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{Review and Giveaway} Lover At Last (BDB #11) by J.R. Ward

Lover At Last (Black Dagger Brotherhood #11) by J.R. Ward
Publication Date: Mar 26, 2013
Publisher: Hachette Digital
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Summary: 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. (SOURCE)

Five Stars
Contemporary, Supernatural, Paranormal, Erotica, Male/Male, Romance
Adult content

Black Dagger Brotherhood is one of my favorite series’ … ever. I have my favorite couples that I ship, just like most other fans. Zsadist is my favorite of the brothers. Followed by JM, Rehv and Blay and Qhuinn, in no particular order. I have been anticipating this book for longer than I can remember. From the first time Blay and Qhuinn were introduced, I shipped them. As the series went on I continued to read just for little snippets of those two together.

I’ve always been a sucker for angst and heart break stories, and those two have always had both of those in spades. The kicker is, I always need an HEA so I have been holding my breath, hoping these two guys would get one.

When I first heard that the next full length novel in the series was actually going to be B/Q’s book, I was nervous and excited. In the past, we’d been told there would only be a novella for them and that bummed me out. There was so much potential, good and ‘bad’. Slowly, bits of info regarding the plot were revealed by Ward and I wasn’t sure how I’d react to some of the things.

Layla was fantastic. I was afraid I would hate her for being a big interference between Qhuinn and Blay. Happily, she was not what I assumed she’d be. Such a passionate, caring, sweet character she turned out to be. I found her desire to help Qhuinn find happiness to be endearing. She was strong too, not weak willed, as I had noticed of the Chosen in the past. Good for her for going after what she wanted most! I found myself wanting to ship her with Xcor.

And Xcor, damn, as much as I wanted to, I couldn’t hate him! The same was the case with Assail. Who’d have thought I would find myself absolutely loving the bad guys? Both of who have done terrible things to the Brotherhood.

The Brotherhood… they made me love them all even more, and I don’t know how that’s even possible because my adoration for them was super sized already. They are amazing males – warriors, hellrens, fathers,  full of compassion and love. Sigh.

But Blay and Qhuinn, y’all. Every scene between the two of them jumped off the page. Their chemistry and the UST was off the charts, as usual. I spent a lot of time blushing and fanning myself. I also wanted to hug both guys. And then shove them together for lots of kisses. There was so much misunderstanding between the two that I almost wanted to throw my kindle. I spent most of the book yelling at them “omg tell each other the truth!!!” These guys had more relationship drama than a male/female couple!

Mercy, did I love them both so much though. I went through the gamut of emotions through all eighty-two chapters and an epilogue. Sometimes I got frustrated when a chapter would end and the next one would switch to another story. In the end though, I was glad to get a mix of other characters. I’m not a huge fan of the lesser society stuff but obviously it needs to be there, otherwise, what would the Brothers be fighting? There wouldn’t be a real point in having the Brotherhood if the lessers and Band of Bastards too weren’t around.

Lover At Last was the first male/male full length book for me, though I’ve read short stories and fanfiction in the past. I loved seeing a different type of relationship though. When it’s all said and done, love is love. 

And since I loved LaL so much, I’m giving away a copy!!!


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