Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Lover Unleashed

Title: Lover Unleashed
Author: J.R. Ward
Series: Black Dagger Brotherhood: Book 9
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Page Count: 512 Pages
Pub. Date: Published March 29th 2011 by NAL Hardcover
Rating: 5/5

Payne, twin sister of Vishous, is cut from the same dark, warrior cloth as her brother: A fighter by nature, and a maverick when it comes to the traditional role of Chosen females, there is no place for her on the Far Side… and no role for her on the front lines of the war, either.
When she suffers a paralyzing injury, human surgeon Dr. Manuel Manello is called in to treat her as only he can- and he soon gets sucked into her dangerous, secret world. Although he never before believed in things that go bump in the night- like vampires- he finds himself more than willing to be seduced by the powerful female who marks both his body and his soul.
As the two find so much more than an erotic connection, the human and vampire worlds collide … just as a centuries old score catches up with Payne and puts both her love and her life in deadly jeopardy.

~My Review~

I just love this series. I find myself with only a few pages left, wishing that each book wouldn't stop. When I am reading the Black Dagger Brotherhood books I am so taken by the characters, that I get utterly annoyed that they have such a hard time with their lives, and with love - but in the end I'm glad for the struggles and hardships, they make the story richer. J.R. Ward always manages to give me a happy ending while leaving so much to look forward to in the next book.

In Lover Unleashed we get a lot more of V and Jane working out the kinks in their relationship, and we are introduced to an awkward and awesome relationship between Payne and Manny. Of course V still dislikes Manny from his brief time with Jane, but his hate is flared up in this story, and made for quite a few entertaining scenes between them.

I liked the switch-up of having the bloodletter's gang introduced as another antagonist, it helps to keep the Lessers from getting to be old news. They also seem to have interesting dynamics going on with the second in command having such compassion for humans.

There are a couple of background stories; one with Quinn struggling with his feelings for Blay, and another following Butch's old partner as he tries to solve a case with his new partner. I really want a happy ending for both Quinn and for Layla, those two just seem to get their hearts stamped on over and over again.

Lover Unleashed was a great read filled with twists, turns, revelations and cliffhangers, and I can't wait for the next book (Tohrment's story!) to come out.

My Rating: 5/5

~ Other books in this series ~

#1 Dark Lover, #2 Lover Eternal, #3 Lover Awakened, #4 Lover Revealed, #5 Lover Unbound, #6 Lover Enshrined, #7 Lover Avenged, #8 Lover Mine, and #6.5 The Black Dagger Brotherhood - An Insider's Guide

~ You'll like this series if you liked ~

The Fallen Angels Series by J.R. Ward, The Southern Vampire Mysteries (Sookie Stackhouse/True Blood) By Charlaine Harris, Midnight Breed Series by Lara Adrian, or The Demonica Series by Larissa Ione

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  1. Since I am a huge fan of JM and Xhex, I would have loved a quick snapshot into what their mated life is like now. Honestly, this could have easily been 700+ pages like Sherilyn Kenyon's "Acheron", and it still only might not have touched on all of the different storylines. Not much Qhuinn and Blay action, although it does leave you panting for their story.

    1. I totally agree! I'm hoping that, like she did returning to Wrath and V's stories, she'll give us some more of the others in future books.