I came to this series late so I suspect many have already read past this point, but for those few PNR fans like myself who took their time this is my gentle nudge to get with it so you can enjoy a wonderful series. If you haven’t read the series, there might be series spoilers in the story, but none specific to this book. The series must be read in order.
Now, what did I think? I have been reading this series for several months with anticipating building in me as I neared the point where I would read this book. Sometimes anticipation can be a bad thing when one is disappointed, but in this case the book lived and then some to my expectation. What a wonderful emotional experience this story gave me!
Near the beginning of the series, John Matthew, a young boy who lives by his wits on the streets, is discovered to be a pre-trans vamp who is apparently a lost child of the recently deceased Darius. He is then brought into the Brotherhood’s fold. In the books, I watched John Matthew grow up through his hard life, fall for Xhex, lose her and now he is one strong tough fighter with only revenge on his mind.
This book is John Matthew and Xhex’s story. These two had so much in their past that it was a real tug of war before they even came close to what they needed and wanted, but even then getting together wasn’t a given. It was a powerful, frustrating, but ultimately awesome romance.
Lover Mine also had the usual wonderful backdrop of the Brotherhood fighting the Omega, Lessers and Lash with some surprises in that area. It offered up history about Darius and Tohr in the way of Darius’ journals. This back history played a vital part on the present. It also gave the little side story about Payne, No One and Layla along with the ever growing to the forefront struggles of Quinn and Blay (which is my next really anticipated story). But best of all was that John Matthew has finally come into his own.
With the length of this book, I will make no attempt at summarizing. There were so many plot threads that I couldn’t do that justice and would probably just end up giving spoiler anyway. I will say that this was one strong character and plot driven story. Of course, I was more interested in certain plot lines (hey, its John and Xhex and Quinn and Blay for Pete’s sake), but the others were not boring by any means and were totally necessary including the dips into the past.
Overall, I was blown away by this story and can only wonder how J.R. Ward keeps doing this to me with various stories in this series. Before, I would have said that Vishous story was my fav, but I have a new one. I am really looking forward to seeing what else this series has for me.