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Review: Lover Mine (BDB #8) by J.R. Ward

Lover Mine
(Black Dagger Brotherhood #8)
By J.R. Ward
512 Pages
April 27, 2010
ISBN: 9780451229854
Courtesy of Me, Myself, and I

In the darkest corners of the night in Caldwell, New York, a conflict like no other rages. Long divided as a terrifying battleground for the vampires and their enemies, the city is home to a band of brothers born to defend their race: the warrior vampires of the Black Dagger Brotherhood.

John Matthew has come a long way since he was found living among humans, his vampire nature unknown to himself and to those around him. After he was taken in by the Brotherhood, no one could guess what his true history was- or his true identity. Indeed, the fallen Brother Darius has returned, but with a different face and a very different destiny. As a vicious personal vendetta takes John into the heart of the war, he will need to call up on both who he is now and who he once was in order to face off against evil incarnate.

Xhex, a symphath assassin, has long steeled herself against the attraction between her and John Matthew. Having already lost one lover to madness, she will not allow the male of worth to fall prey to the darkness of her twisted life. When fate intervenes, however, the two discover that love, like destiny, is inevitable between soul mates.


Me likey this guy.

JOHN MATTHEW!!!!!!! I was anticipating this book from the first book we meet John in. We meet him as a scrawny, awkward, pre-trans and get to watch him grow into his new body and emotions. He is one of my favorite books in this series. Not only do we get to go more into his story, we also get more of Qhuinn and Blay. I hope they get their own book soon. I want them together so bad!

 At the beginning of the story, JM is in a frenzy to try to find Xhex who is kidnapped by Lash from the previous book. The scene where they finally track down where Lash is staying, they search all the rooms and come to the one that was holding her. Little did they know Xhex was in the room while they were there but they couldn't see her. When John broke down it about broke my heart! I just wanted to jump in those pages and give him a massive hug and tell him she is in the room. If wasn't already in love with John Matthew at this point I was then. Gotta love when a man is so deeply in love with someone he openly breaks down in front of his brothers. 

We see much more into Xhex's backstory and what is happening in the present. I had sort of a love/hate relationship with Xhex. I loved how strong she is and how she takes no crap from anyone and goes for what she wants. I wasn't a big fan of how she kept pushing John away. If it was clear as day that the man had it bad for me, I would be all over him like white on rice! Seriously, out of all the men in the BDB, I would go for JM. He pulls everyone of my heart strings and he is so damn sexy it makes me ache! How could Xhex not want him all to herself! Let's just say there were times that I wanted to go into the book and risk my life to slap some sense into the woman. It's horrible to say, but I am glad that the kidnapping woke her up to what she had right in front of her face. Yes she was a little standoffish at first but she eventually threw everything she had in the pot and that made all the difference to me.

I was really excited to see Tohr more in this book. Seeing more of him makes me feel so bad for him and making me want to comfort him through his mourning. Right before the mating ceremony of John and Xhex, I loved that No'One turned out to be Xhex's mother. I actually didn't see that one coming. Tohr's reaction was a little funny too because clearly he wasn't expecting ever to see this woman again. We also find out that Xhex's previous lover is still out there. Hopefully we will be seeing more of him soon. :)


Favorite out of them all so far!!! Loved me some John Matthew!

The pages were on fire for these two!


  1. This is my favorite BDB Book ever! At first I can't wrap my head around JM's infatuation with Xhex but after this book they ended up being my favorite couple! I got teary on the first part where JM was trying to save her but he can't see her because of some voodoo magic that Lash put up. Argh!

  2. This was mine too. Of course now it is competing with Tohr's book which I just finished reading last night. That had me crying! Such an amazing book!