J.R. Ward
Black Dagger Brotherhood – Book 8 – Lover Mine

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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.

Holy Crap!!! What a great book! It has lived up to the hype. John Matthew is what a Brother should be. We were aware of his story and it has been a long journey posted through the previous books in the series. John had over come a lot in his life, he has a heart of gold an innocence that can not compare to the rest of the brothers.
The women that he loves, and returns his feelings, is missing. He can do nothing but eat, sleep and breathe her. He fears that she is dead, but he will not give up on finding her. The impossible happens, he finds her alive.
Xhex is strong, a fighter, we learn a lot about her in this book and what she has been through. Her story is heart warming. In the previous books she almost seems cold, but this book changes that. Once she escapes the sociopath Lash she is on death’s door step but John Matthew shows up and saves her. She knows she in love with him but she tries to keep her distance for fear of hurting him.
During their journey together they realize they are more alike then they ever thought, which brings them closer to the love they are trying to avoid, and may I say it leads to some great hot, steamy sex. (which is always a plus!)
I also loved Blay and Qhuinn’s story and their attraction. I was surprised by the direction of the book, and I look forward to reading more about them in the future.
I was not expecting Qhuinn to have such a strong reaction to Blay’s relationship to Saxton. I knew he must have felt something, but I was not expecting that. I can not wait to read more.
I also liked the Daruis(John) and Torhment connection. I was glad they found a way back to each other and I am sure that Torhment’s book will be interesting to say the least.
There are just so many great things about this book, it’s difficult to pick a few thinks to talk about. Lash who is a horrible person/beast, whatever you want to call him, was a great bad guy, who still loved in his own sick twisted way.
John and Xhex are a great couple who have an interesting story and chemistry Lover Mine is a great read, I was sad when I finished the book.