Black Dagger Brotherhood #9
Genre: PNR/Urban Fantasy
We’re baaaaaaaaack! After the birth of baby KC what book could we not wait to get our hands on…Lover Unleashed! Hell, I almost planned my c-section around this release date. Kidding, only a little bit. So, in-between late night feedings – learning to nurse with one hand and read my ipad in the other; to say I was excited to read the next BDB book is an understatement.
Oh Lover Unleashed where to begin with you.
LU starts off Xcor witnessing the Bloodletter’s (Vishous and Payne’s crazy arse father) death by an unknown female – vowing vengeance to find and kill her. We then proceed to the present time where Manny, Jane’s sexy doctor-friend from Lover Unbound, is summoned to hopefully to help cure Payne who is paralyzed. And in usual J.R. Ward style we have an abundance of side arcs that if not present I wouldn’t have liked the book hardly at all.
If you were expecting the awesomeness of Lover Mine to jump onto Lover Unleashed you’ll probably be disappointed. The main romance between Payne and Manny barely has any page time. Instead, Ward focuses on Vishous and Doc Jane’s story. Still emotionally unstable and frozen, Vi doesn’t know how to handle his feelings about his sister and the attraction between Payne and Manny. There are some truly heart wrenching scenes between V and Doc Jane leaving you to wonder if these two would actually make it (sobs). Butch also plays a major role in V’s recovery, which I thought gave V and Butch the clossure they should have had.
Ok let’s talk about Payne. I’m not sure what I expected but her somewhat meek dialogue with Manny didn’t really fit her kick ass personality from previous books. Also, she is one of the spawn of the Bloodletter you’d expect a little more fierceness. Anyhoo I liked how Ward placed these two together with Manny helping her to walk again. It was sweet and we all know Ward can bring the sexy scenes. Although, I liked Manny and Payne I really didn’t feel they were major characters, actually, I thought this book was really a bunch of side arcs made into one book, more so than any of her other BDB books. We get a little more of Quinn,Blay, Layla action, new BDB characters like Xcor and less….lessers.
Lover Unleashed isn’t my favorite of the series but I’m hopelessly addicted t and I’ll read any BDB book Ward writes. I’m excited to read more about Xcor (the disfigured vampire), hell I’m already matchmaking him with Layla and his friend because that’s how Smokinhotbooks rolls. If you love this series as much as we do (even Phury’s story) this is an entertaining read with a lot of your favorite BDB characters making an appearance.
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