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Book Review: Lover Mine

I didn’t want it to end. I’m actually…disappointed, not in the book, but that it had to come to an end. J.R. Ward’s Black Dagger Brotherhood has evolved since Dark Lover. I remember when I first read Dark Lover how amazed I was by the richness of Ward’s world and I’m still in awe eight books later.

Here’s the blurb:

In the darkest corners of the night in Caldwell, New York, a conflict like no other rages. Long divided as a terrifying battleground for the vampires and their enemies, the city is home to a band of brothers born to defend their race: the warrior vampires of the Black Dagger Brotherhood.

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.

Xhex, a symphath assassin, has long steeled herself against the attraction between her and John Matthew. Having already lost one lover to madness, she will not allow the male of worth to fall prey to the darkness of her twisted life. When fate intervenes, however, the two discover that love, like destiny, is inevitable between soul mates.

Right…let me just start off by saying I almost felt perverted for wanting to read John Matthew’s story. We met him in Lover Eternal when he was a pre-transitional male. I pictured him as a sensitive teenager and though he’s grown over time, I still saw him that way. I suppose I became emotionally attached to him in his pre-trans form and with his transition, I still saw him as that little male. Sooo not the case in Lover Mine.

John Matthew is…well, he’s been through hell. We know how much he’s been hurt. We’ve lived it. But to see him as a “male of worth”…I still see him in a brotherly light, but my how he’s grown! Xhex is bad ass. She is the ultimate kick ass heroine. She has issues just as painful as John Matthew and you can’t help but wonder how in the hell two such tormented people can get together. But Ward does what she always does: she makes it work and then blows your mind.

There was a lot going on in this book. There’s Darius’s diary entries to read, which at first I was like “What the hell do I want to read this for? Get to the story!”…but then it became so clear! Gah. Ward kills me, she really does. When you read this book, make sure you don’t skip those diary entries. They are important. Very important.

Also, we delve deeper into Blay and Qhuinn’s relationship, or the changing of it. My heart was breaking for both of them. I could seriously attempt to kick Qhuinn’s ass (but we all know how that would turn out), and Blay…Oh Blay. I’m not going to say anymore. Swear. There’s also a human love story playing out and you can’t help but wonder why it’s important to read about until the very end. Damn you, J.R. Ward! You kill me! Seriously, she leaves you hanging until the book is almost over before you find out the true importance of that human love story. Oh, and did I mention Payne gets a big spotlight as well? And Lash?

It was a wrecking ball of a book. There’s so much going on, so much information to follow that even now I’m wondering where all the subplots are going. I don’t mind. I enjoy thinking about “what ifs” and she manages to hand it to me. I wasn’t as emotionally tied to this book as I was with some of the others. It wasn’t a lack of emotional turmoil, or inability to connect with the characters, so much as you know no matter what happens Xhex is going to remain strong and John Matthew will always love her. You find faith in his love, in his knowing what exactly she needs and how to give it to her.

Phew. I feel all wrung out now. And I have to wait forever for the next book. I wish she’d write faster. I want that next book like I want my next breath. She also needs to keep this series going…forever if she can manage it. There seem to be endless possibilities with her world and I just want to sink into it.

I’m giving Lover Mine two switchblades and a fist bump. I loved it and after my brother is finished reading it, I’ll re-read the whole series. (Yes, you heard me. My brother reads the series as well. He likes these books even though he says the heroines are sometimes too indecisive.)

If you’re looking for a new series and haven’t read this one yet, don’t wait. It’s really a great series with some to-die-for men and read them in the following order:

Dark Lover – Wrath & Beth
Lover Eternal – Rhage & Mary
Lover Awakened – Zsadist & Bella (One of my absolute favorite brothers!)
Lover Revealed – Butch & Marissa
Lover Unbound – Vishous & Jane (I heart Vishous!!)
Lover Enshrined – Phury & Cormia (Oh Phury…)
Lover Avenged – Rehvenge & Elhena (Rehv is mad, bad, and gorgeous…mmm)
Lover Mine – John Matthew & Xhex

So now for today’s question, have any of you read Lover Mine yet? What’s your take on it? No spoilers though! Who’s your favorite brother?

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