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. As a vicious personal vendetta takes John into the heart of the war, he will need to call up on both who he is now and who he once was in order to face off against evil incarnate.
Xhex, a symphath assassin, has long steeled herself against the attraction between her and John Matthew. Having already lost one lover to madness, she will not allow the male of worth to fall prey to the darkness of her twisted life. When fate intervenes, however, the two discover that love, like destiny, is inevitable between soul mates.
He’d wanted to be owned.
He’d wanted someone to say, You’re mine.
As for me, the main appeal of the story is the interference between past and present as the characters’ history repeats itself. Of course you already know from the previous books that John and Darius are the same person, 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 reader, you have the privilege to know who he was in his previous life, and it is heartbreaking to see that nobody around him has any clue about it.
“You’re one in a million, John Matthew.”
I always liked her, despite her masculine appearance which is difficult for me to imagine. Anyway, it was satisfying to see the softer side of her personality.
“I’ve just been too wrapped up in my own drama to be able to accept what’s been in front of me the whole time.”
I’m curious whether he ever comes back, as he is not completely dead. Though I can’t imagine how he could be dangerous enough again, after his exile, his desperate attempts to keep his head above water, and his ultimate weakening.
Blay and Qhuinn’s storyline is captivating. I enjoyed the incredible tension between them, the push and pull moments, Qhuinn’s ambiguous emotions and suffering. No wonder, their story is one of the most anticipated books right now.
My heart still aches for Thor, and I’m relieved that John finally understands his loss as a man, not only as a son.
Two storylines distracted me: one of them is Layla’s, the other one is Murdher’s with Gregg and Holly. I found them boring and unnecessary.
Certainly, Payne’s book is perfectly prepared. I really admire Ward’s talent to keep up the continuity throughout the series.
See my favorite quotes on my Tumblr page,
Daily Quotes by Exina, from 402 to 408.