21 April 2014

Lover at Last Review

by J.R. Ward
(I reread the BDB series ready for #12 The King)!

What they say: Qhuinn, son of no one, is used to being on his own. Disavowed from his bloodline, shunned by the aristocracy, he has finally found an identity as one of the most brutal fighters in the war against the Lessening Society. But his life is not complete. Even as the prospect of having a family of his own seems to be within reach, he is empty on the inside, his heart given to another....

Blay, after years of unrequited love, has moved on from his feelings for Qhuinn. And it’s about time: The male has found his perfect match in a Chosen female, and they are going to have a young—just as Qhuinn has always wanted for himself. It’s hard to see the new couple together, but building your life around a pipe dream is just a heartbreak waiting to happen. As he’s learned firsthand.

Fate seems to have taken these vampire soldiers in different directions... but as the battle over the race’s throne intensifies, and new players on the scene in Caldwell create mortal danger for the Brotherhood, Qhuinn finally learns the true definition of courage, and two hearts who are meant to be together... finally become one.

  • ISBN: 451239350 / ISBN13: 9780451239358

What I say: I love the Black Dagger Brotherhood series and think the Warden is something of an evil-genius. I had somehow managed to miss reviewing Lover at Last from my BDB reread-a-thon last year and thought it was about time to rectify this! The BDB books are very much adult and are not for those who don't like books with violence and sexy times, because these vampires have it in spades! 

Lover at Last is Qhuinn and Blay's love story (if guys in love is not your thing then this ones not for you) but the book also introduces new characters and catches up with our old fav's. In a nutshell: Qhuinn is helping Layla after her needing and is still in denial/suffering about Blay. Blay thinks Qhuinn will never want him. Assail is increasing his criminal activities whilst meeting a new lady. Trez has some major problems and the B.o.B are still trying to overthrow Wrath, but Xcor is now more focused on stalking Layla. The lessers have been regrouping and some surprising discoveries are made about their plans.

What I love about the BDB books (other than the hot vamps and smut) is the overwhelming sense of family. These big tough guys all support each other and Qhuinn finally finds a home.

I've always really liked Qhuinn and didn't mind Blay, but by the end of Lover at Last I loved Blay (although not as much as Z or V). I never realised guys could be so stubborn! The naughty scenes here were very believable and it was kinda sad to see them both suffering. The way Layla handles everything really endeared her to me and I saw her as more than a Chosen. Havers makes an appearance and seriously, what a douche!!

I would have liked more of the story to focus on Blay and Qhuinn (being as it was their book), but I liked the parts with the Shadow twins iAm and Trez. Ward also sets the scene for a big smack down between the Glymera, Band of Bastards and Wrath in the next book. With Beth getting broody and Wrath very anti getting her preggers I sense some stressful scenes coming up in The King!

I enjoyed Lover at Last, but perhaps not as much as I have done for some of the other BDB books. Roll on book 12!!

4 Stars in my Sky!

My fav non-spoilery quotes:

  • I think that's Justin Bieber." Standing in front of a line up of Lay's potato chips, Qhuinn looked overhead to the speaker inset into the ceiling tiles. "Yup, I'm right, and I hate that I know that." Next to him John Matthew signed, How do you know? "The little shit is everywhere. I swear, that kid is proof the Antichrist is coming."
  • "Will you get off me!" "But I'm giving you CPR-" "I will die before kissing you, Hollywood." Z tried to sit up, his breathing heavy. "Don't even think about it." 
  • “I lived for the night, because I could go over to your house. It was the only thing that kept me going. You were the only thing, actually. It was… you." 
  • "I’m talking to you more than I speak with my mahmen."
    "I thought your mother was dead." "
    She is." "You have a very low standard for communication."


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