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Lover Unbound

Official information

Lover Unbound Author: J.R. Ward
Series: Black Dagger Brotherhood

Publisher: Signet

In the shadows of the night in Caldwell, New York, there's a deadly war raging between vampires and their slayers. And there exists a secret band of brothers like no other-six vampire warriors, defenders of their race. Now, the cold heart of a cunning predator will be warmed against its will... Ruthless and brilliant, Vishous son of the Bloodletter possesses a destructive curse and a frightening ability to see the future. As a pretrans growing up in his father's war camp, he was tormented and abused. As a member of the Brotherhood, he has no interest in love or emotion, only the battle with the Lessening Society. But when a mortal injury puts him in the care of a human surgeon, Dr. Jane Whitcomb compels him to reveal his inner pain and taste true pleasure for the first time- until a destiny he didn't choose takes him into a future that cannot include her.

My review

Lover Unbound is one bold and daring story. Much like others of J. R. Ward's it is not for the faint of heart, or to be read as a stand-alone.

I believe it is essential to follow the hero's journey throughout the earlier installments, if not to fully understand him, than to better prepare yourself for his life. Cause even if I consider myself an open-minded person, J. R. Ward's characters manage to test my limits every time. Vishous is no exception.

Another great thing about this book is the heroine. While at first I thought Vishous to be in dire need of someone warm, gentle. Someone to soothe him. Especially considering his past (bondage and S&M aside), I do believe Jane was just the girl for him. Strong. Intelligent. And I just loved the fact that V was fascinated with her mind.

Their romance was a bit short (or too quick in the beginning, granted) and maybe the scene in the end of the book was not as strong as I would have liked to, nevertheless, their story was breathtaking. It touched me.

As always, other characters played major roles. Zsadist, Phury and John took a large portion of the book. And I wouldn't have it any other way. Phury especially got me hooked and craving for his story. So while the story itself had a few flaws, the writing was superb. As always.

Lover Unbound is the book that is capable of making you laugh, cry and even get angry, but most of all, it is a book, which leaves an imprint in your heart. And I, for one, treasure such moments.

Rating 4.5

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