Lover Mine by J.R Ward
Series: Black Dagger Brotherhood, #8
Warnings: mentions of rape
Genre: Fantasy | Romance | Paranormal
Age Range: Adult Audience
Format: Paperback, 528 pages
Published on April 27th 2010 by NAL
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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.
Another buddy read with Ruby @ Bookishly Ruby! You can check her review here.
Xhex grew on me but for the life of me I couldn’t care about her relationship with John enough. We’ve had way too many books with John’s POV that we already knew how he felt that Xhex would never care for him like he cares about her and we also knew about what happened the last time Xhex was really with someone, so I just couldn’t get invested.
We’ve had so many books John thinking he’s a lesser man because of his past but yet I hated how there had to be a scene where Xhex pointed out it didn’t make him lesser in his eyes. I hate this about Black Dagger Brotherhood world: females need to be protected and males can’t show any weakness. Also no one can different, like have different colored eyes like Qhuinn or even be raped if you’re part of glymera.
I feel like Lover Mine focused way too much on Blay and Qhuinn knowing that their book is coming which I’m actually afraid to reread. That was not a fun ride– but back to the point. I hurt for Blay but I also didn’t hate Qhuinn, yet. I did hate most of his actions, especially after we finally got to see a bit about what he really feels about Blay. I feel so bad for Layla and Saxton.
I hurt for Payne. I didn’t really understand why Scribe Virgin rather she suffered than let her go until she pretty much rather died than stayed with her mother anymore.
All in all this was my least favorite book of the series after Phury’s book. I just felt like this book didn’t give us much that we didn’t already get in earlier books until Blay started dating someone and Xhex and John finally mated. My favorite part of this book was the flashbacks with Darius, Tohr and the kidnapped female they were trying to find. Also I was surprised how happy I was to see how Darius met Fritz!