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. Indeed, the fallen Brother Darius has returned, but with a different face and a very different destiny. As a vicious personal vendetta takes John into heart of the war, he will need to call up on both who he is now and who e once was in order to face off against evil incarnate. Xhex, a sympathy assassin, has long steeled herself against the attraction between her and John 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.
With the eighth book of the series Lover Mine, we learn more about the destiny of John Matthew and how it will include a lot of heartbreak and frustration before it culminates to anything considered good. As known from previous volumes of this series, John has a special something burning in his chest for the assassin female Xhex, and it is somewhat reciprocated if their past interactions are anything to go by. However, Xhex is nowhere to be found after the rescue of Rhev in the previous novel, and John is frantic as would any male of his race would be when his future shellan is in possible peril.
Although I can’t say that I enjoyed this novel as much as it’s predecessor, but I feel that it has continued on with the fast pace action and hardcore romance which is typical of this author. Xhex and John may be broken and their love tender and kind to counteract the evil that is bestowed upon both characters, but it just doesn’t connect the dots like Rhev and Elhena.
Overall, I continue to recommend this series and this novel to anyone interested in the Vampire and Romance genre. I give the book a rating of 6/10 stars.