April 8, 2013

Lover at Last by J.R. Ward

I finished Lover at Last over the weekend, and I'm still trying to sort out all of the feelings that I have left over from finishing the book.  I was happy at how the story ended, sad that the book was over, and a little bit disappointed in the overall book.  I felt ... cheated in a way.  Don't get me wrong - it was a GREAT book.  Very well written, fast paced, authentic Black Dagger Brotherhood action and suspense, had me feeling like I was right there every step of the way.  But, still.....  I was so ready for the whole Blay and Qhuinn romance to take front and center, and for them to work all of their issues out and finally find a way to be together.  In the end, they came together in a great way.  It was a very romantic, heart wrenching way that had me shedding a few tears, but the journey to get to that point was where I felt the book was lacking.  I wanted to experience the in depth ups and downs that we have grown used to in each of the other BDB books.  I remember reading Wrath's story, and V's story, and Hollywood's, and while there was still business going on in the compound, and they were still kicking major Lesser butt out in Caldwell, the love story was front and center.  Lover at Last jumped around to so many different scenarios that it kind of made my head spin.  And while I did totally appreciate the building up of so many different story lines that I hope are developed into books of their own (Assail and Sola, Trez and Selena, Xcor and Layla), I found myself feeling really disappointed every time the focus was taken off of Blay and Qhuinn.  There was so much MORE there that could have been drawn out and lingered on in detail.  When they came together physically, it was powerful stuff.  J.R. Ward definitely knows her way around a sex scene.  But this partnership has been so long in the making, and the readers have been longing for a resolution for the last 3 or 4 books, and to rush it like this and stick it in among so many other plot lines, just felt wrong.  I couldn't be happier with where "Qhuay" ended up, but when the time came at the end of the book for the big climax, it was over too fast.  The scene was so overwhelming in a good way that it made me cry a little, but if it would have been built up slowly, and in the right way, I probably would have bawled my eyes out for a week.  I wanted to feel all of that emotion so bad!  I wanted to be right there with them through every single agonizing step .... and I was, as much as I was allowed to be.  Overall, I loved the book.  Maybe I'm just being greedy.  :)  After waiting so long for this story to come out, I just wanted to live it for as long as I could.  But in the end they got to where they needed to be, and maybe that's the most important part.  I give this book 4 out of 5 stars, because even though I wanted more Blay and Qhuinn, every other story line that popped up had me on the edge of my seat and wanting more.  Beautifully written book, and I can't wait for the next one!



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