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Lover Mine

(Black Dagger Brotherhood #8)

4.39  ·  Rating details ·  105,726 ratings  ·  4,307 reviews
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 ven ...more
Hardcover, First Edition, 528 pages
Published April 27th 2010 by NAL
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Juana Hernandez I know! I was so ready for John Matthews story, the book was so long when it could have easily been 200 pages shorter. All I can tell you is the last …moreI know! I was so ready for John Matthews story, the book was so long when it could have easily been 200 pages shorter. All I can tell you is the last 100 pages are the best part, try and push through it. Good luck!!!(less)
Angela Piccolo This is definitely a series you need to read in order. If anyone tells you different they are doing you a disservice! If you read this book as a stand…moreThis is definitely a series you need to read in order. If anyone tells you different they are doing you a disservice! If you read this book as a stand-alone, it won't make any sense at all.(less)

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Oct 04, 2009 rated it it was amazing
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
 Danielle The Book Huntress (Back to the Books)
Sep 11, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Readers who want an all-consuming book that will shut the world out as they read
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
Jessica's Totally Over The Top Book Obsession
5 Well of Soul Stars

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As she waited for Lash to come back to her, her mind drifted to the male she tried never to think of. Especially if Lash was around. It was unclear how much her captor could get into her head, but she didn't want to take chances. If the bastard got an itch that that mute soldier was her well-of-soul, as her people called it, he would use that against her... and John Matthew.-Xhex

First read 2014
Reread 4/5/2017


OMG John Matthew and Xhex....... God I fucking loved the
Kat Kennedy
Apr 28, 2010 rated it liked it
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.
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 i
UniquelyMoi ~ BlithelyBookish
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
Lo Bookfrantic
Feb 20, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: YES
Shelves: arc-review-ng
5*** John Mathews' is MINE Stars
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“Some things are destined to be -- it just takes us a couple of tries
to get there.” JM

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If you are following The Black Dagger Brotherhood series, by now you already know all the characters that we have so deeply fallen in love with since the very beginning. However, if you have not?! Go read them!!! Ward has an amazing way to pull you into a story, bring all your emotions, anxiety, and gives you an amazing roller coaster ride full of susp
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
Mar 18, 2014 rated it it was amazing
“I miss you. I miss you so fucking bad it hurts, but I don't know how to find you even though you're right in front of me.”

Xhex was kidnapped and John lost his mind, he didn't know how he could find her. In Lover Mine, We'll see the long distance for John to save his first and only love. John Matthew, as you know that he reborn with Darius' soul, he has no memory of what happened before this life, so he lives his life as a new one and falls in love again. That's a complex and interesting sto
Sophia Triad
John Matthew and Xhex

"I'm glad you and Xhex have found each other. It makes cosmic sense, it truly does."
John shoved the keys in his pocket to free up his hand. We're not together.
The smile that briefly showed on the guy's face seemed ancient.
"Yeah, you are. You two are meant to be together."

John Matthew has the most complicated storyline in BDB. By far. The truth is that nobody really knows who is John Matthew – not even John himself.

Let’s start from the beginning:
Darius is definitely
Jun 17, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: vampires
“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 understo
• Lisa •
Jun 16, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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 eas
Sep 16, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Fans of the series
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Elise ✘ a.k.a Ryder's Pet ✘
Third re-read: 23.08.2019
I cried again. When Qhuinn told Blay to take care of himself. It's so heartbreaking. I love everything about Qhuinn and Blay's storyline, except for the Layla part. I don't like that. Again, I only re-read Qhuinn and Blay's parts. Hell, if I were only rating their part in these books, the ratings would be at at least 4 stars.

Second re-read: 11.07.2017
As you all know; I love Qhuinn. Which is why I only re-read his and Blay's POVs. Which I did the last time as
Alex is The Romance Fox
This is one of my favourite books in this series.

John Matthews is one of the characters that just grabbed my heart and never let go.
It's emotional, heartbreaking and uplifting too each time I get into this story.

His intensity and depth blows me away. How much he has to deal with in his life....before and after being found by the Brotherhood.

Seeing his and Xhex's relationship develop is just heartbreaking and the ending of this book really made me feel sad....when will something good happen in
Apr 30, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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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-t
Amy | Foxy Blogs
Jul 06, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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 lines were go
Peep (Pop! Pop!)
Apr 28, 2010 rated it it was ok  ·  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
May 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Fang bangers
Genre: Paranormal Romance/Urban Fantasy
Type: Book 8 from Black Dagger Brotherhood series
POV: Third Person

It's been a long journey since John Matthew was a scared, weak teenage boy. His tragic past thought him to be self reliant and compassionate. But even surrounded by good friends, he wanted something more and had his eyes on the unattainable.

As a half breed, Xhex is forced to live her life in secrecy. With a tough exterior, she built a wall around her heart and refused to let anyon
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;
He'd wanted to be owned. He'd wanted someone to say, You're mine.

I loved the structure, the impressive encounter of past and present, and as the characters’ history repeats itself. Of course you already know from the previous books that John is the reincarnation of Darius, but there are stunning surprises in Lover Mine.
”I'm glad you and Xhex have found each other. It makes cosmic sense, it truly does.”

There is no need to characterize John as Ward does the job perfectly. As a
Apr 10, 2010 rated it it was amazing

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
Jul 07, 2014 rated it really liked it
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
I'd hoped for so much more for John's story, and instead got a hot mess that was dragged down once again by so much product placement and so many damn kitchen sinks that were thrown in there. The writing is choppy and all over the place with side stories everywhere, they made my head spin.

Do I believe that John and Xhex will last as a couple? Hell to the no, same with V and Jane, though I still think V and Butch should be together. For me, the only couple in this series to have the romance of th
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
Jun 15, 2013 rated it it was amazing
"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
Mamacita Slacum
This had alot of twist, turns & connections that I was not expecting. Evidently Ms. Ward liked to flip me over & watch me land on my ass.

Everytime I thought I knew what was going to happen, I ended up ass over elbow...

Starting to think she may be a sadist, cause WTF is up with no epilogue??

To which Ms. Ward replies...
Sep 25, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Pretty awesome, loved all the buildup to their relationship as well, and once they finally got together, this book was intense.

Reread 2020: (view spoiler)
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
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J.R. Ward is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of numerous novels, including the Black Dagger Brotherhood series. She lives in the South her family.

Other books in the series

Black Dagger Brotherhood (1 - 10 of 19 books)
  • Dark Lover (Black Dagger Brotherhood, #1)
  • Lover Eternal (Black Dagger Brotherhood, #2)
  • Lover Awakened (Black Dagger Brotherhood, #3)
  • Lover Revealed (Black Dagger Brotherhood, #4)
  • Lover Unbound (Black Dagger Brotherhood, #5)
  • Lover Enshrined (Black Dagger Brotherhood, #6)
  • Lover Avenged (Black Dagger Brotherhood, #7)
  • Lover Unleashed (Black Dagger Brotherhood, #9)
  • Lover Reborn (Black Dagger Brotherhood, #10)
  • Lover at Last (Black Dagger Brotherhood, #11)

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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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