April 21, 2013
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.
The long awaited book about Qhuinn and Blay is finally here and it did not disappoint. Qhuinn and Blay have been dancing around each other for years but the timing never seems right for them. Now events keep pushing them together, will they be able to finally make things work?
Qhuinn has had a hard life and had to grow up at a very early age. He was shunned by his family because of his eyes but he always found safety and love at Blay’s house. He is a fighter alongside the Brotherhood now and has a home where he is loved and trusted yet, he still feels alone. He and Layla have a child on the way; he will finally have his own family. Before he can move forward though, he has to work through his personal issues.
Blay has been in love with Qhuinn for as long as he can remember but has given up on ever having a relationship with him. He has moved on with Saxton and things have been good but there is still something missing. Now that he is free, will Qhuinn be able to overcome his personal issues so they finally have a chance.
Qhuinn and Blay have been friends forever and if it wasn’t for Blay, Qhuinn wouldn’t be here today. While Blay has made it known that he was in love with Qhuinn, Qhuinn hasn’t been able to admit his feelings. Over the past year he has been dying a little inside watching Blay and Saxton together, knowing he would never have him for his own. He has decided that he needs to grow up and get his life together before his young is born. He and Layla have become friends but she isn’t the one for him but they will still have the family they both desire.
Qhuinn and Blay have several encounters and let me say, JR has written their scenes so well. They are actually quite HOT together and the reader is provided with enough information to know what is going on between them while still leaving some things to the imagination. The scene in the clinic was really powerful and I actually ached for Qhuinn when he and Blay got into their screaming match in the training center. But when Qhuinn finally has his ahha moment, I wanted to cry right along with him.
There are so many moments in this story that evoke emotion from the reader that you are fully vested in these characters. The book also gives us glimpses of the Band of Bastards, Assail, the shadows and lessers. Each chapter is full of action or emotion. There is so much going on in this world that it is impossible not to include these side stories. We were given just a taste of new plot lines that include Trez, Assail and Xcor and the possible female mates in their futures. And the all the brothers were present and accounted for.