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About the Author

J. R. Ward lives in the South with her incredibly supportive husband and her beloved golden retriever. After graduating from law school, she began working in health care in Boston and spent many years as chief of staff for one of the premier academic medical centers in the nation.


Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 576 pages
  • Publisher: Signet; Reprint edition (November 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0451235118
  • ISBN-13: 978-0451235114
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 1.4 x 6.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (940 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #75,683 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By A. Schreiner on March 29, 2011
Format: Hardcover

Lover Unleashed, book nine in my beloved Black Dagger Brotherhood series is Manny and Payne's book - or so we were told. But honestly, this book is Vishous's. True? Vishous steals the show. Manny and Payne have a romance, but their story is nothing compared to V's. Nothing. There is also no way this one can be read as a stand alone - you need V's backstory throughout the entire series to get anything from this book.

I was definitely disappointed with the ending of V's book Lover Unbound, when Jane was turned into a ghost. Not only with the ghost aspect, but I just wanted more of a closure with V and Jane but we get it in this book. V is not in a good place. Payne comes to his side, paralyzed from a sparring session with Wrath. Vishous has had no idea in the 300 years he has been alive that he even had a twin sister. The Scribe Virgin, their mother (who is not in this book which is a shame), has had Payne imprisoned. Now she is here, in his life, and the protectiveness V feels for her is out of control.

When Jane calls Manny in to help operate on her, there is that instant "mine" between them (even though Manny is a human). This does not go over well with V, as Butch and the other brothers struggle to keep him from killing Manny. As time goes on, V goes into an even deeper downward spiral. Payne doesn't heal as she should, and when Jane attempts something shocking, he walks away - from Jane. This scene is very moving and well done. What we really get is V coming to terms with his abusive father, his negligent mother, and his role as a hellren. Yes he loves Jane, but can he overcome his past, and his current broken self to give her what she needs? Can he fulfill the new role as a brother to Payne?
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From the first page of this novel, I was sucked back into the world that JR Ward creates... not hard to do considering I've read the previous 8 books MULTIPLE times.

I'll start with why I DIDN'T give it 5 stars... There are flat out inconsistencies... Payne said in Lover Mine she thought Vishous was dead. That's not the case in this book. Vishous thought Blodletter was killed in a lesser attach, yet he doesn't react at all when his sister mentions killing their sire... not likely...I also thought Xcor's personality seemed inconsistent from the beginning to the end of the book, but I'm not sure I really know the character well enough to make the judgment.

That's it... those are the ONLY problems I had with this book... and as much as I like to pretend it's reality... it is in fact a book.

That being said, I"m surprised by all the negative reviews, and most of them seem to be because readers feel that Ward neglected THEIR agenda.

There were several complaints about this ignoring the "main characters." Perhaps Ward has come to the point in the series where she needs to stop saying this is "insert your name here"'s book. CLEARLY, this was not Payne and Manny's book... this was a brotherhood book that helped to further the relationship between Manny/Payne/Butch/v?jane... and it did an incredible job.

Others were annoyed that the relationship with Qhuinn and Blay wasn't developed any further. I would disagree. They didn't speak a WORD to each other... not one single word... yet they committed themselves to each other forever... I think that's just really good writing.

I, too, miss the interaction with the brothers... I wish the books were four million pages long each and I couldn't read the whole thing in 7 hours...

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This review contains comments that some may see as mild spoilers so if you don't want to read them, you have been forwarned.

This was not my favorite BDB book. I was looking forward to Manny and Payne's story because I really like his character and she seemed interesting. What we got was not what was expected and not in a good way. Let me start:

1- Too many storylines once again leave the main characters on the sidelines. I know Ward has her vision of where she wants the series to go and there are reasons for her many many many asides, but there seems to be a serious lack of organizations which affects the flow of the story. Some people may not be bothered by this, but knowing how well she can write, it dissapointed me as a reader.

2- Manny and Payne - I still love Manny. The intriguing parentage was a good fit. Payne on the other hand seems to be a slightly festier version of a Chosen, and that was very dissapointing. I am not a fan of the Chosen shellans. They seem to get on my nerves every time. Do they have to be such whiny people? Is this truly what the ideal vampire female is supposed to be? Honestly, I am not impressed. Stepford wives seem to have more of a personality.

3- V, Butch and Jane - I have absolutely no problems with a M/M relationship. Two people love each other, end of story. BDSM is also not an issue. To each his own. However, I have a very big problem with betraying spouses or in this case shellans. Emotional betrayal is just as bad as physical (and the scene with V and Butch came close to that too). If V was not ready to let go of Butch, he should not have married Jane. As much as I hate Marissa's character, the whole situation underminded her mating as well.
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