Watching the mini series before reading was definitely a mistake. As much as I tried not to, it was impossible to avoid comparing one with the other. Watching the mini series before reading was definitely a mistake. As much as I tried not to, it was impossible to avoid comparing one with the other. And I must say… the mini series is the winner in this case.
Richard Armitage as John Thornton left me speachless! I just couldn't get enough of him and every scene with him was simply perfect. Daniela Denby- Ashe was also wonderfull, a great match for him and chemistry between them made this series unforgettable for me.
Ok, on to the book. If I read it before watching, it would be a 5 star book. Because it really is a good book. Margaret Hale is one of those fierce female characters I enjoy reading about so much and everything she went through and the way she handled it gave me a lot to think about. It was interesting to follow her from piecefull South to very different North and to watch her developing relationships with other characters, especially with Bessie and Nicholas, and Mr. Thornton, of course.
Lives of workers and masters and their conflicts were the reason I took this story very seriously. It is not just a historical romance, but a precious insight in social matters and a superb description od that period. Elizabeth Gaskell introduced two very different points of view and made both seem very logical, with no obvious bad guys and good guys. It was easy to understand Mr. Thornton and his attitude, but it was also natural to emphatyze with workers and their families. I think she did a great, great job with this!
Although the relationship between Margaret and John was really fun and interesting to read about, some other relationships made this book one of a kind. John and his mother, for one. So special and even complicated and hard at times, but so easy to understand and very emotional. Bessie and Nicholas Higgins were also a great example of a close family on the other end of social scale. With Hales and Frederick higher in class but actually somewhere in between, family ties and everyday life was masterly presented. Elizabeth Gaskell hit the very core of lives and every social and personal aspect with these three families.
The ending is the only reason it is a 4 and not 5 star book. In the show it was wonderfull and emotional and just perfect. John Thornton (or should I say Richard Armitage?), was brilliant and I couldn't wait to read the last scene. But I am very sorry to say it was not there. The book ended nicely, but not even close to the way the mini series ended and that left me dissapointed a little. My mistake, I know. I really shouldn't have watched it before reading but I have, and now I can't help but feeling that something's missing in the book. That is the only reason for one star down.
Apart from that little thing, I can honestly say that this was a wonderfull read. Ok, now I'm off to re-watch the mini series :)
John Matthew is one of my favorite fictional characters, not only in BDB series, but ever. I love everything about him: his personality, his kindness, John Matthew is one of my favorite fictional characters, not only in BDB series, but ever. I love everything about him: his personality, his kindness, his strenght, his vulnerability, his looks, his determination, his loyalty... I could go on and on.
Dear John Matthew,
I loved how he knew he wanted Xhex from the very first time he looked at her. (As John Matthew, that is.) Because of him, Lover Mine is now my favorite BDB book. It has its flaws, but they are very easy to ignore. All I can think about right now is how much I enjoyed my reading time these last couple of days.
Lover Mine was very emotional and it went deep. Actually, some parts reminded me of Lover Awakened, another one of my favorites. Both are about surviving horrible past, both written in such a beautiful way. I loved how hope and love truly conquered all - rape, kidnapping, fear, trauma... everything.
Romance was great, especially at the end when all the broken pieces came together and both John and Xhex got their lives back on track with each other. And sex... That scene with the mirror in the bathroom was sooo sensual and delicious!
I must say that I still can't get over the fact that Butch and V are not together. They had a very small part in Lover Mine, but it was enough to remind me of their chemistry and how right they feel together. Such a shame! I thought I'd be fine with that by now, but I'm not. I like both Marissa and Jane, but... Damn it, Butch and V belong together!!!
Maybe that's the reason I like Qhuinn and Blay so much. They are great characters, and I really hope their HEA will make up for B&V strike. I am really anxious to read their book. They are so great together, love all that heat between them (even when they refuse to look at each other) and... Oh, I just can't wait to get my hands on their story!!!
As I said, I loved Lover Mine and I love John Matthew even more now. If I could, I'd give this book 100000000 stars because of him. Such a great character!
To be honest, I didn’t expect much from Lover Enshrined, mainly because Phury left no impression on me. He was interesting only because he took care o To be honest, I didn’t expect much from Lover Enshrined, mainly because Phury left no impression on me. He was interesting only because he took care of Z and that was about it. I never fell for him like I did for other Brothers.
After reading his book, it’s pretty much the same – can’t say why, but he just doesn’t do it for me. I like him more now because of what he did for Chosen, but other than that, I’m just not feeling him. Maybe it has something to do with his addiction (I don’t find that attractive at all), and the fact that I just can’t picture his multi-colored hair. With other Brothers, I have a strong, clear image of how they look in my head, but with Phury that image changes with every new description of his looks, so he is kind of abstract to me.
In my opinion, Cormia was the better half of this romance. It was very sweet to see her learn stuff about world of vampires in Caldwell that was completely new for her. I think she handled all that Phury/Bella issue really well and she has my respect for that. I also admire her for being strong and not giving up on Phury. It took a lot of patience to break through his walls and help him send the wizard to hell. I’m really happy for her because she deserved to get what she wanted. Phury should really keep it together for her from now on!
Their romance was nice and all, but comparing to other books, it lacked the usual hotness and deep connection. Cormia was OK, but Phury was tortured too much, then suddenly in love too much, then determined too much… I am not making any sense right now, so I’ll just say it could have been better.
What ‘’saved’’ this book and earned it 4 stars from me were other storylines and characters.
Layla surprised me. I never really liked her before, but she showed her funny side at the end, so now I can see some potential for her to be more likeable.
And Payne… That ‘’fuck you’’ was epic!!! I just know I’ll enjoy her story when I come to it.
Rehv is great in this one. Such an edgy, yet so exciting character! I don’t support his dealer business and never will, but nonetheless he is very, very interesting. That scene with the Princess was torture to read, so now I am really looking forward to see him get out of it all and find some peace for himself. Go Rehv!
Changes in the lesser world are refreshing. They are worse than ever before, but it is nice to not have Mr. X or Mr. D or Mr. whoever POV chapters. Lash does just fine in making them evil and he is a better villain than Omega himself. (I really hope John Matthew will be the end of Lash someday.)
And <3 Qhuinn and Blay <3 WoW!
They are the best friends anyone can have! Love them together and love their friendship with John Matthew. I wanted to cry when… well, when Qhuinn did what he did for John Matthew. He is so loyal and brave and sexy and, and… Oh, I have no words!
(Wrath also did his part in that mess, so yay for him too.)
Blay is such a sweetie. I love his honesty and the way he approached that awkward situation with Qhuinn. I can’t wait to see their relationship develop into something more solid on the romantic side.
And now… the best part. OMG John Matthew!
I could talk about him for days and never get bored. He is one of my favorite characters, not only in BDB series, but ever. I love that guy more and more with every book!
That last scene with Xhex was sexy beyond reason! Hot, hot hotttttt! Love him, love her and adore them together.
Last night was ''just one more chapter'' night for me. Of course, that means I devoured second half of Lover Unbound, unable to put it down. Yes, I wa Last night was ''just one more chapter'' night for me. Of course, that means I devoured second half of Lover Unbound, unable to put it down. Yes, I was late for work this morning, but it was worth it. I regret nothing ;)
Fifth book in BDB series surprised me more than once. First thing that got my eyes pop out was the role of Scribe Virgin. Thinking about it now, there is logic behind all that, but when I first found out who she really was, it caused me a serious case of bug eyes. She is still one very complex character and it's hard to just like or dislike her because she allways floats somewhere in between, but she is also very interesting and I like reading about her, regardless of my mixed feelings about her.
Another surprise was V, or to be more accurate – his past. It was so painful to read, poor V :( After Z, I did not expect other Brothers to have such a violent, brutal past/chilhood, so V's memories were even more disturbing because I did not see them coming. I felt for him so much and love him even more now.
Of course, the biggest surprise of all was the ending. I was warned about it by one of my GR friends, and still I was… WHAAAAAAAAAAAAA… NOONONOOONO… :( :( COME ON, COME ON… PLEASE… UH-HUH…
Yup, the ending shocked the hell out of me! Now I see the logic in it and understand it was actually the best option, given the circumstances. I like it. J. R. Ward made a risky move there and I think it payed off. Unexpected twist and shock with ending I (kinda) wanted is just fine by me (now that my heart beat is back to normal).
Some things I did not like so much. Introduction to next book, for example. It was too long and both Phury and Cormia got more chapters than I cared about. I really, really like them (especially Cormia), but some things between them happened too soon and I think they belong in book 6. Lover Unbound is about V and Jane and of course a lot of other characters, but there was just a little bit too much of Phury and Cormia. One more thing that felt wrong for me was the ''Mine'' part of the story. I know all BDB books are pretty much insta-love kind of books, but with V it was waaay too soon. I mean, his story with Butch was driving him crazy at one moment, and in the next he was all about Jane being his. I'm not saying it was wrong, it was just a little bit rushed for my taste. There was no future for V and Butch anyway, but still – V was too much in love with him to let it go just like that. That said, it was nice to see the two of them talk and even joke about V's feelings. I just can't get over how great they are together! <3 B and V<3
The bonding part was rushed. V was injured and he hardly had a chance to meet Jane, and before you know it, he was all ''Mine! Mine!''. It was hot in previous books, but it just didn't sit well with me in this one. Apart from that, I loved V and Jane together. At first I was not really impressed by her, but as she spoke more and more, she got under my skin. I just love strong, smart, witty women like her. I thought she was the perfect match for V and after I got over that insta-love thing, I enjoyed them together. Him being so smart (and reading books <3) was a huge turn on, and as she showed her personality more, I fell for them together.
Smart, sexy man + smart, sexy woman = smokin' hot couple!!! I read about the sink scene in another review and all I can say is – OMG that was HAWT!!! Now I know what exactly I was looking forward to and it was yummy. Amazing!
One big plus to Lover Unbound were chapters with John Matthew. He was present in previous books and I was happy to see that this one was no exception. I got used to him and I love him more and more. I can't wait to get my hands on his book!
BDB series is good stuff, love it more with every book. 4 stars for this one.
Just what I was looking for - dark, twisted,intense story with broken characters, dangerous situations and story so intense it was impossible to put d Just what I was looking for - dark, twisted,intense story with broken characters, dangerous situations and story so intense it was impossible to put down. Now this is exactly what I expected -and never got- from Fifty Shades of Grey. Fortunately, this book delivered everything FSoG failed to.
Captive in the Dark made me question my sanity and I loved it for that. I shouldn't feel so attached to Kitten and I shouldn't enjoy reading about all the things Caleb did to her in that dark room. It was wrong. Everything he did was so wrong. What she felt, what she feels for him is wrong. My mind keeps telling me that. BUT...
I fu..ing loved it!!!
Every word of it, every twisted scene and every dark emotion. It made me feel crazy, scared, conflicted and hot and I want more. Can't wait to see what's next for Caleb and Kitten. I only hope next book will be as good as this one was....more
Taking a break from the series after Lover Awakened was a smart move for me. Z and Bella are one of my all-time favorite couples and their story was t Taking a break from the series after Lover Awakened was a smart move for me. Z and Bella are one of my all-time favorite couples and their story was too emotional and beautiful, so I needed some time to gather my thoughts and emotions between books 3 and 4. It took me a while to get back to BDB, but I’m glad I waited because it wasn’t hard for me to get involved in Lover Revealed after the break (which probably wouldn’t be the case if I read them one after the other). This way, I gave it my full attention and enjoyed it very, very much.
I fell in love with Butch in Dark Lover. I don’t know why, but as soon as he showed up he instantly became one of my favorite characters in BDB series. In fact, he stands shoulder to shoulder with Zsadist on my personal sexy-tortured-charming-lovable-men throne. Maybe it’s the fact that he was an outsider in the vampire world, or that crazy vibe around him – I don’t care, either way I love him. No need to say that Lover Revealed was a treat for me and that I enjoyed his story so, so much!
I have to be honest, I agree with all those fans who were rooting for Butch-Vishous pairing. Those two have such a beautiful relationship and from the moment they met there was this special bond between them. I really wanted them together, but oh well… J. R. Ward obviously had other plans. Don’t get me wrong, I liked Butch and Marissa together, but… Yeah, it’s a shame to dismiss that powerful B/V chemistry.
Other than that whole V thing, Butch and Marissa were great together. Ever since Butch confessed sitting in the bushes under her window in Lover Eternal, I knew they would end up together. Their whole story was lovely and I really liked how they handled everything. Their feelings were so obvious and strong from the very first time they met and I liked how sure they were about each other, against all complications with him being human and all that aristocracy stuff on her side. First sex scene was great. Well, not great, but it was realistic and well written. I liked that.
Butch's abduction and everything that followed was pretty interesting. Omega finally made a big move and it was dark and dangerous and it changed a lot in BDB world. I loved that. It kept me guessing through the whole story about what will happen in the end. And the ending… Oh wow. Epic! I loved it so, so much. Maybe that’s because Butch has a special place in my heart, but I think he deserves every bit of it. It’s not over yet, I know, but for now, I am more than happy about his destiny. Yay!
It was nice to see John Matthew again. His chapters were interesting and I am looking forward to finding more about him.
This series is really great, one of my favorites. Lover revealed is a 5 star book for me, just like Lover Awakened was.