Audiobook Review: Lover at Last by JR Ward

Posted June 6, 2014 by Felicia S in 2.75 Wine Glasses, 2014 Read, Audiobook, Reviews / 21 Comments

Audiobook Review: Lover at Last by JR WardSource: Audiobook Purchase

Format: Audiobook

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.

More Information:
Publisher: NAL, Penguin Audio
Series: Black Dagger Brotherhood #11

Also by this author: Dark Lover, Lover Eternal, Lover Awakened, Lover Revealed, Lover Unbound
Also in this series: Dark Lover, Lover Eternal, Lover Awakened, Lover Revealed, Lover Unbound


Read from March 26 to 27, 2014

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)

Overall Thoughts:

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.

Audio Thoughts:

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.


FTC Disclosure


Overall Rating
2.5 / 5
Story Rating
2.5 / 5
Character Rating
2.5 / 5
Narrator Rating
4 / 5
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21 responses to “Audiobook Review: Lover at Last by JR Ward

  1. I really need to start this series sometime. I have heard so many amazing things about it. I think I have had book 1 from the library on my TBR pile for 2 months now. *Sigh* I have re-prioritised so much I don’t think I know which way to turn anymore lol!

    Great review Felicia 🙂

  2. After waiting so long for their story to have it just be miscommunications and random hookups that led nowhere was just annoying.i\’m so tired of 5+ plot threads going on and overshadowing the main couple that I gave up on the series – for now anyway.

  3. GAH. Yes, everything could have been resolved, if Blay and Quinn has just sat down and talked to each other, but I’ve just accepted that if I’m reading Ward, that will NOT be happening. The gangsta speak is annoying too. I’ve questioned (on several occasions) whether or not this series is worth it, but for some reason I keep getting dragged back into the drama . . .

    • LOL True! I should have expected that they wouldn’t have a conversation but since they spent so much of the last few doing the “drama” thing, I think I was just hoping 🙂

      I say I am done but I still have to buy them for my mom soooooooooooooooo we will see!

  4. I’ve put the series on hold for a while, this is the one that’s up next on my reading cue, lol, but I haven’t started yet. I think I’m in need of a break from it too, and The King is definitely something I wanna read but I’m starting to feel the old charm is gone and I’m mostly sticking to it because of my OCDness in finished what I start, lol.
    I mean, they are still good books, but those first ones seemed like freaking amazingly fantabulous. Sigh.
    Sorry it wasn’t more fun 🙁

  5. I still enjoying this series and is no secret I that I think Jim Frangione is the Bomb! LOL I’m a listener of this series first and for most. I normally read the book after I listened so I never had to fight my inner voice, Frangione is the voice for me, even when I read it. Do I like the latest book more than the first ones..No. Those are and will be special to me always, hard to top even by the Author that created them.

    • I do love Jim’s narration. I don’t blame him at all for the gangsta speak LOL 🙂 🙂 🙂 I do admit I loved finding out that he sounded good in super speed cause if I give these a go in the future I am going to have to listen at “don’t annoy me” speed.

  6. I backed away from this series because the voices of the brothers weren’t distinct enough for me to tell them apart without their names. The early books were the best but the last few have just been meh.

  7. I’m so behind in this series… I’ve been left in the dust! 🙂 I love how you are still so into the characters here despite needing some time away. 🙂 It did make me want to pick up where I left off. 😀

  8. I keep thinking I should try this series, but at this point I just don’t think it is for me. I think this sounds like a long and frustrating read. Thanks for your honest opinion.

  9. It has been a while since I read this book. I actually don’t think I’ve listened to the audio for this one, even though I have it. I enjoy the narration and think Jim Frangione is perfect for this series.

    I know what you mean with the ghetto speak. It is starting to get on my nerves. And the stories are starting to spend more time on the side characters than the two main characters. As much love as I’ve had for this series, I think I would really like to see the series start to wrap up and come to an end.

    Great review.

  10. Not read this series but tried the author before with a different series and just didn’t like been afraid to dip into this series.

  11. Ugh, I’ve had this audiobook for months and can’t bring myself to finish it. For one, unlike you I don’t like the narrator. His voice…so annoying! And I do agree that the gangsta talk is too much. I haven’t read this series in order and have only read about 4 books, but Wrath is still my favorite. I’m not even sure I will complete this series…ever.