Summary from Goodreads:
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.
I think it is clear at this point that I love this series. Come on a reader doesn’t read all the way to book 11 unless they are enjoying the series. I have to say JR Ward is an autobuy author for me and I sit around waiting a year between books because I can not let these brothers go.
Oh gosh where to even start with Qhuinn and Blay… I swear this isn’t easy because these two are just beyond words. I have loved them from the beginning and each and every kiss stolen by Qhuinn throughout all of the books just broke me down. I have such love for these two and their relationship or lack of one most of the time that I can’t even really express my love properly. I just knew that my expectations for this book were so high and the hype in my own mind was so much I don’t know how the actual book could ever live up to my high expectations.
I have to say at first this book was boring me and almost made me want to give up on my favorite boys because I just couldn’t watch all of this other stuff going on when I needed Qhuinn and Blay to be the main focus. I do have to say there were so many plots to start off this book that I was afraid that the brotherhood plot line was going to suffer because of all the new characters and the developments with secondary characters like Xcor and his group of warriors, or Assail and his human stalker, or even Trez and iAm. I just was so thrown off by how many subplot lines were going on that I had to put this book down for a while. I wanted Qhuinn and Blay and instead I was getting everything and every other character’s story instead of theirs. It pissed me off to be honest about it. It wasn’t until half way through this book that I finally felt that we got to see more of Qhuinn and Blay.
I will say the moments in this book between Qhuinn and Blay did almost make me cry a few times and I just loved how they were able to grow and change to be who they needed to be. I know Qhuinn had to move past some things and how he needed to prove to himself and to Blay that he could be that male of worth. I also wanted to shake Blay a few times but I’m so happy he stood his ground and wasn’t just going to fall head over heels in love with Qhuinn anymore, he knew what he wanted out of Qhuinn and he was damn well going to wait to get it.
I know I’m talking in circles but I really don’t want to give away the plot, especially for readers out there who are not caught up on the series right now. Just know that even though I had major problems with the first half of this book Ward did pull through and gave me the love story I needed Qhuinn and Blay to have. I needed to see all of the heartbreak, the sex, the arguments, and the final moments where everything comes out the way it needs to in the end.