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Monday, April 11, 2011

Review: Lover Unleashed by J.R. Ward

Lover Unleashed (Black Dagger Brotherhood, Book 9)Lover Unleashed
by J.R. Ward
Series: Black Dagger Brotherhood, Bk 9
Publisher: NAL Hardcover
Publication Date: March 29, 2011

I will do my best to summarize this fantastic read without giving away too many spoilers. That being said, this is the ninth book in this series so some spoilers are unavoidable. 

In this ninth installment of the Black Dagger Brotherhood we focus on Manny and Payne’s relationship. For those that have followed this series, Manny was the doctor that was in love with Jane, Vishous’ mate. (You can probably already guess some of the problems he will face) Jane brings him into the fold to help heal Payne, who has been paralyzed. At the beginning of this book we are sucked into the pain that Manny has felt over the last year over Jane’s death. He is wandering aimlessly, working extensively to cover up his hurt. The only thing left from this past is his horse, Glory, who has tragically broken her leg and her future isn’t looking so great.

Payne has to come to grips with being paralyzed. As a fighter this is a devastating injury. When she is introduced to her healer (Manny) she feels a mystical pull. Manny feels aggressive and possessive (the same way a Brother feels when he meets his future mate…hmmmm) Even though there is a very strong attraction between them, Payne knows that she must wipe his memory because he is human and can’t be a part of this war.

Also woven in is a whole new aspect to Ward’s story. Instead of the lessers as the main enemy, Ward has them in the background and brings forth Xcor and his men. Xcor believes he is the son of the Bloodletter (Vishous & Payne’s father) and he has vowed vengeance on the woman who killed the Bloodletter (who was Payne). She has also woven other minor characters that I am curious about.

I love this series and was wondering how Ward was going to make it fresh and new. I was not let down. As is typical with her writing, we also have all the side stories going on. I was so scared for Vishous and Jane during this book and Ward really had me guessing on what would happen with them! There was also Quinn and Blay’s relationship set up in the background. Everything just sucked me in and has left me wanting more and more!

Ward sets up for future books and never lost my interest. She has crafted another fast paced intriguing read! She has outdone herself once again and can only imagine what she has in store for us next! Must read for anyone that loves paranormal romance.




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Jenny said...

I love this series so much! I wasn't as a huge a fan of Manny and Payne as I have been of past couples, but her books never really let me down, I get drawn in every time. I'm really excited for Tohr's book next, John Matthew is a favorite of mine, and I hear we'll be getting lots of him in Tohr's book!