Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Review of Lover at Last by J.R. Ward - 5 stars!

Happy Wednesday!

Lover at Last was one of the most anticipated books released in spring 2013 for me and as soon it was out, I simply had to read it! It was a pure joyride! Here is my review.


Author: J.R. Ward
Title: Lover at Last
Series: Black Dagger Brotherhood
Imprint: NAL Hardcover
Publisher: Penguin Group
Publishing date: March 26, 2013
Genre: Adult: Paranormal, Romance, Fantasy
Source: Purchased from amazon.com

Summary:


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 review:

I was little disappointed with Thor's story and was afraid, that Lover at Last will continue on the same path as the last book in the series, but luckily that was not exactly the case. Thor was one of my favorite brothers and his story was flat for my taste, so I was very curious to see how J.R. Ward solved the love between Qhuinn and Blay.

I was so happy, that J.R. Ward did it again! Lover at Last was in the same level of a brilliantly written story as the first books in the BDB series. With that said, it seems that Black Dagger Brotherhood's brothers are all covered with their own books by now and it is going to be interesting to see, if more new brothers will show up in the future books. J.R. Ward built up the story in a way, that next book will probably NOT be about a brother, but about one of the other creatures introduced previously - either a Shadow or a Chosen or a vampire or a member of Glymera or Band of Bastards. Let's wait and see. And now, back to Qhuinn and Blay.

Plot and characters:

Lover at Last was a story of Qhuinn and Blay and it was not so much about if they ever would be together, but more about how they will end up together. The main storyline the novel dealt with is about Qhuinn finally finding an identity of his own and understanding what he wants and who he really is. He does not think he deserves Blay whom he deeply loves. And then there is Blay who has been hurt by Qhuinn one too many times, but they can't deny the heavy physical and also mental attraction between them.

What I disliked about the story?

It took them so long! Way too long! One of them is not telling the truth and the other is not talking about his feelings and that goes on for a while. There were times when I wanted to yell at them: For God's sake, MAN up!

What I loved about the story?

I loved basically everything else in the story. I loved that Qhuinn finds his place and becomes a brother. This is exactly what the BDB series is about:  about loyalty, braveness, being a warrior, being a brother! I absolutely adored how he tried to approach Blay with his softer side and opened up for topics that were painful for him. I loved how he grew with the story - looking back to his past (I loved the flashbacks by the way) and finally coming to terms with himself. What is there not to love about Qhuinn?!! A true male of worth!

I adored the relationship Blay had with his family and how they embraced Qhuinn as well. The scenes featuring Blay's family were heart-warming and very well written.

I was very happy to see all the other BDB brothers plus Lassiter plus Rehvenge showing up in Lover at Last. Wrath was awesome in Lover at Last! The scene where he speaks to Glymera was powerful, so you could actually feel his presence in the room as the greatest royalty ever! Surprisingly, there were less Lessers in this book and the main struggles went between the Brotherhood and the Band of Bastards and the Glymera.

There were few side stories in Lover at Least, which I enjoyed! I know that there are reviewers who hated the amount of story lines in Lover at Last, but I think they balanced the love story between Qhuinn and Blay. Otherwise the book would have been too short and too cheesy. We all knew they would be together and bringing them together could not be 400 pages long. So for me, the side stories were welcomed!

I haven't been the biggest fan of the Chosen ones, far from it! Layla turned me towards liking them little better. I truly hope the author finds a proper solution for her and Xcor in upcoming books. It's going to be very interesting to see the fate of Xcor - a guy who tried to kill the king, is the traitor and now finds himself in a position of respecting the Brotherhood for their treatment of Layla. Can't wait to read, what is going to happen to them.

I loved the cat-and-mouse game between Assail and Marisol. Assail is definitely a character whom I would love to hear much more about.

Favorite quotes:

"God, the idea that Blay could die tonight, right in front of him, on this run-of-the-mill assignment, made him want to stop all this defending the race bullshit and turn the fighter into a librarian. A hand model. Hairdresser."

"Shit. With Qhuinn looking at him like that, he couldn't remember his own name. Blaysox? Blacklock? Blabberfox? Who the fuck knew.. "You saved my daughter," Qhuinn whispered."

Generally:

I enjoyed it a lot. Even though I am a hard core fan of BDB series, I do welcome new characters and stories showing up in J.R. Ward's books. It was fun and entertaining page turner. I highly recommend it!
5 Flowers!



5 stars.

Happy reading!


 

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