Friday, 22 June 2012

Lover Unleashed by J. R. Ward

Lover Unleashed (Black Dagger Brotherhood, #9)
Blurb (from goodreads):

Few authors give readers such a “powerful rush”* as #1 New York Times bestselling author J.R. Ward does in her phenomenal books of the Black Dagger Brotherhood. Now she returns to that fiercely intoxicating world in a new novel of a woman’s journey from terrifying enslavement to an erotic rapture that proves equally dangerous…

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

Lover Unleashed by J.R. Ward

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Lover Unleashed (Black Dagger Brotherhood, #9)(Source: I borrow a copy of this book.)
This is book 9 in the ‘Black Dagger Brotherhood’ series! If you’re reading this review I’m assuming that you’ve read some of these before! If not – you totally should! This review will make little sense if you haven’t – sorry!

So this book kicks off where the previous one left off – Payne has just broken her back fighting with Wrath, and Jane has set off in an attempt to find her old boss – Manuel Manello, who is an orthopaedic surgeon.

If you’ve read the ‘black dagger brotherhood’ books in the past, you probably have a pretty good idea of what happens next – male meets female, with what I like to call the ‘MINE’ reaction, they want to be together but something stands in their way, they work out a way to overcome said problem, and well, they don’t exactly live happily ever after, but they give it a good go (with plenty of erotic interludes along the way!)

This book focuses primarily on Payne (Vishous’ twin sister), and Jane’s old boss Manuel/Manny, although there is also a major focus on Vishous’ and Jane’s relationship too.
Payne is still paralysed even after surgery, and attempts to take her own life. When V finds out he is angry, and brings Manny back to the compound to give his sister a reason to live, seeing how he noticed the attraction between them when Manny was acting as her doctor. Cue the ‘sexual healing’ – yes that pun is in the book, I didn’t make it up!

V and Jane are having a rough time of it due to V’s worry over his sister, and the fact that he usually deals with this kind of stress through a bit of S&M. This causes problems when he doesn’t want to involve Jane in this aspect of his life, and so they have to turn to Butch to try and help with this problem.

The lesser threat is increased in this book, but also seems to play a back-seat role to the relationships between the characters. There is also a problem in the guise of a vampire gang from the old country turning up, and the mayhem they cause.

Needless to say; like the other books in this series, this book is hot! Steamy hot! If you’re looking for an erotic read with a great storyline, then look no further. I really enjoyed this book, and have to say that in my opinion it is one of the best in the series!
9 out of 10.

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  1. This was not my favorite book in the series but I will not let it put me off the future books.
    I am a huge fan of BDB.

  2. I am happy you liked Lover Unleashed. It didn't hit me well. I liked it the least from the whole series, but in no way will I stop reading the series. I just think this book didn't focus enough on Payne and Manuel's relationship.

    1. You've got a good point there. The book focused as much on V and Jane's relationship, as on Payne and Manny's relationship. I think it was the steamy scenes that kept it interesting! Think Lover Ebnshrined was the worst one for me. Didn't really appreciate that one at all.