Lover Mine is the newest book in JR Ward’s NYT best-selling Black Dagger Brotherhood series. From the inside cover flap.~
In the darkest corners of the night in Caldwell, New York, a conflict like no other rages. Long divided as a terrifying battleground for the vampires and their enemies, the city is home to a band of brothers born to defend their race: the warrior vampires of the Black Dagger Brotherhood.
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 upon 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 herself 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.
I read Lover Mine as soon as the book was released in April. I’ve held off writing anything until now because I really didn’t think I could say anything that hadn’t already been said. I love the BDB series and think the WARDen totally delivered with John Matthew’s book. Yes, we had to wait a bit before John Matthew and Xhex found one another, but I think it only made their connection to one another even stronger. Both also had to share stories of their past to help bring them closer together. I will say I thought Xhex learned sign language a bit faster than I thought possible, but didn’t really distract me from the story. I also enjoyed reading about Darius and his past. Since he “died” so early in Dark Lover, I never really felt I knew enough about him. I don’t feel like I can really say much more without giving away tons of spoilers, and I already did that with my book signing post a few weeks ago.
The next BDB book will be Payne’s book and it should be released in April 2011, unless the release date is moved. The WARDen will also release Crave, the second book in her Fallen Angel series in October, so her readers will continue to get 2 books each year.