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Lover At Last: A Novel of the Black Dagger Brotherhood Hardcover – March 26, 2013
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About the Author
J.R. Ward is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of numerous novels, including the Black Dagger Brotherhood series. She lives in the South with her family.
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As for the sex scenes, they were ridiculous. It seems that Ms. Ward may not have been comfortable with or informed about gay men's intimacy. I am utterly disappointed with the series development and will no longer follow it.
I haven't written in-depth book reviews for a long time now, mostly because I just don't have the time, so without throwing spoilers out into cyberspace, I'd say this book was phenomenal and if you love the Brotherhood boys, you'll love this book as well. JR Ward's and Patricia Briggs' writing always inspires me to better my own, and ideas come out of my brain faster than I can track. The writing is always stellar and full of emotion. Quinn and Blay had me yelling at them, laughing with them, and crying for them.
So many things happen with all the characters and I do not want to give anything away so I will just say, that this book, like all the rest is filled with angst, betrayal, love, lust, murder and everything else a great plot can throw at you! Written in J.R. Ward's perfect writing style, I know I will re read this again, and I am so glad I found this series!
I gave this book 5 Stars and both listened and read the book.
THE STORY: Qhuinn has loved his friend Blay for years but has denied the attraction afraid of adding being gay to his other perceived "imperfections". Despite the fact that he has impregnated the Chosen Layla, Qhuinn finally has reached the point of admitting that he wants Blay. At the same time, Blay has apparently moved beyond his own attraction to Qhuinn after years of unrequited love. Blay is in a relationship with Qhuinn's cousin. Despite the relationships pulling them in different directions, Blay and Qhuinn cannot deny the passion that exists between them.
OPINION: After being thoroughly engage in Qhuinn and Blay's story in the last couple of books, I was a bit disappointed by how things went in this book. First, I think that if you haven't read the other books in this series, this book fails to make the romance compelling. I think the most dramatic and emotionally compelling part of their story took place in prior books and without those portions here, the angst just dragged on rather than move the story forward.
I felt the story was "Q&B don't talk to one another", sex, "Q&B don't talk to one another", sex, etc, etc. until "I love you" and HEA. What I didn't like was that it felt like the two always loved one another, Qhuinn had made the significant breakthrough in admitting his feelings in the previous book and all that was keeping them apart at this point was lack of saying "I love you."
Despite that, there were moments between Qhuinn and Blay that I really liked and the longtime connection between these characters gave depth and significance to them finally finding their path to one another. I'd give a 5 to their entire journey together, but only a 4 to this book alone.
Of course, there is not only one storyline in this book.
The continuing storyline about the Band of Bastards attack on Wrath's reign is accelerating in preparation for the next book of the series which revisits Wrath and Beth's relationship. The intriguing relationship between Xcor and Layla also continues here. A new relationship appears on the horizon between the drug dealer vampire Assail and his "burglar". Finally, someone from Qhuinn's past unexpectedly reappears and thus a new storyline is born.
Overall, I enjoyed this book. I will reread it later and perhaps my opinion will evolve after I get over some of my expectations disappointment.
WORTH MENTIONING: The Lesser Society has made a welcome reappearance after being mere fodder for the vampires to kill in the last few books.
CONNECTED BOOKS: LOVER AT LAST is the eleventh book in the Black Dagger Brotherhood series. This series has intertwined stories which cover a number of books. A single book has multiple viewpoints. Qhuinn and Blay's story takes place over a number of book merely culminating here.
STAR RATING: I give this book 4 stars.