Mar 26 2013 8:30am

First Look: J.R. Ward’s Lover at Last (March 26, 2013) (NO SPOILERS)

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Lover at Last by J.R. WardJ.R. Ward
Lover at Last (Black Dagger Brotherhood #11)
Penguin / March 26, 2013 / $27.95 print, $14.99 digital 

Qhuinn, son of no one, is used to being on his own. Disavowed from his bloodline, shunned by the aristocracy, he has finally found an identity as one of the most brutal fighters in the war against the Lessening Society. But his life is not complete. Even as the prospect of having a family of his own seems to be within reach, he is empty on the inside, his heart given to another....

Blay, after years of unrequited love, has moved on from his feelings for Qhuinn. And it’s about time: it seems Qhuinn has found his perfect match in a Chosen female, and they are going to have a young. It’s hard for Blay to see the new couple together, but building your life around a pipe dream is just a heartbreak waiting to happen. And Qhuinn needs to come to terms with some dark things before he can move forward…

Fate seems to have taken these vampire soldiers in different directions... but as the battle over the race’s throne intensifies, and new players on the scene in Caldwell create mortal danger for the Brotherhood, Qhuinn finally learns the true definition of courage, and two hearts who are meant to be together... finally become one.

It wouldn’t be a J.R. Ward Black Dagger Brotherhood novel without name brands and pop culture, and Lover at Last doesn't disappoint. From John Matthew and Qhuinn discussing how the Antichrist is surely coming due to the fact that Miley Cyrus and Justin Bieber are on the radio to Mr. C talking about Channing Tatum looking “hot as fuck,” through these references we get glimpses into what makes the BDB books so enjoyable.

“I think that’s Justin Bieber.”

Standing in from of a lineup of Lay’s potato chips, Qhuinn looked overhead to the speaker inset into the ceiling tiles. “Yup. I’m right, and I hate that I know that.”

Next to him, John Matthew signed, How do you know?

“The little shit is everywhere.”

The Black Dagger Brotherhood series has always been a series of our times. Scattered throughout the book we have references to the past and the present, from Ren and Stimpy to the Rat Pack. Not only does this give us a better look and understanding of the characters, but it also gives us a look into the author.

We know that our boys like SUVs (Escalades and Hummers) and aren’t fans of the Prius. We also know that V and Butch will fight anyone who disses their beloved Boston Red Sox. They quote Cypress Hill and Vanilla Ice, so they love their early '90s music as well.

At this point, he just wanted to get the night over. It was cold, it was snowing, and he had to wonder who he pissed off to get stuck with Vanilla Ice over here.

There are even sexy pop culture-ish references: Blay has his nipple pierced and Qhuinn has a Prince Albert. Remember when the big out-there piercing for men was their ears? Oh, how the times have changed—especially in the Black Dagger Brotherhood mansion—and oh, to be a fly on that wall. Especially when Saxton and Blay discuss Hello Kitty and Beth reads People. We even hear about Honey Boo Boo and The Bachelor; really, WHAT is going on in that mansion?!

Even love gets a bit of a culture reference:

The difference between someone “loving” somebody versus being “in love” was a curb to the Grand Canyon. The head of a pin to the entire Midwest. An exhale to a hurricane.

While Lover at Last is a romantic fantasy, we find that a lot of what is contained in the story is based on some reality. And that Calvin Kleins never looked so sexy.

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Natasha Carty reviews Paranormal Romance and Urban Fantasy on her website Wicked Little Pixie and lives in Toronto, Canada, with her cat, Seamus.

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Heather Waters
1. HeatherWaters
Pop culture references were a big part of why I loved the show Veronica Mars, and it's funny, when I go back to rewatch (as I do), those references make me feel nostalgic rather than that they're dated or anything. It's a good time. I'll be curious to see if people feel the same about this series one day.
Natasha Carty
2. WickedLilPixie
@ Heather - In some early 90's books I've read, the pop culture is very inclusive so it goes over my head. But with Ward it's soooo all over the map I find myself laughing at old school things I forgot all about.
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