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The newest in Ward's ferociously popular Black Dagger Brotherhood series bears all the marks of a polished storyteller completely at home in her world. Vishous, son of the Bloodletter, is a cunning, stone-hearted vampire warrior devoted to killing the wicked, undead vampire slayers known as the Lessers; after an ill-fated visit to a hospital, Vishous falls instantly and unexpectedly in love with a human surgeon, Dr. Jane Whitcomb. Soon, Vishous has brought the unwitting human back to the Brotherhood lair, where she returns his feelings, opening up a potentially cataclysmic conflict—Vishous is, against his will, destined to become the Primale, a warrior with multiple vampire wives who's meant to ensure the survival of the species. Ward has by now become an expert at fleshing out the stories of her supporting characters—each with his or her own novel—without overpowering the central story, and while the romance between Vishous and Whitcomb is genre-typical, Ward isn't afraid to break with convention in challenging, gratifying ways. Though not recommended for newcomers to Ward's universe or romance traditionalists, this fix will give Brotherhood addicts a powerful rush. (Oct.)
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Praise for J. R. Ward’s Novels of the Black Dagger Brotherhood

“This fix will give Brotherhood addicts a powerful rush.”—Publishers Weekly

“Utterly absorbing and deliciously erotic…The Brotherhood is the hottest collection of studs in romance, and I can’t wait for the next one!”—New York Times Bestselling Author Angela Knight

“To die for.”—Suzanne Brockmann

“Frighteningly addictive.”—Publishers Weekly

“Wickedly sexy.”—Lisa Gardner

“Deliciously edgy, erotic, and thrilling!”—Nicole Jordan

“Raw, gritty…genre-bending.”—Booklist --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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Product Details

  • Series: Black Dagger Brotherhood (Book 5)
  • Mass Market Paperback: 528 pages
  • Publisher: Signet; First Printing edition (September 25, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0451222350
  • ISBN-13: 978-0451222350
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 1.3 x 6.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 0.3 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (852 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #40,009 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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J.R. Ward is the number one New York Times bestselling author of the Black Dagger Brotherhood series of vampire books. She is a winner of the prestigious Romance Writers of America RITA award for Best Paranormal Romance and is a multiple RITA nominee. A graduate of Smith College, she was a double major in History and Art History with a medieval concentration in both and she still longs at times for a return to those days sitting in dark lecture halls, looking at slides of old triptychs and reliquaries. Prior to becoming a full time writer, she was a corporate attorney, serving for many years as the Chief of Staff of one of Harvard Medical Schools premier teaching sites. Her idea of absolute heaven is a day filled with nothing but her computer, her dog and her coffee pot and the Brothers, of course.

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157 of 175 people found the following review helpful By KMont on October 9, 2007
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Lover Unbound garnered an instant impression from me on ending it. It was a hard journey, probably the hardest book to read of the series for me. I thought Ward had wrung out of me all the rough emotions I could possibly feel with Zsadist's book (Lover Awakened), but oh, how wrong I was. My first impression? Well, it was a mixed bag actually: disappointment, utter joy, a bit of a depression in regards to some characters, smiles for certain scenes, heartfelt sighs for others...and a definite piqued interest for continuing with the series. A mixed bag to say the least--more like a salad in which some ingredients were found exceptionally tasty and snatched up, others a bit wilted and set aside for pondering.

Vichous, resident IT geek and live wire (think the hand). He's had it tough the last several months. He's got some conflicting emotions to work through regarding his roommate, Butch, feelings he hates himself for. Meanwhile, the war with the Lessers isn't going away, but turning a corner instead into newer, possibly deadlier territory. Like all of the brothers, his life hasn't come without a price, and memories of his father's warrior camp impede his ability to heal on the inside. His way of dealing is to indulge some darker sexual preferences, but is it helping? When a Lesser roundup goes bad, V finds himself hospitalized, but in a human one where the brotherhood is in danger of exposure. There he meets Dr. Jane Whitcomb, a self-assured surgeon...his savior. If not for her, he'd most likely have died, so why not kidnap the brilliant doc to make sure the healing continues? There's something about her that sparks the "mine" instinct and V's not having it any other way.
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39 of 42 people found the following review helpful By HolJo on March 16, 2011
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I have been avoiding writing this review for quite some time. The reason this one has been a challenge for me is because this is my least favorite book in one of my all-time favorite series, and it happens to feature one of my most favorite characters. If I had stopped reading this book when I was about 85% in, I would have given it a rating of 5/5. The character development and back stories were incredibly captivating. The main character, Vishous, is exceptional. He is not only dangerous and perceptive, but he is brilliant as well. It was emotional, violent, intense, and had a great storyline.

Unfortunately, the last 15% of the book is so off the mark from the rest of the story AND series as a whole, that it almost seems like it was written by a different author. There were three things in particular, all occurring at the end of the book, that took the story from a 5/5 rating to a 3/5 rating for me.

I try very hard not to include spoilers in my reviews, but because my issues with this book are in regards to very specific content at the end of the book, I have decided to go ahead and include them in this one review. Therefore, you will see a spoiler line below the book summary. If you do not want to know how this book resolves, please do not continue past that line! Due to the spoilers, my disappointment in the ending, and my emotional connection to the series, this will most likely be the longest review I'll ever write on this blog. Thought I better warn you in advance!

Vishous is the son of the Bloodletter; the most vile, gruesome, violent vampire in history. Having grown up in the horrifying world of his father, Vishous is scarred for life.
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Black Dagger Brotherhood Series:

Dark Lover

Lover Eternal

Lover Awakened

Lover Revealed

Lover Unbound

Lover Enshrined

****Order them all together. You won't want to wait in between books. The story never slows down. Excellent series!****

Although I didn't enjoy this book as much as the rest of the series so far, J.R. Ward's writing is still the best of the paranormal romance rage. At over 500 pages, "Lover Unbound" keeps your interest with only a few slow spots. Her original characters are still maintaining their personalities and their relationships to the ongoing plot. Her new characters are likable and good additions to the tale. Ward continues the story with plenty of action, emotion, and romance.

My disappointment was in the fact that Vishous's character lost some of his attachment to Butch, came across as a bit deranged, and didn't get to really "have" his woman in the end. (Without spoiling the ending for readers, they are together in the end but not in a way that left me feeling complete.) This Brother, who aches for physical affection and touch, is left without the warmth he thrives upon.

The Story:

Vishous ("V") is drowning in loneliness and depression. He is deeply attached to his best friend, Butch. Butch now has a female mate, so Vishous is feeling utterly isolated and deserted. As an outlet for his emotions, he goes hunting lessers. As he finishes off one enemy, another shoots him in the chest. A human sees the fight and calls 911. V is picked up by an ambulance and taken to a human hospital. When his brothers realize what has happened, they go to rescue him before the sun rises and causes his death.
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