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Lover at Last (Black Dagger Brotherhood # 11) by J.R. Ward
Qhuinn, son of no one, is used to being on his own. Disavowed from his bloodline, shunned by the aristocracy, he has finally found an identity as one of the most brutal fighters 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 to be 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: The male has found his perfect match in a Chosen female, and they are going to have a young—just as Qhuinn has always wanted for himself. It’s hard to see the new couple together, but building your life around a pipe dream is just a heartbreak waiting to happen. As he’s learned firsthand.
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 finally learns the true definition of courage, and two hearts who are meant to be together… finally become one.
This is a book you either really love or don’t. The reviews are strong in both directions. In other words.. it is up to you.
I was disappointed. I was confused. I felt a little let down by the author.
LAL was disappointing because I had a preconceived idea of how I hoped this book would unfold and it just didn’t do it. I wanted a lot more of Blay and Quinn and less side threads. That was not what I got. Quinn did not let me down, however, because he was the star of that thread and Blay took a bit of a backseat in the storyline. Blay’s parents made his story thread a success.
The love scenes between these two were very energetic and well described but they lacked the passion I had hoped for. This was due to the lack of emotional commitment on the parts of each of the lovers. Something always held them back just that last little bit. The HEA wasn’t bad, but again missing a sense of completion. There was a ring, there was a party, there was a ceremony but NOT the way you would think for any of them.
I was confused because the book had more than seven character threads running at the same point in time. The dictionary Ward provides at the beginning served no purpose in clearing up the confusion I had in the early stages of reading. There was a thread for Quinn, Blay, Layla, Assail, Trez, Sola, Brotherhood of Bastards, Xcor, the Lessers and a few others. Do you remember Trez’s story or what a shadow is? If so, you may be fine with the story. I found all of these threads both confusing initially, and detracting from Quinn and Blay. Beth, the queen, played a bigger part in the story and it was nice to spend some time with her. The multiple story lines left some endings dangling so the desire to read more BDB is definitely there.
All in all to me, Ward didn’t do Blay justice, barely did Quinn justice and just tried to do too much in one book.
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