Sunday, October 14, 2012
Lover Unleashed by J.R. Ward...
Published: November 1st 2011 by Signet
Rating: 5 stars
Age Recommendation: 16+ (Due to graphic content and violence)
Few authors give readers such a “powerful rush”* as #1 New York Times bestselling author J.R. Ward does in her phenomenal books of the Black Dagger Brotherhood. Now she returns to that fiercely intoxicating world in a new novel of a woman’s journey from terrifying enslavement to an erotic rapture that proves equally dangerous…
Payne, twin sister of Vishous, is cut from the same dark, warrior cloth as her brother: A fighter by nature, and a maverick when it comes to the traditional role of Chosen females, there is no place for her on the Far Side… and no role for her on the front lines of the war, either.
When she suffers a paralyzing injury, human surgeon Dr. Manuel Manello is called in to treat her as only he can- and he soon gets sucked into her dangerous, secret world. Although he never before believed in things that go bump in the night- like vampires- he finds himself more than willing to be seduced by the powerful female who marks both his body and his soul.
As the two find so much more than an erotic connection, the human and vampire worlds collide … just as a centuries old score catches up with Payne and puts both her love and her life in deadly jeopardy.
This series keeps suprising me. When I think things just can't get any better with this series they do.
The plot. I loved the plot, especially because it was about two of the side characters that I have seen thoughout the course of the series. I was interested to see what J.R. Ward would do with it and how she would get Manny and Payne together because Manny loved his job and I couldn't really see him giving it up. For me I felt that the plot of the book ran a little bit slower than the previous books but I still really enjoyed it. There was no lesser POV in this book but I found that I didn't mind not having their POV in the story because I have come to find in the last few books that it wasn't really nessasary for the story, but I really did like seeing the other vampire group's POV in this book and there were defineitley some unexpected things happened, especially towards the end and I thought that it was a really enjoyable read.
The characters. I loved Manny's character, I have loved him ever since he came along in Vishous's story, I thought that his character was really witty and I was hoping that I would get to see more of him again. I loved being able to see inside his head and see the loss that he felt for Jane's death (in Lover Unleashed) and seeing how he changed when he started to have a relationship with Payne.
I also really loved Payne's character. I will admit when I first started reading about her character in previous books I found her character to be boring and I found myself skimming and even sometimes skipping her chapters because I just didn't find her interesting enough to want to read things from her POV. But reading this book I really found a love for her character, I thought that she was really strong and knew what she wanted and really was a great match for Manny.
Overall I really enjoyed reading this book and I cannot wait to start the next one.