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Thursday 13 May 2010

Lover Mine by J. R. Ward

Title: Lover Mine
Series: The Black Dagger Brotherhood
Book #: 9 (I count the Guide)
Author: J. R. Ward
Pages: 528
Publisher: NAL Hardcover
Reading Level: Adult

The hot new novel in the Black Dagger Brotherhood by the #1 New York Times bestselling author

John Matthew has come a long way since he was found living among humans, his vampire nature unknown. Taken in by The Brotherhood, no one could guess what his true history was-or his true identity.

Xhex has long steeled herself against the attraction to John Matthew. Until fate intervenes and she discovers that love, like destiny, is inevitable.


I don't know how to approach this review since this is book #9 of The Black Dagger Brotherhood, but I guess I can start by saying that Lover Mine was awesome.

Welcome back to the worl of The Black Dagger Brotherhood. The Black Dagger Brotherhood is the only official group of warriors that defend the vampire race against the Lesser society; Lessers are normal humans who The Omega (The Lesser's God) kills so they can become part of his undead army; this lucky army is sterile, have super human strength, smell like baby powder, and almost of of them have the muscle but not the brains. This unique brand of vampires have an unique culture, religion and history. Not to mention the male and female population could make you drool.

This book concentrates on JM -John Matthew- the only character we have known since the very beginning of the story. John Matthew has a cloudy past, and his present plus future is not looking so bright either. The woman he loves has been abducted by his nemesis, and everyones' hope for her survival is minute, even Johns'. But even though this book concentrates on John we have a lot of other sub plots to concentrate on, like for example Payne (which I loooves), The Lesser Society's future (include Lash here), Thorment (another brother), and a few other things.

Lover Mine was, in a nutshell, not complete. I was expecting some things to happen that never did. The key to John's past never found a lock, it never opened the door, it never saw the light. There was so much tension, and I was so looking forward to it, but it never happened. It was a huge let down. This was John's turn to shine, and even though he did, sort of, it could have been much more.

But even though that certainly was a let down, the rest of the book was AWESOME. The basics for all the books are there (a male, a female, they fall in love and then have to overcome their circumstances to end up together) but J R Ward always has something new for us to not get bored with the same basics.

Xhex gets abducted, but even though the path of abduction has been used before (Lover Awakened) this time it was so much worse. Not going to tell you how, you read the book, but trust me, it was worse. So it's not repetitive and it won't annoy you.

Romance... Xhex and John are perfect for each other really. Though Xhex tries to deny their bond, and John tries to let go, well, who were they fooling really? Certainly not me! They both have inner and external demons they have to overcome, and they manage to help each other without going nuts. Not to mention just how hot they are together (there is EXPLICIT sexual content in these books, so you better watch out).

Subplots were present, and one of my favorites was Paynes'. At the beginning I didn't think much on her story because being on The Fade can certainly be boring, but she is worth giving The Fade a visit or two.

But there is yet another sub plot that was even MORE interesting than Payne's, that one is Blay's and Quinn's sub plot. Man, I love them both! They are just adorable and intriguing. I cannot wait till they have a book together, because if Lover Mine did something is making me believe that they are going to end up together.

I can't say much because this review could be such a spoiler to people who haven't started the series, but if you haven't pick this series up, for the scribe virgin's sake do it! I don't know what you've been waiting for, there is no other series I love more than this one. It has everything; it has action, it has romance, it has a powerful world, a magnificent plot, and amazing characters. I could talk about this book for days, but that would contain spoilers which I am trying so hard to avoid!

Bottom line is, I love the Black Dagger Brotherhood, and if you give it a try I bet you would love it too.

PS; If you haven't read this series I got some advice for you. DO NOT READ THIS BOOK FIRST, start with Dark Lover and move your way up.

PSS; Wrath and JM are taken. They are mine; you don't wanna mess with a bonded female ;)


  1. I've heard a lot about the series, but I never really bothered learning more about it. Now that I've read your review, I might give it a try. :P Great review!

  2. I have heard of this series, but haven't picked it up yet. I just might have to! Great review! :D

  3. This is not my favorite series but is a great one. I want this book, and reading your review made want it even more. Ahhhh!!! I read somewhere that Blay and Qhinn end up togheter. I was a little bit worried about the abduction of Xhex because of Lover AWakened but if you said is different from that one, it would be great.

    Does the book hint you with the possible female for Thor? For you is this one of the best book of the series?

    And dont worry about Wrath and JM, they are yours, mine are Rhage and V.

  4. This sounds like a pretty good series. And thank you so much for the warning about starting at the beginning! I can't tell you how many series I've accidently started halfway through because either I didn't know it was a series or someone blogged and forgot to mention it was a series and this was book # 4,5,6 etc. But great review and I'll have to check this one out I'm always looking for a good series or author with a lot of books because then you have more to love!!(:

  5. JM dethroned Z and V as my fav (although I still love them to pieces!). This is THE couple I've been waiting to read about, and I adored their story. We get some serious insight into the human psyche, how emotions can destroy us, and how the need for acceptance is dire. JM is a male of worth who pulled himself together to save his savior. He is sweet, strong, empathetic, and protective. He also embraces Xhex’s strength and courage, which seems to be a serious turn-on for him. No flimsy female for him!

  6. @midnightsaphirebooks I never try to look beyond what I see in these books, I like being surprised, but if I had to bet on one, maybe No One?

    And no, this is not the best book of the series. For me it goes Dark Lover, Lover Awakened, and then Lover Mine...

  7. I love the enthusiasm of your review. I happened to start Lover Avenged and then moved on to Love Mine... so I have the first 6 books of the series sitting on my book shelf unread!

    I love this series and the way things are NOT neat and wrapped in little bows.


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