August 7, 2011

Lover Mine by J.R. Ward

summary and excerpt here
Series: Black Dagger Brotherhood 8
Format: Paperback
Release Date: April 27, 2010
Purchase Link: Amazon
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

Resolution (John Matthew & Xhexenia)

Everything has come full circle and almost all the loose ends are tied.

Amongst all the books in the series this is the one that I've been looking forward to most in reading. The first book talks about a former Brother, Darius, getting assassinated by the lessers and being reincarnated by the Scribe Virgin. If you've been following the series, John Matthew is his reincarnation.

That makes this book very interesting indeed. We see how Darius and Tohrment, John's foster father, became the best of friends. Darius took in Tohr after seeing how much his father was abusing him. When Tohr became of age, Darius trained him to be a Brother and they ended up being partners.

One of their missions was saving a female aristocrat from being abducted by a sympath. That liaison turned detrimental to the female because she became pregnant and tried to kill herself around the time of the young's birth. The baby turned out to be Xhex and she was given to another family to be cared for, not knowing anything about her past.

Everything has a purpose and it all happens for a reason. This phrase was made true by J.R. Ward. From the moment of John's reincarnation, we've followed his life in the previous 6 books so there is much anticipation in this one. Plus the uncanny mating of him and Xhex was weird at first but eventually it just felt right that they should. And how Ward portrayed John's heartbreak and devotion to Xhex is nothing short of romantic but not mushy, its all male, hard and straightforward.

Another highlight of this book is the confused relationship between Blay and Quinn. Blay is inlove with Quinn but they are bestfriends first and how they can move forward with their relationship is a little awkward. The thin line between friendship and romance is slowly unraveling between this two and one can't help but be sympathetic with Blay's longing for Quinn. I'm curious to read how this two are going to end up in Lover Unleashed.

There are a lot of revelations in this book and old conflicts resolved. Tohr and John Matthew finally repaired their broken relationship and it's really touching how it is between this two knowing that Darius used to be Tohr's father figure. Again full circle. Xhex ending up John's mate who was saved by Darius and Tohr, full circle.

And finally Lash got his comeuppance. Although I still maintain that the antagonists in this is a little weak but I really hated Lash and it's just fitting that after bullying John for the longest time and raping, abducting and sexually assaulting Xhex, that it was their hands that finally killed him. A plot hole is The Omega was missing from all this considering that Lash is his child and the Society's Golden Boy. I really don't understand the logic behind Ward's villains. It sometimes feels like the Brother's history is so rich there is barely room for anything else. Like The Lessening Society is just a necessary evil because every story needs one.

Anyway, I'm excited to read the ninth book, Lover Unleashed. It's the story of Vishous' long-lost twin, Payne, that apparently he's not aware of existed. I have a feeling tremendous crap is going to rain on the Scribe Virgin's parade.

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