Title and Cover Release: Lover At Last by J.R. Ward

Earlier last week, J.R. Ward teased fans that we should be expecting an exciting reveal soon. Well, this morning she delivered on her promise, revealing not only the title of the next book in the Black Dagger Brotherhood series, but the cover as well!

Fans have been clamoring for Qhuinn and Blay to have their story elevated from a sideplot for years now. Last year, Ward stated that she believed her publishers would allow her to tell Qhuay’s story in a novella. Then, late last year, Ward hinted that she had huge news to reveal at the signing for Lover Reborn. Qhuay fans rejoiced and crossed our fingers that our wishes had actually been granted, and in March of this year our waiting finally paid off as we received the news that the next full-length installment in the BDB series would in fact be Qhuay’s story.

Lover At Last by J.R. Ward

Lover At Last, indeed, as this story has been fueling the series slowly on the sidelines since Lover Unbound was released back in 2007. Not only am I very pleased with the final title selection for Qhuay’s novel, but the cover is nearly perfect. I love how Qhuinn is depicted quite differently than the rest of the Brothers who have come before him; that sweatshirt hood really works wonders to set him apart. And it definitely is Qhuinn, based on those electric blue and green eyes. My only regret is that the publishers didn’t push the envelope that last inch and let Blay grace the cover alongside his partner, but if only one character could get the cover spotlight, I’m glad they chose Qhuinn. Though I love both characters, I’ve found Qhuinn’s development over the last few books to be the more dynamic of the two and, if indications from Lover Reborn play out the way I expect them to, then Qhuinn will soon be inducted as the newest member of the Brotherhood, so it’s only fitting that it’s him on the cover.

What do you guys think? Has the wait been worth it? Are you happy with the title and cover, or would you have gone in a different direction? And most importantly, is everyone as anxious for March 2013 to get here as I am?

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