The Author Visits Reviews J. R. Ward’s Lover at Last

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Black Dagger Brotherhood
J. R. Ward
Paranormal Romance
October 1, 2013

If you love vampires and haven’t had the chance to dig into the yummy world of the magnificent alphas of The Black Dagger Brotherhood, then are you in for a treat.

Ms. Ward has created a series that has some really good writing using a modern, urban voice. The books fall under the category of paranormal romance with plenty action mixed into the blend. She also explores social issues that cross over into her parallel world beautifully. It truly is a challenge to put her books down until you’ve read them from cover to cover.

Her 11th installment is the highly anticipated Lover at Last, the story of Qhuinn and Blay and Ms. Ward’s first foray into the Man / Man love story.

This is a story of unrequited love being fulfilled. For Qhuinn and Blay, the foundation of their love story begins with a tight childhood friendship, turns to animosity because of a slew of misunderstandings and finally, the two find true and deep love.

Blay has loved Qhuinn for as long as he can remember, but the feelings aren't mutual and instead, Blay shares a long-term relationship with Qhuinn's cousin, Saxton in order to get over his feeling for his best friend.

Qhuinn on the other hand has always wanted a family that loves and accepts him unconditionally and finds a counterpart in the Chosen Layla who becomes pregnant with Qhuinn's young.

Blay is broken hearted and that's where all hope is lost for these two.

But what Blay doesn't know is how Qhuinn truly feels and it takes time for this epiphany to come to the surface. 

I gave the book 5 stars because as a writer, I understand the importance of layering and pacing. The ancillary story lines (Band of Bastards, Assail, Trex, Xcor, Lessers) set the stage for future releases and in true J. R. Ward style, we flip back and forth between the core story and the side stories and that's tough to do and carry it forward book after book. I applaud her ability and hence the rating.

But I do have concern in the development and evolution of the emotional versus the physical bond between these two men. I wanted organic and waited for that connection to happen. Instead, we have a lot of rough sex and at some point, bam, they've found love.

I absolutely adore Blay. He has always been one of my favorite characters. He is loving, steadfast and loyal to Qhuinn and for him, I cried and cheered.

Then there is Qhuinn. He has been an outcast his entire life. His family abhorred him for being different and essentially disowned him. He is broken and searching for something to make him whole. I was angry for Qhuinn and felt his hurt.

The coming together of these two men was long overdue and I was ecstatic when finally, with blessings from the Brotherhood and Blay's loving parents, they made the commitment to solidify their union and become one.

Ms. Ward is a talented writer. Although sometimes, I do get turned off by some of the “urban” or “street” language she uses because she tries too hard. Still, I enjoy her writing style. She uses explicit language so fair warning. Also, there are plenty of steamy sex scenes so if you don’t like the erotic, BDSM or aren’t into Man / Man love scenes, then frankly, don’t bother reading this series.

Here is my top ten reasons to read this book:

10.  just enough man on man sex to satiate the appetite but not too over-the-top to be a turn-off.

9.  a quintessential romance with plenty of edginess.

8.  loyalty and unconditional love — the brothers always take care of their own.

7.  wrath’s speech — beware oh treacherous one.

6.  qhuinn to the rescue.

5.  wrath’s revision of the ancient brotherhood laws.

4.  qhuinn’s induction into the brotherhood.

3.  qhuinn’s agonizing reveal about his feelings for blay.

2.  blay’s parents.

1.  qhuinn and blay FINALLY living happily ever after.


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The Author Visits Reviews J. R. Ward’s Lover at Last

About J.R. Ward

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Jessica Rowley Pell Bird was born on 1969 in Massachusetts, USA. She is the daughter of Maxine F. and W. Gillette Bird, Jr. She began writing as a child, penning her thoughts in diaries as well as inventing short stories. She read her first Harlequin Presents novel in a rose garden when she was in her teens. She was hooked immediately. By the time she went to college, she had boxes and boxes of Harlequins and Silhouettes. Every year, her mother would ask why all those books had to live in the house and Jess would reply that if even one of them disappeared she would know. (She’d catalogued them.)

Jess finished her first romance manuscript the summer before her freshman year of college. She attended Smith College and graduated with a double major in history and art history. She then received a law degree from Albany Law School. Shortly after that, she began working in the healthcare industry in Boston. She spent many years as one of the premier medical center’s Chief of Staff. While working as a lawyer in Boston, she completed two novels more and started a number of partials. In 2001, Bird married John Neville Blakemore III. Both her mother and her new husband kept telling her to send something in to an agent, a publisher, the Tooth Fairy, anyone. She thought they were nuts, but eventually got her nerve up and bought a lot of stamps. Since getting published, she has written contemporary romances as Jessica Bird and paranormal romances as J. R. Ward. She has been a Rita Award finalist, received two Romantic Times Reviewer’s Choice nominations and has been a HOLT medallion finalist.

New England born and bred, Jess is surprised to find herself living south of the Mason Dixon line. (But that’s what happens when you marry a Southern gentleman.) She and her husband live with their golden retriever, who oversees her writing in a supervisory role.

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  1. This review makes me want to dig into this book! Complete, well written and motivated. Thanks for the recommendation. And I love the site. It’s clean, attractive, and easy to navigate. Congrats!

  2. JD Spero says:

    Love the top ten!

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