Mar 26 2013 8:30am

J.R. Ward’s Lover at Last Discussion Post (MAJOR MAJOR SPOILERS!)

Here you have it: A complete play-by-play of all of the events in J.R. Ward's Lover at Last (Black Dagger Brotherhood #11), out today. This review is made up ENTIRELY of SPOILERS and is intended only as a place for fans to gather and discuss the book AFTER reading it, so if you have yet to finish, steer clear of anything after the jump. Go finish the book, then come back. (There's a non-spoiler-y First Look of Lover at Last here to whet your appetite, plus a Qhuay timeline!)




***LAST CHANCE: Seriously, leave this post now if you haven't finished Lover at LastThis is a post to discuss the entire book. There's a non-spoiler-y First Look of Lover at Last here and a pre-Lover at Last Qhuay timeline here.***

Lover at Last by J.R. WardAll right, here we go:

• Qhuinn talks about his past, we find out that his family disowned him due to his birth defect (mismatched eyes).

• Qhuinn and John Matthew (JM from here on out) get rolled for their Escalade by a drug dealer working for Mr. C because Qhuinn “leftthekeysinit.”

They end up having V track the car and Qhuinn goes all nutty and ends up causing a crash that kills the carjackers and injures himself in the process.

• We find out Mr. C works for the Omega now.

• Layla starts to bleed and lose the baby and thinks about Xcor while she’s miscarrying.

• Qhuinn and Blay have a stare-down contest while they upright the Hummer (no that’s not a double entendre!) Then they get into a fight on the drive back.

• Trez avoids his duty and screws everything with breasts.

• Xcor and his Band of Bastards continue to try and overthrow Wrath. Meanwhile, Xcor is thinking about Layla.

• Saxton completes his work for Wrath, and realizes he has to break it off with Blay because he’s falling in love with him.

• We meet Sola Morte who is casing out a weird house on behalf of her contracted employer.

• Blay creeps on Qhuinn in the brotherhood gym and gets turned on. He watches him in the shower and then goes to a private room to jerk the tube steak.

• Trez talks to iAm about how screwed he is, he’s supposed to marry the Queen's daughter and they are sending people to talk with him, a discussion he keeps avoiding. iAm and Trez end up moving into the BDB mansion.

• Layla starts to bleed and cramp worse, so she ends up at Havers Clinic without telling anyone where she is going or why. When they find out who she is they refuse to tell her anything and will only talk to the Primale.

• Qhuinn has flashbacks to when the Honor Guard was sent after him.

• Saxton breaks up with Blay.

• Assail finds out he is the one that Sola has been casing, he immediately knows that it is because of Ricardo Benloise and goes to deliver a message. Sola is told to stop following Assail and to let it go, but she doesn’t, and Assail knows as much. They end up having a hot make out session. By the end of the book, Sola gets kidnapped and Assail is tasked with finding her.

• During a lesser attack, Z gets shot and because they are out in the woods far away from help Qhuinn decides to fly them back. Only problem is Qhuinn has never flown a plane before. They get back in one piece, but cause a ton of destruction on the way. Once they land, Qhuinn and Z have a bonding moment, tears are shed.

• We find out that Wrath has changed the laws so that Qhuinn can be inducted as a member of the BDB, thus relinquishing his job as JM’s personal bodyguard.

• Blay talks with his mother and unintentionally comes out to her. She says that she accepts him no matter who he is. He doesn’t want her to tell his father, he’d rather do that in person.

• Saxton comes into the mansion smelling like sex, Qhuinn freaks his shit and beats him nearly to death. He thinks that Blay’s been cheated on, and no one sets him to rights for a very long time.

• Blay confronts Qhuinn and they end up FINALLY getting down to sexy times. Too bad Qhuinn thinks that Blay is cheating on Saxton.

• Assail gets a call from Rehvenge about a Council meeting coming up. Assail refuses to get involved with either side.

• Phury finds out that Layla is pregnant and miscarrying, and completely freaks on Qhuinn. They get it together enough to take her back to Havers but not before the whole mansion hears what’s going on.

• Xcor having had Layla’s blood can track her, and he tracks her to the clinic and back. But on the way back she basically disappears into the mountains. Now Xcor has an idea where the BDB compound is.

• JM finds out that Qhuinn won’t be his bodyguard anymore and doesn’t realize why. He thinks he’s been fired.

• Qhuinn tells Blay what is happening with Layla and asks him to make it stop. Blay actually asks Payne to help Layla and she saves the baby. Qhuinn has no idea this has happened until later. After the emotional night, Qhuay gets it on.

• Wrath realizes he doesn’t want a baby, but that Beth really does. Thankfully she hasn’t had her needing yet so it hasn’t been an issue. But one female's needing will bring about another's.

• Trez meets the Chosen Selena at Rehv’s and gets a major crush on her.

• All the BDB boys go to the Council meeting; Wrath basically threatens all the wealthy families.

• Assail ends up beheading Elan because Elan pointed the finger at Assail, saying it was him that attempted to kill Wrath not the Band of Bastards. He’s conviently killed whilst on the phone with Xcor.

• While on a scouting mission, the guys find something suspended in oil drums full of Omega blood. Turns out Qhuinn’s brother Luchas wasn’t dead. Lash kept him broken and alive as a punishment for what he did to Qhuinn. Needless to say, Qhuinn is shocked and freaked out. He ends up having a heart to heart with Blay, which is ruined when V comes in.

• Qhuinn and Blay get it on after a feeding from Chosen Selena. Qhuinn gives up his top position for the first time with Blay.

• While Qhuinn’s in bed, a bunch of men in robes come into his room. Thinking it’s the Honor Guard, Qhuinn freaks out and starts throwing punches. He finds out that he is being inducted to the BDB, it’s the guys in robes, not the Guard.

• Xcor gets another insider who tells him the way to the throne is not by killing Wrath, but rather by awaiting his first born. Because Beth is halfbreed, that means their young will be as well, thus according to Wrath’s own father the young cannot lead.

• Luchas apologizes to Qhuinn for all the wrong their family did to him, he finds out that his parents and sisters were killed.

• Blay goes to visit his parents and tell his father that he is gay. It’s one of the best scenes in the book.

• Layla goes on a drive just to get out of the compound for awhile and ends up being tracked by Xcor. Instead of alerting the BDB, she has a conversation with him. They both are attracted to each other but don’t do anything about it.

• Blay and Beth notice Layla missing and Blay sets out to find Qhuinn. As soon as he gets to the Iron Mask, he gets told Layla is safe. But he sits with Qhuinn and finally tells him he’s not with Saxton anymore. Qhuinn confesses that he loves him and now they are together.

• Two weeks later, Qhuinn throws a surprise party for Blay. He gets dressed up, puts his piercings back in, and proposes to him in front of the entire BDB clan and Blay’s parents. They end up having their first dance to Journey’s “Don’t Stop Believing” in front of everyone…and live happily ever after.

So what did you think? Did you love it? Was it as hot as you thought it would be?

(Be sure to enter for a chance to win a SIGNED copy of the book in H&H's Lover at Last Sweepstakes!)


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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Jennifer Proffitt
1. JenniferProffitt
This isn't my first M/M but I think it's great that it's the first really in mainstream. The conflict going on with Wrath and Beth and the drama with Xcor was really great. Can't wait to see how it develops in the next books. Ward does a pretty good job of making the m/m scenes both HOT and romantic with all the right emotions going on between them—conflict, lust, denial of said feelings. It was so great!

And my heart broke for Saxton. So glad J.R. didn't cop out on the sex by making it a threesome or doing the "fade to black." I didn't think she would do the latter but this is a potentially risky move for her so she could have played it safe and I'm glad she didn't! Loved the book!
Heather Waters
2. HeatherWaters
I'm actually not a BDB reader, but I have to say these spoilers really intrigue me. I know people have worried about Qhuay's ending, so I'll be curious to see what everyone thinks.

@JenniferProffitt -- Yeah, sounds like it's just the two of them in the end! Very cool.
Natasha Carty
3. WickedLilPixie
@Jennifer - I think she did the MM scenes justice, she played it safe a little but broken furniture made me happy ;)

@Heather - You have to read it, just because she did do the MM parts justice.
Mandi Schreiner
4. smexybooks
VERY happy with how the romance plays out. Even the side stories didn't annoy me too much. This is definitely one of her better BDB books and why I love this series so much
Jackie U
6. Jackie U
I'm about 20 books behind on this series, but I couldn't resist reading your spoilers. Holy Jacked Up Plotline, Batman! I forgot how convoluted the series was.

BEFORE YOU CRUCIFY ME!!! I still love it. I don't think anyone but JR Ward could put that much WTFery in a series and still make it not only readable, but addictive. The best part, though, it seeing a big-time author say screw convention and publish a book dedicated to MM heroes, especially with the same-sex voting being held this week in the states. This couldn't have come at a more opportune time!
Jackie U
7. Monica Vidal
Since I already read the book last week (I got it earlier) and I had time to think about it, I can say without anydoubt that I really, really liked it. Things between Blay and Qhuinn didn't exactly play out the way I expected but it made sense the way they did. I loved to see how much Qhuinn grew, character development is a huge deal for me and he changed so much in the last two books it was very impressive to watch it. I love Qhuinn and he didn't disapointed me. Blay...oh Blay...my beautiful and brave boy. I loved both scenes where he comes out to his parents. Those two scenes were made of win and his parents are nothing but absolutely awesome.

The sides stories kind of annoyed me a little bit, to be honest. I thought it was a bit too much and seriously, I couldn't care less about Assail and I don't see what's his apeal. And since I really think his book will be enxt I really don't know what to expect. I liked Trez story tho. I hope to see more of him in the books to come. And Xcor...omg. I don't know how Ward is gonna redeem him, cause right now I hate him so much it's not even funny.

Now the sex...I liked it. I really, really liked and was very happy to see that Ward didn't shy out with with 2 man, but since I've been reading m/m books forever, I gotta say I had a few minors issues with the sex scenes. And I also felt a little bit sad that we only got to see Blay and Qhuinn finally happy with each other in the last few pages of the book. But ok, whatever. I am over the moon that they are together and all in all it was a great book.

What really gets me excited is that since Layla's pregnancy will still be adressed in the next books I am pretty sure you'll get to see more of Qhuinn and Blay and that makes me insanely happy!

Jennifer Proffitt
8. JenniferProffitt
@Monica: Yeah, I was a little disappointed that their HEA didn't come about until the last few pages but it kept the tension going until the very very end but I'm so happy with it!
Natasha Carty
9. WickedLilPixie
@ Jackie - I love you too much to crucify you!
@Monica - Yeah, wasn't a fan of the side stories but then again I never am!
Jordan R
10. jrojrojro
First off, I really love the Qhuay. And I like their story, even if it was a little thin at parts. The thing that really bugged me is that we got all these other stories. And by the second half of the book I found myself skimming some of them because I JUST DON'T CARE about them and want to get back to the good stuff. So some new secondary characters got pages and pages of time and the Brothers and wives got mere lines. We never even saw Mary I don't think. And all Bella got was the singular freaking out-plane-screaming and there wasn't any Nalla/family time at all. I was so excited to see how long this book was when it came out, but I think the main story was actually "shorter" since all that other stuff was going on. But even with all that, I still got the fuzzies and loved it!
Anne Deshommes
11. annie1
I would've been even happier with more Qhuay, but remember that their story has been ongoing for several books, and I think (hope!) that we will continue to see a whole lot of them, just like with JM & Xhex. All in all, I LOVED this book so much. I love the whole series, but this one is the best one yet!! I look forward to Sola and Assail's story, because there's just got to be a way to redeem someone capable of falling in love:) I feel for Layla, but I don't think there's any way to redeem Xcor after he attacked Wrath. I'm already itching for the nex book:)
Jackie U
12. Pam Taylor
What I know for sure: I am a Black Dagger Brotherhood fan and I miss the Brotherhood stories. While this one was ok and it was great to see Blay and Qhuinn finally get together, their story was corrupted by all of the side stories going on that I just have no interest in. I'm not interested in Lassiter, the Shadows, BOB, Murhder or even Rehvenge, the Chosen etc. This is my last auto-buy for the series. I may read another one if the reviews are positive but I won't purchase anymore. I'll grab it from the library. I would like to thank J. R. Ward for committing to such an exciting world and putting the brothers on paper. I reread the previous books except Payne and Manny. The first 5 or so reminded me why I got hooked on the Brotherhood in the first place. However, the thrill is gone. I'll reread Rhage and Zsadist, Wrath and Butch when I need to get a BDB fix!
Jackie U
13. Nia2113
Qhuinns break down in the bar to Blay on how screwed up everything really was deff made me choke up a bit. I even had to read that part 2 or 3 times just because of how emotional it was!! I am happy that Ward didn’t just throw them together and be done with it. There is so much more to them and I can only hope we get to continue to see them grow over the next few books. And of course in only true Ward fashion she got me feeling sorry for Xcor and Layla ( Romeo and Juliet come to mind for anyone else???). Endless possibilities as to who the next book will be about! Cannot wait to go back and continue my re-read of the series and get to hear her talk this Saturday!
Jackie U
14. Warden Lover
I just finished Lover At Last today and it was exactly what I was hoping for with these two. The Warden has done it again!! Proving that romance novels can be just as hot and emotionally powerful with two male love interests as with a male and female. BTW, is it bad that I want to stalk her for information on the next installation...eh I'll give her a month to relax.
Lindsay Beeson
15. lindsayb
Anyone else think Sola is a half breed? Several little clues.. like noticing Asail's stronger scent when aroused, the strange man who showed up looking for her, the disappearance, not really being all that attracted to the hot personal trainer guy. Reminded me of pre-trans Beth. I seriously love me some Xcor. I'm really hoping there will be some redemption because I badly want to see him and Layla together. I do wish there was a little more Lassiter. This was probably my favorite BDB book- perhaps tied with Lover Awakened. I love damaged heroes- which is probably why I like Xcor so much. And I love an underdog. The sexy times were hot. I've read a few MM books, but now I want to go out and download some more!
maria babani
16. Chica8
@Pam Taylor I completely agree with you. Too many side stories. I remain with the original 5, the FIRST being my fave. Too expensive to purchase and then read a bunch of side stories. The library or blog with spoilers is the perfect alternative. Save your money, I have.
17. wsl0612
Finally finished the book. I'm not a big fan of m/m, just doesn't interest me, but I am a fan of BDB and I do care about Qhuinn and Blay. I thought their story was very good, very great emotional scenes for both of them and I'm very happy they got their proper HEA.
That being said, as mentioned by others the side stories were endlessly annoying and I really hate Ward's inability to write good stories for the females. I mean seriously what the hell do the shellans do with themselves while the brothers are off fighting? It must be the most dull existence ever, when your only apparent meaning in life is to be a sperm bank.
I would think that when Layla's pregnancy become public knowledge they'd at least be jumping in to offer emotional support, that's sort of a female thing. And particularly as Bella has gone through it, she'd be trying to comfort Layla, but I guess she must have been swooning somewhere over Zsadist's injuries, ugh! Why can't we see scenes with the shellans bonding over poker night or knitting night or something?? No we have to have endless scenes with the menz all getting randy and laying down the tracks for their upcoming books.
I do appreciate the BDB books and I enjoy their bonds, but I am frustrated by the short shrift given to the women.
Jackie U
18. Renable
I thought it was good, but I too have the issue with the side stories in this one. For the last quarter of the book, every time I came to a new chapter and saw the name Xcor, Assail, Sola or Trez my shoulders slumped. Especially after a Qhuay chapter. You can't give me one chapter of Qhuay and then 4 chapters of side story when it's supposed to be Blay and Qhuinn's book. I understand that some major ish is probably getting set up to down in the next couple of books, but damn, I was hoping for more main storyline than that (and I'm sure you can guess I mean more sexytimes :) )
Jackie U
19. kreads4fun
Tend to agree with a lot of you that the side stories got a little out of hand, but that just ensures the intruduction of new characters and future books. I thought the ending was cool, guaranteed to melt the hearts of any middle aged women who remember the '80's. But the thing that most struck me about this book was the serendipity. How could the publishers have known (as this story line began years ago, and the publish date probably set nearly a year ago) that the book would come out the same day the SCOTUS was taking up marriage equality? How cool is it that Lover At Last came out the very week that the national media was focused on gay marriage? The time was right, and I'm really happy the book is out there, warts and all.
Nicole Leapheart
20. BoxyFrown
I loved this book, but anyone who knows me knows I drink the BDB kool-aid. Having read some triad/m-m books previous to this, I think the sex scenes were a great compromise - hot enough to satisfy the experienced, tame enough to satisfy the squeamish/newbs.

Whenever I do a first read-through of a BDB book, I always HATE the side stories. I'm so excited for the main couple that the other stories are always an inconvenience to me. Then I go back, reread, and take it all in better-and remember that everything in the book is there for a reason.

JRW has ALWAYS done this, even when the world was smaller she always gave the perspective of others in the world (Dark Lover was told from at least 4 perspectives, maybe more.) This is what makes her world-building so fantastic and sustainable - and keeps us guessing.

One of my favorite things to do is to go back and look, whether in the BDB forums or blogs, and look at all the guesswork people put in (about who's book is next, where this or that storyline is going, and who is someone's HEA, etc) and seeing how WRONG we were. One of the reasons I love JRW is because she OWNS her world. She has brass ones and sticks to her guns. She plans out everything so meticulously - as a (hobby) writer, I understand her process and respect the hell out of it.

I can't wait for the next book. Whether its Xcor/Layla, Sola/Assail, or Trez/Selena, or a couple we don't even know about yet, 11 books in, the world keeps getting bigger and better. I'm SO excited to learn more about the Shadows!!
21. carmenlire
I just finished this book! I loved the Qhuay sections, but like so many of you, the side stories were annoying--especially after a section of Blay and Qhuinn.
I am excited for Trez's story (the most out of all the side stories) and am interested to delve further into the shadow world.
I agree that I wish there were more parts concerning the shellans. I usually don't notice that they aren't present very much, but during this book I just kept thinking what do they do all day?
I can't wait for the Beth/Wrath heir tension.
When Xcor shot Wrath, I hated him. But leave it to Ward to make me want Layla and him to get together. The only way I tihnk they can make it is if he somehow saves Wrath's life--it would maybe negate his previous assasination attempt.
I like hearing about previouis characters, and I did not like the new characters. I would much rather have read about Lassiter and the boys with their shellans.
Melissa Hanson
22. melhanson1975
Really like the Qhuay sections, but there were too many side stories going on that I felt like the main story was to tie them together instead of the other way around. I understand the need for the side stories, but there was way to much of that and not enough of what we were reading for-Blay and Qhuinns relationship and how they were reconciling. Loved the book, just felt it was too scattered.
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