Friday, June 14, 2013

Book Review - Lover At Last by J.R. Ward

Lover at Last (Black Dagger Brotherhood, #11)
by J.R. Ward
Published 2013
604 Pages

The Black Dagger Brotherhood series has been one of my favorite series for the last few years. From my first introduction to Wrath in book #1, I was hooked on these bad boy vampires who fight to protect the world from the evil society of undead, known as Lessers. Each book has its own merit, its own unique story and cast, while keeping us in touch with the other characters along the way. 

Quinn, a young vampire with a troubled past, comes to the forefront in this book as a budding warrior working through issues of sexuality, becoming a father, true love, and coming to terms with his past. As Quinn gains confidence in himself, his world opens up with new possibilities: Can he accept love? Can he be the person he wants to be? Slowly, Quinn transforms to become someone he has a hard time recognizing. Moreover, those around him have a hard time recognizing him, too. 

I wanted more of the classic Brotherhood that was missing from this book. We were introduced to new characters, spent a lot of time with the Chosen, Layla, and spent too much time in medical offices and bedrooms dealing with unpleasant discussions over pregnancy, pain, and loss. I certainly don't mind hearing about the wild bedroom antics of the Brotherhood. But this was different. Somehow, it felt like there was nothing supernatural happening, and we were left with grumpy, unhappy couples who just needed some couples therapy. 

I am still a fan of J.R. Ward, and look forward to the next installment. You can't go wrong with her writing style, her clever phrasing, and her ability to bring you into a world and make it your own. I recommend this book to paranormal romance fans and loyal Brotherhood followers, even though (aside from the few bedroom scenes with Quinn and Blay) this book lacked some of the fire, passion, and magic that we have come to know, love, and expect from the Brotherhood.  

Reviewed by Stephanie