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Lover Mine (Black Dagger Brotherhood #8)

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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 na...more
Hardcover, 512 pages
Published April 27th 2010 by NAL
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Some things are destined to be-
It just takes us a couple of tries
to get there.

Lover Mine is the eighth book in the Black Dagger Brotherhood series. It’s about second chances. About circumstances and relationships coming full circle. About revenge, trust, friendship and love. But most importantly: it’s about John Matthew.

John Matthew, aka Darius reincarnated, is undoubtedly one of the most popular characters in the series. When we meet him in Lover Eternal, he’s a scrawny little mute who lives i...more
 Danielle The Book Huntress (Angels Weep For Goodreads)
This book could have easily broken my heart. I've been waiting so long to see John Matthew and Xhex find their happy ending. Anyone who knows me, knows how much I adore this couple. If it's even possible, I probably love them twenty times more now.

The WARDen is so good at writing stories about human nature, all the weaknesses, the vulnerabilities, the strengths. How, at the end of the day, all of us just want to feel special, to feel loved. And when we don't feel that, how it has the power to d...more
Blacky *Romance Addict*

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"As she stood beside John Matthew, and watched his huge body crumple down by the bed, the organ that beat behind her sternum shattered like a mirror.
Nothing but shards.
She was utterly and completely ruined as he cradled that pillow like it was a newborn, and in this moment of his utter despair, she would have done anything to ease his pain: Even though she had no idea why he felt the way he so clearly did, the reasons were unimportant.
His suffering was paramount."

This book is very em
Kat Kennedy
Okay, I'm giving this book four stars, not because of its literary prowess, but because of its enjoyability.

However, after eight books in this series, I have a serious problem. Well, frankly I had a problem from the first book but I've already reviewed that one.

My big problem is in the characters and the gender roles they embody. Now, there's been a great deal of criticism over J.R. Ward's treatment of female characters in these books. Xhex and Payne are like a bandaid she uses to patch this up....more
UniquelyMoi ... So I Can Shine...
I’ve tried for months to write a review that would do this book justice but I have so many thoughts and feelings running through my mind that I can’t seem to form a coherent paragraph, much less an entire review! So after months of trying and failing, this is the best I could do. Please allow me to present to you –

My Random Thoughts Rave-view with Spoilers Aplenty

Last time I checked, the WARDen wasn’t yet claiming to walk on water, so I see no need to critique her writing style, lack of perfect...more
Opening Line: "He wished he had more time."

**Spoiler Free**
In trying to review LOVER MINE two words keep popping into my head; Amazing and Damn… just damn. How can I honestly put into words how much I loved this story and how sad I am that it’s over? Following a year long wait JR Wards 8th instalment of the Black Dagger Brotherhood finally made its way into my eager little hands. At 512 pages LOVER MINE is huge (with a fantastic cover) and I’m happy to report that it does not disappoint, in fact...more
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“Some things are destined to be -- it just takes us a couple of tries
to get there.”

John Matthew


I was anxiously awaiting to read JM's book because he is one of my favorites non-Brother characters.However there were some parts where I didnt enjoy the book and I am admiting that I skipped a few pages.
What annoyed me about the book was Darious's POV and the ghosthunters' POV.Seriously , until the very last chapter I wasnt able to understand the purrpose of those POVS.Still in the end I understoo...more
Lisa Jayne
Jun 22, 2013 Lisa Jayne rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: LOVERS OF PNR

"You're not half the male you could be because of what was done to you. You're twice what anyone else is because you survived."

Everything about 'Lover Mine' ~ The prologue, beginning, middle and end is nothing short of breathtaking. I felt like I had been given a glimpse into a sacred secret or historical story telling, and once again I applaud the author for a fantastic continuation of what is fast becoming my favourite of all series. Each book so far has claimed five easy s...more
May 02, 2010 Auntee rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Fans of the series
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Amy (Foxy)
I was beginning to lose heart the further I went in the Black Dagger Brotherhood series because the of charm these books had began to fade for me. Book 2 & 3 were awesome and "Lover Mine" ranks right up there with those other two books as being a GREAT READ.

As with all these books there is always some side stories happening. This one had two:

♦A couple in search of ghost in a particular bed & breakfast.
♦ Darius & Tohr in the past working together.

I kept wondering how these two story l...more
Peep (Pop! Pop!)
Apr 30, 2010 Peep (Pop! Pop!) rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Peep (Pop! Pop!) by: Jaimie
So, I really wanted to like this word parking lot. I wanted to serve it a plate of you-the-bomb. Hitting the rewind button on RL, the beginning of this book had me palming the snooze button. There was a whole lot of wake me when this junk gets good going on. What's doing, JR? What? You know us fans love some action, true? Blasting some Jay-Z rhymes in the background, I sucked it up and read the dang thang. And wouldn't you know, it started to get good on me? I was feeling some this-book-is-kinda...more
"Some things are destined to be- it just takes us a couple of tries to get there"
This story was gorgeous !! 5 stars !!! In Xhex's words John Matthew ❤ her Well-of-Soul as her people called it. Anna just calls that SOULMATES

The truth was .... He was in love with her. Totally over-the-line, no-going-back, no-even-dead-would-he-part kind of shit John Matthew !! Swoon. Hard core swoon !!!

Meet my John Matthew :

My Xhex

She's the epitome of BAD ASS

The pace of this book was fast, act...more
My sweet John Matthew finally gets his own book - and the result was romance, heartbreak, action, suspense... and a dash destiny...
The essential truth of life, he was coming to realize, wasn't romantic and took only two words to label: Shit. Happens.
But the thing was, you kept going. You kept your friends and your family and your mate as safe as you were able. And you kept fighting even after you were knocked down.
I have a tendency to become overly-attached to fictional characters; John Matt...more
My feelings about this book are mixed. On one hand, it was good but on the other, I was hoping for something better.

John Michael has never been a favorite of mine. I think he is a nice person but he just wasn't mature enough to be a BDB hero for me. He just doesn't hold a candle to Rhage, Wrath or V, he comes off more like a teenager or college student. The older brothers are always having to look after him and Quinn always has to fight with him, which made him seem even younger to me. I think h...more
Where to begin?? This book has a lot going on…

We have the fight with the lessers…not my favorite part…

The ghost hunters…what??

Back story from Darius…relevant??

Qhuinn and Blay…you are killing me already!

Xhev and John…finally!!

So how do I feel about this one?

Well…I definitely liked it better then the last few books, and I really enjoyed some of the side stories. However, there are like a hundred side stories and towards the end I felt like I was just rushing to get to the stories I actually cared...more

Hardly any spoilers.

How am I gonna review this without writing a novel, well lets just say its gonna be real hard. When it comes to the BDB I gots a lot to say ya feel me. The latest instalment is just feckin perfection, the boys are back in a big way. When it comes to this series its either you are a fan girl or you completely hate it, but I say this what’s not to love. This is the only vampire series that just stands alone, there are no comparisons and its like you know every...more
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Another beautiful, emotional, and wonderful Black Dagger Brotherhood novel!!!
“Some things are destined to be -- it just takes us a couple of tries to get there.” ♥

We have our main man of the book- John Matthew
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John Matthew has been through a lot. His journey the past seven books has been difficult, yet amazing. I have been waiting and waiting for his book, and it didn’t disappoint, you feel me???

We meet John Matthew (view spoiler) as a pre-trans, scrawny m...more
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DarkHeart "Vehngeance"
John and Xhex are officially my favorite couple and this is up there with my favorite books in the series (although on reflection Lover Avenged retains the top spot for the overall story). I must admit that I had a lot of expectations and a lot of theories going into this one - and while the expectations were more than met, very little of it went down quite the way I was expecting it to go. There were a lot of interesting developments - and while I'm not sure how I feel about all of them, it def...more
Mandi Schreiner
Why I read: BDB is my favorite series.

Favorite quotes/moments from the four main players (and Lassiter :)

John Matthew: The sob that breached his throat actually made a sound.

Xhex: “John?” She said.
As it was dark, he whistled a What?
”You are such a male of worth, you know that. You really are.”

Qhuinn: …Qhuinn’s mouth dropped open. But not because he was shocked and not because he wanted in on the action.
He simply couldn’t breathe. It was as if his ribs had frozen along with his heart.
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I wish I had a gift for words that would befit how I feel about this series. Yes, this incredibly well-written series has an engaging and complex world, interesting plots, incredibly sexy alpha males, heart-warming romance, great action scenes, and villains who I’d like to take out back and shoot with a SIG. All of that is wonderful, yet is only a small part of why I read (stalk) this series.

What really pulls me in is the People. Yes, I said People. Not characters. Characters are interesting en...more
Annie (Under the Covers Book Blog)
Oh John Matthew. This man takes me away. Though he has many demons that follow him every minute of his life, JM is a male of worth. And Xhex, her story is beautiful. I love her strength and her brute force, but I also love how she allows JM into her world. In Lover Mine, we get a look into her past and we also experience her love for John as she falls hard for him. I've been rooting for this couple since the very beginning and I loved every moment of it.

There was one bit where I was a little con...more
♡Karlyn P♡
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Laura the Highland Hussy
I wasn't expecting much out of this book, as I am not a huge fan of Xhex. I like John Matthew a lot actually, but he's not my favorite. In fact I wish we'd seen more of the Blay/Qhuinn/Saxton drama.
From most of the reviews I'd read, the big complaint was the Paranormal Reality show. I must be in the minority because I loved it! I thought it was short and to the point, but with enough substance to make sense. I guessed who the ghost was within the first couple scenes, but I won't say so as n...more
May 27, 2010 Eastofoz rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: BDB fans
Shelves: paranormal, 2010
Ya gotta love book crack and nothing feeds a habit better than a good series, that’s JR Ward’s Black Dagger Brotherhood. Good or bad you keep coming back for more and you’re always itching for that next fix as soon as you’re done. With this latest installment, Ward seems to have got her groove back when it comes to the romance and bringing together a really good nearly filler free novel. 4 ½ big bright shiny stars here people :D

Gone is the endless info on the Lessers, the minimal romance in favo...more
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I am a late comer to this series, and after all the great reviews, I still had reservations. However; my book quest kept leading me back to this series. It wasn't until one of my favorite "GOODREADS" friends showed sooo much enthusiasm over these books that I decided to take the plunge. I'm so glad I did. (Thanks Amy)
J.R. Ward has absolutely captivated me with her beautiful writing, creativity, and her descriptions. I have sa...more
Wicked Lil Pixie (Natasha)
There’s quite a few story-lines going in Lover Mine even though this is John Matthew & Xhex’ book it really deals with a lot more than just those two. We start out with Xhex still missing & John Matthew realizing just how much she means to him, he’ll do anything to find her even if it means not telling the BDB about his relationship with Xhex. He even goes to speak with iAm & Trez (Rehv’s boys) to ask them for help in locating Xhex.

Xhex on the other hand is still trying to escape her...more
Dorsey aka Wrath Lover & KA Addict
Rereading entire series in anticipation of Lover At Last!! Time for JM's book!!

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Just as fantastic the second.....or third time around!! On to Lover Unleashed in my quest to reread the series while waiting for Lover At Last
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Jessica Rowley Pell Bird was born on 1969 in Massachusetts, USA. She is the daughter of Maxine F. and W. Gillette Bird, Jr. She began writing as a child, penning her thoughts in diaries as well as inventing short stories. She read her first Harlequin Presents novel in a rose garden when she was in her teens. She was hooked immediately. By the time she went to college, she had boxes...more
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“Some things are destined to be -- it just takes us a couple of tries
to get there.”
“You never knew the last time you were seeing someone. You didn't know when the last argument happened, or the last time you had sex, or the last time you looked into their eyes and thanked God they were in your life.
After they were gone?
That was all you thought about.
Day and night.”
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