23 Mar '13

A Nix ARC Post : My thoughts on Lover At Last without plot spoilers (I think!) – 4 Stars.

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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

This is the eagerly anticipated MM edition to the BDB series as we FINALLY get the much anticipated book about Qhuinn and Blay. Did I like it? Yes. Was it what I expected? No, not at all. This will be more of thoughts post on the book with no spoilers and some cryptic clues as to what I liked and didn’t; there are too many possible spoilers for people new to the series in a full review of this tale and I don’t want to spoil it for anyone.
I always think a romance book should be 70% romantic content and 30% subplots. This book was not that setup; I would say it was more 50% Qhuinn and Blay and 50% various other plots. Like the last few in the series, this book is more UF than romance and I was disappointed as I felt it took pages away from their story. I enjoyed the love thread, and was quite surprised that JR Ward didn’t shy away from the MM love scenes, in fact making them some of the hottest that I have read in the series so far,  but I found that the other plots took up most of my reading energy as I was SO confused at points. A word to the wise BDB lovers; read Tohr’s book again first to make it a little easier on yourself as, for the first quarter, I didn’t have a clue what was going on. 
Likes
  • That it is Qhuinn and Blay’s book – yay!!
  • Layla. Seriously. She goes through some hell in this book and starts to become a strong heroine. It was very good writing/plotting by JR Ward as I was a little concerned I wouldn’t be able to read her book. She did get a heck of a lot of pages though.
  • The Shadow plot. I want their books desperately.
  • Qhuinn. There always tends to one part of the romanctic couple that dominates for me and I think of it as more their tale. In this one, Qhuinn is the one who suffers and transforms the most and I loved the angst. It did make me want to punch Blay a few times though (even though I know Qhuinn deserved it)
  • The set up for the Romeo and Juliet-esque storyline in a future book. Two individuals from two warring factions fall in love……
  • The sex scenes….smokin’ hot!
  • Qhuinn gets his piercings back
  • The last scene in the book. I need to talk about this scene with someone…..
Dislikes
  • The amount of characters with sub-plots in this book. There was Qhuinn, Blay, Layla, Assail, Xcor, the Shadows…. I struggled to keep up and the confusion did take away my enjoyment.
  • The 500 plus pages….trim the plot and trim the pages. I got backache lugging this one around.
  • Phury was in it.
  • It feels like a bridging book. There are a lot of plots started in this book, but only one is finished. There are 4 plot threads left hanging by the end and, although it made me want the next book desperately, I was left rather unsatisfied. It didn’t actually feel like anything was achieved by this book.
Overall, I enjoyed the romance and was intrigued by the rest of the sub-plots. I was left very happy with the way the MM storyline was dealt with and felt like JR Ward stayed true to the characters whilst creating a very believable, and satisfying, love tale. 


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3 Responses to “A Nix ARC Post : My thoughts on Lover At Last without plot spoilers (I think!) – 4 Stars.”

  1. I will be able to talk about this with you by Thursday morning. Unless I take a mental health day Wednesday. Then, Wednesday about noon my time. Lol. Oh, and the suggestion to re-read Tohr? Happy to oblige 🙂

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