Author: J.R. Ward
Series: Black Dagger Brotherhood
Publisher: Signet 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.
continues from where the Lover Avenged
ended, with Xhex taken by the enemy (Lash, the son of all evil) and John Matthew desperately trying to find her. Needless to say, eventually she gets free, I am not giving spoilers here, and both: romance and revenge commences.
The book shows how Xhex and John learn to work together, overcome their pasts and build their future and while their journey was an interesting and mostly touching there were blocs on the road though. Both: for them and for me.
First of all, it was hard to believe Xhex would overcome her trauma so quickly. Actually what she got nightmares about, was the abduction that happened some twenty years ago and not the resent one. Also, when John found out what was done to her, his reaction was so not what I would have liked to witness. Probably typical male though. Xhex was the victim and yet, she had to console him. Because he was the one feeling awful. But mostly, I feel sad because their romance didn't grab me.
I mean, they seemed compatible and mostly did and said the right things, but the chemistry... either it wasn't there, or it just wasn't hot enough to singe the pages. I found myself skipping pages with their intimate encounters.
Another thing I could mention was the unresolved issue with John being Darius reincarnated. For the reader it was obvious (especially after reading all the books in BDB series), but never actually said outright and why couldn't John find out, was a mystery to me.
Which brings me to the other problem - the flash backs of Tohr and Darius some three hundred years ago. Or the eloquent language they used. I can honestly say I've read many historical romances and know the language and strange words they behold, but reading this, was definitely a new experience. All those sugarcoated polite words and intricate phrases to say simple things got my eyes rolling so often, they actually started to hurt. What more, the language in present day was more than shocking. J.R. Ward fans know her style, as do I, but there definitely should be limits for the f-bombs thrown, the slang and all those references to the pop culture. Because all it accomplishes is that the characters sound like illiterate street thugs. Lover Mine
had another side story, which connected with everything only in the very end. For almost the whole book the filming of paranormal reality show was a separate story, which felt like an interruption and even though in the end the mystery was resolved, I am not sure a few facts I learned from it, justified the whole new POV (point of view).
Oh, and since I am listing everything that got my attention, I should express a warning for the more conservative readers. Besides the fact that this is not a standalone book and the language is not exactly mild, there is some M/M action. Mild and not extensively graphical, but still there.
And the last thing, I couldn't believe how quickly Lash was defeated. There weren't even a handful of encounters with him. Lash was simply sleeping and peeling (what's with that? Was he supposed to become just like his father???). And when he was found, few minutes of battle and that's it. Plus, John's suicidal walk toward the danger was simply stupid, but I guess it's one of those things authors do when they want a certain ending and the path to it is simply to justify the outcome. (if John weren't injured because of his stupid actions, Xhex wouldn't have to reveal herself and everything would have been different).
All in all, Lover Mine
wasn't a bad read, but it wasn't J. R. Ward's best. That's for sure. However, after reading the chapters with Payne's story, I am anxious for her book. Hoping for the true fire there, the one I felt between Z and Bella in
-> Romance books
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