Schlagwort-Archive: Blay

[Rezension] Seelenprinz & Sohn der Dunkelheit (Lover at Last)

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‘Lover at Last’by J. R. Ward

Black Dagger Brotherhood #11/
Black Dagger #21 & #22
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Inhaltsangabe:
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.  (Source: Goodreads.com)

Meine Gedanken zum Buch:
Ich bin so froh, dass Ward ihren Willen durchgesetzt und dieses tolle Buch geschrieben hat. Solange haben wir darauf warten müssen und jetzt endlich haben wir auch die Story von Qhuinn und Blay. Ich finde zwar Blay ganz okay, aber Qhuinn gehört einfach zu meinen Lieblingen in der Reihe (neben ein paar anderen ^^). Und er hat mir immer wieder das Herz gebrochen mit seiner Vergangenheit, seiner Familie und auch jetzt, wo er ein Jahr lang Blay mit Saxton zusehen musste. Besonders da er nun endlich weiß, was er will und was er fühlt – sicher ist es noch ein Prozess, auch in diesem Buch, aber endlich gesteht er sich seine Gefühle ein, anstatt sie zu verdrängen und zu ignorieren.
Schon alleine für den Mut und die Eier, die Ward bewiesen hat, dieses Buch zu schreiben, gibt es von mir einen Extrapunkt, denn das war nicht so einfach, wie man sich das vorstellen möchte. In einem Buchforum habe ich nämlich gehört, dass Ward sogar extra die Agentur gewechselt hat, um ihren Wunsch zu erfüllen diese homosexuelle Liebe zu schreiben, da es doch kein ganz konservatives Thema ist und einige damit noch immer ein Problem haben. Was ich persönlich wirklich schlimm finde in der heutigen Zeit. Aber Ward hat sich davon nicht einschüchtern lassen und das finde ich toll! Hut ab.

Die Schreibweise von Ward war wieder typisch ‚wardisch‘ mit eigenen Ausdrücken und vielen Schimpfwörtern, Flüchen und dem berühmte F*** Wort. Aber hier stört mich diese Ausdrucksweise nicht, weil es einfach zu den Brüdern der Black Dagger passt. Sie sind nun einmal harte Männer und drücken sich auch so aus, was sie nur noch echter und authentischer macht. Für mich wirken die Figuren gerade deswegen auch so lebendig und ich kann es mir nicht erklären, aber für mich fühlen sie sich einfach echt an … nicht wie starre Romanfiguren, sondern fast wie Freunde, die es wirklich irgendwo gibt. Und diesen Gedanken finde ich schön.

Im Gegensatz zu Lover Reborn, in dem sich die Handlung über ein ganzes Jahr zieht, passiert hier alles innerhalb weniger Tage und zwar im Zeitrahmen irgendwann im Winter. Leider ist mir nicht ganz klar, wann es spielt, ob es wirklich nach Lover Reborn spielt oder dazwischen. Eigentlich war auch gedacht, dass Qhuinn und Blays Geschichte nur eine kurze Novelle wird, so wie Bellas und Zs Babygeschichte, aber dann haben wir doch ein ganzes Buch erhalte. Worüber ich mich freue, aber trotzdem tut sich in der Hintergrundgeschichte nicht wirklich viel. Wie gesagt, der Zeitraum ist ziemlich kurz und auch die Lesser bleiben im Hintergrund, wie auch die Band of Bastards. Dieser Punkt, dass nicht viel passiert, außer der Liebegeschichte der beiden Hauptfiguren, die ihre Vergangenheit aufarbeiten und sich endlich zusammenraufen, Missverständnisse ausräumen und aussprechen, hätte mich eigentlich gestört.
Aber wieder habe ich in einer Forumsdiskussion gehört, dass angeblich bewusst wenig Hintergrundhandlung geschrieben wurde, damit Leute, die ein Problem mit homosexuellen Paaren haben, dieses Buch einfach auslassen können und erst wieder bei Buch # 12 einsteigen können, ohne, dass sie etwas Entscheidendes verpassen. Falls das stimmen sollte, kann ich erstens keinen Punkt dafür abziehen und zweitens, fände ich das wirklich traurig und schlimm in der aufgeklärten Zeit, in der wir leben. Oder zumindest gedacht haben, dass wir leben. Anscheinend sind doch noch nicht alle so tolerant, wie ich gedacht habe. Schade.

Statt der Handlung werden dafür aber neue Charaktere eingebaut, beziehungsweise bekommen andere Charaktere, die vorher immer nur kurz vorkamen mehr Raum und erzählen auch aus ihrer Sicht. Wie zb. Assail oder Trez und Xcor. Ich fand das jetzt leider nicht so toll, da dadurch vieles außerhalb der Black Dagger Grundformation spielt, aber durch eine Wendung am Ende, hoffe ich, dass der nächste Teil wieder vermehrt mit den alten Figuren (JM, V, Z, …) zu tun hat. Und auch die Wendung mit Qhuinns Bruder Luchas fand ich einfach genial und ich bin schon äußerst gespannt auf ihn!

Für mich war es auf alle Fälle wirklich ein sehr tolles Buch und ich konnte es nicht aus der Hand legen. Was mich selber wundert ist, obwohl ich keine Probleme mit homosexueller Liebe habe, waren die Szenen mit Qhuinn und Blay, die wieder sehr bildlich beschrieben wurden, doch sehr gut und sie haben mich vollkommen überzeugt. *wirklich hot hot* ;)
Und das Ende war natürlich wieder ganz nach meinem Geschmack. Einige fanden es vielleicht zu kitschig und ja, so derart schnulzig ist selbst Ward am Ende selten, aber ich war trotzdem glücklich damit und froh, dass es so gekommen ist. Geht es nicht darum, dass man nach dem Lesen mit einem Lächeln auf den Lippen das Buch beendet? Ich denke schon und das hat Ward voll und ganz wieder perfekt erfüllt! Danke!

PS: Falls ihr wissen wollte, welche Geschichte als nächstes kommt, dann darf ich euch bereits verraten, dass das Buch ‘The King’ heißen und über Beth und Wrath handeln wird – wir gehen quasi zurück zum Ursprung! :)

English Cover:
Tolles Cover und ich weiß gar nicht welches mir besser gefällt, Hardcover oder Paperback. Ich selber habe das Taschenbuchformat von Pitakus und finde es genauso toll und passend, wie das Hardcover, welches auch sehr perfekt Qhuinn zeigt.

All in all:
Fast alle Erwartungen wurden gänzlich erfüllt und es war wieder eine tolle Reise in die Welt der Black Dagger, die ich immer wieder gerne besuche und nur schweren Herzes wieder verlasse. Nach wie vor ist sie eine meiner Lieblingsreihen und ich hoffe, sie geht noch lange weiter.

Rating:
4,5 of 5 points (soo awesome!)
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Quotes:

Qhuinn: “I think that’s Justin Bieber.”
Standing in front of a line up of Lay’s potato chips, Qhuinn looked overhead to the speaker inset into the ceiling tiles. “Yup, I’m right, and I hate that I know that.”
Next to him John Matthew signed “How do you know?”
Qhuinn: “The little shit is everywhere. I swear, that kid is proof the Antichrist is coming.”
John: “Maybe it’s already here.”
Qhuinn: “Would explain Miley Cyrus.” (*haha* :D )

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Vishous: “I’m sorry? I didn’t catch that.”
Qhuinn: “I left the keys in it.”
V: “That was a dumb-ass move, son.”
No. Fucking. Kidding.
V: “Listen, I gotta go. I need both hands to hold my gut as I laugh my ass off attcha. Later.”

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“You good?” Rhage prompted.
Qhuinn: “Yeah. Yeah. I’m okay.”
Rhage: “Fritz hates dead bodies in the front hall.”
“But there’s not a lot of blood with strangulation,” somebody pointed out. “Clean-up would have been easy.”
“Just a floor polish afterward,” another guy chimed in.

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Qhuinn: ‘As he washed himself, the soap wasn’t half as soft as Blay’s skin, and didn’t smell a quarter as good. The water wasn’t as hot as the fighter’s blood had been, and the shampoo wasn’t as soothing. Nothing came close. Nothing ever would.’

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Layla: “If any harm shall befall him, I will come after you, and find you where you sleep. I do not care where you lay your head or who with, my vengeance shall rain upon you until you drown.”
That last word was drawn out, until its syllable was lost in more growling. Dead silence.
Until Doc Jane said dryly, “Annnnd this is why they say the female of the species is more dangerous than the male.”

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Blay: ‘In the silence that followed, Blay knew he had something he was supposed to say. Yeah…it was right on his tongue. It was… Shit. With Qhuinn looking at him like that, he couldn’t remember his own name. Blaysox? Blacklock? Blabberfox? Who the fuck knew…’

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Qhuinn to Blay: “You guys were what got me through it,” Qhuinn heard himself say. “I lived for the night, because I could go over to your house. It was the only thing that kept me going. You were the only thing, actually. It was…you.”

Serienreihenfolge:

# 1: J. R. Ward  – Nachtjagd & Blutopfer (Dark Lover) »»
# 2: J. R. Ward  – Ewige Liebe & Bruderkrieg (Lover Eternal) »»
# 3: J. R. Ward  – Mondspur &Dunkles Erwachen (Lover Awakened) »»
# 4: J. R. Ward  – Menschenkind & Vampirherz (Lover Revealed) »»
# 5: J. R. Ward  – Seelenjäger & Todesfluch (Lover Unbound) »»
# 6: J. R. Ward  – Blutlinien & Vampirträume (Lover Enshrined) »»
#6.5: J. R. Ward –BDB – An Insider’s Guide »»
# 7: J. R. Ward  – Racheengel & Blinder König (Lover Avagened) »»
# 8: J. R. Ward  – Vampirseele & Mondschwur (Lover Mine) »»
# 9: J. R. Ward  – Vampirschwur & Nachtsseele (Lover Unleashed) »»
#10: J. R. Ward – Liebesmond & Schattentraum (Lover Reborn) »»
#11: J.R. Ward – Seelenprinz & Sohn der Dunkelheit (Lover at Last) »»
#12: J. R. Ward – The King »»
#13: J.R. Ward – The Shadows
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copyright: jrward.com

About the author – J. R. Ward:
J.R. Ward is a #1 New York Times and USAToday Best Selling author of erotic paranormal romance. She lives in the south with her incredibly supportive husband and her beloved golden retriever. After graduating from law school, she began working in healthcare in Boston and spent many years as Chief of Staff of one of the premier academic medical centers in the nation. Writing has always been her passion and her idea of heaven is a whole day of nothing but her computer, her dog and her coffee pot. (Source: jrward.com)

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[Review] Lover at Last

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‘Lover at Last’ by J. R. Ward

Black Dagger Brotherhood #11/
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Synopsis:
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.  (Source: Goodreads.com)

My thoughts about the book:
I’m so glad that Ward has got her will and has written this great book. We had to wait so long for it and now finally we also have the story of Qhuinn and Blay. Though I still think that Blay is quite okay, but Qhuinn is just one of my favorites in the series (beside some other characters^^). And he has broken my heart over and over again with his past, his family and also now, when he had to watch almost a whole Blay with Saxton. Particularly because he now finally knows what he wants and what he feels – of course it is still a process also in this book, but finally he confesses his feelings to himself, instead of ignoring them.
Already only for Wards courage and balls, which she has proved by writing this book, she got an extra point from me because this wasn’t as easy as you would like to think. I’ve read in a book-forum that Ward even has to swicht her agency to fulfill her wish to write this homosexual love, because it’s not quite a conservative subject and some people still have a problem with that – which I personally find really sad in nowadays. But Ward hasn’t scared away of it and I find this great! Hats off.

The writing manner of Ward was again typical ‚wardic’ with her own expressions and many swearwords, curses and the famous f*** word. But here this language doesn’t disturb me because it simply fits to the brothers of the Black Dagger. They are hard men and also express themselves in such a way, which makes them only more real and authentic. For me the characters just feel so alive because of that and I can’t explain it, but for me they are kind of feel real… not like some novel figures, but almost like friends, who are really living somewhere. And I like this thought.

In contrast to ‘Lover Reborn’, in which the plot played over a whole year, here everything happens within some days, namely in the time frame sometime in the winter. Unfortunately I’m not quite sure, when it plays ecaxtly or whether it plays after ‘Lover Reborn’ or in between. Actually at first it also was intended that Qhuinn and Blay only get a short story, as well as Bella’s and Z’s baby story, but then we have got a whole book. For which I’m really glad, but it doesn’t happen much in the background story. As said, the period is quite short and also the Lessers remain in the background, as well as the Band of Bastards. The point, that it doesn’t happen a lot – except the love story of the two main characters, which work off their past and clear it, finally get together and solve their misunderstandings and really start talking – would have disturbed me. But again I’ve read in a book forum, that this was made on purpose (to write only a little about the background story) so that people, who have a problem with homosexual couples, can simply let this book out, and start reading the series right with book # 12, so they won’t miss something important in the main story of the Brotherhood. If this should be right, I can’t reduce the rating by one point and secondly, I would find it really sad and bad in the enlightened time, in which we live – or at least supposed to live. Apparently not everybody is yet as tolerant as I’ve thought. It’s a shame.

So instead of the plot, new characters are gotten embedded or other characters, which before always were shown briefly, got more space and the opportunity to tell also their story – for example Assail, Trez or Xcor. Unfortunately I found this not so great, because thereby a lot of it plays outside the basic formation of the Black Dagger Brotherhood, but because of a special twist at the end of this book, I hope that the next part deals again more with the old characters (with JM, V, Z…).
And also the turn with Qhuinn’s brother Luchas was just awesome and I’m really very curious how this will turn out and I hope there will be more about him.

For me all in all it was really a very great book and I couldn’t put it aside. What surprises even me is, although I have no problems with homosexual love, were that I really liked the scenes with Qhuinn and Blay, which again were described very visual and they could persuade me completely. *really hot hot* ;)

And the end was of course again completely for my taste. Maybe some found it too kitschy and, yes, something so soppy even for Ward is very rare at the end, but I was happy nevertheless with it and glad that it has come so. Isn’t it about the fact that you want to finish a book with a smile on your face? I think so and Ward has fulfilled this again totally perfect! Thanks! :)

Cover:
Great cover and I don’t know at all which one I like more – the hardcover or the paperback. I’ve got the paperback format of Pitakus at home and find it as great and suitable as like the hardcover version, which also shows Qhuinn perfectly.

All in all:
Almost all expectations were totally fulfilled and it was again a great trip into the world of the Black Dagger, which I love to visit over and over again and leave it again only with a sad heart. Still it is one of my favorite series and I hope it still will go on for a long time.

Rating:
4,5 of 5 points (soo awesome!)

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Quotes:

Qhuinn: “I think that’s Justin Bieber.”
Standing in front of a line up of Lay’s potato chips, Qhuinn looked overhead to the speaker inset into the ceiling tiles. “Yup, I’m right, and I hate that I know that.”
Next to him John Matthew signed “How do you know?”
Qhuinn: “The little shit is everywhere. I swear, that kid is proof the Antichrist is coming.”
John: “Maybe it’s already here.”
Qhuinn: “Would explain Miley Cyrus.” (*haha* :D )

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Vishous: “I’m sorry? I didn’t catch that.”
Qhuinn: “I left the keys in it.”
V: “That was a dumb-ass move, son.”
No. Fucking. Kidding.
V: “Listen, I gotta go. I need both hands to hold my gut as I laugh my ass off attcha. Later.”

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“You good?” Rhage prompted.
Qhuinn: “Yeah. Yeah. I’m okay.”
Rhage: “Fritz hates dead bodies in the front hall.”
“But there’s not a lot of blood with strangulation,” somebody pointed out. “Clean-up would have been easy.”
“Just a floor polish afterward,” another guy chimed in.
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Qhuinn: ‘As he washed himself, the soap wasn’t half as soft as Blay’s skin, and didn’t smell a quarter as good. The water wasn’t as hot as the fighter’s blood had been, and the shampoo wasn’t as soothing. Nothing came close. Nothing ever would.’
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Layla: “If any harm shall befall him, I will come after you, and find you where you sleep. I do not care where you lay your head or who with, my vengeance shall rain upon you until you drown.”
That last word was drawn out, until its syllable was lost in more growling. Dead silence.
Until Doc Jane said dryly, “Annnnd this is why they say the female of the species is more dangerous than the male.”

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Blay: ‘In the silence that followed, Blay knew he had something he was supposed to say. Yeah…it was right on his tongue. It was… Shit. With Qhuinn looking at him like that, he couldn’t remember his own name. Blaysox? Blacklock? Blabberfox? Who the fuck knew…’

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Qhuinn to Blay: “You guys were what got me through it,” Qhuinn heard himself say. “I lived for the night, because I could go over to your house. It was the only thing that kept me going. You were the only thing, actually. It was…you.”.

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Succession:
# 1: J. R. Ward – Dark Lover »»
# 2: J. R. Ward – Lover Eternal »»
# 3: J. R. Ward – Lover Awakened »»
# 4: J. R. Ward – Lover Revealed »»
# 5: J. R. Ward – Lover Unbound »»
# 6: J. R. Ward – Lover Enshrined »»
# 6.5: J.R.Ward – BDB: An Insider’s Guide »»
# 7: J. R. Ward – Lover Avagened »»
# 8: J. R. Ward – Lover Mine »»
# 9: J. R. Ward – Lover Unleashed »»
# 10: J. R. Ward – Lover Reborn »»
# 11: J. R. Ward – Lover at Last »»
# 12: J. R. Ward – The King
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copyright: jrward.com

About the author – J. R. Ward:
J.R. Ward is a #1 New York Times and USAToday Best Selling author of erotic paranormal romance. She lives in the south with her incredibly supportive husband and her beloved golden retriever. After graduating from law school, she began working in healthcare in Boston and spent many years as Chief of Staff of one of the premier academic medical centers in the nation. Writing has always been her passion and her idea of heaven is a whole day of nothing but her computer, her dog and her coffee pot. (Source: jrward.com)

Visit her Website »»

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[Rezension] Liebesmond + Schattentraum

English Hardcover

German Cover #20

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‘Liebesmond‘ & ‘Schattentraum’
by J. R. Ward

(Lover Reborn)

Black Dagger #19 & # 20
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First Sentence:
” ‘The bastard’s taking the bridge! He’s mine!’ Tohrment waited for an answering whistle, and when it puddles, his legs going piston, his hands fisting hard.”

Last Sentence:
” ‘You bet your ass I am. Eternally grateful… I am … Eternally. Grateful.’ On that note, he kissed his female… and bit into his Big Mac.”

Inhaltsangabe:
In the darkest corners of the night in Caldwell, New York, a conflict like no other rages. The city is home to a band of brothers born to defend their race: the warrior vampires of the Black Dagger Brotherhood.
Now back in the Brotherhood – and unrecognisable as the vampire leader he once was – Tohrment is physically emaciated and heartbroken beyond despair. When he begins to see his beloved in his dreams – trapped in a cold, isolating netherworld – Tohr turns to a self-serving fallen angel in hopes of saving the one he has lost. When he’s told he must learn to love another to free his former mate, Tohr knows they are all doomed . . .
Except then a female with a shadowed history begins to get through to him. Against the backdrop of the raging war with the lessers, and with a new clan of vampires vying for the Blind King’s throne, Tohr struggles between the buried past, and a very hot, passion-filled future . . . but can his heart let go and set all of them free?  (Source: Goodreads.com)

Meine Gedanken zum Buch:
Um die Worte von Vishous zu verwenden – dieses Buch war einfach nur ‚fan-fucking-tastic’ awesome!!!
Ich hatte hohe Erwartungen an das Buch, weil es mir so vorkam ich, als ob ich eine Ewigkeit darauf warten musste. Aber es hat sich voll und ganz ausgezahlt und für dieses Buch wäre es sogar wert, noch ein Jahr zu warten – obwohl es mich umgebracht hätte – und es hat mehr als nur meine Erwartungen erfüllt, in jedem Bereich. Ich liebe dieses Buch und es gehört nun definitiv zu meinen Lieblingen in der Black Dagger Reihe!

Ich hatte soviel Spaß beim Lesen, dass ich es nicht in Worte fassen kann. Es war stets mitreißend und emotional und ich habe es innerhalb von 4 Tagen ausgelesen, obwohl das Buch 572 Seiten hat und auf Englisch war! Um ehrlich zu sein, habe ich es nicht nur gelesen, sondern förmlich aufgesaugt, fast schon inhaliert wie ein abhängiger Drogensüchtiger. Und ich werde es mit Sicherheit bald noch ein zweites Mal lesen, nur um sicher zu stellen, dass ich kein kleinstes Detail verpasst habe.

Nach dem schwachen 9ten Teil ‚Lover Unleashed’ mit der Geschichte von Payne und Manny, kam nun im zehnten Band endlich Tohr an die Reihe, den ich schon in den ersten zwei Bändern ins Herz geschlossen hatte, um sein Happy – End zu bekommen. Aber bis dorthin hat er, wie auch wir als Leser, viele Schmerzen erleiden müssen. Sein Buch war voll von Verzweiflung, Traurigkeit, Unglaube und Wut, wegen dem viel zu frühen und brutalen Mord seiner schwangeren Frau Wellsie. Oh Gott; er war in solcher Qual und auch ich habe viele Tränen für ihn uns seine Familie vergossen und ich war ebenfalls wie gefangen von seinem Verlust und Verzweiflung, die anfänglich kein Ende, keine Erlösung zu finden schien.

Doch es wäre kein Ward- Buch, gäbe es nicht auch hier ein Happy- End für Tohr und No’One, für das ich ihr wahnsinnig dankbar bin. Obwohl es Momente gab, bei denen man dachte, es gibt kein zurück mehr und ein unglückliches Ende ist  in baldiger Reichweite, hat sie es doch geschafft am Ende all glücklich zu machen. *toll*

Aber nicht nur Tohr und No’One kamen in diesem Buch zu Wort, sondern es war auch wieder eine Menge von meinem geliebten John Matthew dabei, der leider mehr als nur Streitereien mit seiner Shellan Xhex hatte. Auch sie konnten es am Ende bereinigen, von dem ich sowieso von Anfang an aus ging. Doch ich muss ehrlich zugeben, dass ich Xhex zwar alleine als Charakter mag, aber ich war bereits in Lover Mine von der Konstellation der beiden als Paar nicht begeistert. Xhex ist zu hart und äußerlich gefühlskalt und für John hätte ich mir einen weicheren, gefühlvolleren Charakter gewünscht, nachdem was er bereits alles durchmachen musste. Aber gut, das ist nicht für mich zum entscheiden, sondern ein Fakt, der mich nun einmal ein wenig stört.

In Lover Reborn kam wenig von der Lessning Society vor, obwohl immer wieder Kämpfe gegen sie stattfanden, aber der Fokus lag in diesem Buch eindeutig auf einem anderen Feind. Und zwar hat die Band of Bastards (BoB), die barbarische Gruppe aus dem alten Land, angeführt von Xcor, einen fatalen Schlag gegen König Wrath erzielt. Wodurch nun der Kampf und die Aufmerksamkeit der Bruderschaft, auf diese Gruppe gelenkt wurde und an Priorität gewonnen hat. Ich finde diese Konstellation der zwei Gruppen und ihre Aggression gegeneinander, wahnsinnig spannend und ich kann es kaum erwarten zu erfahren wie es weiter geht in diesen unerbitterlichen Kampf. Was ich von Ward faszinierend finde, ist, dass sie Xcor nicht nur als den Bösen oder als Monster darstellt, obwohl er bereits viele schändliche Taten begangen hat, sondern, dass man auch hinter seine Fassade blicken kann und seinen inneren Konflikt bemerkt, der ihn aufgrund seiner Erziehung, seines Trainings zum Biest werden ließ. Und ich bin mir sehr sicher, dass auch er bald sein Buch bekommt und ich habe bereits eine sehr starke Vorahnung, mit wem er am Ende zusammen kommen wird. ;)

Das Beste an diesem Buch war, dass es in mir alle Emotionen heraus gekitzelt hat, die man nur haben kann. Ich habe geweint mit Tohr und Wellsie. Ich war traurig und verbittert mit No’One, Qhuinn oder Layla. Verzweifelt und verloren auf John’s Wegen oder ich konnte mit den anderen Brüdern und auch dem Engel Lassiter, lachen und Spaß haben. Und über allen konnte ich am Ende glücklich sein und mit einem wohligen Lächeln auf den Lippen dieses Buch beenden – zufrieden und befriedigt auf ganzer Linie. ;)
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Okay – eigentlich wollte ich nicht spoilern, aber weil mich schon einige im Forum gefragt haben, muss ich ein paar SPOILER verraten.

Ich weiß nicht wo ich beginnen soll. Es ist so viel passiert auf diesen 570 Seiten, so viel ist verraten worden, dass es schwer ist, den richtigen Anfang zu finden.

* Zu aller erst, weiß ich, dass es viele von euch interessiert wie No’One’s richtiger Name ist. Früher im alten Land war ihr Vorname ‚Rosalhynda’, aber der Nachname wird leider nie genannt (obwohl einige im Forum eine Vermutung haben, wer mit ihr, neben Xhex ,verwandt sein könnte). In diesem Buch wird sie nach der Hälfte von Tohr zu ‘Autumn’ umbenannt – weil er die Farben dieser Jahreszeit mag, die Leichtkraft und die Schönheit – so wie er auch No’One sieht.

* Jeder kann sich doch noch daran erinnern, dass Qhuinn im sechsten Teil brutal zusammen geschlagen wurde und er dabei fast gestorben wäre, oder? Könnt ihr euch auch noch daran erinnern, dass er vor der Tür des ‘Makers’ ein kleines, blondes Kind mit zwei verschieden farbigen Augen gesehen hat?! JA – erinnert ihr euch.
Ich denke, das wird bald Realität werden, weil Layla ihr ‚Needing’ hatte und Qhuinn ihr in dieser Zeit gedient hat. Aber keine Angst- sie lieben sich nicht und werden nur für das Kind zusammen halten (wie Freunde).

* Layla hat sich nämlich in einen anderen verliebt, bzw. sie fantasiert von ihm, obwohl sie kein Wort miteinander gesprochen haben. Aber sie kann nicht mit ihm zusammen sein, weil er eigentlich der Feind ist und brutal und bestialisch – doch sie hat in seine Augen, hinter seine Fassade geblickt, direkt in das Herz von… -> Xcor! :)
Ich bin fast zu 99 % sicher, dass die beiden irgendwann zusammen kommen werden. (so wie die Schöne und das Biest? ^^)

* Qhuinn war nicht aus Liebe mit Layla zusammen sondern nur weil er ein Kind möchte, eine Familie, zu der er voll ung ganz gehört. Und ich habe so ein Gefühl, dass wir bald endlich unser Qhuay – HEA bekommen und dass hoffentlich das nächste Buch über Qhuinn und Blay sein wird. Wollt ihr wissen warum? Wegen diesen Absatzes am Ende des Buches:

„Enough, Qhuinn thought.
Enough with the excuses, and the avoidance, and the trying to be someone, anyone else.
Even if he got shanked, even if his precious little ego and his dumb-ass little heart got shattered into little pieces, it was time to stop the bullshit. It was time to be a male.
As Blay started to straighten, like a message had been received, Qhuinn thought, That’s right, buddy. Our future has come.”

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Geeee, wie toll hört sich das den an und wie vielversprechend, dass Buch # 11 über die beiden sein wird?? Kann es kaum erwarten! *toll*

* Wer wissen möchte, welche Bücher mit Sicherheit noch kommen werden, dann sind hier die bereits fix unterzeichneten:
Qhuay, Lassiter, Trez, iAm, Murhder, Throe and Xcor.…

EDIT: 02.04.2012 - Es ist offiziell!!! Bei einem Signing hat Ward nun bestätigt, dass QHUINN und BLAYS Buch als Hardcover nächstes Jahr rauskommt und nicht nur als Novella – sondern sie bekommen ein richtiges Buch – und das schon nächstes JAHR!! *freu mich soo* :D

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English Cover:
Mir gefällt das Cover ausgesprochen gut und ich finde es toll, dass endlich ein Kerl abgebildet ist, der wirklich dem Charakter im Buch ähnlich sieht. Außerdem mag die die Farbgebung und den Bluttropfen, der beim Buchstaben hinunter hängt.

All in all:
Ich kann nicht mehr sagen, wie oft ich schon erwähnt habe, dass ich diese Serie von Ward, wie auch dieses Buch hier liebe und es mit Sicherheit noch oft lesen werde. Für jeden, der die Bücher noch nicht gelesen – verdammt noch mal – fängt sie endlich an zu lesen und lasst euch auch in diese brutale, aber zugleich hinreißende, mitfühlende Welt der Black Dagger ziehen.

Rating:
5 of 5 points (I LOVED it – buy it!)

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Quotes: (guess this time my quotes are a litte more than usual^^)

Tohr (thinking): ‘As he sat with his brothers and the shellans and guests of the mansion, everything was a distant, hazy blur.
Well, almost all of it.
There was only one thing in the vast room that made any impression on him.
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Tohr: ‘I miss you…’ He stroked the indentation of the gown where her waist would have been – should have been. ‘I miss you so much.’
…. Why couldn’t his memories bring her back? They felt strong enough, powerful enough, a summoning spell that should have had her magically reinflating the gown.
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Rhage: “And if that bastard’s innocent, I’m the fucking Easter bunny.”
“Oh, good,” someone quipped. “I’m calling you Hope-along Hollywood from now on.”
“Beasty Bo Peep,” somebody else threw out….
“People,” Rhage barked, “the point is that he is not innocent and I’m not the Easter bunny –“
“Where’s your basket?”
“Can I play with your eggs?”
“Hope it out, big guy –“
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Thor (thinking): He took, the took hard and ravenously, drinking deep, and wanting more than just the vein.
He wanted the core of this female.
He wanted in her as he drank from her.
And this was just true even as he was acutely ware that his was not this Wellsie. ….
But he still wanted her.
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No’One to Tohr: “I used to watch you sleep – back in the Old Country. I spent hours memorizing the way he low glow from the peat played over your closed eyes and your cheeks and your jaw.”
Tohr: “Why?”
No’One: “Because you weren’t like the sympath at all. You were dark and he was pale. You were big and he was thin. You were kind to me… and he was not. You were the only thing that kept my from going completely mad.”
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No’One: “Eventually she whispered, ‘I must be getting heavy.’
Tohr: ‘Not at all.’
‘You’re very strong.’
Man, that did his ego good. Matter of fact, she hit him with anything like that again, he was going to feel like he could bench-press a city bus. With a jet plane parked on its roof.” (*lmao*- I love this quote^^)
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Serienreihenfolge:

# 1: J. R. Ward  – Nachtjagd & Blutopfer (Dark Lover) »»
# 2: J. R. Ward  – Ewige Liebe & Bruderkrieg (Lover Eternal) »»
# 3: J. R. Ward  – Mondspur &Dunkles Erwachen (Lover Awakened) »»
# 4: J. R. Ward  – Menschenkind & Vampirherz (Lover Revealed) »»
# 5: J. R. Ward  – Seelenjäger & Todesfluch (Lover Unbound) »»
# 6: J. R. Ward  – Blutlinien & Vampirträume (Lover Enshrined) »»
#6.5: J. R. Ward –BDB – An Insider’s Guide »»
# 7: J. R. Ward  – Racheengel & Blinder König (Lover Avagened) »»
# 8: J. R. Ward  – Vampirseele & Mondschwur (Lover Mine) »»
# 9: J. R. Ward  – Vampirschwur & Nachtsseele (Lover Unleashed) »»
#10: J. R. Ward – Liebesmond & Schattentraum (Lover Reborn) »»
#11: J.R. Ward – Seelenprinz & Sohn der Dunkelheit (Lover at Last) »»
#12: J. R. Ward – The King »»
#13: J.R. Ward – The Shadows

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About the author – J. R. Ward:
J.R. Ward is a #1 New York Times and USAToday Best Selling author of erotic paranormal romance. She lives in the south with her incredibly supportive husband and her beloved golden retriever. After graduating from law school, she began working in healthcare in Boston and spent many years as Chief of Staff of one of the premier academic medical centers in the nation. Writing has always been her passion and her idea of heaven is a whole day of nothing but her computer, her dog and her coffee pot.
(Source: jrward.com)

Visit her Website »»

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Review: Lover Reborn

English Hardcover

German Cover Part 2

German Cover Part 1

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‘Lover Reborn’ by J. R. Ward

Black Dagger Brotherhood # 10
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First Sentence:
” ‘The bastard’s taking the bridge! He’s mine!’ Tohrment waited for an answering whistle, and when it puddles, his legs going piston, his hands fisting hard.”

Last Sentence:
” ‘You bet your ass I am. Eternally grateful… I am … Eternally. Grateful.’ On that note, he kissed his female… and bit into his Big Mac.”

Synopsis:
Back in the Brotherhood – and unrecognisable as the vampire leader he once was – Tohrment is physically emaciated and heartbroken beyond despair. When he begins to see his beloved in his dreams – trapped in a cold, isolating netherworld – Tohr turns to a self-serving fallen angel in hopes of saving the one he has lost. When he’s told he must learn to love another to free his former mate, Tohr knows they are all doomed . . .
Except then a female with a shadowed history begins to get through to him. Against the backdrop of the raging war with the lessers, and with a new clan of vampires vying for the Blind King’s throne, Tohr struggles between the buried past, and a very hot, passion-filled future . . . but can his heart let go and set all of them free?  (Source: goodreads.com)

My thougts about the book:
To quote Vishous’ words – this book was just ‚fan-fucking-tastic’ awesome!!!
I had high expectations for this book because to me it seemed as if I had to wait an eternity for it. But it has completely paid off and for this book it would be even worth to wait another year – although that would have killed me – and the book has more than only fulfilled my expectations, in every area. I love this book and now it is definitively one of my favorites in the Black Dagger series!

I had so much fun while reading that I can’t form it into proper words. It was always thrilling and emotional and I have read it within 4 days, although the book has 572 pages and was in English! To be honest I’ve not only read it, but have formally soaked it up, almost inhaled it like a drug addict. And I’ll read it soon for a second time, only to make sure that I haven’t missed the smallest detail.

After the weak 9th book ‘Lover Unleashed’ with the story of Payne and Manny, we got the tenth book, in which finally Tohr has his time to get his ‘happily ever after’, who I already liked from the first two books and who I took to my heart. But up to that point he had to suffer, as well as we as the readers, great pains.
His book was full of desperation, sadness, disbelief and fury, because of the too early and cruel murder of his pregnant wife Wellsie. Oh God; he was in such torture and also I’ve poured many tears for him and his gone family and I was also caught by his loss and desperation, which at first seemed to come to no end, to no salvation.

But it wouldn’t be a real Ward-book, if there wouldn’t be also a happy-ending for Tohr and No’One, for which I’m incredibly grateful. Although there were moments in which I thought, there is no going back again and an unhappy-ending is unstoppable, Ward has made it again and presented us an end which made me totally happy. *great*

In this book not only Tohr and No’One got their chance to speak, but there was also a great part of my beloved John Matthew in it, who had, unfortunately, more than only little fights with his Shellan Xhex. But in the end they could also figure it out, which I already hoped for in the beginning.
However, honestly I must admit that though I like Xhex alone as a character, I was already in ‘Lover Mine#8’ not very happy by the constellation of Xhex and John as a couple. In my opinion Xhex is just too hard and on the outside too emotionally cold and for John I would have wished for a softer, more soulful female by his side, after everything he already had to go through. But well, this is not for me to decide, but a fact which disturbs me a little and which I wanted to mention here.

In ‘Lover Reborn’ wasn’t much about the lessening society, although there were fights over and over again against them, but the focus in this book lay unmistakably on another enemy. Namely the Band of Bastard (BoB), the barbarian group from the old country, headed by Xcor, has achieved a fatal hit against king Wrath. Whereby now the fights and the attention of the Brotherhood were directed on this group and have won their priority. I find this constellation of those two groups and their aggression against each other, incredibly exciting and I can’t wait to get to know how it will go on in this remorseless fight.

What I really liked about Ward was, that she presented Xcor not only as an evil/bad person or as a monster, although he has already committed many scandalous doings, but Ward let us also look behind his facade and his internal conflict, and showed us that he became this bad beast because of his education and his training. And I’m sure that he also gets his book soon and I already have a very strong foreboding with which female he will end up. ;)

The best in this book was that it has addressed in me all my emotions. I’ve cried with Tohr and Wellsie. I was sad and bitter with No’One, Qhuinn or Layla. Despaired and lost together with John or I was also able to have fun and laugh with the other brothers or also with the angel Lassiter. And about all in the end I could be happy and finish this book with a pleasant smile on my lips – entirely content and satisfied. ;)

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Okay – actually, I didn’t wanted to spoil too much, but because some members from the book forum already asked me, I just have to give away some great SPOILER. Hence, please don’t read on if you don’t want to know – for all the others – keep on reading! :)

I don’t know where I should begin exactly because it happened so much in these 570 pages.

* At first I know that some of you are interested in the right name of No’One’. Previous in the old country her given name was ‚Rosalhynda’, but, unfortunately her surname was never mentioned in the book (although some guys have already an idea with whom she could be related beside Xhex ^^).
Later in this book she got a new name by Tohr and he called her ‘Autumn’ because he likes the colors, the strength of light and the beauty of this season – like ‘No’One’ is for him.

* Everybody can still remember that in the sixth book Qhuinn was beaten up so brutally by his own family that he almost died, right? Can you also still remember that he stood before the door of the ‘maker’ and that he saw there a little, blond child with two different colored-eyes?! YES – you can remember – great! Guys, I think that this will soon become reality because Layla had her needing in this book and she asked Qhuinn to serve her in this time.
But no worries – they don’t love each other and they only want to have a child. Actually, they are more like good friends but without any sexual feelings.

* Layla has fallen in love with another, or better to say – she fantasizes about a man, although they have never spoken a word to each other. And the biggest problem is, that she can’t be with him because he is the enemy and brutal and beastly – but she didn’t know that at first when she fed him and while that she has looked into his eyes, behind his facade, directly into the heart of …. -> Xcor and I’m almost 100% sure, that they both will end up together in the future. (Like in ‘The Beauty and the Beast’? ^^)

* Also Qhuinn isn’t in love with Layla and they only hooked up because she begged him and he also wanted to get this child, which he saw at the door of the ‘maker’. They both have nothing of their own and they two just want to belong somewhere, to somebody and they think they will get this with a baby to care for and to love.

* News about Qhuay: I’ve a feeling that we’ll finally get our Qhuay – HEA soon and that maybe hopefully the next book is about Qhuinn and Blay. Do you want to know why? Because of these quote at the end of the book ‘Lover Reborn’:

„Enough, Qhuinn thought.
Enough with the excuses, and the avoidance, and the trying to be someone, anyone else.
Even if he got shanked, even if his precious little ego and his dumb-ass little heart got shattered into little pieces, it was time to stop the bullshit. It was time to be a male.
As Blay started to straighten, like a message had been received, Qhuinn thought, That’s right, buddy. Our future has come.”

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Geeee, how fantastic sounds that and how promising that the next book # 11 is about the both of them?? I can’t wait for it! *great*

* Do you also would like to know which books will come certainly, then here are the already signed ones:
Qhuay,  Lassiter, Trez, iAm, Murhder, Throe and Xcor. …

EDIT: 02.04.2012: It’s official now- Ward has revealed on a signing that QHUINN and BLAYS book are next and they will get a real Hardcoverbook and not just a novella – and that already next year!!! Can’t wait to read it and it’s just fab!! *I’m soo happy* :D

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Paperback Cover:
I really like cover so much and I think it’s great that finally a guy is on the cover, who looks really similar to the character in the book. Moreover I like the colors and the blood drop which hangs down the letter.

All in all:
I can’t say how often I’ve already mentioned it that I LOVE this series by Ward, as well as this book and I’m sure I’ll say this much more often in the future. For everybody who hasn’t read the books yet – damn it – just get the books and start reading it and let yourself drag also in this crude, but at the same time also thrilling, compassionate, emotional, lovely world of the Black Daggers.

Rating:
5 of 5 points

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Quotes: (guess this time my quotes are a litte more than usual^^)

Tohr (thinking): ‘As he sat with his brothers and the shellans and guests of the mansion, everything was a distant, hazy blur.
Well, almost all of it.
There was only one thing in the vast room that made any impression on him.
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Tohr: ‘I miss you…’ He stroked the indentation of the gown where her waist would have been – should have been. ‘I miss you so much.’
…. Why couldn’t his memories bring her back? They felt strong enough, powerful enough, a summoning spell that should have had her magically reinflating the gown.
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Rhage: “And if that bastard’s innocent, I’m the fucking Easter bunny.”
“Oh, good,” someone quipped. “I’m calling you Hope-along Hollywood from now on.”
“Beasty Bo Peep,” somebody else threw out….
“People,” Rhage barked, “the point is that he is not innocent and I’m not the Easter bunny –“
“Where’s your basket?”
“Can I play with your eggs?”
“Hope it out, big guy –“
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Thor (thinking): He took, the took hard and ravenously, drinking deep, and wanting more than just the vein.
He wanted the core of this female.
He wanted in her as he drank from her.
And this was just true even as he was acutely ware that his was not this Wellsie. ….
But he still wanted her.
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No’One to Tohr: “I used to watch you sleep – back in the Old Country. I spent hours memorizing the way he low glow from the peat played over your closed eyes and your cheeks and your jaw.”
Tohr: “Why?”
No’One: “Because you weren’t like the sympath at all. You were dark and he was pale. You were big and he was thin. You were kind to me… and he was not. You were the only thing that kept my from going completely mad.”
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No’One: “Eventually she whispered, ‘I must be getting heavy.’
Tohr: ‘Not at all.’
‘You’re very strong.’
Man, that did his ego good. Matter of fact, she hit him with anything like that again, he was going to feel like he could bench-press a city bus. With a jet plane parked on its roof.” (*lmao*- I love this quote^^)
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Succession:

# 1: J. R. Ward –    Dark Lover »»
# 2: J. R. Ward –   Lover Eternal »»
# 3: J. R. Ward –   Lover Awakened »»
# 4: J. R. Ward –   Lover Revealed »»
# 5: J. R. Ward –    Lover Unbound »»
# 6: J. R. Ward –    Lover Enshrined »»
# 6.5: J.R.Ward – BDB: An Insider’s Guide »»
# 7: J. R. Ward –   Lover Avagened »»
# 8: J. R. Ward –   Lover Mine »»
# 9: J. R. Ward –   Lover Unleashed »»
# 10: J. R. Ward – Lover Reborn »»
# 11: J.R. Ward – Lover at Last »»
# 12 J. R. Ward – The King
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About the author – J. R. Ward:
J.R. Ward is a #1 New York Times and USAToday Best Selling author of erotic paranormal romance. She lives in the south with her incredibly supportive husband and her beloved golden retriever. After graduating from law school, she began working in healthcare in Boston and spent many years as Chief of Staff of one of the premier academic medical centers in the nation. Writing has always been her passion and her idea of heaven is a whole day of nothing but her computer, her dog and her coffee pot. (Source: http://www.jrward.com/)

Visit her Website »»

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Review: Lover Unleashed

English Cover

German Cover Part 2

German Cover Part 1

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‘Lover Unleashed
by J. R. Ward

Black Dagger Brotherhood # 9/
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First Sentence:
“Xcor saw his father killed when he was but five years past his transition.”

Last Sentence:
“That was how lucky they all were.”

Synopsis:
Payne, twin sister of Vishous, is cut from the same dark, warrior cloth as her brother: A fighter by nature, and a maverick when it comes to the traditional role of Chosen females, there is no place for her on the Far Side… and no role for her on the front lines of the war, either.
When she suffers a paralyzing injury, human surgeon Dr. Manuel Manello is called in to treat her as only he can- and he soon gets sucked into her dangerous, secret world. Although he never before believed in things that go bump in the night- like vampires- he finds himself more than willing to be seduced by the powerful female who marks both his body and his soul.
As the two find so much more than an erotic connection, the human and vampire worlds collide … just as a centuries old score catches up with Payne and puts both her love and her life in deadly jeopardy….
(Source: goodreads.com)

My thoughts about the book:
I’ve been really looking forward to read this book and finally to dive into the world of the brothers again. Particularly because I found Payne from the 1-2 books before very interesting, in which she has already briefly showed up. And also her relationship and the circumstances which have led her on this side were well prepared and let me hope for much. Unfortunately this book in the Black Dagger series couldn’t fulfill my expectations and it’s, after the previous 4 great books, only average.

I really wanted to love this book because I’m a huge fan of the brothers, as well as of J. R. Ward, but I must be honest to myself and I’ve to admit to myself that it hasn’t completely worked for me, like the rest of the Black Dagger books. There were some things in it which have disturbed me, as for example the fact that Ward has put the relationship of Vishous and Jane in the foreground. What wouldn’t have disturbed me much, if she wouldn’t have presented my favorite character Vishous again as a coldblooded, mean emotion cripple. First because we already had this in the 5th book (Lover Unbound) and secondly because it didn’t fit and seemed fake, and he just isn’t like that.
Another point was that here I’ve missed the fights against the lessening society, the breath-taking tension plot with its many storylines and with all of this the book have lost a little of its action and awesome thrill.

For me this book seemed, like it was a first book in a new series in which new character were introduced and new connections were built up in the plot. Hence, I’m quite sure that by now Ward plans, for every single character from this barbarian troop from the old country with Xcor and Throe, to spin her series further and to write also own books for each of them. But we will see …
Furthermore in this book I couldn’t get a good connection with the main characters Payne or Manny. What disturbs me because I really wanted to like, to love Payne, but she wasn’t present enough. For my taste she hasn’t given enough from herself, if it’s now from her thoughts or her feelings… unfortunately, she left little impression on me and has left my quite cold and uninterested while reading her story.

What has disturbed me the most was that this here was the first book since book 2, in which there was nothing about John Matthew! Nothing – not at all, maybe just 2 sentences and that was way not enough! John Matthew was since Lover Eternal (book #2) a fixe constant in these books and there was always a part about him which I really liked and found first-class and diverse and touching. Especially because of his connection with Thor or his friendship with Qhuinn and Blay or his own relation with Zsadist because by their past.
This all was away and I’ve really missed it very much and I fear that this ‘trend’ will also remain in the next books.

Moreover, there was also no mention if Thor, not even with a syllable and this very uncharacteristic, if you consider that the next book is his story and that he’s playing the ‘leading role’ in it. Up to now Ward has already given priority to the characters which are the main ones in the next book to already show their secret sides with which they have to struggle, but also here – nothing.
So we all have to wait till Lover Reborn to see how this whole story will go on, because I can’t get rid of the feeling that somehow a new era holds place in the books, like I already had in the book # 4-5, in which the young vampires have won priority (John Matthew, Qhuinn, Blay).

Even if I have listed almost only negative points, I still have liked the book and even better than many others. It was like always a quick and fast reading and has led me in another great world. And only because I would have liked some things differently in it, I wouldn’t say that it was generally bad. For me it’s an average book with which I can live with, however, thought not a book which I’ll read again so often, like the other books in this otherwise amazing series.

English Cover:
I like the cover very much, particularly because finally, once a female vampire bites somebody. :)

All in all:
A good attempt in which, unfortunately the otherwise always contained magic was missing.

Rating:
3,5 of 5 points

Quotes:

Manny: “You are perfect for a female.”
Payne: “Not where I come from.”
Manny: “Then they’re using the wrong standard.

Vishous: “I came to you, Jane. Every night this week, I came to you. I didn’t want you to be alone. And I didn’t want to sleep without you.”

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Succession:

# 1: J. R. Ward – Dark Lover »»
# 2: J. R. Ward – Lover Eternal »»
# 3: J. R. Ward – Lover Awakened »»
# 4: J. R. Ward – Lover Revealed »»
# 5: J. R. Ward – Lover Unbound »»
# 6: J. R. Ward – Lover Enshrined »»
# 6.5: J.R.Ward – BDB: An Insider’s Guide »»
# 7: J. R. Ward – Lover Avagened »»
# 8: J. R. Ward – Lover Mine »»
# 9: J. R. Ward – Lover Unleashed »»
# 10: J. R. Ward – Lover Reborn »»
# 11: J.R. Ward – Lover at Last »»
# 12 J. R. Ward – The King

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About the author – J. R. Ward:
J.R. Ward is a #1 New York Times and USAToday Best Selling author of erotic paranormal romance. She lives in the south with her incredibly supportive husband and her beloved golden retriever. After graduating from law school, she began working in healthcare in Boston and spent many years as Chief of Staff of one of the premier academic medical centers in the nation. Writing has always been her passion and her idea of heaven is a whole day of nothing but her computer, her dog and her coffee pot. (Source: http://www.jrward.com/)

Visit her Website »»

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Rezension: Lover Unleashed

English Cover

German Cover #18

German Cover #17

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‘Vampirschwur’ & ‘Nachtseele’
by J. R. Ward

(Lover Unleashed)

Black Dagger Brotherhood # 9/
Black Dagger #17 & #18
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First Sentence:
“Xcor saw his father killed when he was but five years past his transition.”

Last Sentence:
“That was how lucky they all were.”

Klappentext vom Buchcover:
Payne, twin sister of Vishous, is cut from the same dark, warrior cloth as her brother: A fighter by nature, and a maverick when it comes to the traditional role of Chosen females, there is no place for her on the Far Side… and no role for her on the front lines of the war, either.
When she suffers a paralyzing injury, human surgeon Dr. Manuel Manello is called in to treat her as only he can- and he soon gets sucked into her dangerous, secret world. Although he never before believed in things that go bump in the night- like vampires- he finds himself more than willing to be seduced by the powerful female who marks both his body and his soul.
As the two find so much more than an erotic connection, the human and vampire worlds collide … just as a centuries old score catches up with Payne and puts both her love and her life in deadly jeopardy…. (Source: goodreads.com)

Meine Gedanken zum Buch:
Ich habe mich wirklich sehr auf dieses Buch gefreut und darauf, endlich wieder in die Welt der Brüder einzutauchen. Besonders weil ich Payne aus den 1-2 Büchern vorher sehr interessant fand, in denen sie bereits kurz vorgekommen ist. Auch ihre Verwandtschaft und die Umstände, welche sie auf diese Seite geführt haben, waren gut vorbereitet und haben mich auf viel hoffen lassen.

Leider konnte aber dieser Teil in der Black Dagger Reihe nicht meine Erwartungen erfüllen und er ist nach den vorigen 4-top Büchern, leider nur mittelmäßig. Ich wollte dieses Buch wirklich lieben, weil ich ein riesiger Fan der Brüder, wie auch von J. R. Ward bin, aber ich muss ehrlich zu mir selbst sein und mir eingestehen, dass es dieses mal nicht, so wie sonst, für mich funktioniert hat. Es waren einige Dinge darin die mich gestört haben, wie zum Beispiel die Tatsache, dass Ward wieder sehr die Beziehung von Vishous und Jane in den Vordergrund gerückt hat. Was mich nicht gestört hätte, hätte sie nicht meinen Lieblingscharakter Vishous wieder als kaltblütigen, gemeinen Emotionskrüppel hergestellt. Erstens weil wir das bereits im Band 5 (Lover Unbound) hatten und zweitens es nicht passte und aufgesetzt wirkte.

Ein weiterer Punkt war, dass mir hier die Kämpfe gegen die Lesser, der atemraubende Spannungsbogen mit seinen vielen Handlungssträngen gefehlt hat und alles irgendwie an Action und Nervenkitzel verloren hat. Für mich wirkte es, wie ein erstes Buch in einer neuen Reihe, in welchem wieder neue Charaktere vorgestellt und neue Verknüpfungen im Plot aufgebaut werden. Daher bin ich mir ziemlich sicher, dass Ward schon jetzt plant für jeden einzelnen Charakter, aus dieser barbarischen Truppe aus dem alten Land mit Xcor und Throe, ihre Reihe weiter zu spinnen und auch ihnen ein eigenen Buch zu schreiben. Aber wir werden sehen…

Außerdem konnte ich in diesem Buch wenig Bindung mit den Hauptcharakteren Payne oder Manny eingehen. Was mich selber leider etwas stört, weil ich Payne wirklich gerne sehr gemocht hätte, aber sie war zu wenig präsent. Sie hat nach meinem Geschmack zu wenig von sich gegeben, sei es nun von ihren Gedankengängen oder ihren Emotionen… sie hat leider wenig Eindruck hinterlassen und mich auch während des Lesens ziemlich kalt gelassen.

Was mich am meisten gestört oder sehr gestört hat, war dass das hier das erste Buch seit Band 2 ist, in dem nichts von John Matthew vorgekommen ist. Nichts – gar nicht, vielleicht 2 Sätze. John Matthew war seit Lover Eternal (Buch #2) eine fixe Konstante in den Büchern und es war immer ein Teil von ihm dabei, den ich klasse und abwechslungsreich und berührend fand. Besonders durch seine Verbindung mit Thor oder seine Freundschaft mit Qhuinn und Blay oder seinem eigenen Verhältnis mit Zsadist durch ihre Vergangenheit. Das war alles weg und hat mir wirklich sehr gefehlt und ich fürchte, dass wird auch in den nächsten Bändern so bleiben. Außerdem war auch mit fast keiner Silbe auch nur Thor erwähnt und das ist sehr untypisch, wenn man bedenkt, dass er im nächsten Buch die ‚Hauptrolle’ spielt. Bisher hat Ward die Figuren, welche im nächsten Buch behandelt werden, schon etwas in den Vordergrund gerückt und ihre verborgenen Seiten gezeigt, mit welchen sie sich plagen, aber auch hier – nichts.

Man darf also gespannt sein auf Lover Reborn und wie die ganze Geschichte weiter gehen wird, da ich nämlich das Gefühl nicht los werde, dass irgendwie eine neue Ära in die Bücher Einzug hält, ähnlich wie ab den Büchern 4-5, in denen die jungen Vampire an Priorität gewonnen haben.

Auch wenn ich jetzt einige negative Punkte aufgelistet habe, hat mir das Buch trotzdem noch besser gefallen als viele andere. Es war wie immer schnell zu lesen und hat mich in eine andere Welt geführt. Und nur weil ich einige Dinge gerne anders gehabt hätte, heißt es nicht dass es generell schlecht war. Für mich ein mittelmäßiges Buch, mit dem ich leben kann aber nicht wie die anderen Bände ein weiteres mal lesen werde.

English Cover:
Ich mag das Cover sehr, besonders da endlich einmal ein weiblicher Vampir jemanden beißt. :)

All in all:
Ein guter Versuch in dem aber leider die, ansonsten immer enthaltene, Magie gefehlt hat.

Rating:
3,5 of 5 points (I really liked it)

Quotes:

Manny: “You are perfect for a female.”
Payne: “Not where I come from.”
Manny: “Then they’re using the wrong standard.

Vishous: “I came to you, Jane. Every night this week, I came to you. I didn’t want you to be alone. And I didn’t want to sleep without you.”

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Serienreihenfolge:

# 1: J. R. Ward – Nachtjagd & Blutopfer (Dark Lover) »»
# 2: J. R. Ward – Ewige Liebe & Bruderkrieg (Lover Eternal) »»
# 3: J. R. Ward – Mondspur &Dunkles Erwachen (Lover Awakened) »»
# 4: J. R. Ward – Menschenkind & Vampirherz (Lover Revealed) »»
# 5: J. R. Ward – Seelenjäger & Todesfluch (Lover Unbound) »»
# 6: J. R. Ward – Blutlinien & Vampirträume (Lover Enshrined) »»
#6.5: J. R. Ward –BDB – An Insider’s Guide »»
# 7: J. R. Ward – Racheengel & Blinder König (Lover Avagened) »»
# 8: J. R. Ward – Vampirseele & Mondschwur (Lover Mine) »»
# 9: J. R. Ward – Vampirschwur & Nachtsseele (Lover Unleashed) »»
#10: J. R. Ward – Liebesmond & Schattentraum (Lover Reborn) »»
#11: J.R. Ward – Seelenprinz & Sohn der Dunkelheit (Lover at Last) »»
#12: J. R. Ward – The King »»
#13: J.R. Ward – The Shadows

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About the author – J. R. Ward:

J.R. Ward is a #1 New York Times and USAToday Best Selling author of erotic paranormal romance. She lives in the south with her incredibly supportive husband and her beloved golden retriever. After graduating from law school, she began working in healthcare in Boston and spent many years as Chief of Staff of one of the premier academic medical centers in the nation. Writing has always been her passion and her idea of heaven is a whole day of nothing but her computer, her dog and her coffee pot.
(Source: jrward.com)

Visit her Website »»

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C*: Black Dagger Brothers

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My favorite Brothers in this series:

1. Vishous
2. John Matthew
3. Zsadist
4. Tohr
5. Rehvenge
6. Blay & Qhuinn
7. Wrath

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Name: Vishous

Nickname: V

From the book series: Black Dagger Brotherhood by J. R. Ward (» Website)

His Book: Lover Unbound (Seelenjäger & Todesfluch)

Nature:
Vampire, a Brother of the Black Daggers (till 1739)

Age: 304 years

About:
Ruthless and brilliant, Vishous, son of the Bloodletter, possesses a destructive curse and a frightening ability to see the future. As a pretrans growing up in his father’s war camp he was tormented and abused. As a member of the Brotherhood, he has no interest in love or emotion, only the battle with the Lessening Society. (Source: Goodreads.com)

Best Friend: Butch, Rhage (love-hate)

His Shellan: Dr. Jane Whitcomb

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Quote:

V: “Take off your coat.”
Jane: “Excuse me?”
V: “Take it off.”
Jane: “No.”
V: “I want it off.”
Jane: “Then I suggest you hold your breath. Won’t affect me in the slightest, but at least the suffocation will help pass the time for you.  (*lmao* ^^)
(Lover Unbound)

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Quote:

V: “She was staying. A little longer.
V smiled to himself. So this was what winning the lottery felt like.”

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(© goodreads)

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Quote:

Jane (about V): “Terrific. A bisexual dominant vampire with kidnapping expertise.”

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Now some pics with Jane:

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Quote:

V: “Praying’s not going to help. Too late for that, Jane … I gave you a chance to have it on your terms. Now we’ll do this on mine.”

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Name: John Matthew

Nickname: John

From the book series: Black Dagger Brotherhood by J. R. Ward (» Website)
His Book: Lover Mine (Vampirseele & Mondschwur)

Nature:
Vampire, lives in the house of the Black Daggers

About:
John Matthew has come a long way since he was found living among humans, his vampire nature unknown. Taken in by The Brotherhood, no one could guess what his true history was-or his true identity. (Source: Goodreads.com)

Best Friend: Blay and Qhuinn

His Shellan: Xhex

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Quote:

Xhex: “Slipping in the side door to the VIP section , she scanned the crowd , well aware that she was looking for one male in particular.
And he was there.
Fucking John Matthew.”  (Lover Avenged).

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John on the American Hardcover of ‘Lover Mine':

(© goodreads)

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Quotes:

John: “Some things are destined to be — it just takes us a couple of tries
to get there.” (Lover Mine)

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John & Xhex: And it was funny. The silence of him had a bizarre effect on her. Normally, she was the quiet one in situations, preferring to keep her own council and not share her thoughts on anything. But with John’s mute presence, she felt curiously compelled to talk.
I’m stuffed,” she said, lying back against the pillows. As he cocked a brow and lifted the last Danish, she shook her head. “God…no. I couldn’t manage another thing.
And it was only then that he began to eat.
You waited for me ?” she said, frowning. When he ducked her gaze and shrugged, she cursed softly.
“You didn’t have to.”
Another shrug. As she watched him, she murmured, “You have beautiful table manners.”
His blush was the color of Valentine’s Day and she had to tell her heart to calm the fuck down as it started to beat fast. (Lover Mine)

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The German Cover:

copyright: Heyne

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Quote:

Xhex: “No, you’ve got it all wrong, John.”
Reading his emotions, she shook her head.
“You’re not half the male you could be because of what was done to you. You’re twice what anyone else is because you survived.” (Lover Mine)


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Now some pics of John and Xhex:

copyright: skydominic.deviantart.com

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Quote:

John thinking about Xhex: John leaned in and pressed his lips to hers; then he stretched out beside her. His body was exhausted but, his heart was alive with a joy so pure it was like the sunlight he didn’t get to see anymore: He was a mute-ass motherfucker with a nasty past and a night job that involved fighting evil and slaughtering the undead. And in spite of all that…he’d gotten the girl.
(Lover Mine)

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Name: Zsadist

Nickname: Z

From the book series: Black Dagger Brotherhood by J. R. Ward (» Website)
His Book: Lover Awakened (Mondspur & Dunkles Erwachen)

Age: 230 years

Nature:
Vampire, a member of the Black Dagger Brotherhood (till 1932)

About:
A former blood slave, the vampire Zsadist still bears the scars from a past filled with suffering and humiliation. Renowned for his unquenchable fury and sinister deeds, he is a savage feared by humans and vampires alike. Anger is his only companion, and terror is his only passion—until he rescues a beautiful aristocrat from the evil Lessening Society.  (Source: Goodreads.com)

Best Friend: Phury, Wrath

His Shellan: Bella
Their Child: Nalla

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Bella & Z: “What happened to you?” she asked.
“I got hit in the side.”
“With what?”
“A knife.
(Lover Awakened)

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More of Zsadist:

(© goodreads)

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Quote:

Z: “He knew he was being overbearing as hell, but he couldn’t help it. He was a bonded male. With his pregnant female. There were few things on the planet more aggressive or dangerous. And those bastards were called hurricanes and tornadoes.” (Lover Awakened)

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And one picture with him and Bella:

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Quote:

Z: “I was dead until you found me, though I breathed. I was sightless, though I could see. And then you came…and I was awakened.”
(Lover Awakened)

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Name: Rehvenge

Nickname: Rehv

From the book series: Black Dagger Brotherhood by J. R. Ward (» Website)
His Book: Lover Avanged (Racheengel & Blinder König)

Nature:
Vampire, a friend of the Black Daggers. Brother of Bella – Zsadist’s Shellan.

About:
Caldwell, New York, has long been the battleground for the vampires and their enemies, the Lessening Society. It’s also where Rehvenge has staked out his turf as a drug lord and owner of a notorious night club that caters to the rich and heavily armed.

Rehvenge has always kept his distance from the Brotherhood-even though his sister is married to a member, for he harbors a deadly secret that could make him a huge liability in their war against the lessers. As plots within and outside of the Brotherhood threaten to reveal the truth about Rehvenge, he turns to the only source of light in his darkening world, Ehlena, a vampire untouched by the corruption that has its hold on him-and the only thing standing between him and eternal destruction. (Source: Goodreads.com)

Best Friend: Trez, Xhex

His Shellan: Ehlena

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Quote:

Ehlena: “She was glad she didn’t know where it would take her. Because sometimes the only thing that
got you through hell was that you were in too deep to pull out.”
(Lover Avenged)

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More of Rhev:

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Rhev: “This was why people got mated, Rehv suddenly thought. Fuck the sex and the social position. If they were smart, they did it to make a house that had no walls and an invisible roof and a floor that no could walk on-and yet the structure was a shelter no storm could blow down, no match could torch up, no passage of years could degrade.
That was when it hit him. A mated bond like that helped you through shit nights like this.”
(Lover Avenged).

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Rhev togehter with Ehlena:

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Quote:

Rhev to Ehlena: “No matter what you wear… to me, you will always have diamonds on the soles of your shoes.”
(Lover Avenged)

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Name: Tohrment

Nickname: Tohr

From the book series: Black Dagger Brotherhood by J. R. Ward (» Website)
His Book: Lover Reborn

Nature:
Vampire, a Brother of the Black Daggers

About:
Now back in the Brotherhood – and unrecognisable as the vampire leader he once was – Tohrment is physically emaciated and heartbroken beyond despair. When he begins to see his beloved in his dreams – trapped in a cold, isolating netherworld – Tohr turns to a self-serving fallen angel in hopes of saving the one he has lost. When he’s told he must learn to love another to free his former mate, Tohr knows they are all doomed . . .
Except then a female with a shadowed history begins to get through to him. Against the backdrop of the raging war with the lessers, and with a new clan of vampires vying for the Blind King’s throne, Tohr struggles between the buried past, and a very hot, passion-filled future . . . but can his heart let go and set all of them free? (Source: Goodreads.com)

Best Friend: Wrath (Darius, already dead)

First Love/ Shellan: Wellsie (dead)

His Shellan now: No’One (Autumn, later in the book of Lover Reborn)

Quote:
Tohr (thinking): “Nobody wanted to frontline on the network news, the papers, the magazines. This down-low tenet was the single thing that the enemy and the Black Dagger Brotherhood agreed upon, the only deference that was given by both sides. So, yeah, the slayers could say … target your pregnant shellan, shoot her in the face, and leave her for dead, taking away not just her life, but your own. But God forbid they rile up the humans.
‘Cuz that would just be wrong”!
(Lover Reborn)

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In this picture he’s still together with Wellsie:

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Quote:

Tohr: “You never knew the last time you were seeing someone. You didn’t know when the last argument happened, or the last time you had sex, or the last time you looked into their eyes and thanked God they were in your life.
After they were gone?
That was all you thought about.
Day and night.”
(Lover Mine)

Tohr & No’One: “Instead, he stopped and looked at her. She had her fingertips up to her lips, her eyes wide and full of wonder… as if she had never felt anything even close to what she just had. He went back to the bed. ‘Was that you first kiss?’
She blushed in the most lovely pink, her eyes dropping shyly to the carpet. ‘Yes.’
‘You gonna let me give you another?’
No’One: ‘Yes, please…’ she breathed.
(Lover Reborn)

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Name: Blaylock and Qhuinn

Nickname: Blay / Qhuinn

From the book series: Black Dagger Brotherhood by J. R. Ward (» Website)

Nature:
Vampires, both are friends of the Black Daggers and they live in their mansion.

Best Friend: John Matthew

About:
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.
(Synopsis from ‘Lover at Last’)

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Quotes:

Qhuinn: “What is wrong with you, that you care so much about me?”
Blay: “What is wrong with you, that you can’t see why I would?”

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Blay: “Say the word. Say the word and I wont go.
Say the word, Qhuinn. Do it and I’ll spend the night with you.
Better yet. Why don’t you just kiss me…”
(Lover Mine)

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Qhuinn (thinking): No one got forever. And it was fucking crime to waste what you were given.
Enough, Qhuinn thought. Enough with the excuses, and the avoidance, and the trying to be someone, anyone else.
…..   It was time to be a male.
As Blay starrted to straighten, like a message had been received, Qhuinn thought, That’s right, buddy.
Our future has come.
(Lover Reborn)
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Blay: ‘In the silence that followed, Blay knew he had something he was supposed to say. Yeah…it was right on his tongue. It was… Shit. With Qhuinn looking at him like that, he couldn’t remember his own name. Blaysox? Blacklock? Blabberfox? Who the fuck knew…’
(Lover at Last)

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Qhuay

Qhuinn and Blay

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Qhuinn to Blay: “You guys were what got me through it,” Qhuinn heard himself say. “I lived for the night, because I could go over to your house. It was the only thing that kept me going. You were the only thing, actually. It was…you.”
(Lover at Last)

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Qhuinn and Blay

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Name: Wrath, son of Wrath

Nickname: Wrath

From the book series: Black Dagger Brotherhood by J. R. Ward (» Website)

His Book: Dark Lover (Nachtjagd & Blutopfer)

Nature:
Last pure Vampire. King of the vamire society. He’s living with the brother of the Black Dagger in a mansion.

About:
In the shadows of the night in Caldwell, New York, there’s a deadly turf war going on between vampires and their slayers. There exists a secret band of brothers like no other-six vampire warriors, defenders of their race. Yet none of them relishes killing more than Wrath, the leader of The Black Dagger Brotherhood.

The only purebred vampire left on earth, Wrath has a score to settle with the slayers who murdered his parents centuries ago. But, when one of his most trusted fighters is killed-leaving his half-breed daughter unaware of his existence or her fate-Wrath must usher her into the world of the undead-a world of sensuality beyond her wildest dreams.
(Source: Goodreads.com)

Best Friend: Tohr, (Darius, already dead)

His Shellan: Beth

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Quote:

Wrath: “Welcome to the wonderful world of jealousy, he thought. For the price of admission, you get a splitting headache, a nearly irresistable urge to commit murder, and an inferiority complex. Yippee.”
(Dark Lover)

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Here with Beth:

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You know,” he said, “this is why I love you so much.”
Her tone was heartbreakingly warm. “What do you mean?”
You don’t ask me to go inside because it’s cold. You just want to make it easier for me to be where I want to stand.”
(Lover Avenged)

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Beth: “Whether you have sight or not, I see the future in your eyes.”
(Lover Avenged)

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Now I want to know who of the brothers are your favorits – therefore please click on the link below and vote in the POLL! Thanks ;).

Who are your favorite brothers?
(Multiple Choice)

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I also have to post this picture of all the brothers here because it is soo extremly super  cute! *aw*.

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Please note that all copyrights belong to the authors, publishers and artists.


Review: Lover Mine

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German Cover Part 2

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‘Lover Mine
by J. R. Ward

Black Dagger Brotherhood # 8/
Black Dagger # 8.1 & # 8.2
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First Sentence:
“He wished he had more time. Although for truth, what would that change?”

Last Sentence:
“Eventually, everything that came to pass was exactly how it was meant to be.”

Synopsis:
John Matthew has come a long way since he was found living among humans, his vampire nature unknown. Taken in by The Brotherhood, no one could guess what his true history was-or his true identity.
Xhex has long steeled herself against the attraction to John Matthew. Until fate intervenes and she discovers that love, like destiny, is inevitable… (Source: goodreads.com)

My thoughts about the book:
I try to stay short with this review of the eighth book and not to start again with my chorus of praise. But to be honest, I’m not able not admire Wards writing style and her creativity and talent. Although this here is already the incredible eighth part and every time when I start to read, I calculate the fact that this time I won’t be inspired like in the other books … but then she surprises me again.
I’ve also liked this book incredibly much and I couldn’t put it aside for just a moment. To my luck it was weekend when I started the book and therefore I could finish it within 1 ½ days and it was first-class!

Although every time it is another rhythm in the books and other feelings are addressed to the readers, and here at the beginning above all desperation, fear and sadness has ruled, it was no second dull or not suitably… everything was as it should be and the end was like I’ve hoped for and expected it, and as usual, just magnificent!
But I don’t want to say more about it because I otherwise I would spoil it for you. ;)

I just say so much that here in this book, we finally got John’s story and now it’s his turn to get what he wants. Though we already know John’s history from the forerunner books, the background from John was differently rolled up again, namely through the story of Darius. Furthermore it was also shown the interlinking between him and Xhex and Thor, though which was a little confusing at the beginning, but at the end the desired ‚Aha‘–effect was given.

In my opinion John’s book was for me one of the saddest, most desperate, but also one of the hottest stories. He and Xhex fit greatly together and I can’t image someone else beside John. They are lovely!
Besides the love story, also the never-ending fight against the Lessening society came to a special highlight and the tension remained always high because of Lash and his doings.

Moreover I also found it interesting how Ward slowly involved the whole story with Payne, up to the time where she left the other side came to this one. And I find her connection with Vishous just brilliant, even though I’ve already known it before. (Because of spoilers in other reviews)

Nonetheless this book still leaves a bitter aftertaste, if I only think of Thor or of the Scribe Virgin. Not because it was badly written or something like that, no… but because I felt too sorry for Thor’s tragedy and also started to feel pity for the Scribe Virgin. I honestly wasn’t a fan of her at the beginning but now I’ve to say that she should get also some good things or nice moments.

What I love so much in all those books in this series is that although the main love story in every book is told till to the end, that there is always a main plot which goes on and tells the story of the fight with the lessening society and how the vampire society is changing and furthermore in every book new subplots appear and form their way in the books with new characters and way and which make me want to read instantly the next book in the row. Therefore I still hope that there will be released many further books.

English Cover:
That is a Cover for my taste! *jip* :)!

All in all:
I want to give a recommendation for this book to every Black Dagger Fan and also to those who haven’t started this book yet. Please, just grab the first book (Dark Lover) and start to read this series because you won’t regret it!!

Rating:
5 of 5 points (I loved it – Buy it!!)

Quotes:

“Some things are destined to be — it just takes us a couple of tries
to get there.”

Thor: “You never knew the last time you were seeing someone. You didn’t know when the last argument happened, or the last time you had sex, or the last time you looked into their eyes and thanked God they were in your life.
After they were gone?
That was all you thought about.
Day and night.”

Xhex: “No, you’ve got it all wrong, John.” Reading his emotions, she shook her head. “You’re not half the male you could be because of what was done to you. You’re twice what anyone else is because you survived.”

Qhuinn: “What is wrong with you, that you care so much about me?”
Blay: “What is wrong with you, that you can’t see why I would?”

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Succession:

# 1: J. R. Ward – Dark Lover »»
# 2: J. R. Ward – Lover Eternal »»
# 3: J. R. Ward – Lover Awakened »»
# 4: J. R. Ward – Lover Revealed »»
# 5: J. R. Ward – Lover Unbound »»
# 6: J. R. Ward – Lover Enshrined »»
# 6.5: J.R.Ward – BDB: An Insider’s Guide »»
# 7: J. R. Ward – Lover Avagened »»
# 8: J. R. Ward – Lover Mine »»
# 9: J. R. Ward – Lover Unleashed »»
# 10: J. R. Ward – Lover Reborn »»
# 11: J.R. Ward – Lover at Last »»
# 12 J. R. Ward – The King

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About the author – J. R. Ward:

J.R. Ward is a #1 New York Times and USAToday Best Selling author of erotic paranormal romance. She lives in the south with her incredibly supportive husband and her beloved golden retriever. After graduating from law school, she began working in healthcare in Boston and spent many years as Chief of Staff of one of the premier academic medical centers in the nation. Writing has always been her passion and her idea of heaven is a whole day of nothing but her computer, her dog and her coffee pot. (Source: http://www.jrward.com/)

Visit her Website »»

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