New American Library
Copyright: April 27, 2010
The amazon.com description:
The hot new novel in the Black Dagger Brotherhood by the #1 New York Times bestselling author
John Matthew has come a long way since he was found living among humans, his vampire nature unknown. Taken in by The Brotherhood, no one could guess what his true history was-or his true identity.
Xhex has long steeled herself against the attraction to John Matthew. Until fate intervenes and she discovers that love, like destiny, is inevitable.
Lover Mine is a book with at least four, perhaps five different storylines going on, some of which don't seem to have any connection to the story until the very end. Frankly, I found myself skipping one of them to get back to the characters I knew and loved from the previous books. This is also a book which benefits from a re-read of Lover Avenged, the previous book, before you start. I didn't, and I found myself rather lost in places. For example, Payne, and Xhex's capture at the start of the new novel.
Definitely a book worth the wait. And, I wasn't the only person waiting. There were two people waiting at the doors of the bookstore on Tuesday morning so they could get it right away. This is a story that's been building for several books now, but it doesn't seem to finish off the series. At least, I hope not, although I can't guess who the next book is going to be about, unlike some of the last books.
Although Lover Mine is a romance and therefore is guaranteed to have a happy ending for the main characters, this particular book is one where I was wondering if that happy ending was going to happen or not all the way to the last pages of the story. Which just added to the tension. So much has happened to the main characters of this story that you just had to wonder.
But the story of John and Xhex wasn't the only one being told here. There was also an interesting storyline from the past concerning Torhment and Darius, which was a neat read too. Especially when it came to it's end.
There were a couple of things that could have used some explanations, or else I've just forgotten them from previous books, such as what the heck Shadows are (Trez and iAm), but that's a pretty minor gripe.
If you're looking for a book that'll keep you up late, Lover Mine is definitely the one. Yet another five star read from J.R. Ward.