Series: Black Dagger Brotherhood #11
Published by NAL on March 26th 2013
FINAL DECISION: I was happy that Qhuinn and Blay finally got their HEA but I thought this story lacked something perhaps because the most dramatic parts of their story took place in other books sapping some of this book’s emotional core.
THE STORY: Qhuinn has loved his friend Blay for years but has denied the attraction afraid of adding being gay to his other perceived “imperfections”. Despite the fact that he has impregnated the Chosen Layla, Qhuinn finally has reached the point of admitting that he wants Blay. At the same time, Blay has apparently moved beyond his own attraction to Qhuinn after years of unrequited love. Blay is in a relationship with Qhuinn’s cousin. Despite the relationships pulling them in different directions, Blay and Qhuinn cannot deny the passion that exists between them.
OPINION: After being thoroughly engage in Qhuinn and Blay’s story in the last couple of books, I was a bit disappointed by how things went in this book. First, I think that if you haven’t read the other books in this series, this book fails to make the romance compelling. I think the most dramatic and emotionally compelling part of their story took place in prior books and without those portions here, the angst just dragged on rather than move the story forward.
I felt the story was “Q&B don’t talk to one another”, sex, “Q&B don’t talk to one another”, sex, etc, etc. until “I love you” and HEA. What I didn’t like was that it felt like the two always loved one another, Qhuinn had made the significant breakthrough in admitting his feelings in the previous book and all that was keeping them apart at this point was lack of saying “I love you.”
Despite that, there were moments between Qhuinn and Blay that I really liked and the longtime connection between these characters gave depth and significance to them finally finding their path to one another. I’d give a 5 to their entire journey together, but only a 4 to this book alone.
Of course, there is not only one storyline in this book.
The continuing storyline about the Band of Bastards attack on Wrath’s reign is accelerating in preparation for the next book of the series which revisits Wrath and Beth’s relationship. The intriguing relationship between Xcor and Layla also continues here. A new relationship appears on the horizon between the drug dealer vampire Assail and his “burglar”. Finally, someone from Qhuinn’s past unexpectedly reappears and thus a new storyline is born.
Overall, I enjoyed this book. I will reread it later and perhaps my opinion will evolve after I get over some of my expectations disappointment.
WORTH MENTIONING: The Lesser Society has made a welcome reappearance after being mere fodder for the vampires to kill in the last few books.
CONNECTED BOOKS: LOVER AT LAST is the eleventh book in the Black Dagger Brotherhood series. This series has intertwined stories which cover a number of books. A single book has multiple viewpoints. Qhuinn and Blay’s story takes place over a number of book merely culminating here.
STAR RATING: I give this book 4 stars.