Thursday, April 11, 2013

Review of LOVER AT LAST by J. R. Ward

Lover At Last
(Black Dagger Brotherhood, #11)
by J. R. Ward

Rating: 5♥s Outstanding/Don't miss
Sensuality: Scorchin' Hot!
Audience: Adult, 18+
Length: Novel
Genre: Paranormal Romance/Vampire
Cover: 4.5♥s

Release Date: March 26, 2013
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Qhuay At Last!

From the publisher:

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: it seems Qhuinn has found his perfect match in a Chosen female, and they are going to have a young. It’s hard for Blay to see the new couple together, but building your life around a pipe dream is just a heartbreak waiting to happen. And Qhuinn needs to come to terms with some dark things before he can move forward…

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.

My thoughts:
As Blay started to straighten, like a message had been received, Qhuinn thought, That's right, buddy.
Our future has come. 
 —Lover Reborn, by J. R. Ward
The future for Qhuinn and Blay has at long last arrived in Lover At Last. But it brings with it heartache, soul-searching, and a difficult journey for both Qhuinn and Blay.

Lover At Last, however, is at its core Qhuinn's story. From Indiana Jones-like heroics, to weathering a storm along with Layla, to making a shocking discovery, to receiving an unprecedented honor, this is Qhuinn's time in the crosshairs. He must deal with highs and lows that virtually (and sometimes literally) lay him flat. And that doesn't include his complicated relationship with Blay. They finally do the deed that Blay has been waiting for, but for all the wrong reasons. And after all his longing for him, Blay can't accept Qhuinn if Qhuinn can't accept himself for who he is. Though he's a gentlemale, Blay speaks harsh words to Qhuinn in a very dark moment that will punch you in the gut. It's a make-or-break moment for Qhuinn.

Other storylines play out in the book. Unlike some side stories in previous books, I was hooked by all the concurrent stories in Lover At Last. It was like watching an addictive soap opera. Among other things, Assail meets a character who complicates his life. A character comes back from the "dead." Trez is pursued by the s'Hisbe to fulfill his duty and return home for his prearranged mating. Xcor makes a momentous discovery and decision. We're left with at least one cliffhanger. The conflict between Wrath and Beth, who star in the next book, is set up.

Layla plays a major role in Lover at Last. In the beginning of the story she's not sure if she's pregnant with Qhuinn's young. I don't want to spoil things, so I'll only say that there's a major twist and explosion concerning that event. Layla's other storyline involves Xcor, and the dangerous pull that they have toward each other.

I look forward to seeing how all the side stories play out in future books. I hope that Ward follows through on all of them.

Ultimately, this is a paranormal romance. So I don't think it's a spoiler to say that the book comes to a satisfying conclusion, even if it is a little corny. You'll close your book or turn off your e-reader on a satisfied sigh.



Lover at Last is best read as part of the Black Dagger Brotherhood series. If you need to catch up, here are the books in their reading order:

Book 1
Dark Lover
Book 2
Lover Eternal
Book 3
Lover Awakened
Book 4
Lover Revealed
Book 5
Lover Unbound
The Black Dagger
Brotherhood: An
Insider's Guide
Book 6
Lover Enshrined
Short Story 6.5
Father Mine
Book 7
Lover Avenged
Book 8
Lover Mine
Book 9
Lover Unleashed
Book 10
Lover Reborn
Book 11
Lover At Last
Book 12
The King
March 25, 2014