Review: Lover Mine by J. R. Ward

Review: Lover Mine by J. R. WardLover Mine by J.R. Ward

Series: Black Dagger Brotherhood #8
Genres: Paranormal Romance
Published by Signet on April 27, 2010
Pages: 673
Format: eBook
Source: Purchased
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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.

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I was born and raised near Sacramento, CA. I have read since I was four years old and developed tastes that run the gamut of literature. I went away to college and have a degree in education, a certificate in family history research, and a certificate in social work. I worked for a non-profit agency with low income families for 20 years which included being responsible for the children’s library and promoting/teaching adult literacy. I have lived in Southeast Michigan for the last 18 years and I am currently a book addicted homemaker with a cat and husband who keep me grounded. Recently, I made it a challenge to review each book that I have read as a favor to author friends who said reviews are important. I have done reviews for Good Reads, Amazon, eBay, and Smashwords, but mostly at Goodreads and Amazon.
  • Isa

    I love John Matthew, he’s a great character but I remember when I read this book I skipped several scenes to read about Quinn and Blay. I need to reread this book because I can barely remember what happened, only the Quinn and Blay scenes I remember because I bookmarked them. xD John Matthew and Xhex were really raw and almost explosive, I enjoyed reading about them but my thoughts lingered on the other characters. Glad you enjoyed this one!

    • Isa

      Oops I meant Qhuinn*

      • Sophia Rose

        I spelled Qhuinn wrong too. Oh yes, the scenes between the two guys had me as focused as the main love story with John and Xhex. I’ve got two more books to go and then I’ll be impatiently waiting for the spring release of Qhuinn and Blay’s story like everyone else.

        Thanks for commenting, Isa!