Reviewed by Susan65
Title: Lover Mine
Author: J.R. Ward
Narrator: Jim Frangione
Series: Black Dagger Brotherhood #8
Hero/Heroine: John Matthew/Xhex
Genre: MF Paranormal
Length: 21 Hours, 56 Minutes
Publisher: Recorded Books
Release Date: April 27, 2010
Available at: Amazon and Audible
Add it to your shelf: Goodreads
Blurb: John Matthew has come a long way since he was found living among humans, his vampire nature unknown to himself and to those around him. After he was taken in by the Brotherhood, no one could guess what his true history was- or his true identity. Indeed, the fallen Brother Darius has returned, but with a different face and a very different destiny. As a vicious personal vendetta takes John into the heart of the war, he will need to call up on both who he is now and who he once was in order to face off against evil incarnate.
Xhex, a symphath assassin, has long steeled herself against the attraction between her and John Matthew. Having already lost one lover to madness, she will not allow the male of worth to fall prey to the darkness of her twisted life. When fate intervenes, however, the two discover that love, like destiny, is inevitable between soul mates.
Review – Book: Lover Mine is my least favorite book in this series, but with some of my favorite scenes. Sounds kind of dichotomous, but it’s true. Love and hate, caring so deeply it hurts to being completely unaffected. Such a strange book, but still one I could not put down.
John Matthew and Xhex are the starring couple, but Blay and Qhuinn stole the show. Watching them dance around each other kept me totally enthralled, even though I wanted to strangle Qhuinn. In the books, it was easy to want to beat some sense into his head, but listening to the audio, I finally got a feel for how badly he wanted to be normal. How badly he wanted to fit in and belong. His family, though gone, still dictate his actions and it’s painful to witness. I really wanted to hate Saxton, but I couldn’t, . He never once lied, and Qhuinn created his own hell. Heart Break City. I also wanted to hate Layla, but again, I just can’t. These boys, especially and specifically, Qhuinn, are a disaster waiting to happen and of their own making.
The lessors and Lash were just not too interesting to me. Lash is evil and he gets his, but still it was the parts of the story I didn’t focus too heavily on. I think that’s true for most of the books. I understand the need for the warriors to have a society to battle with, but I really didn’t care about the details of that society.
Even though I was never a huge JM fan, after listening to this audio book, he’s grown on me. I guess that’s kudos to the narrator.
Review – Audio Book: I feel like I repeat myself when I talk about Jim Frangione being consistent in his performance of this series, but then again, consistency is key to remaining true to the characters. He is a true professional and his performances are what keeps me listening and then immediately moving on to the next book. This narrator brings new insight into the series that I would have missed had I only chosen to read them. I can easily see myself returning to listen again in the future.
Overall Impression: I really liked it
*I purchased my own, personal copy of this book for review.*