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Thursday, July 7, 2011

Review: Lover Unleashed by J.R. Ward



Title: Lover Unleashed
Series: Black Dagger Brotherhood
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Author: J.R. Ward
Pub: March 29th 2011 by NAL
Format: Hardcover, 489 pages

Summary from Goodreads:
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.

Yeap! I'm totally late to the game on this one. I really wanted to add this book to my Kindle collection, but the crazy pricing literally stopped me in my tracks.  At the time the Kindle version was priced at $14.. or something crazy close to the Hardcover price.  My cheap bone snapped.  But lucky for me, my girl Penny took pity on me and loaned me her copy. Like 2 months ago. LOL Hey I said I was behind the game.  So I'll keep this short and sweet :)

I was still feeling the glow of Lover Mine when I turned to page one.  What did Ward cook up for Payne? Would she ever walk again? Who would she be matched with? To be honest - it took me a while to read Lover Unleashed -- like 3 weeks. *gasp* I know! I know! But it did.

I loved the pairing of Manny and Payne. But Manny seemed a bit more "loose" in this book than when he's introduced in Vishous' story. (I remembered him as up tight and anal.) The storyline for this book was "interesting." I'm going to keep it at that because there were a few twists and turns that made me go "seriously JR? Like you REALLY went there?" 

Don't get me wrong - I really enjoyed the book. The romance is finally back and here to stay.  I'm happy that this book didn't falter on the overall focus (Romance) after Lover Mine as was the case for a few of the previous books. But it was a bit slow for me. Butch and Vishous? Hmmm. The jury is still out on that one.  I feel like Ward toned down the tension between them by about 100 degrees - but then near the end did something weird that still has me wondering. (FYI the Scene in the Bedroom.)

Fans of the BDB series will love this book. I did - but some of the "things that make me go hmmmm" kept it at a 4 star rating.  I wonder what's up next for the Brothers?


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3 comments:

Mandi said...

I didn't love Manny and Payne so much - but V....oh yes :)

Dren said...

Yes the drama around V was INTENSE!! I'm satisfied with how things ended.

Twimom227 said...

Yep... I read through this book and thought YEA!! because I love BDB so much. But when I started writing the review and reading other reviews, I found myself really picking apart the story and their relationship. Oh well... still love BDB! Thanks for the review.

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