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

Format: Hardcover, 591 pages Published: March 26, 2013 by NAL Hardcover  ISBN:  0451239350 (ISBN13: 9780451239358) Edition language: English Original title: Lover at Last Series: Black Dagger Brotherhood #11
Format: Hardcover, 591 pages
Published: March 26, 2013 by NAL Hardcover
ISBN: 0451239350 (ISBN13: 9780451239358)
Edition language: English
Original title: Lover at Last
Series: Black Dagger Brotherhood #11

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Synopsis:

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.

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My Rating: 6 stars and I only use a 5 star system

My Review:

Dear J.R. Ward,

Bloody Effing Hell!!!!  Are you effing kidding me???

Sincerely,

A BDB Slut

While I fully appreciate this introduction can lead one to believe I may not have enjoyed Lover at Last, let me assure you, I am more committed to this series than ever before.  Lover at Last is way worth the wait and I can’t believe it took me three days (Damn you, work!!) to read it.  Blay and Quinn’s story is not just what I have been hoping it would be but so, so much more.

From the very beginning Blay and Quinn are in a bad place and both have a butt-ton of emotional baggage to get through before they can truly be ready for one another and a real future together.  Quinn just can’t let go of how horribly his family treated him and how he has never truly felt as if he fits in or belongs anywhere.  Add to the emotional turmoil the fact that he has knocked up a Chosen and life among the Brotherhood has not slowed down one bit since the attempt on Wrath’s life and you have a recipe for disaster.  Blay is no better a position; his relationship with Saxton has all but run its course, he is constantly driven to distraction by Quinn’s relationship with Layla, and he just can’t seem to decide if Quinn is actually worth all the heartache he has caused.  Yet another recipe for disaster.

Typical of Ward’s Black Dagger series, the primary focus of the latest edition is broken up by chapters that advance some older sub-plots and introduce some new sub-plots and characters.  Also typical, all of the old and the new come together in a cohesive way to create yet another fantastic read.  Here’s the down and dirty:

*Xcor and his Band of Bastards are back in action and looking to advance their plans to take down Wrath and take his throne.  There is only one tiny little glitch in this plan, Xcor can’t stop thinking and dreaming about Layla, a woman he now considers to be his own and knows he can never have.

*Assail is still desperately trying to stay out of glymera politics all while dominating the cocaine market in Caldwell.  Business is booming as a new and very ambitious buyer/distributor (and new head of the Lessening Society) is looking to get in on the action.  There is only one tiny little glitch in this plan, Assail can’t stop thinking about the luscious and quite criminal Marisol, a young human woman sent to spy on him.

*Wrath is wicked pissed and looking to make some radical changes.  He knows it was Xcor and the Bastards who tried to kill him and he also knows the Old Laws are limiting the Brotherhood’s numbers and crippling them.  I must say, this little sub-plot is one of the highlights of the novel and is made all the more awesome by the fact that Ward is clearly not done with it 🙂

*Trez and iAm are finally starting to make a much larger appearance and living in the BDB mansion!  I have always been interested in these two deadly Shadows but have been given frustratingly little about them.  Turns out the two are incredibly interesting and I am very, very much looking forward to finding out more about them.  Especially iAm, gggggrrrrrr 🙂

Now while this may all seem like a little bit of a tangent it is in fact all tied to Blay and Quinn’s story.  Getting to their HEA is hampered at nearly every turn by events unfolding in all of the above sub-plots as well as their own individual drama.  It is, in fact, damned impressive that the two come through everything with some semblance of sanity.  After some pretty ugly fights, both between themselves and in the field, some intensely hot sex (holy crap those scenes are smokin’ hot!), and some terrifying emotional trips the two do finally get together and for the first time in his life, Quinn finally feels like he belongs.

The Bottom Line: Several years ago I heard a nasty rumor that the BDB was going to be complete with the release of book ten.  I am very, very, very happy to say that Ward is absolutely, positively not done with this series.  She constantly surprises me with the crap she cooks up in her head and then pours out into her novels.  In all honesty, I keep waiting for the series to disappoint me the longer it goes on but it never has.  (OK, that’s a teensy bit untrue, I think Phury is a whiner and his book pissed me off :))  Overall, Ward keeps things fresh and exciting with new sub-plots, new characters, and continually including and in some instances further developing older, beloved characters.  I meant it when I signed my introductory letter as being from “A BDB Slut”!  Boys and girls I have on my hooker boots and walking the streets with the BDB to the very end!

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