REVIEW: Lover at Last by JR Ward


Qhuinn, son of no one, is used to being on his own. Disavowed from his bloodline, shunned by the aristocracy, he has found an identity as a brutal fighter 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 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: it seems Qhuinn has found his perfect match in a Chosen female, and they are going to have a young. It’s hard for Blay to see the new couple together, but building your life around a pipe dream is just a heartbreak waiting to happen. And Qhuinn needs to come to terms with some dark things before he can move forward…

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 learns the true meaning of courage, and two hearts meant to be together finally become one.

Title:  Lover at Last
Series:  Black Dagger Brotherhood
Book #: 11
Author:  JR Ward
Approximate Book Length:  604 Pages
Recommended Reader Age:  18+
Sexual Content:  Moderate


I read MM romance and was really excited for a gay couple in the BDB series as well as Blay and Quinn to finally get their HEA. Their path is a very rocky one. They have some sweet moments, but given their history, there are many awkward situations and much to overcome. The defining moment was satisfying and the epilogue is so incredibly adorable that I had trouble reading it because I was so giddy (even during a re-read). My only complaint is the love scenes were lacking authenticity. There are just certain realities for a MM couple, the most notable of which being the need for lube. I'm just sayin'.

Other than the awesomeness that is "Quay" as Blay and Quinn are affectionately called in a few circles, the storyline is riveting. We get more of Assail, Trez, and i'Am, and Layla and see that there is clearly a LOT in store for each of them. The way things start out for Layla had me crying hard. The BoB are taking a new tactic and it's a slick one. That had me nervous. Then there are the just plain intense scenes. The plane one had me in tears (again, even during a re-read) and the change in the brotherhood had me really excited. There is just so much coming in future books.

Bottom Line:

Lover at Last is aptly named. It's a satisfying culmination for Blay and Quinn and left so many unanswered questions that the next book has a lot of expectations fo fulfill.