Review: Lover Mine by J.R. Ward

Posted September 20, 2012 by Carmel in Carmel, Paranormal Romance, Reviews / 9 Comments

Lover Mine by J.R. Ward
Title: Lover Mine
Series: Black Dagger Brotherhood #8
Author: J.R. Ward
Publisher: Signet
Format: Mass market, 656 pages
Published: November 30, 2010
ISBN #: 9780451231550 / 0451231554
Genre: Paranormal Romance
My Copy: purchased
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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.

I officially have four favourite books in this series (so far) and Lover Mine is on that list. Don’t ask me to rank them because that’ll probably he harder than pulling teeth. Seriously! It’s amazing that the eighth novel is just as good as the first; I can say this with certainty because Dark Lover is also on my above mentioned list. It’s rare for a series to maintain its momentum over time and even more so for it to actually increase. Xhex and John Matthew’s story is something else, let me tell ya! In Lover Mine, old wounds are laid bare, the duo fights as hard as they f*#k and the emotions are i-n-t-e-n-s-e.

J.R. Ward’s books always have multiple plot lines but I found this installment to be a little different that its predecessors. Instead of building on another character’s back-story we end up tagging along with the human cast of a ghost hunters TV show which was a real head scratcher for me. I couldn’t figure out where the heck Ward was going with their side story. To be honest, they kinda annoyed me. That is, up until the end when everything comes together in a big “well duh” moment. Then I LOVED the secondary plot and regretted every bad thought that I had about the human characters. Way to make me feel guilty J.R.!

The similarities between Xhex and John Matthew’s past are staggering. These two were definitely cut from the same cloth and ultimately, meant for each other. It was so heartbreaking watching JM walk down memory lane and the fact that he did so with a sympath who can feel his every emotion made it all the more real. Then it was Xhex’s turn to face her demons and my heart went through the wringer with her as well. The good thing about the way that this story is laid out is that even though there are a lot of downs, there are a lot of ups too. Their deepening connection, their physical need for each other, and of course, their passionate love making. This book really has it all and I don’t think that I’ve felt this fulfilled after finishing a novel in a long, long time.

I liked that this book focuses more on Xhex and John Matthew instead of bouncing around as is typical of the novels in this series. If any Black Dagger Brotherhood couple deserves a full 656 pages it’s this one. I enjoyed the complexity and the depth of Lover Mine. That’s not to say that I didn’t enjoy the Darius/Tohr flashbacks and the Qhuinn/Blay drama is definitely an attention grabber but I was happy that the spotlight never strayed from JM and Xhex. I would have felt like I was betraying their confidence or that Ward was downplaying the importance of their tale.

Lover Mine is blisteringly hot, devastatingly raw and just plain WOW. I’m not sure how Payne and Dr. Manuel Manello’s story is going to be able to compete with this one but right now my confidence in J.R. Ward’s writing is sky high.

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Recommendation: Anyone who gets weak in the knees over tormented heroes or off the charts sizzling bedroom action.
Like this, like that: The Sweetblood series by Laurie London, the Demonica series by Larissa Ione and the Night Huntress series by Jeaniene Frost.

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9 responses to “Review: Lover Mine by J.R. Ward

  1. I am probably going to get yelled at but I just was not that into this book. John Matthew was never a big deal to me. I don’t know its weird. I found myself skimming this book a lot. I read it before blogging and I read all the books before really close together. So maybe I was just burnt out and didn’t give it a fair shot.

    I am glad you loved it though. Never seen anyone that hasn’t.

    Oh my favorites are the first 3 books. In case you were wondering.

  2. Mmmmm, yeah! I gave this one 5/5 stars, too! It is one of my favourites in the series. I’m glad you’re enjoying the series as much as I do, Carmel!

  3. I’ve only read the first 3 books in the series but I own all of the books that are currently released. I really like JM and I can hardly wait until I get to his book. Personally, so far anyway, my favorite book is Lover Awakened.