Review: Lover At Last by J. R. Ward

Lover At Last
Black Dagger Brotherhood Series
by J.R. Ward
Gay, Spicy Paranormal Romance

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.

Plot: 5

Sex: 3.5 (The sex moved the story but I would have liked a little more naughty. And for only two actual scenes its was good. If she ever decides to write the scene at the Iron Maiden, I would sell your left kidney to read it.)

Overall Enjoyment: 4 (Great book, need to read the previous one before this one though.)

Blay and Qhuinn’s relationship was volatile at best in the beginning. It was almost if Qhuinn was self destructing while they watched. I didn’t read Lover Revealed, so for a few chapters I thought maybe I should. But as the book progressed I felt it wouldn’t be necessary. There was enough information, that you could glean what happened in the last book. (As a side note, you might want to go back and read it for the back story.)

On a serious note, I think this book reflects the political climate that is happening around us. Gay marriage, relationships and pretty much anything non-traditional is frowned upon. Why can’t we all get along? Because I have yet to rise to power, *evil laugh* Muhahahaha! *looks around at minions and says “Laugh damn-it!”* But if I have learned anything from reading romance novels it’s this, “Love conquers all, but if not at least you won’t die alone”.

Well as expected Ward gives us a gut buster of a book. At 591 pages the number of plot twists, sexy innuendos, kick ass new characters, and some familiar ones, are pretty high. Reminds of of reading the Game of Thrones books, except the people I like don’t die. But nothing tops the fact that Qhuinn and Blay finally have their book. YAY! (happy dance) Layla is in it too, she has a larger more intense  role yet to play. And that book is a shit storm waiting to happen.

From what I can tell, shit is going to be going down big in the next few books. Decrees and backstabbing is to be had by all. And I fear that with The Warden’s track record of doing unorthodox things to the fictional family we know and love, we may lose our minds a few times but the ride will be worth it..




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