Review: Lover Unleashed by J.R. Ward

Posted 2 April, 2011 by Lori @ Romancing the Dark Side in Reviews / 2 Comments

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Lover Unleashed by J.R. Ward
Series: Black Dagger Brotherhood #9
Genre: Paranormal Romance, Urban Fantasy
on March 29, 2011
Format: Hardcover
Pages: 489
Source: Purchased
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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.


Definitely worth the wait!!

Payne and Manny are perfect together, their relationship is another great story in this captivating series…but I must say this book made me fall in love with with V all over again! The main story lines are so enthralling I found myself reading on even when my eyes begged me to sleep!

Payne’s character and personality was definitely not what I expected. When I was first introduced to her I loved her bad-ass attitude and her strength, I thought she’d be really stubborn and have a wall up when it came to love but she proved me wrong, Payne is refreshingly honest and innocent while still the perfect warrior, a great combination. Her sense of humor just proves she’s Vishous’ twin, I’ve never envisioned a female version of Vishous but Payne wholeheartedly lived up to my expectations! I couldn’t envision a more perfect mate for her than Manny. He’s smart, protective and his adoration for her blew me away. I had a sense of deja vu at times with Manny and was ecstatic when my suspicions of him were confirmed. What made their story all the more for me is their acceptance of each other and their determination to fight for their relationship despite the odds against them from the beginning; there was no doubting of feelings and a purity to their love that was just beautiful.

“There was nothing civilized to this; it was male and female distilled down to the most primal core. And it was the very best of anything he had ever had.”

Vishous’ transformation in this book is something that I have long awaited. His relationship with his shellan is compromised, with the help of his best friend Butch he is able to re-examine himself, finally put an end to the darker chapters in his life and find a new beginning with his life mate Jane. In Jane, Butch and his new found sister Payne, he sees a reason worth changing for. Seeing a softer side of him, especially the PDA with Jane will take some time to get used to but I was loving every minute of it!

“You’re the reason I get out of bed every night. And you’re the reason I can’t wait to come home ever dawn. Not the war. Not the Brothers. Not even Butch. It’s … you.”

Lover Unleashed is another beautiful love story with a bittersweet ending. It’s compelling, emotional and sexy, the Warden at her best! We meet some new characters and are reacquainted with those we love and miss in small glimpses throughout the story. I quickly remember the reason behind my addiction to the Black Dagger Brotherhood whenever I begin a new book in this series. Payne and Manny will undoubtedly become another fave couple among the Brotherhood!



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