Lover Mine by J.R. Ward
*Has a bit of Spoilers though*
- Hardcover: 528 pages
- Publisher: NAL Hardcover; 1st edition (April 27, 2010)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0451229851
- ISBN-13: 978-0451229854
In the darkest corners of the night in Caldwell, New York, a conflict like no other rages. Long divided as a terrifying battleground for the vampires and their enemies, the city is home to a band of brothers born to defend their race: the warrior vampires of the Black Dagger Brotherhood.
John Matthew has come a long way since he was found living among humans, his vampire nature unknown to himself and to those around him. After he was taken in by the Brotherhood, no one could guess what his true history was- or his true identity. Indeed, the fallen Brother Darius has returned, but with a different face and a very different destiny. As a vicious personal vendetta takes John into the heart of the war, he will need to call up on both who he is now and who he once was in order to face off against evil incarnate.
Xhex, a symphath assassin, has long steeled herself against the attraction between her and John Matthew. Having already lost one lover to madness, she will not allow the male of worth to fall prey to the darkness of her twisted life. When fate intervenes, however, the two discover that love, like destiny, is inevitable between soul mates.
Lover Mine… John Mathew… Xhex… Blay… And Qhuinn… If you want to know more about the “Brothers” in general—do not go for this book. The story centers on JM and Xhex. How JM is desperate to find Xhex, and how she is desperate to run away from Lash. After that happens, they open up to each other and we start knowing more about their pasts and their quest of finding Lash. Throughout the story we see how the relationship with Qhuinn and Blay is straining, and also we start knowing about Payne.
That is it—the whole book about JM and Xhex. First of all, J.R. Ward’s writing is still engaging as ever, I really like the way she writes; it makes everything easy to picture. The thing is: I wanted more of the Brothers. The only one we get to see, and it is from Payne’s perspective, is Wrath. I liked Payne, I wished we could have seen more of her. Also, Blay and Qhuinn were the ones who made this book interesting—I cannot wait to see what is going to happen with Layla. (I feel so mean, she is so innocent, yet I could not stop laughing at that.)
Something else that I liked a lot: the background story with Darius and Tohrment! I kept wishing to read more of it with every passing page. I still think that there is more to JM than just being Darius’ son. Yes, I stick to my theory that maybe it is Darius that came back again. I guess I can say I have mixed feelings about Lover Mine.
I was disappointed in many ways. The thing that bugged me the most was the Sign Language thing with Xhex—How was it possible that she learned everything just walking to another room in the house? I mean, it is okay if it was just the alphabet, but how can she understand those speeches JM throws at her? For real? You do not go just by the alphabet when it comes to the ASL… Sorry.
The other thing was: how, in the name of everything that is good, did everyone end up knowing that Lash was the Omega’s son? I admit that I got lost at some points and wanted to go back and read to see how they got to realize some things. I understand that maybe I just had really high expectations—but I still think that there was something missing somewhere between the lines.
Overall, the book was engaging, captivating and it flowed nicely despite the bumps and holes. I liked Xhex’s character. I cannot wait to see what is going to happen next. Also, what about Qhuinn’s brother? Lash said he had him frozen, was it?