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Lover at Last: Black Dagger Brotherhood, Book 11 | [J.R. Ward]

Lover at Last: Black Dagger Brotherhood, Book 11

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....
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"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

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    DB 03-29-13
    DB 03-29-13
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    "BEST Narrator, set-ups for future story-lines"

    First of all, the Narrator is the best in the business!!! Jim Frangione IS the BDB!!! Once you hear his beautiful baritone voice, each and every Brother imprints into your mind and is always with you when you read/listen. I own all the audiobooks as well as the Kindle e-books.

    I loved the boo, immediately falling in love with the many stories, new characters and budding relationships within this book. Being a hardcore BDB fan, and having said that, the explicit gay M on M sex was a little too much for this "meaty-irish-catholic" girl. I knew it would be such and I read at my own choice. This is just a warning to those who might be offended, which I wasn't, but even for me, it was a bit too,too.

    To sum up the high recommendation to any new BDB recruit....Read all 12 books in sequential order or the stories will mean nothing to you. BDB fans read ALL the books MANY times over. I believe this book also will be a "multiple-read/listen" for BDB lovers.

    Looking forward to installment 13. Must we wait a year???

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Leesa 07-27-13
    Leesa 07-27-13 Member Since 2015

    I've always been a avid reader so now I'm a avid listener. I prefer the paranormal genre but I do like to switch things up. It's boring if you don't have variety. Of course I do love the romance and the hotter the better. Also, you can't beat a good thriller filled with suspense and a ending you can't even guess at until the very end.

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    "Intense"

    If your a Brotherhood fan then your going to love it because you simply want to continue the story. This is a long listen but allot of stories will spring from it. This happens to be my favorite paranormal series and I can't wait until the next one. Be advised this story is a MM story and has explict sexual content. Never a credit wasted when it comes to the Brotherhood.

    8 of 13 people found this review helpful
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    Carolyn United States 04-01-13
    Carolyn United States 04-01-13 Member Since 2010

    Romance Junkie

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    "Love Blay and Qhinn!"

    J.R. Ward has done it again...this is an excellent book. It could have been better, but it was good. This series has always been exciting, edgy and had alot of beauty in it. You're alternately breathless and anxious and rooting for the characters...I've wanted to see these two resolved for a long time...however we don't get to enjoy it...not really...alot of agony through this book...and you don't get any insights, thoughts...etc. from alot of the other characters. I've always liked when JRW mixes it up...and I guess that she had that in mind introducing new characters. I like that...it's good...but we need more thoughts/insights from the old characters she mixes in...we didn't get much of that at all...or maybe I'm just spoiled. Regardless JRW remains a cut above the rest in writing in this series (and the the Fallen Angels) and I'lll continue to wait with bated breath for all of them....What's next JR?

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    April Bergland Owaneco, IL United States 03-30-13
    April Bergland Owaneco, IL United States 03-30-13 Member Since 2015
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    "Fabulous!"
    Where does Lover at Last rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    It is right at the top. It helps that it is in a series that I have listened to or read with baited breath but this book had promised something that is not often broached in books that I read a relationship between to male characters which I had come to love during my reading of the series. Being a Christian this is a subject I am to be truly against and for myself I would be truly against a same sex partner that being said I had a brother who was (I really hate the term homosexual I think it sounds perverted and I myself prefer to say Gay as it means happy to me so I will use that term) sorry for not being politically correct he was Gay he studied every religion was very well educated and was pushed away from my family for his choice. I was very young and could not make the decision to tell my family to kiss my ass but he and I remained close in spirit. Listening to this book I can only pray that he had someone to share these beautiful moments with I did not find them gross or vulgar I found them human and loving. I enjoyed hearing about how each of them felt and what they felt and I am sure my brother knew GOD and in my heart I am sure he is with him now if I am wrong GOD will correct me I need no man to do it. It is a beautifully written book about feelings and love and deserves being judged on that alone. I LOVE you Richard will be with you before you know it.


    What other book might you compare Lover at Last to and why?

    I have no other books to compare that AI can think of right now I just finished reading it at 4 this morning and it is still fresh in my memory and think it will always be fresh for what it has meant to me. For me there is no comparison only hope that my brother found that kind of love here on earth.


    Which character – as performed by Jim Frangione – was your favorite?

    I think it would be butch loved the accent.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    It made me think and pray and dare to hope that someone I lost at the age of 6 had love in his life other than the distant love I had in my heart for him and that all of his life was not the beatings from pigs who didn't like the way he looked. It made me believe that his kind of love was just as important and deeply felt as heterosexual love is. It opened my eyes to thew fear people have of feelings unknown.


    Any additional comments?

    What a wonderful book, What a wonderful long awaited story and what a beautiful ending, no one could ask for better thank you Miss Ward.

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Shawni LINCOLN UNIVERSITY, PA, United States 08-25-15
    Shawni LINCOLN UNIVERSITY, PA, United States 08-25-15 Member Since 2009

    LOVE English Bulldogs, Nelson Demille, Patricia Cornwell and just reading in general!

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    "GREAT BOOK! Worth the wait!!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Lover at Last to be better than the print version?

    I liked them both, but in this book, there seemed to be so many other stories going on, not all of them interesting, so the print version was good because I could just skim over the pages that weren't very interesting.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Quinn's back story and anything to do with Quinn and Blay!


    Which character – as performed by Jim Frangione – was your favorite?

    Quinn


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Quinn's induction to the BDB was pretty moving.


    Any additional comments?

    I'm not normally into Romance novels, but I have found this series to be very entertaining. While I am a straight female, I found myself getting really excited for this book. The writing was excellent and the fact that the love scenes were two males didn't change a thing for me, I was excited to read their love story and their love making. The focus was on their love, not their GAY LOVE, if that makes sense. I read the book and I'm now listening to the book again. Aside from Bella and Z's story, this one is hands down my favorite. I did wish there was more Quinn and Blay and less all the other stories. Those stories just didn't seem to do anything but take away from what I considered to be the BEST part of the book, which was QUINN, LAYLA, BLAY and SAXTON.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Jennifer V. 08-15-15
    Jennifer V. 08-15-15
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    "amazing"

    Jr ward is one of my favorites. I love the black dagger brotherhood. been waiting a long time for this book.

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    Morgan A Skye 07-09-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Not the best work by this author"

    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.

    Sigh.

    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.

    Audio
    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    matt 06-23-15
    matt 06-23-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Loved it"

    Loved it would read again and again. Love it more and more for begging to end

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    Murphy 06-05-15
    Murphy 06-05-15
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    "Blaylock and Quinn!!!"

    This book was a long time coming but well worth the wait. The reader is consistent in each story. So glad he has been the same one all the way through.

    I love seeing Quinn finally accept himself and be open to all the love around him in the Brotherhood.,,his real family.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Stephanie L Hill 04-02-15 Member Since 2008

    I love reading but don't have time. The audiobooks allow me to hear the books I want to read. I love audible!

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    "One of the best love stories! Overcoming all odds!"
    What made the experience of listening to Lover at Last the most enjoyable?

    What made this enjoyable was the way the story came together for them both.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Lover at Last?

    The most memorable was when Blay realized that Qhuinn loved him. I actually got teary eyed.


    Have you listened to any of Jim Frangione’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Yes, I have listen to all of the BDB.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes. I actually did. I stayed home on a Saturday to listen to this book.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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