Lover at Last by J.R. Ward
Narrator: Jim Frangione
Length: 22 hrs and 22 mins
Date Read: March 2014
Genre: PNR, Romance
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.
Publisher: NAL, Penguin Audio
Series: Black Dagger Brotherhood #11
Also by this author: Dark Lover, Lover Eternal, Lover Awakened, Lover Revealed, Lover Unbound br> br>
Also in this series: Dark Lover, Lover Eternal, Lover Awakened, Lover Revealed, Lover Unbound
Listened for Fun (Audible)
Overall Rating: 2.75
Story Rating: 2.50
Character Rating: 3.00
Audio Rating:4.00 (not part of the overall rating)
I listened in Audio so I am marking times not pages.
Here are my 5 main thoughts (Lover at Last by JR Ward has been reviewed enough that I don’t feel the need to say what other people have said already):
1: Everything between Quinn/Blay (their relationship)could have been cleared up at 7hrs and 4min. Everything that happened after that until the 21hrs 3min mark was all unnecessary drama.
2: No matter how much I love this world, I still get annoyed at the gangsta speak coming out of grown men’s mouths! Their mates, for the most part, talk like grown ups so I am kind of perplexed why they don’t.
3: Are these books even PNR anymore? I would almost move them into the UF category but I am afraid she would drag out stories even more. In the last 3 (maybe 4) books, the side characters have had more page time than the main couple (relatively speaking).
4: Quinn needs to apologize to Saxton! I am super pissed about this.
5: Blay needed to get out of his own head 3/4 of the book. I mean relationship aside, you didn’t know your best friend hadn’t had sex in a year. That is on you not him. Everything about their relationship was just miscommunication and manufactured drama.
All of this aside, I am ready for The King. I am hoping for a series reboot of some sort. Something that will make me want to stick with it!
PS: I did like the epilogue and that made me want to root for them as a couple. I think they both need counseling though.
Narrated by: Jim Frangione /Length: 22 hrs and 22 mins
Jim is freaking amazing! I really do enjoy his narration. Found out with this book that he even sounds good at 3x speed. Now that is saying something!!!
PS: I already read The King and it didn’t really work for me (I posted the review awhile ago). I think I just need to step back from the series for a bit.
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