This is Book 11 of the Black Dagger Brotherhood Series by JR Ward, and it is mostly a m/f series. However, since the beginning there have been hints and suspicions about a couple who were into each other – thus gay or at least bi.
If you haven’t read the series, don’t bother with this. It will barely make sense and it will undoubtedly make you crazy.
I was a devoted fan for the first several books, but lost interest once I realized the very repetitive nature of each story and I began to feel the author was spending less time on developing a tightly weaved, character driven story, and began focusing on getting longer and longer books out there with more violence and repetitive sex scenes than anything else.
However… when I saw she had finally paired up the two Vamps who’d been showing gay leanings… and I saw the backlash… and I’m a sucker for these guys… I had to read it.
Welllllll – there were parts that I adored. I loved the hugely masculine and mind altering sex these guys had. Scorching (if not terribly plausible – I don’t think lube was ever mentioned and they pretty much had anal sex every time they touched.)
I loved the deep soul searching and the way these guys finally had a heart to heart and got TOGETHER – AT LAST.
But – there was way more that I did not adore. Frankly I skimmed.
There were so many subplots and entire other couples and couples with other couples and babies and drama and drama and more drama.
It was too much.
If this had been more focused on these guys, their relationship and their immediate exes, etc it would have been a tightly written and probably excellent addition to the series.
I kinda felt like JR Ward didn’t just fully commit to writing the m/m book she wanted – maybe it was her publishers her editors … who knows. But it ended up watering down their love story to a sort of side show and also minimalized all the other couples’ stories as well.
So – I have to say I gave up on the series at this point, I was glad to see the boys got their sappy ending, but I really didn’t see investing more time in the series. Especially since I enjoy m/m so, so much more.
I got the audio book because – Thank God – it was narrated by a man – and the sample sounded excellent.
He did a terrific job! He does accents and emotions and doesn’t shy away from the sexy times either.
On the whole, I think the audio version makes the entire book more palatable, though less easy to skip over the stuff I wanted to skip.
I give the book a solid 3 for at least attempting to break out of the “norm” in her genre, the audio a 5 for being awesome, and an overall score of 4 for entertainment value.
I loved the love story of Qhuinn and Blay. It has been a long torture to witness Blay struggle with his unrequited love for so many books before this one. The author did justice to the story as Qhuinn suffered so much in this book that I was right there with Blay in forgiving him. So romantic and hot - and I'm a heterosexual female. Awesome love story. I can't help
Wishing I was a vampire now. I guess we can all just try to be a little more like the brothers and their Shellans.
I have been obsessed with this series! When Qhuinn and Blay were introduced a few books ago, I literally counted down the minutes, chapters, and words until I could get to Lover at Last! So Good! A definite multiple listen for sure.
Quite honestly, this is my favorite paranormal series--every story has been riveting, excellent narration, phenomenal characters that are interesting, funny, and best of all, it's totally hot hot hot! As for Lover at Last, if you're not ok with M/M romance, this may be one to bypass. If you're ok with that, then get ready to have your world rocked!
Definitely credit worthy!
I love this series and was expecting a great story, but it was just ok. A lot of bits and pieces of other characters life took away from the story. I was not impressed.
Again and again and again and again! Why? Because JR Ward has not written book 12 yet. I have listened to all 11 books and have absolutely loved everything about them. I've fallen in love with the characters and anxiously looked forward to my drive to/from work so that I could listen to their stories. I even secretly wished for more traffic, so that I could listen longer. Jim Frangione is a fantastic narrator, who embedded clear and beautiful images of each of the characters as well as their surroundings into my brain and my heart. I feel like I got to know them and now they're gone. I wonder what they're up to and I miss them every day.
Books 1-10 of the Black Dagger Brotherhood series. There's no comparison to any other book.
Trying to pick a favorite brother is like asking which one of your kids you love more. It's not possible. I loved them all and Jim Frangione did an amazing job depicting them!
Yes and no. I could have stayed up all night listening to it, but then I would have had no more to listen to. I'm considering going back to book 1 and re-listening to them all again, while awaiting the next one (please let it be soon!).
Heartfelt love story.
Quinn, because of his self discovery.
Love belongs to everyone...
Another in a great line of chronicles of the Black Dagger Brotherhood!! J.R. Ward never let's me down!!!
Currently, at the top of the list. I have never reviewed any of the books I got from Audible but JR Ward's BDB does it for me. I waited for Qhuinn and Blays story and was not disappointed. It reeled me in and I laughed, cried, screamed and fought right along side them.
The Narrator did a good job!
The sex/love sceens were moving and very exciting. Jr Ward did a great job with writing that material. I liked that she got her new characters mixed in the chapters I almost had to go back to the last book for a refresher. This is not a book for a first-timer.
All the sexual moments between Qhuinn and Blay. Even when their minds where silent and resistent their bodies handled business. I Loved the passion between them. The ending was as it should be but just a little quiet for me.
The Brothers protection and love for their King always moves me.
I hate when it's over and I have to wait for the next opportunity to disappear into the BDB world. It's alway over to quickly.
reading with a coffee in my hands
Is this a trick question?
The end of the epilogue. I won't type it out since it is a spoiler even though you know it's coming. I'm sitting here with tears in my eyes! Second fave is Blay talking to him mom on the phone... I was so worried for him! ;)
Again, trick question? The only characters I don't like are the lessees. Even the BOBs grew on me.
Yes! But it's just too long. It did only take three nights and a bit of missed sleep though.
The only thing that bugged me was the lack of "luhbe"! Ouch! A little prep goes a long way...
Thanks for another great one Warden!
First, let me say that it is clear to me that Ms. Ward was just as committed to Lover At Last as she was to the other books in the series. The cast of characters - Black Dagger Brotherhood, Band of Bastards, the Baby Powder Brigade, the aristocracy, the spiritual leaders, and the supporting characters - did what they supposed to: they advanced the plot and served as background activity for the main event, i.e., the relationship between Qhuinn and Blay.
Second, while most readers respect the rights of LGBT couples to be 'out', most of us have no first-hand knowledge of how courtship works for persons who are LGBT. From the beginnings, Ms. Ward approaches the relationship between Qhuinn and Blay in such a way that we, the readers, experience the agony and the ecstasy of being in same-gender love. It's a lot like different-gender love, isn't it? I think that was the point.
Finally, can I just say that the sex scenes were hot? I can? Okay, the sex was SMOKIN'!! You go, girl.
J. R. Ward has taken the concept of LGBT courtship out of the closet, so to speak, and put respectfully and gently on center stage in this novel. Thanks for sharing it with us.
Well done, J.R. Well done!
Audible Addict. I listen to 2-3 books a week, depending on my schedule. I've been a member since 2008 and feel like I have a personal relationship with my I-Pod! I'm an ecclectic reader but have been hooked on "romance" (I hate that term) and paranormal books lately.
I've always had a thing for Qhuinn. You just knew that he was a bad boy who wanted to be good. And we all knew that Saxton was not going to hang on to Blay. I was a little worried after book 10, Lover Reborn, because I was disappointed and felt that story wasn't at the same level as the other books. I was afraid that JR Ward had run out of fresh ideas. She has returned to form and advanced the Brotherhood storyline. I really enjoyed this book and am so glad that Qhuinn and Blaylock are together at last.