Series: Black Dagger Brotherhood #11
Release Date: March 26, 2013
Rating: 5 Stars
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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.
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I have been waiting a long time for Qhuinn to finally get his stuff together and admit to Blay, and himself, what was truly in his heart. This book was beyond what I hoped for! There was so much action and so many things happening in the book I just could not put it down! I know J.R. Ward had mentioned she was afraid of writing this book because she didn't want to disappoint anyone. I don't think she has anything to worry about. I thought the love scenes were tastefully done and extremely HOT!! The only thing I had an issue with was that I felt there were too many scenes with Assail, but I also feel that it was necessary in order to set up the next book(s). Many things were set in motion here that I will have a hard time waiting for the next book!
The epilogue was the best part of the whole book! I also loved watching the subtle changes in Xcor. He is still a bastard and he wants to dethrone Wrath, but we witness a softer side as he is fully enraptured by the Chosen Layla, and she for him. Although it was heartbreaking to watch their realization that they can't be together, I am totally rooting for that HEA.
Bottom line: LOVER AT LAST is a must-read for anyone who loves the Black Dagger Brotherhood or anyone who loves it when a couple rise above insurmountable odds in order to reach that happily ever after!