Dear Reader:
It goes without saying that it is a difficult undertaking to write about individuals who inhabit a fictional world. And when an author creates a world with a plethora of characters and tells their story over a series of books, with each book more rich and complex than the last, that author must posses a modicum of courage. But writing their story in crystal clear poignant details that grab onto your imagination and won’t let go is what makes you continue to buy that author’s books year after year. J.R.. Ward is that kind of author; the kind that, if she were on a National Geographic television special, she would be likened to one of those cameramen who swim with the sharks -- without a cage! She’s that fearless when it comes to putting into words the world that she has created - - and the success of Lover Mine is proof of that. 
Lover Mine is J.R. Ward’s 8th installment of the Black Dagger Brotherhood series. This book picks up where the last book, Lover Avenged, ended and focuses on John Matthew and Xhex.  There is a good reason you’ll find no cover synopsis on the back of this book. Basically there is no way to give a 100 word re-cap of what goes on. The book – the world she has created - is too big for that. However, If you’re looking for a short ‘what’s this book about’ synopsis, I’ll give it a go; but believe me when I say it’s one of the hardest things I’ve had to do in a review. My back cover copy would go something like this:  
A Band of Brothers
A war rages in a little town in upstate New York where a band of six vampire warriors are charged with the continued existence and protection of their race. And the Black Dagger Brotherhood will continue to fight until they can live in peace. 
She is trapped.
Xhex is a hard core assassin, half sympath/half vampire, whose life has been about survival; but her attraction to the vampire warrior John Matthew has changed all that. Loving him might mean his destruction and she will do anything, including die, to prevent John from becoming involved in the darkness that is her life.  When she is captured by the ultimate evil, Lash - the son of the Omega, and unable to escape, she fights for her life knowing the end game may mean her death. 
He will die to save her.
John Matthew, an orphan, is the reincarnated Brother Darius. His past and present collide when he seeks to save the only female he will ever love. He will do anything in his power to save Xhex, even if that means going against the Brotherhood, dying or even ultimately giving up the one female destined to be his. He must call upon all that he once was and all that he is in order to save Xhex. 
Together they must look ahead.
How will they be able to mend the pain of the past and present in order to defeat evil and find each other? 
OK, so that’s my attempt at the back cover copy. What you still need to know is that Lover Mine is packed with story lines we’ve waited for as well as story lines we had no idea were coming. In addition, Xhex is revealed to be a deeply layered heroine who will surprise you in oh so many ways. I was happily surprised by her softer side and because John is a mute, it seemed to me that his inability to speak gave Xhex a voice she didn’t previously have. We hear more of her inner voice, her thoughts, motivations, wishes and desires. Her ability to be a fighter is tempered in this book with her ability to love. These two soul mates have had centuries of living apart and when they do find each other it is explosive. 
You’ll also learn about John’s past and his connection to Thorment, which is stunningly emotional. For those of you who have been waiting to know more about Blay and Qhuinn, well, all I will say is their story is beginning and she writes it with such emotion. Payne also makes a foothold in this book and her story is one I can’t wait to read.
The Black Dagger Brotherhood series is all about the community; the building and layering of relationships and the intersections of lives throughout the centuries. There are moments so tender you can barely turn the next page, as well as moments froth with anxiety, filled with action, and consumed by love.  It seems as if all the characters in this world are fighting to move past the struggles of their former existence to find not only justice but peace, not only happiness but love. One question that was the back beat of this book is; how do you live in the present when your past is filled with unimaginable pain? The answer: “Always look forward.”
 
And that’s all I’ll say because I so much want you to have an unencumbered reading experience – to sit down and to fall into this world that has been so creatively and lovingly crafted.  
So dear reader, if you’ve been waiting as long as I have for Lover Mine, you will feel as if you are sitting down to a 10 course banquet with courses that are executed to perfection-- surprising you, delighting you and satisfying your senses well beyond what you could have imagined.  This is J.R. Ward at her best and her best is outstanding. 
Until next Monday – remember there’s always a book waiting to be read.
Marisa
Marisa is an avid reader and a television producer.
Join us on tomorrow for Melanie Murray’s column “Romantic Reads This Week”. 

Dear Reader:

 

It goes without saying that it is a difficult undertaking to write about individuals who inhabit a fictional world. And when an author creates a world with a plethora of characters and tells their story over a series of books, with each book more rich and complex than the last, that author must possess a modicum of courage. But writing each book with crystal clear poignant details that grab onto your imagination and won’t let go is what makes you continue to buy that author’s books year after year. J.R. Ward is that kind of author; the kind that, if she were on a National Geographic television special, she would be one of those cameramen who swim with the sharks—without a cage! She’s that fearless when it comes to putting into words the world that she's created—and the success of Lover Mine is proof of that. 


Lover Mine is J.R. Ward’s 8th installment of the Black Dagger Brotherhood series. This book picks up where the last book, Lover Avenged, ended and focuses on John Matthew and Xhex. There is a good reason you’ll find no cover synopsis on the back of this book. Basically there is no way to give a 100 word re-cap of what goes on. The book—the world she has created—is too big for that. However, If you’re looking for a short ‘what’s this book about’ synopsis, I’ll give it a go; but believe me when I say it’s one of the hardest things I’ve had to do in a review. My back cover copy would go something like this:  

 

A Band of Brothers

 

A war rages in a little town in upstate New York where a band of six vampire warriors are charged with the continued existence and protection of their race. And the Black Dagger Brotherhood will continue to fight until they can live in peace. 

 

She is trapped.

 

Xhex is a hard-core assassin, half sympath/half vampire, whose life has been about survival; but her attraction to the vampire warrior John Matthew has changed all that. Loving him might mean his destruction and she will do anything, including die, to prevent John from becoming involved in the darkness that is her life. When she is captured by the ultimate evil, Lash, the son of the Omega, and unable to escape, she fights for her life knowing the end game may mean her death. 

 

He will die to save her.

 

John Matthew, an orphan, is the reincarnated Brother Darius. His past and present collide when he seeks to save the only female he will ever love. He will do anything in his power to save Xhex, even if that means going against the Brotherhood, dying, or ultimately giving up the one female destined to be his. He must bring together all that he once was and all that he is in order to save her. 


Together they must look ahead.


How will they be able to mend the pain of the past and present in order to defeat evil and find each other? 


OK, so that’s my attempt at the back cover copy. What you still need to know is that Lover Mine is packed with story lines we’ve waited for as well as story lines we had no idea were coming. In addition, Xhex is revealed to be a deeply layered heroine who will surprise you in oh so many ways. I was happily surprised by her softer side and because John is a mute, it seemed to me that his inability to speak gave Xhex a voice she didn’t previously have. We hear more of her inner voice, her thoughts, motivations, wishes, and desires. Her ability to be a fighter is tempered in this book with her ability to love. These two soul mates have had centuries of living apart and when they do find each other it is explosive.

 
For those of you who are fans of the series, you’ll also learn about John’s past and his connection to Thorment, which is stunningly emotional. For those of you who have been waiting to know more about Blay and Qhuinn, well, all I will say is their story is beginning and she writes it with such emotion. Payne also makes a foothold in this book and her story is one I can’t wait to read.


The Black Dagger Brotherhood series is all about the community; the building and layering of relationships and the intersections of lives throughout the centuries. There are moments so tender you can barely turn the next page, as well as moments froth with anxiety, filled with action, and consumed by love. It seems as if all the characters in this world are fighting to move past the struggles of their former existence to find not only justice but peace, not only happiness but love. One question that was the backbeat of this book is: how do you live in the present when your past is filled with unimaginable pain? The answer: “Always look forward.” And that’s all I’ll say because I so much want you to have an unencumbered reading experience—to sit down and fall into this world that has been so creatively and lovingly crafted.  

 

So dear reader, if you’ve been waiting as long as I have for Lover Mine, you will feel as if you are sitting down to a 10-course banquet with courses that are executed to perfection—surprising you, delighting you, and satisfying your senses well beyond what you could have imagined. This is J.R. Ward at her best and her best is outstanding. 


Until next Monday, remember there’s always a book waiting to be read.


Marisa

 

I'm curious; are you a Black Dagger Brotherhood fan, or are you one of those readers who has not yet succumbed?

 

 

Marisa O'Neill is an avid reader and a television producer.

 



Join us on tomorrow for Melanie Murray’s column “Romantic Reads This Week.”

 

Comments
by Blogger Maria_Lokken on ‎04-26-2010 01:48 PM

The series has been compared to a drug - 'you can't get enough, and you can't stop.'   I'm certainly one of the addicts of this series.

 

I'm curious to see what happens in this book.  Do we get more information about the Scribe Virgin?  Do we learn anything more about what has happened to the Chosen that are living with Phury?

 

I just have so many questions... I better just read the book.

by Moderator dhaupt on ‎04-26-2010 03:24 PM

OMG, I am just about having palpitations knowing this is coming out, I need it, I want it, I must have it or I will die.

Does that answer your question Marissa

My name is Debbie and I'm an addict

by 1AnneB on ‎04-26-2010 07:06 PM

Marisa - Great review - I can't wait ! I have already ordered Lover Mine and as soon as it arrives, I'll dive in. Thanks...

My name is Anne - I'm a read -a - holic !!!!!

by Blogger Marisa-ONeill on ‎04-26-2010 09:31 PM

Oh Maria - there are some 'bits' with the Scribe Virgin of course, but you'll just have to wait and read the book - you're gonna love this one.

 

Debbie and Anne, I can't wait to hear what you think about Lover Mine. Two 'new to me' BDB fans! How exciting. One thing I can say is we'll be fans for a long time because it looks as if this series has many more books to come; and oh what  a pleasure that is for us.

by 1lovealways on ‎04-27-2010 03:15 AM

Hello All!

 

Like all of you I've been waiting!  I've pre-ordered  and I'm so ecstatic, I can't stand it!  I've read every book and it's been killing me waiting!   There are so many questions that I have and so much stuff I know this book will reveal.  My head is already swimming.  I can't wait to have that book in my hand.  It's already in my heart.

 

For all of you wondering if there will be other books?  There will be.  Found this on the JAR. Ward Black Dagger Brotherhood Message Boards.  Payne's book is next in The Black Dagger Brotherhood Series.  The series is now open-ended.  Hope that helps!

 

Enjoy Lover Mine!  I certainly will!  :smileyhappy:

by Sapphire329 on ‎04-27-2010 01:09 PM

I love this series. I pre-ordered it for my Nook and because I live on the west coast, I downloaded it at 11 pm. I was so upset when I had to go to bed and didn't get very far. Now I'm mad that I'm at work and can't read :-)

by Laura0807 on ‎05-07-2010 10:24 AM

Hi Marisa,

It has been almost a year since I have heard from you.  I was a regular at Romance Novel TV.  I miss that site.  Went back to it today and found you here.  I thank you a million times over for introducing J.R. Ward to me.  I LOVE HER.  But, and that's a big but, I was disappointed with Lover mine.  It was tooooo muuuuch.  I pre-ordered it, and actually waited four days before I picked it up to start reading it, because I knew once I read it I would have to wait another year for the next story.  But sadly, I was disappointed.  I soo wanted to see Quinn hook up with a human librarian type.  I just think he needs a soft women to bring him around.  Ward just doesn't know how to do that kind of women though, and I miss Z.  I think her story line peaked with him and has been on a decline since.  I will stick with her though.  I'm to vested in time to give her story up.  All that said, she really does know how to write a dream man though doesn't she.  Can they be any sexier?

Good to hear your reviews again.

Laura

by Blogger Marisa-ONeill on ‎05-07-2010 05:35 PM

(((Laura!)))So glad to 'see' you!! How the heck are you?  

 

I'm so sorry that Lover Mine didn't meet your expectations. I hate when that happens; especially after you've waited a year for the next book to come out in a series. Lover Mine is a big book and a lot takes place in this one. I know a lot of people were disappointed with how Quinn was handled and it must be hard for an author to stay true to their characters and still give all of their readers what they need. I remember the 'flack' storm heard round the blogsphere after Jane became a ghost.  (Which puzzled the heck out of me - they can get behind vampires, the Omega, The Scribe Virgin... but not a ghost?) As readers we do fall in love with these characters and take a kind of ownership of them. I know I have certain hopes and expectations for certain characters within my favorite series, and when the printed reality falls short of what I wanted for them I really have dig deep to  accept the journey the author has decided for them.

 

Z is still one of my all time favorite heroes/characters, so much so that even getting a tiny glimpse of him in any of the BDB books brings a smile to my heart.  I particularly loved the scene where Z and John are in the hallway - Z with the baby bib in his back pocket and sharing things with John that were so very hard to say.

 

I think this book - above all the others - brought home to me that this is an open ended series. The war with the lessing society and the growth/change/realizations that each of the Brother's makes is going to be told one book at a time. And much like reading Brockmann's Troubleshooter's, Feehan's Carpathian's and Kenyon's Hunter's - it made me realize that there will be some books I like more than others and some stories and characters that will have fates that I didn't see coming or didn't want to have happen. (Sort of like Jin and Sun dying on Lost.) And like you, I'm in it for the long haul and I'm looking forward to Payne's book - I hear that's the next one. 

And Laura - if you're looking for a new series that will grab you, not let go, and leave you waiting for the next book try either Nalini Singh's Guild Hunter Series (Archangel's Kiss and Angel's Blood)  or Allyson James' Stormwalker - I loved them!

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