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Lover At Last: A Novel of the Black Dagger Brotherhood Hardcover – March 26, 2013
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And it's in this that you have to tip your hat to Ward completely. Very few romantica writers have both the publishing ability to warrant a major release whose book centers around two male characters, & as rabid as the fanbase is about their "Qhuay," this becomes one of those novels that seems impossible to write & still live up to the standards she's set for us in the previous ten novels. But Ward did it by showing us a side to a character that we all thought we knew so well: Qhuinn. He's what's driven their relationship to ruins, & in the end, he's the one that can make it whole. And by the end of "Lover At Last," you see Qhuinn so completely, that if you didn't understand why an "aristocratic gentlemale" like Blay would love the "tattooed orphan with a metal fetish," you not only understood, you were in completely in love with him too.
Which explains why the graphic scenes in this book could be most classified as "love scenes." One of the big questions about "LAL" was if Ward was going to bring this book's sex scenes to the same detailed level as her previous books. And she doesn't; but if anything, the story is better for it.Read more ›
Anyone who has kept up with the series knows that Blay and Qhuinn are both completely in love with each other; and both feel like a relationship is completely impossible. After all, as the book begins, Blay is in a long-term relationship with Qhuinn's cousin Saxton. And Qhuinn has just gotten Layla pregnant. Not exactly a clear path to happiness. But Layla's pregnancy is a rocky one, and surprisingly, this is what begins to clear the path to a Qhuay pairing.
I don't want to spoil too much about the book, but I'll give you some broad strokes. I'll start with what didn't work for me. The biggest problem was the nature of the conflict between our heroes. Yes, there actually were some obstacles there at the beginning. But as the book progressed, I felt like the biggest thing standing between Qhuinn and Blay were... Qhuinn and Blay. If the two of them had been honest with each other in, say, Chapter 5 or so, there would have been little need for all of the angst that followed. Blay could have --and should have-- come clean about what was happening with Sax. Just as Qhuinn should have stopped playing the martyr and copped to his real feelings. (Just so you know, I blame Blay more than Qhuinn here.) It was overly prolonged and at times, even felt contrived.
Big issue number two: all the cut-scenes. I forgot how much these drove me crazy in the earlier books. Back then, it was all Lesser POV. Now, the scenes are divvied up between Assail, Trez, and --to a lesser extent-- the Band of Bastards.Read more ›
Considering that this is book 11 in the BDB series, I thought the pace of the book was as good as the first. The "main" story that everyone has been waiting for, about Blaylock and Qhuinn finally becoming a couple, missed the mark. Blay allowing Qhuinn to continue to think that he was still with Saxton all the while they where physical together is so not who I feel Blay was/is. Not to mention the fact that they did not have a "mating" ceremony. Very disappointed with this.
JR WARDen wants us to feel that she is "cutting edge", with mentioning "name" brands of clothing, jewels, music and even having a gay love story. But, unfortunately she took the "cowards" way out with Blay and Qhuinns story by NOT giving them their Mating ceremony. Why didn't Qhuinn have a "bonding" scent?
Also, the fact that there where so many "hanging" character stories, obviously for the purpose of future books did not sit well with me. Sadly, I think I'm done with this series. I would rather stop now and still feel good about the series overall then to continue spending my hard earned money and wind up being annoyed/frustrated.
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I've been reading this series for years, and this review is long overdue, I've re-read this book at least 5 times. This book is honestly my favorite! Read morePublished 4 days ago by Alexis L. Baker
Love this series! Long time fan of paranormal romance and action books, good to see an author stay true to her craft and keep the series alive without compromising her own writing... Read morePublished 6 days ago by Ann-Louise
Wish the main characters of this book had more presence. There was too much of the other story lines.Published 12 days ago by Rhonda
FINAL DECISION: I was happy that Qhuinn and Blay finally got their HEA but I thought this story lacked something perhaps because the most dramatic parts of their story took place... Read morePublished 13 days ago by Sheila M
I loved all the black dagger brotherhood books. Keep them coming . I really like them . thanks a lot😁Published 16 days ago by Amazon Customer