The hot new novel in the Black Dagger Brotherhood by the number-one New York Times best-selling 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.
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Of all the brothers I was most excited to see where John Matthew headed, I knew he loved Xhex and always knew her issues where going to be hard to bare, but darn if the young boy alone all his life knew the right moves, He is passionate, loving, strong and one of the kindest brothers, I thought Rev's was my favorite, but JM moved him over lol... This is a spellbounding series, long listening, action packed, nerve racking, sexy, I was sad when it was over, I felt I left my friends behind :(...
It powerful!!!! Jim Frangione voice is hipnotic, strong, soft, sexy,passionated, angry, and humble...
Thank you for a great series....
As a professional crochet and knitwear designer I have a lot of time to sit and listen to books. Makes the work day better!
OMG this is one of the best series I have read. Twilight pales in comparison to these novels. JR Ward brings a wonderful twist to vampires. I also love the masculine characters she has created and the awesome sense of humor she gives each character. I love the story line from start to finish. I am craving more more more after I am done. I cant wait for the next series. It draws you in from the very first book to this book 8 it is awesome!
I find it amazing how J R Ward can continually put out an outstanding novel even after EIGHT! Usually the storyline begins to thin and repeat and suffer after a few books but LOVER MINE is outstanding. Great characters as always, fabulous story line and I enjoy some tears and alternate laugh out loud moments!
Jim Frangione is PERFECTION with his narration! I couldn't imaging a better choice! He is perfect in all ways as he brings me to the world of the Black Dagger Brotherhood! If Jim ever stopped narrating I would read it myself not listen to the audio so...keep it going Jim! THANKS!
The story line as always is fantastic... the recording/reader has to many gaps... the pause between the chapters and half way through certain areas makes me think something is wrong with my Ipod. Whom ever did the piecing together of the story/recording .. YOU suck.
J R ward you rock.
I was hooked with the first book and I just get drawn in deeper and deeper with each new book. Lover Mine is my favorite! I have loved JM since his intro in Lover Eternal and this book just seals the deal!
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I doubt I can say it better than Sandra from MO wrote, but... yeh, ditto ditto and more ditto.
It took me about 3 books to really start to like Jim Frangione. He's just so damned precise w/ his articulation. LOL, but now I think I'd be sick to hear anyone else read this series. He's wonderful. And JIC anyone out there forgot, JR WARD rocks it HARD w/ the BDB series and remember to check out Covet, the new Fallen Angel series. Man, please please please keep these coming. We love you JR WARD!!
You find out exactly who and what Xhex is and what her life was like. You see the parallels between her life and John Mathew. Only people who have walked in your shoes know what it's like to suffer the agony. Lash did horrible things to Xhex, while he has her captured. Just as he tortured John Mathew when ever he could.
Xhex she is strong yet still a woman who wants to have a life with a man.
I enjoy Jim Frngione very much and have listened to him narrate other books as well
This is one of my favorite in the series, because you find out so much about Xhex, and her heritage, John Mathew, Lash, and the rest of the Brotherhood. Hope the next is as good.
I love this series and have both re-read and re-listened to all the previous books. However,(1) LM had so many story lines going at once, I stayed frustrated with all the interruptions to "peek" in on what's happening with other characters. (2) The two main characters must have had personality transplants because they were unrecognizable from the characters we came to know and love in previous books (3) the editing on the audiobook was awful. There are loooooong pauses and voice changes where , I'm guessing, errors were corrected. There were even a couple of places where ambient sounds were heard.
I have enjoyed the BDB series so much that it is difficult for me to critize anything J. R. Ward writes and I will continue to buy the BDB books. I just think that this time, the book did not live up to the hype.
If you're looking for another steamy Black Dagger Brotherhood book, in the tradition of the other Black Dagger Brotherhood books, this more or less fits the bill - better than some, worse than some - but chances are, you're not buying this to be surprised. I wasn't, and I wasn't disappointed by the plot. Whenever JR Ward takes her story back in time, the writing is stilted - Ward's just not in her element trying to make language or description seem historically accurate. Lots of "verily" or "hereunto" and just random historical accent words that good historical novelists wouldn't dream of using - but chances are, you're not reading the Black Dagger books because of the historical detail either. I wasn't. I wanted a steamy, paranormal, fast-paced adventure/sex/love story, and that's what you get.
However, the narration was a little jarring. Clearly the narrator would have been better suited to reading Thomas Hardy or Mark Twain or one of the other classics. JR Ward writes much of her prose in 21st-century slang, using terms like "fidiot" or "POS", to list a couple of the more vanilla. The prose is sort of a stream-of-consciousness of semi-thug vampires and other supernatural beings. Listening to this narrator try to master the perpetual slang was not unlike listening to an accountant read rap lyrics on public radio. Mostly the extremely correct pronunciations just made me smile - a few times I came close to laughing. If you can get past that, or it doesn't bother you, this book may be worth that credit.
Essentially, no surprises here in terms of what you'd expect from the book, and if you can hang in there with the narration, you'll have a basically satisfying experience.
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