Having grown up in the human world, a place he didn’t fit in nor understand, John Matthew is finally finding his place within the Brotherhood. Trying to put his brutal and abusive past behind him, he finds brief comfort from an unlikely source. Xhex, whose own troubled past haunts her and being half symphath drives her to keep everyone at arms length. Being kidnapped by Lash, the vicious son of the Omega is the last straw and she wants vengeance. Even though John’s brief relationship with Xhex had left his heart broken, he vowed to either find her and bring her home or avenge her death. Fate has played a cruel hand in both their lives but was there a chance for both of them to find peace, or would they continue along their paths alone.
I had mixed feelings when I started Lover Mine. John has been present in the series for a long time, starting before he hit his transition into full vampire and while his history was sad, his present was getting messed up through bad choices, bad memories and a whole lot of attitude. Understandable but it still made me want to smack him upside the head. The same with Xhex too.
Now having arrived at his own book, I was soon drawn right into the story and a lot more made sense about who he has become and why he made some of the choices he did. He had started to feel whiny, sulky and annoying in Lover Avenged and I was really pleased to see him grow out of that. Xhex was a much more layered character than I expected and it didn’t take long before she had claimed her own corner of my heart, along with the other females of the series. She kicks serious ass too which I think makes her the perfect match for John!
I thought the flashes of the history of Darius and Tohrment were a really nice touch and I should have seen where that was going but it still came as a surprise, maybe because so much else was going on in the book.
I’ve probably said this in every review of the series but I still absolutely love that the other major characters from the series appear, which isn’t that surprising since it’s a tight knit group but it’s great (and sometimes painful) to see how they are doing.
I don’t know where to even start with Blay and Qhuinn. They SO belong together but while Blay accepts who he is, Qhuinn is still in denial and thinks he should be doing the female and baby route that his lineage has programmed into him. They are both so hot together and even though Blay might have moved on, I hope there is a future for them and their own book because they are brilliant characters.
The book as a whole was amazing. I absolutely loved it and even with the often horrifying and disturbing events the characters have been through, the emotion, grit and sheer balls of all the characters mean I wouldn’t have it any other way.
I need more, now!