"The hottest collection of studs in romance" (New York Times best-selling author Angela Knight) returns as number-one New York Times best-selling author J. R. Ward brings together two of the most beloved people in the Black Dagger Brotherhood world - at last....
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.
©2013 J. R. Ward (P)2013 Penguin Audio
Busy mom who loves to read but doesn't always have the time. I enjoy YA, Romance and the occasional Best Seller.
I am speechless after reading this book! I've waited so long for Quinn and Blay's story and this one did not disappoint! I could go on and on but I can't say anymore then all the other positive reviewers. This was such a beautiful love story that just transcends all boundaries...it was perfection on paper. I'm so relieved that JR Ward took a chance on the subject matter and gave the fans what they wanted for so long.
This is why she is the master and I am happy to be the follower.
This book is amazing and so worth the time, money, credits,etc.
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Overall Rating: 2.75
Story Rating: 2.50
Character Rating: 3.00
Audio Rating: 4.00 (not part of the overall rating)
I listened in Audio so I am marking times not pages.
Here are my 5 main thoughts (this book has been reviewed enough that I don't feel the need to say what other people have said already):
1: Everything between Quinn/Blay (their relationship)could have been cleared up at 7hrs and 4min. Everything that happened after that until the 21hrs 3min mark was all unnecessary drama.
2: No matter how much I love this world, I still get annoyed at the gangsta speak coming out of grown men's mouths! Their mates, for the most part, talk like grown ups so I am kind of perplexed why they don't.
3: Are these books even PNR anymore? I would almost move them into the UF category but I am afraid she would drag out stories even more. In the last 3 (maybe 4) books, the side characters have had more page time than the main couple (relatively speaking).
4: Quinn needs to apologize to Saxton! I am super pissed about this.
5: Blay needed to get out of his own head 3/4 of the book. I mean relationship aside, you didn't know your best friend hadn't had sex in a year. That is on you not him. Everything about their relationship was just miscommunication and manufactured drama.
All of this aside, I am ready for The King. I am hoping for a series reboot of some sort. Something that will make me want to stick with it!
PS: I did like the epilogue and that made me want to root for them as a couple. I think they both need counseling though.
Narrated by: Jim Frangione /Length: 22 hrs and 22 mins
Jim is freaking amazing! I really do enjoy his narration. Found out with this book that he even sounds good at 3x speed. Now that is saying something!!!
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I feel like I have been waiting for 10 years for this book, but it was worth the wait! What can I say, in truth I didn't know how JR was going to pull off a tasteful love affair between two men that has spanned both their life times, but it was done properly and wonderfully!
I especially liked the side stories, we hear more about Layla and Score, and we got to know some of our favorites a bit better. There are multiple loose ends and side stories which makes me feel like I am going to be staking JR wards website for news of what's next? Will it be Score/Layla, or perhaps the shadows Tres and Iam will get their own book, and the new players can't be overlooked either especially with one of their fates still up in the air.
PLEASE WRITE FAST JR!!!!
Of course, I would recommmend this to a friend. The BDB story is so much more than just one book in the series. While, yes, the primary focus of LAL is Blaylock and Quhinn, there is so much more going on than just a gay male romance novel. Yes, it is a gay male romance novel. If you are not comfortable with M/M love stories, than this likely isn't for you.
What JR Ward excels at in this story, is character! She has an undeniable talent for making her characters sympathetic and believable. The story weaves multiple points of view and characters from previous stories.
If you read and love the BDB stories, there is much in this book that moves the story along. minor characters in this book are developed and we see more of the Shadows and other vampires outside the Brotherhood. The BDB world is definitely expanding to create more content for future novels. (yippee)
Jim Frangione IS the voice of the Black Dagger Brotherhood. I cannot even read the printed book without hearing his voice in my head as Rhage or Butch. He does an excellent job of differentiating the characters.
LAL Will have a follow-up book DUH! The secondary storylines (Assail and Tres) leave off in the middle! The next book will likely be about one of these males.
LAL is a love story, and if you are a reader of the BDB series, then you know that JR Ward writes like a man, especially when writing from a male point of view. You also know that her male characters are dominant, instinctual, animalistic, aggressive, physical, fierce fighters. You also know that her characters express their emotions physically and her writing is VERY descriptive in intimate situations. She does not back away from Blay and Quhinn because they are male. She gives as much attention to our boys as she did to any of the previous couples.
I'm a grad student with very little time to edit reviews because I'm editing research papers. Forgive the typos. They're made with love.
Well, here we are, at last. A huge buildup to the story we've all been waiting for, yearning for, expecting to read as soon as J.R. Ward felt comfortable enough to release a gay story to her fans, and it's eased into existence, not with lube (though that was sorely needed and missing), but with subplots. Lots and lots of subplots.
I'm confused by the recent bogged-downness of stories. I can't watch Game of Thrones without realizing viewers only got about 5 minutes for each story and even left out a few because we ran out of time and it'll take forever to move the plot along this way. True Blood has this problem too. Now I read a book with so many subplots that the story I've been dying to read is constantly being interrupted. Part of me wanted to fast forward but how can I when it might jump back to Blay and Qhuinn and I'll miss something? Frustration, Ms Ward, frustration.
(SPOILERS) That said, dang I love Blay and Qhuinn. I don't like that they were both idiots for most of the book - I wanted to smack them and tell them both to fess up already - but the overdone angst did lead to some very hot sex scenes. Only after listening would I reflect on the lack of lubrication and wonder if the receiving party was okay. I mean, ouch.
Deep down, I'm sad that I have to give only 3 stars. I'm a big fan of BDB and I've waited so long for Blay and Qhuinn's story. But there's just too much to ignore. The we-interrupt-this-intriguing-change-of-events-for-SOMEONE ELSE with Assail/iAm/Layla/Xcor/BOB ganbangs etc... Seriously too much juggling. Also, Where was everyone? The Lessers were barely a side note, the Scribe Virgin was missing completely and not a single female in the house other than Beth and Payne are there to help Layla out when pregnancy itself is such a big deal? Where's (the only mom) Bella? Where's (sorta sister) Cormia? And what's more, I have to watch this whole Blay-Qhuinn thing play out with absolutely no help from John Matthew? Even Fritz failed his duty when he let Layla go driveabout without stopping her or telling anyone. I feel like the author totally failed here.
1 star yanked for unnecessary dragged-out angst, and 1 star for every subplot. Oh wait, that's a negative... okay well you can have 2 back for finally writing about Blay and Quinn and making it hot. Good thing Jim Frangione kicked narrative butt and brought you up another notch. Now next time remember SUBplots should never get in the way of plot. I'm not giving up on the BSB yet.
I have a very fast paced life. Audio books are an awesome alternative for me. Long road trips, working out and housework arn't a bore.
If this would have been the first book I heard in this series I would not ever listen to another. I love the series but this one caused me to fast forward.
Ward continues the brilliantly gritty tale of the BDB. Lots of wrenching twists and turns, further character development and the introduction of intriguing new situations and characters. Plus a cliffhanger and one of The Best Endings EVER!! Without giving it away, the last sentence is worth the cost and effort of reading this book (so don't jump ahead!).
Well done, J.R., well done indeed.
I loved it all. I can't wait to listen to it again.
When Qhuinn finally had his Ah-Ha moment!
Eh... I know Jim narrate's the previous BDB Books. I wish he would differenciate the voices of the characters better.
I was down right gitty by the end of the book. This is by far my favorite BDB Book.
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.
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