LOVER MINE by J. R. Ward [Review]

Lover Mine by J. R. Ward

J. R. Ward’s alpha-male vampire warriors return in the eighth book of the Black Dagger Brotherhood series, Lover Mine. This time it’s John Matthew’s turn to find love, the only problem is that the woman he is meant to be with, Xhex, is currently being held captive by his enemy, Lash. That’s a pretty big obstacle, but even larger problems loom if the two want to have a relationship. Both will have to overcome the abuse they suffered in the past, and the half-vampire/half-sympath Xhex will have to conquer the darker, self-serving side of her personality. Meanwhile, Blay continues to fight his attraction to Quinn (though I don’t get what he sees in the inconsiderate man-whore). Enter Quinn’s cousin, Saxton, who might be just the distraction that Blay needs. There are also flashbacks to the past where the reader learns more about how Darius and Tohrment first met, as well as a subplot involving a paranormal reality show.

Romance, action, a good story, Lover Mine delivers all that, and yet I still felt slightly disappointed. For me, it just didn’t live up to Rehvenge’s fantastic story in Lover Avenged, but it’s still a must read for fans of the series. My main problem with the book is that I’ve always felt like John Matthew, Quinn, and Blay were like the Black Dagger Brotherhood’s little brothers. They’re cute in small doses, but it’s the Brothers that I care about and they are barely in this book. I also thought I had become immune to the ridiculous alpha-male dialogue, but it really grated on me in this book. I think maybe Ward was trying a little too hard to make the younger characters sound hip and it backfired. However, I still really enjoyed Lover Mine and I admire how Ward managed to tie seemingly unrelated subplots into the main story. It’s funny how Black Dagger Brotherhood manages to entertain and annoy me at the same time, but there’s just something about this series that has sucked me in and won’t let go.

If you are new to the series, you definitely need to start at the beginning with Dark Lover. I recommend the BDB series to anyone who read Twilight and thought, what this needs is a lot more vampire sex. A word of warning, the language and content are explicit (f-bombs on nearly every page) so adult readers only.

Quotes from Lover Mine:

“No, you’ve got it all wrong, John.” Reading his emotions, she shook her head and eased back. “You’re not half the male you could be because of what was done to you. You’re twice what anyone else is because you survived.”

Some things are destined to be — it just takes us a couple of tries to get there.

I would hold you up. I will ever hold you up and hold you dear, lover mine.

Rating: 3.5 out of 5 Stars | Publisher: NAL Hardcover | Pages: 528 | Source: Purchased | Buy on Amazon

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