Review: Lover Unbound by JR Ward

Source: Purchased
 Signet Novel
Series:The Black Dagger Brotherhood #5
Edition: Paperback, 502 Pages
 Paranormal Romance
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Rating: 4/5

In Caldwell, New York, war rages between vampires and their slayers. There exists a secret band of brothers-six vampire warriors, defenders of their race. Now the cold heart of a cunning predator will be warmed against its will…

Ruthless and brilliant, Vishous, son of the Bloodletter, possesses a destructive curse and a frightening ability to see the future. As a pretrans growing up in his father’s war camp he was tormented and abused. As a member of the Brotherhood, he has no interest in love or emotion, only the battle with the Lessening Society. But when a mortal injury puts him in the care of human surgeon, Dr. Jane Whitcomb compels him to reveal his inner pain and taste true pleasure for the first time-until a destiny he didn’t choose takes him into a future that cannot include her..

First off a bit of warning as far as spoilers go, this is the 5th novel in the Black Dagger Brotherhood series. So if you have not read the first 4 then you may find out something you don’t want to know. Also I have not reviewed the others here on the blog since I read them before getting it established but you can find them here: Dark Lover, Lover Eternal, Lover Awakened They are very short and not really the best reviews but overall I really enjoy the series. The novel is fairly adult though but it is not erotica, So, onto Lover Unbound!

As you can see in the summary we finally get to read about Vishous, or more commonly called ‘V’. It’s been a long time coming I think, especially after the last book where you find out his attraction to Butch. He’s such a staple character for the Brotherhood, I mean he makes their weapons and keeps up with security….he also helps with the clean up thanks to his nifty mind tricks. He didn’t disappoint to say the least. His history is heartbreaking and tough, and you can tell that it weighs heavily upon him even though V is a pretty stoic guy. Each little flashback was so revealing and I couldn’t help but feel for the guy, especially when you find out why he has his tattoos and where his powers came from. He finally finds out who is mother is and boy is she a disappointment in some ways, and even though she’s pretty much neglected him when he needed it the most she wants him to become the Primale and leave behind what he cares for.

I really liked Jane Whitcomb, she’s pretty tough and doesn’t do submission. She’s also fairly intuitive and never once judges the Brothers even when she finds out the truth about them. The fact that V was attracted to another man or that he has a penthouse devoted to his rough sex life didn’t scare her off either, which I have to praise her for…because if I saw a room tantamount to a torture chamber (but cleaner) I’d beat feet out of there…or at least stay very close to the door. She just fits in with the Brotherhood really well, but I’m not really fond of the odd way things resolved with her…it just seemed off and little to forced.

There is also some great moments for John as well, like his transition (finally!) and some macho bonding with Z. His story is kind of heartbreaking too and it’s nice to see that somethings are getting a bit better for him, especially now that he has the bulk to intimidate certain jerk-wad characters. And then there is Phury, who is on a downward spiral that I wasn’t expecting. I can’t wait to get to his book to see how his final decision in this one works out, I’m seriously hoping for the best for him. It seems like all of these guys have had their hearts ripped out at some point and I just want them to get the break they deserve.

You can tell Ward writes these books carefully and adds all the emotion and love that she can. Each character is crafted in a way that tugs at your heart a bit. and the writing is downright addictive. I’m so happy I have the next book waiting on my shelf because I don’t think I can wait very long to start it, I simply have to know what happens to everyone next.

4 stars

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2 Responses to Review: Lover Unbound by JR Ward

  1. jeneaw0716 says:

    This is a great series… I thought Vishous and Jane were great… Great review and enjoy Lover Enshrined…

    Jenea @ Books Live Forever

  2. kimbacaffeinate says:

    I haven’t read this series..i feel like a leaper..its on my list! fantastic review!

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