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3.0 out of 5 stars Tea: I doubt I want more then just a half, August 2, 2010
This review is from: Lover Mine (Black Dagger Brotherhood, Book 8) (Hardcover)
Overall, not as good as I had hoped, it was a reasonable read scattered with a few nuggets.
The major reason I read this book, was to follow the series. I find it interesting to note that quite a few authors (Kim Harrison, JK Rowling) I've come across now, seem to have some story issues with their books, if their series go beyond three or four books. I'm not sure if they get bored, tired, or just plain done with their series? I can only guess. It's a good safety tip for aspiring writer's who have a series, always end your series before you loose the passion for it and end up writing a mediocre book.
Each book in the series follows a different Brotherhood Warrior when they stumble across their shellan (vampire term for what we humans might call a soul mate or partner) and their internal struggle to settle down with that woman as they fight the forces of evil in their world (namely the Lessening Society). This story follows John Matthew (not yet a member of the Brotherhood) and his object of affection, the kidnapped female, Xhex. I won't recap the entire story here, since plenty of other reviewers have done that.
Things I really liked about this book. I really liked Xhex. I thought she was a fantastic character, though her sudden turn into a blubbering female, did seem a little well, all the sudden for my taste. I would have preferred if it had been a little more gradual, to help with the believability of such a dramatic shift in a characters persona. I did like the relationship with Qhuinn and Blay. But I felt the lack of exploration in that tension a let down (I had the same issue with Butch and V). If you bring it up in your story, then you should do something with it, otherwise, for me, it's a distraction to the story. I understand building tension in a story, and not everything is going to work out for every character. I felt maybe the author was uncomfortable exploring it, or perhaps didn't want to alienate her audience with guy on guy action. Again, I don't know. It just felt a little lame in the story.
I did like John Matthew's character in previous books, but I didn't love him in this one. I agree with another reviewer who said they felt he was acting like juvenile. I expected to finally see (read) him as a grown man.
I didn't get the insertion of Payne into the story either. I found her distracting to the main story. And I missed the interaction with the other Brother's, and their respective story lines.
I also had some issues with John and Xhex's relationship. I was fine with their relationship in the previous books, but this one, the character's seemed to be altering their personality, a contradiction to how they were portrayed in previous books. And like other reviewers, I too found the sexual tension lacking, seriously. One of the main jewels this series had when it started, you could almost cook on egg on the pages themselves, the tension was so hot. Not anymore it seems.
If you're following the series, you may want to read this, or maybe not.
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