Why I Hate Layla
I’ve been a big fan of the Black Dagger Brotherhood Series by J. R. Ward for about two years. Although I love all of the Brothers, their shellans, and soldiers, Qhuinn and Blaylock have a special place in my heart. Qhuinn and Blay were the reason I discovered the m/m genre. I started shipping them in Lover Enshrined. It was in this book that Blay confessed his love for his best friend, Qhuinn. Qhuinn said he didn't feel the same way, but his actions told us different.
They pulled apart, looked into each other's eyes...and something shifted..."Just once," Blay said softly. "Do it just once. So I'll know what it's like."...Oh, it was sweet. Blay's lips were incredibly sweet and soft. The tongue probably wasn't supposed to be part of it, but there was no helping that.Fast forward to Lover Mine, and we found out that Qhuinn has feelings for Blay, too. Unfortunately, Qhuinn isn't ready to deal with his feelings, and Blay moves on and starts dating Qhuinn’s cousin, Saxton. In Lover Unleashed, Qhuinn and Blay continued to grow apart. However, Qhuinn finally admitted to himself, and to Layla, that he loves Blay. I was happy that he told Layla, since Layla had hopes of being with Qhuinn herself. In the last released BDB book, Lover Reborn, Qhuinn and Blay were finally talking again. I was so happy to see that there might be hope for them to work this out and one day be together! The next thing I know, my BDB world fell apart. Layla went into her needing, Qhuinn serviced her, and now they are hoping to have a baby together.
|This sums up my feelings about Layla's needing.|
Although it takes two to tango, I blame Layla for her and Qhuinn sleeping together during her needing. More on why I blame Layla for this mess after the jump.
My conviction that Layla is to blame begins in Lover Unleashed. Qhuinn had a vision. My first thought, other than "Oh hell no!" was, since when is Qhuinn having visions? Vishous is our resident fortune teller. I don't like where this is going...
A young female with blond hair and refined features...and pale green eyes...Then she blinked. And her irises changed color. One became green and the other blue. Just like his....It was waaaaay too easy to overlay that young female's features on Layla's face and find something so much deeper than similarity.
And actually, he should be glad. Of all the destinies he could have seen, this was one hundred percent avoidable, wasn't it. He was just never going to have sex with Layla.That sounds great, Qhuinn! I'll remember you said that.
In Lover Reborn, when Layla went into her needing, she manipulated Qhuinn, plain and simple. As the needing began, before she was overtaken and out of her mind with it, she decided to beg Qhuinn to service her...and it went on for pages.
...she knew she didn't have much time to be rational. And knew the resolution that abruptly came upon her was at once utterly unfair and totally undeniable.
"Service me," she said cutting off whatever it was he was saying to her. "I know you don't love me, and I know we won't be together afterward, but service me so that I can have something that's mine. So you can have something that's yours."
As the blood drained out of his face and his mismatched eyes bulged, she forged on, talking in fast gasps. "We both have no true family. We're both alone. Service me...service me so that we may each have a future that is at least partially our own...Service me, Qhuinn...I beg of you...service me..."He was thinking rationally. He didn’t jump at the first chance, but she kept right on pushing.
The answer was no, of course. No, absolutely not, no children ever, certainly not with someone he wasn't in love with, certainly not with a virgin Chosen. No. No...Fuck, no, shit, no, God, no, damn it to hell, no...
"Qhuinn..." she groaned. "You're my only hope, and I yours..."
Well, actually, that wasn't true--at least the first part. Any other male in the house--or on the planet--could take care of this. And of course, right afterward, they would be answerable to the Primale.
Not a conversation he was going to volunteer for.
Except...well, she was right about the second part. In her delirium, in her desperation, she was voicing the same thing he'd been thinking for months now...Wait. Qhuinn thinks that she was saying these things "in her delirium"? No, when we saw Layla's POV, she actually thought to herself that she didn't have much time to be rational. Let's continue with the passage from Qhuinn's POV.
Fine, he told himself. Go get a goddamned dog. The answer to all that was not to lie with this Chosen.
"Listen, let me get you to Doc Jane. She'll take care of you the right way--"
Layla shook her head wildly. "No. I need you."
From out of nowhere, he thought...
The good news is that Qhuinn and Blaylock are going to have their HEA in Lover At Last. I'm not happy that they will not have time to grow as a couple before becoming co-parents with Layla, but this is the direction that the story went. I concede that in the end, all that matters is that Qhuinn and Blay will finally be together.
Where do you stand on the Layla's Needing controversy? Is it water under the bridge because no matter what, our boys will be together? Do you think that the boys should have had some couple time before they started a family? Granted, they haven't even officially announced that Layla is pregnant, but it has been all but confirmed. We shall see very soon!