by J. R. Ward

May 2010
ISBN: 978-0-451-22985-4
Reviewer Graphic Button New American Library

John Matthew’s life so far has been a series of highs and lows that have molded him into the worthy male that he has become. Being taken in by the Brotherhood, warrior vampires, protectors of their race, was one of the best moments of his life. Until he met Xhex, a sympathy assassin and his fated mate, joining the Brotherhood and finally belonging to a family was the defining moment of his life.

The chance that he may lose her to Lash, son of the Omega, enemy of all vampires, is enough to make him crazed. The search for her has been hard on all of the Brothers and their allies, but it is that much harder for John Matthew because no one knows she is his mate. And he must hide the effects of their separation or risk being sidelined from the fight altogether. John needs to find Xhex, dead or alive, and kill the evil bastard Lash, or he will never know peace.

For Xhex, being kidnapped is nothing new. She survived it before and she will do so again. Her only regret is that she will not have a chance to tell John Matthew how much she loves him. She pushed him away to keep him from suffering the same madness that took her last lover. She refused to lose so worthy a male to the ravages of madness caused by her sympathy powers. However, unless Xhex can find a way to break the spell that Lash placed on her confinement, she may never get a chance to see John Matthew again.

There is a great deal going on in Lover Mine, J.R. Ward’s latest Black Dagger Brotherhood tale. I was once again blown away by the depth of emotion to be found in J.R.’s books. The pace is quick but not so much that you miss things. Each page brings a wealth of engaging scenes you will not want to miss. The secondary storylines are as gripping and emotionally charged as John and Xhex’s combining for a large story that is a big hit. I don’t think I can adequately convey just how light, yet full you will find your spirits. All I can say is the long awaited story of John Matthew/Darius was well worth the wait.

Reviewed in April 2010 by Cynthia.

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