John Matthew has wanted one woman since he had first seen her and now she was in danger. John and the Brothers searched until they found Xhex and brought her back. The trouble will not be over for them because Xhex’s kidnapper is still out there and John will do anything to help her.
Lover Mine is the eighth book to the series Black Dagger Brotherhood by J.R. Ward. I really liked this book. I was pulled in right away. I have been waiting for John’s story since he was pretty much brought into the series. I wanted him to find happiness with all that he had gone through.
So John’s character had lived through a tragic past that effected him as an adult. He finds something with Xhex but it is over before it could really begin. I liked that John never truly gave up on her. He kept fighting. I also liked that he was able to open up to Xhex, he was able to tell her about his past. His past and her present was a shared experience that they had. Xhex will have been taken prisoner by Lash and will be sexually assaulted for weeks. She will find her way out but she is broken, though not all the way. She is still a fighter and keeps going. I liked how Ward writes Xhex and John’s relationship. They healed each other by sharing, by moving on.
The bad guy is clearly Lash who is a sadistic man. For those who read this series will know that Lash was now different and the enemy. I knew that when his transformation happened there would be trouble and he would be an enemy that would cause problems.
So there are two characters who are John’s friends, Blay and Qhuinn. Blay loves Qhuinn but Qhuinn wouldn’t be with Blay. I want them to be happy together but that really doesn’t look like an option. It is also ruining a friendship. If they don’t get together then I just want them to be able to move on. There are times in the book that it gets a little much with the agony of not being able to be together, though it did the trick because I want them together. I am sure that their story or at least one of their stories will be told in the series.