Rating (out of 5): 4 stars
I’m not sure anyone can’t be drawn in by John Matthew’s story. Even in earlier books his story ensnared me. As Xhex came into the picture in previous novels, I knew their potential to be electric was there. So, when it comes to the series, I spent the previous two books eager to get to Lover Mine.
I had planned this read of Lover Mine to be a palate cleanser. I had planned to read a few chapters, then slip back into my current read. I should have known that wasn’t going to be an option. Lover Mine is more reminiscent of early BDB novels in its pacing, and this means I got plenty wrapped up in the story quickly.
John Matthew and Xhex are so perfect for each other, it’s nice to see them get to interact more. And both are stubborn enough to fight the attraction, the emotional pull. Seriously, throughout the book I just wanted to sit these two down and encourage them to quit being dumbasses and look at the potential in front of them. And it’s that undercurrent that makes Lover Mine one you can’t put down.
A caveat, I skipped a few passages. I liked the scenes from Lash’s POV — getting the inside on the doings of the Lessers’ chosen boy — but his detailed description of possessions/threads/etc. got bypassed. As did scenes with the paranormal investigations team. (I read enough to know what it was about, and to get the plot twist with Xhex later.) I was too eager to get back to the Xhex/John Matthew or Qhuinn/Blay drama to read it all.
Lover Mine is one everyone waited for; we’ve wanted to see John Matthew all grown up. We wanted to see him get to protect his female who doesn’t really want or need protection. And I loved seeing Xhex challenge him, and accept the possibility that she might kind of like a guy wanting to protect her. Also, those who have hopes for Qhuay, this is when things start to take off. We shall all continue to wait for that novella. Bring it on, Ward, we’re really for Blaylock and Qhuinn to get their HEA.
Sexual content: Graphic sex scenes, rape