Sunday, March 9, 2014

Review: Love At Last (Black Dagger Brotherhood, Book 11) by J.R. Ward


Synopsis from Back of Paperback:

Qhuinn, some of no one, is used to being on his own.  Disavowed from his bloodline, shunned by the aristocracy, he has found an identity as a brutal fighter 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 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, that 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 learns the true meaning of courage, and two hearts meant to be together finally become one.

Book Details:

Series: Black Dagger Brotherhood (Book 11)
Mass Market Paperback: 640 pages
Publisher: Signet (October 1, 2013)
ISBN-10: 0451418808
ISBN-13: 978-0451418807
Product Dimensions: 7.2 x 4.4 x 1.5 inches


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Sapphyria's Review:

One of the most anticipated installments of the Black Dagger Brotherhood, Lover At Last, was everything I expected and wanted out of Qhuinn and Blay's story.  Qhuinn is on the verge of becoming a father with the Chosen, Layla, but it's being kept on the down low.  Except, a medical emergency blows the lid off of their secret.  This event forces Qhuinn to reassess his life and who and what he wants.  Totally supportive of Layla, he also realizes that the person he truly wants to spend the rest of his life with is currently in a relationship with his cousin, Saxton.

Blay is tired of the going through the motions of a relationship with Saxton.  He enjoys the company of Saxton but his heart is not in the relationship...At All.  Blay's heart resides in a room down the hall with the fighter currently tending to his pregnant Chosen.  Sick and tired of pining over the man who made it clear there is no relationship to be had, Blay stayed in the relationship with Saxton for the companionship and acceptance.  That is...until now.

The road to Qhuinn and Blay's happily ever after is long, emotional, and wrought with misunderstandings and secrecy.  There are tragic events that unfold that force Qhuinn to accept that he's in love with another male, one that he wants with every ounce of his being.  Their actions, from the start of the book to the end of the book, are so emotional.  J.R. Ward has such a fantastic way of weaving realistic scenes.  The reader has no choice but engage with, relate to, and fully immerse themselves in every aspect of her novels.

We get a better glimpse at Assail and his role within the world created by J.R. Ward.  He has a stalker that ultimately becomes very important to him on a level that he's less than comfortable with.  He also realizes that his drug buyers aren't who he thought they were.  It appears that the enemy wants what he has.

The Brotherhood Mansion also gets new occupants, the Brothers can prove who tried to assassinate Wrath at Assail's compound, and the person responsible for the pending war between the throne and those who wish to take over finds himself wishing that everything was different.  We have many threads that take off in several directions.  Some intersect and some run parallel to the plot.  This series is intense on many levels and draws the reader in from the start.

I'm very excited for the next book in the series, The King, Book 12.

In lieu of a quote I'm going to discuss one of the teasers that J.R. Ward posted on her Facebook wall prior to the release of Lover At Last:

The teaser involves a seriously wounded warrior and his shellan.  

As Qhuinn landed the Cessna in the backyard of the mansion, all he could think about was making sure the Brother in his care makes it to the ground safely for the sake of the Brother's family.  As the Brother's shellan screams his name while at the same time running toward the plane, the same emotions that I felt while reading the teaser bubble back up.  This is one of the most heart wrenching passages in all 11 of the novels.  

My anxiety level was very high as I read up to this part.  The thought that one of the Brothers is seriously injured and could potentially die is almost too much to bear.


Lover At Last is another fantastic installment of our favorite sexy vamps of the Black Dagger Brotherhood. As with the rest of the books, this novel isn’t solely based around the hero or heroine of the day. We still get the everyday actions of the entire clan with cameos of all the Brothers and their shellans.  What really sets this book apart from the other others, though, is that even though there are multiple plot lines, I didn't ever feel like they overshadowed our main couple, Qhuinn and Blay.  

All throughout the stories in the series the vampires also deal with their hunters, the Lessers--baby powder fresh and willing to die for the Omega’s cause. It’s important to keep the civilian vampires safe and to do that takes the Brotherhood into dangerous situations and continuously risking their lives. And  they still have the Band of Bastards to reckon with.

Welcome to the Brotherhood Mansion…you’ll be lucky to find it and if you do, you probably won’t have the option of leaving.

Please note that this book contains "adult scenes" and language.

Review Copy Courtesy Of:  My Own Bookshelf

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