Science Fiction and Fantasy Association of New Zealand

Lovermine Lover Mine
by J. R. Ward

Supplied for review by Hachette New Zealand

Reviewed By: Jan Butterworth

The 8th book in the Black Dagger Brotherhood series, this is John Matthew’s story. The plot started at the end of book 7, with Xhex’s kidnapping, and follows his efforts to find and rescue her, then kick the crap out of the evil lesser who took her. Of course Xhex is too cool to hang around waiting for JM, so she rescues herself before hunting down the bad guy and dispensing some violence!

There were several subplots going on beside the main story. Blay and Qhinn and Saxton – Qhinn’s lawyer cousin who appeared in book 7, Darius, Tohrment and how they are connected to Xhex, the regular meetings Payne and Wrath have on the Far Side, that are to practise fighting techniques.

One subplot I couldn’t see the point of was the paranormal investigators, Holly and Gregg. They were investigating a haunting at a Southern mansion unconnected to the brotherhood and I couldn’t see why. I skimmed most of their bits as I found Holly a bit of a twit and Gregg a selfish prick, but then the ending revealed why it was in the book.

I’m really looking forward to the next book in the series, which is apparently Payne’s story. This is a R18 series and I’d recommend you read the first 7 before this one as there are recurring characters and dramas that are continued in the story, without any back story. Very tightly written, fast paced with lots of action, and the good guys triumph! I highly recommend this for older readers.

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