”—New York Times bestselling author Suzanne Brockmann
“J. R. Ward’s urban fantasy romance series is so popular I don’t think there’s a reader today who hasn’t at least heard of the Black Dagger Brotherhood.”—USA Today
“Hold on tight for an intriguing, adrenaline-pumping ride.”—Booklist
About the Author
- ASIN : B003NX7O14
- Publisher : Berkley; 1st edition (April 27, 2010)
- Publication date : April 27, 2010
- Language : English
- File size : 1796 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 673 pages
- Lending : Not Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #25,843 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Also, while I'm A-OK with gay marriage and slash, I just don't find Quinn and Blay that compelling, not enough for their own book. With all the extraneous side stories, I think the whole Mhurder/ plantation distraction could have been filled with their story arc (to a satisfying conclusion). Since it wasn't, now I feel like I'll probably have to slog through another book about just them and more boring, irrelevant side story filler having nothing to do with the main plot. Or even worse, a whole book of Quinn's inner whining and self-recrimination and angst. And that simply doesn't interest me.
I might come back to this series at a later date but for now, I'm done. Kudos to the author. It was a hell of a ride! :)
THE STORY: John Matthew, is a vampire who is also the reincarnation of Darius who was killed earlier in the series. As this story begins, John Matthew is struggling with the disappearance of Xhex, the half sympath, half vampire assassin. The two have had a difficult relationship as John Matthew has wanted her since they first met, but Xhex has turned him away believing herself unworthy of being cared for by a man of worth. John Matthew is grieving but at the same time determined to find out what happened to Xhex. In truth, Xhex has been abducted by John Matthew's biggest enemy who will do anything to keep her.
OPINION: Longtime readers of the Black Dagger Brotherhood series know that John Matthew's story has been going on in one form or another since the beginning. This book brings a great deal of closure to the story. I especially liked the use of Darius' story which winds around and then gives a satisfying sense of completing the circle and bringing closure to the story.
This book, as is true with the last several books in the series, is really a set of stories being told simultaneously. The stories are each at different stages and while John Matthew and Xhex's stories is largely resolved, others are just beginning or are continuing. The stories in this book (John Matthew/Xhex, Blay/Qhuinn, and Murhder) have a nice sense of connection that made this mullti-story telling work well here. (There is also the story of Payne but that one is only a small part here). The real issue is that the Blay Qhuinn story steals much of the emotional center of the story here. By breaking up the stories between multiple books, there is more interconnectedness and continuity in the overall story, but the emotional climax of each of the stories is somewhat muted.
This book benefits from the fact that both the John Matthew/Xhex and Blay Qhuinn stories are filled with angst and are so well written here. I loved how the stories progressed in both cases and that kept me reading through the many hundreds of pages. Both stories are so strong that they support the length of the book.
Even with that, this book is one of the better ones in the series for long time readers. There are a lot of significant appearances by the core Brotherhood characters which makes this book more enjoyable. I've determined that I need a break between these books because there is so much going on in all these books. They are long and intense and somewhat crazy and it helps me to not try too hard to put all the pieces of the stories together. There are a lot of holes in the overall story and some space helps me to take these books less seriously. These books are definitely not ones to binge to me beyond the first couple of books.
But this is one of the books in the series that I could see myself reading again.
WORTH MENTIONING: This series has abandoned its paranormal romance beginnings. There are still romances but there is less emotional connection between the characters and more plotline. That's okay, just not what I think makes the early books so amazing.
CONNECTED BOOKS: LOVER MINE is the eighth book in the Black Dagger Brotherhood series. It should not be read as a standalone as it is not a complete story on its own.
STAR RATING: I give this book 4.25 stars.
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Yes. Yes it will.
JR Ward has delivered a beautifully executed novel of love, life and revenge, crafted through history and brotherhood. From John and Xhex (Hex) to the Quinn and Blay and the rest of the Brothers, the pacing was seamless. The storyline flew.
And wow. Emotions? JR Ward can deliver those by the sky full, let alone the bucket.
The premise of the story is simple, but effective: John, against the orders of the Brotherhood, continues searching for Xhex and once she’s been found, helps her to get her revenge against her captor, Lash - the complete and utter maniac of a villain that he is.
Beneath or behind that though we have: Xhex and Lash, Torment and John, Quinn and Blay... I could go on forever!
A fascinating world has been created, and I was so happy that this novel lived up to my hopes and expectations, not just of JR Ward’s genius, but of her characters.
I am upset with this book. I still have given it four stars as I like the book however John Matthew still has not regained his memories of his past life.
This book is about john so.... why hasn't he regained his memories unless she is going to put it in another book.
But if she does that. Is that not taking something away from the main characters of that book?
If Xhex was his mate like soul mate shouldn't he be whole? I feel like he shouldn't be able to mate her properly as a part of him is missing.
Then again I am a romantic.
Another thing that caused me upset in this was that we know that john Matthew is Darius. Darius wanted to come back to be closer to his daughter.
We don't see any interaction with him and Beth. It's like she doesn't exist. I know he thinks she is his sister. Why isn't there any bonding???
Like hey sister how are you today?
Coming to Xhex. She was sexually assulted by Lash. It sad and I can understand people saying she got over it too fast.
I can understand what they mean however I don't think she did get over it. I think she used sex as a coping method that some survivors has been known to do.
You will never forget being assulted. I think she pushed it to the back of her mind as she was too frightened to deal with what happened to her.
I don't think she dealt with it or it was written in a way that gave us readers closure.
Four stars I rate this book hopefully the series will get better
1- was long winded, I put it down quite a lot. Too many stories going on at once, although they came together quite nicely in the end.
2-I was never a fan of John Matthew to begin with I found him tedious and annoying. I felt that way the majority of the time through this book. Having said that towards the end he finally turns into a man, I feel like he has grown up and isn't so bloody teen like.
3-I love xhex, always have. Still love Payne, can't wait to find out more about her.
4-lash, the lessers, the omega....just annoy me so much I really hate their parts. Normally I would just briefly read their parts but because there is SO MUCH in this book I found I had to read them or I would miss half the book.
5- what I found out in the book struck me as difficult to comprehend as to why Ward would put it in, I have always found the "bonding" thing to be sacred, unbreakable, when
It happens you look at no one else the same. So I can't fathom why Vichious said "v had it in for her. He was jel that she had a piece of what he'd always wanted. He couldn't stop resenting her"
(About Butch at Xhex) that annoyed me, I felt like it be littled the bonding thing.
I'm once again taking a break from the series like I did after reading Phurys story. I know if the next book is anything like this I will take forever to read it.
I did like some parts, the ending was brilliant how everything came together...that I cannot fault.
For those that are considering the Black Dagger Brotherhood series I would seriously recommend reading in order. Certainly, whatever you choose to do book 1 must be read first as it is the introduction to the whole series and without reading this first there are parts of the following books that may not make too much sense.
However Lover Mine - another excellent read by J R Ward, this tells the story of John Matthew and Xhex and has some excellent action, love and intimacy within. Now, I started to read this whilst my children were on their Spring Break from school and I don't know if it was because the children were off school and I was pre-occupied, if the book was longer than the others or if the third quarter seemed to be "padding" but this took me a lot longer to read than the others, which I would normally polish off in 2 - 3 days, or even quicker. The third quarter of this book seemed to drag and I have too say it is the first novel in this series that I DID want to put down, to polish a window instead! Anyway, that said I kept on going and it really picks up again towards the end and as in others in this series I finished with a tear in my eye.
Already downloaded the next Lover Unleashed Book 9 and will be happy to report on this when I have done.