Please note!! There are spoilers below. If you do not want to be spoiled, I wrote a spoiler-free review of Lover at Last for USA Today.
JR Ward has been torturing us for years with Blay and Qhuinn. While this is my favorite series, I also tend to not love and squee over every book. Ward tends to have 1,245 different storylines and POVs in each book, sometimes distracting away from the main H/H. However – while yes we get lots of different side stories, I was very happy with Blay and Qhuinn’s HEA and pretty satisfied with the other side stories as well. Let’s break it down.
Blay and Qhuinn.
“Because I was, and I remain, utterly and completely and totally…in love with you.”
Oh Qhuay!! I love angst. The angst that Ward has put these two through for book after book killed me, yet I reveled in it. I am very happy that the angst is still present in this book. Blay and Saxton have been sleeping together for a year but Blay knows Saxton isn’t his mate.Qhuinn has taken a year off from manwhoring, and now all he can think about is Blay. Their love in this book takes on a very intense and physical form. Ward gives us the good m/m sex scenes (although as everyone has said – where is the lube? LOL). Their passion is hot, and we get a lot of it. The end of the book is so,so romantic that I wish there had been a little bit more of that between them I could have used some hand holding or some romantic scenes after Qhuinn proposed. But I’m not complaining because I really was satisfied by their HEA. Well done JR Ward. WELL DONE.
Some notes: After getting the go ahead from (lawyer) Saxton, Wrath changes the old laws so that Qhuinn can be inducted into the Brotherhood. He is no longer JM’s bodyguard. Love that he is now officially a brother!
While scouting out a farm, they find Qhuinn’s brother Luchas in some type of oil bin, soaking in Omega blood. Tortured and broken, barely alive. He is rescued and is recovering at the mansion.
How awesome are Blay’s parents? Very awesome. Both coming out scenes – well done.
How awesome is it that Qhuinn flies an airplane to get Z home safely?? I loved that scene. LOL. That felt like old-school BDB (ie..a scene that would have taken place in one of the beginning books) And then Qhuinn breaks down in front of Z? So emo. I love.
Qhuinn and Layla
Brace yourselves because I’m about to say something shocking. I adored Layla in this book. VERILY! Can you believe it? Why you ask? She stands up to Havers which is totally awesome and fights for the rights to her body. She stands up to Phury. She is Qhuinn’s rock as he goes through all of his shit. I love that they come right out and tell each other they don’t love each other (Thank you Ward! I did not want that drama). I love their friendship. I love when Qhuinn realized he was going to be a dad for real. I loved how he goes total alpha on Havers and makes him apologize. You go boy. The weakest part? Payne healing Layla. Not that I wanted her to miscarry but that just seemed like such a cop out moment. I don’t know. I’m not a Payne fan as it is.
I. Love. Xcor.
I LOVE his relationship with Layla. When she takes the car and meets him and she unlocks those doors. Oh. I can’t wait to see how all of this unfolds. He obviously still wants the throne, and now he may be going with the- Beth is a half-breed route rather than the violent route. He did mention if he could kidnap one woman, it would all come crashing down. I don’t’ see him kidnapping Layla..but maybe? Somehow he will have to redeem himself so he and Layla can go have dirty sex together. Maybe save Layla at some point? Another friend said maybe he will save Beth or another female? We shall see but I want more of him! The way he can track Layla and how he goes from wild, cold warrior to protecting her. Oooooh…Xcor you intrigue me.
Also, Xcor knows the location of the brotherhood mansion now. duh duh duuuuuh!
Assail and Sola
At first I wasn’t sure what Sola’s part in this book would be. I’m still a little confused by her. I assume she has a lot of secrets that we will find out soon. I like Assail, but still feel like we don’t know that much about him. Will his book be next? I worry, because he isn’t close with the brotherhood, so if he gets a book, that means lots of page time away from the mansion. But I assume his book is next since Sola is missing? He is ruthless (love that he killed Elan) and has secrets and motives of his own. Very curious about him.
What’s up with Assail’s freaky twin cousins? I LIKEY.
Trez and iAm
I think this storyline was the weakest of the group. I like them both, but got a little bored with them. I do think it will be interesting to see how Trez handles being mated to the future queen, while totally in love with Selena. I also love that they are now living at the brotherhood mansion. Maybe Trez will get the next book?
I was surprised JM wasn’t in this more as Blay and Qhuinn are his good buddies. I adore V so glad he had a few minor roles. Lassiter only has one sentence or something…I’m ready for his storyline to get wrapped up. I thought Murdher might make an appearance but nope.
Wrath has some good scenes telling of the glymera. Beth and Layla are becoming buddies, maybe this means Beth will go into Needing soon.
I’d give this book a solid B
So you tell me:
– Did it live up to the hype? Are you satisfied with Qhuay’s HEA?
– What was your favorite scene?
– What was the weakest part of the book?
– Who do you think will be the Hero and Heroine in the next book?