Thursday, March 28, 2013
Lover at Last
t'irla ~The BookSlayer~'s review Mar 28, 13 ·
4 of 5 stars
Finally!!! After a long wait Qhuay's story is told and I was not disappointed! So much angst and emotion, so many acts of heroism, so much steamy hawt sex!
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.
I have been anxiously awaiting this book for quite a while now, afraid that JRW was going to chicken out and let me down. Well, the time is here and I am happy to say I was not let down. Do I think she should have spent more time on the Qhuinn/Blaylock story absolutely. I felt the ending was rushed. Let me explain: I have felt over the last few books that JRW was trying to put too much into her her books. The subplots were over shadowing the main plot and I feel this novel was once again dragged down because of this. We had the Lessor plot, the Sola plot, the BoB plot, the Xcor/Layla plot, the Wrath vs the council plot, the Trez plot and finally the Qhuinn and Blay plot. With these different subplots we had differing POV as well. The made the book drag a bit. I have to admit I was reeled into all the different plots but I really wanted to see how Qhuinn and Blay got together and would have liked to see more time spent at the end of the book with them in a relationship.
All this being said I did enjoy this book much better than the last one and found it grabbed my attention more. I like the "coming of age" story that Qhuinn went through to become a male worth loving and I really enjoyed how Blay "outted himself to his family" The sex scenes though very tame for a JRW book were still well written with a larger audience in mind. I personally would have like to have seen it a bit more graphic but that is my taste alone.
We were left with many open ended subplots and know that the next book will need to untangle some of the mess the characters have found themselves. I do have to mention that I hated the last line in the book. It struck me as condescending and sarcastic. A so there you go now quit bugging me. This took away some of my enjoyment of the book.
I have rated the book 4 stars based on the "slowness" of especially the first half of the book and because of the last line in the book.
If you have been following the BDB this book is a must read for you.