Also by this author: Blood Kiss, The Beast
Series: Black Dagger Brotherhood #8
Also in this series: The Shadows, The Beast
Published by New American Library
Genres: Paranormal, Paranormal Romance, Romance
Read in: May 3 to May 12
Source: Public Library
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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.
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. - via GoodReads
The battle between good and evil rages on in the newest installment of J.R. Ward’s Black Dagger Brotherhood series. Lover Mine is John Matthew and Xhex’s story. In previous books, these two have shared intense fellings for each other but did not establish a permanent relationship. At the end of Lover Avenged Xhex was kidnapped by Lash when the Brotherhoods stormed the sympath colony to save Rhevenge. Lash is the ForeLesser and bad boy son of the Omega.
Lover Mine by JR Ward picks up right where Lover Avenged left off. John is fervently looking for Xhex. His hope is to find her alive, but being out in the field with the Brotherhood, John realizes he very well just may be searching for a body. John seeks out Trez and iAm to try and get any information that may help locate Xhex. The Shadows have information about a drug meeting between Lash and Caldwell’s biggest importer. From this meeting John and the Brothers are able to track Mr. D (Lash’s second in command) back to a non-descript brownstone. It’s obvious that Xhex had been kept here, but because of Lash’s spell, no one can see that she’s still there and they leave without her.
There are also several secondary story lines that weave into the main story. Depending on what kind of reader you are, this will either distract from or enhance the main story. For me, it made it better and did not detract from the main story at all.
Stephanie’s Thoughts: My interest in this series has been heightened again because of Lover Mine. There are so many questions that I would like to have answered and so many happily ever afters I still want to see. I took my time reading this book so I could savor it. The writing is superb and flows well. New elements were added to the series, conflicts resolved and yet there are still things that hold my interest. I cannot wait for the next book. Lover Mine is an amazing story and Ward is such a talented author. I’ve heard several people say that after the last couple of books, they were giving up on the series. To those people, please read Lover Mine before you make that decision. In the end Lover Mine really adds to the continuing saga of the Black Dagger Brotherhood and will have a place on my keeper shelf.
Lisa’s Thoughts: Ward definitely scored again with Lover Mine. Her writing is still as gritty, clever and irresistible as it was in book one and she show no signs of slowing down. Ward’s world of the Black Dagger Brotherhood has beautifully flawed characters that you cannot help but ache for, hoping they achieve some form of happiness. The fight against the Lessers still rages on, and this book delivers the same action packed adventure Ward fans have come to expect from the Brothers. While danger and destruction are around every corner, you have moments of pure bliss woven into the story that would take your breath away. My problems with the book were few, but I felt she had one too many story lines going on throughout the book. I know they all serve a purpose, but sometimes it’s a little overwhelming trying to keep them all straight. Still, that doesn’t mean I was any less ecstatic with this latest installment and cannot wait for the next one. Fans of Ward’s previous novels will not be disappointed.