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Monday, June 28, 2010

Lover Mine by J.R. Ward

Lover Mine (Black Dagger Brotherhood series, Book 8) by J.R. Ward
Publisher: Penguin Group
Genre: Action/Adventure, Contemporary, Historical, Paranormal, Suspense/Mystery
Length: Full Length (512 pgs)
Other: M/F
Rating: Best Book
Reviewed by Peppermint

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.

J R Ward has done it again. Considering everything John had been through in previous books I could not wait to read this one and was not disappointed.

John and Xhex’s progression in this book, both individually and as a couple, was astounding. I also liked the fact that the author managed to incorporate some of Darius’s story since you never really got to know much about him due to the fact the he died so early in the first novel Dark Lover. I had known that Darius and Tohrment where close, but I had no idea the extent until reading this. It gives you a whole new understand on why Tohrment was so happy that John had been a descendant of Darius.

As usual the main plot and sub-plot were riveting. The whole conflict with Lash vs. John/Xhex and also Lash vs. the Omega was just fascinating. The fact that both John and Xhex had a personal vendetta against Lash and both wanted to be the one that destroyed him gave you a better understanding of these two characters. And Lash and the Omega, I mean really, all I can say is: Oh My Gosh!

We already knew that the relationship with John and Xhex was explosive, but they definitely kicked it up a notch in this story. Xhex was finally able to see that she was destined to be with John and could no longer fight him. I am just happy that the rejection that John had previously been handed by Xhex did not destroy any chance of their romance surviving. If any pair deserved one another it was definitely these two.

For the first time in this series I actually do not know what to expect next. Usually I can tell who will be the next character up for a happy ending, but this time I can legitimately say that I am completely baffled. But what I can tell you is that no matter who it is I will be counting down the days to the next installment to this series.

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