Review | Lover at Last (Black Dagger Brotherhood #11) by J. R. Ward

07 April 2013

Publisher: Hachette
Pages: 591

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.

Lover at Last is the 11th book in the Black Dagger Brotherhood series and has been the most anticipated by fans of the series. For a number of books we've seen the sexual tension between Qhiunn and Blay simmering away underneath their decades old friendship. When the Warden announced they were the central couple of the book we all jumped for joy. We were finally getting to see these two together and the Warden was pushing the mainstream with a m/m book.

And my did I love it. At times I seriously wanted to bash these boys heads in and lock them in a room to just talk and get it all out there. Although, given the way there first sex scene went they may not be the best way to go about it. You'll see what I mean when you read it. While I'm on the subject of those scenes there was one HUGE issue I had. No lube. I mean I kind of get why the Warden didn't go there but really? Yes there big, strong warriors but that's still gotta hurt! Especially in Qhuinn's case... It just didn't fly with me.

Although, the sex wasn't the bee end and all end. There were seem endearing scenes in this book. There are so many I could read again and again and never get sick of. Especially the epilogue, Qhuinn seems like a totally different person in that. One of my favourite quotes has to be this:

"Thank you... for the ten thousand kind things you've done"

It just broke my heart and made me love Qhiunn even more, through the ten previous books you know the guy has had it tough but you have no idea until you read this. I mean the prologue just broke me. I cried within seconds of beginning the book. You also learn just how much Blay has meant to him and to his life. He really did save him in so many ways. Yes, he was an idiot about it but he's always really known Blay was whom he belonged to.

Lots of people have been against the whole Layla's pregnancy, but I really love it before being with Blay it was Qhuinn's way of creating the family he had always wanted. Now he not only has that, but, the love of his life, too. He also has a whole other kind of family thanks to Wrath and Saxton. I loved that entire sequence in the book from when they come to get him to while it's going on, you can tell how much it really means to Qhuinn. He shows us exactly what the Brotherhood means to him in those scenes.

So it seems from what I said that I should 5 star this book, right? Well, no and I'll tell you why. There were waaaaaaay too many subplots running through this book. Assail/Sola. Xcor/Band of Bastards. Trev/Selena. Xcor/Layla. It was just too much. I get the Warden wants other stories but I'd rather the relationships started in each respective book rather than fill another's with subplots. At points I was getting so confused and I would honestly have preferred to see more of the Brothers and their shellans (really wasn't enough of them and the epilogue just made me miss those guys so much more) as well as more of Blay, Qhuinn and John Matthew together.

The subplots and lack of Brothers was certainly not enough for me to not enjoy this book and I was kind of expecting a semi filler book that the people who didn't wish to read this book could skip it but not miss anything major. I just wanted more of Blay/Qhuinn and the Brothers who we've all grown to love so much.

One final thing! This book has given me major Saxton suspicions and I cannot wait to see if I'm right or wrong on that one! So we now know who is central to the next book (Wrath/Beth and some baby making! SQUEE!) but there's a year's wait. I don't know how I'll be able to cope with that wait! Guess I'll just have to dig out my Insider's Guide to get me through :)

1 comment:

  1. Ack. The next book terrifies me. Xcor is getting way too close. *chews nails*


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