Reviewed by Susan65
Title: Lover Unbound
Author: J.R. Ward
Narrator: Jim Frangione
Series: Black Dagger Brotherhood #5
Genre: MF Paranormal
Length: 17 Hours, 25 Minuttes
Publisher: Recorded Books
Release Date: May 26, 2009
Available at: Amazon and Audible
Add it to your shelf: Goodreads
Blurb: In Caldwell, New York, war rages between vampires and their slayers. There exists a secret band of brothers—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 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…
Review: Besides Zsadist, Vishous is my second all-time favorite Brother from the Black Dagger Brotherhood. That is saying A LOT because he is a hardcore, kinky bastard. A cold-hearted bi-sexual male who dabbles in the kind of sex I don’t normally like to read. But, he exudes sex and violence and fierce loyalty, a trifecta of pheromones that gets the engine revving and makes me wish for one night that I could take Jane’s place. Just once!
Vishous has a history to explain his hard-ass, cold blooded nature. He is the son of the most offensive and vile male to ever lead the Brotherhood. One who took great delight in destroying anything good inside Vishous. And when that wasn’t enough, he permanently maimed and marked him. With such a wonderful father it’s no wonder he is such a difficult man to love. But then again, he is also the brilliant offspring of the Scribe Virgin. The best and worst of the vampire race all wrapped up in one dangerous and gorgeous vampire. Seriously, what’s not to love.
A strong vampire who never planned to find a female (or male) of his own, offer his heart, or bind himself to anyone…with maybe the exception of Butch, but then again, that might just be me. But, he did admit that he was in love with him at one time. God, can you imagine if the author had bound those two together? It would be the only way to improve this story. The fact that Butch accepted it and, in his own subtle way, let Vishous know that he may have returned his attraction (a teeny bit which may have been all in my head, but I can read between the lines with the best of them) left me wanting more.
Jane is a force all her own. She rivals Vishous in her brilliance and her feminine strength. If Vishous had to end up with a female, I was glad it was her. I just wish there was another way for the story to end. The ghostly thing was a tad strange, but it was better than nothing.
But, by far, the best and hottest scene in the entire book was the bathroom scene when V and Jane get together the first time. That is probably the most intense sex scene I’ve ever read…and as much as I am not into that kind of sexual control game, it completely burned me up. The author just nailed it…literally. Worth the price of book for those few pages alone.
Review – Audio Book: I’ve completely bought into this narrator. Jim Fangione did one heck of a job keeping me vested in the story even though I’ve read it multiple times. He gives such a great passionate retelling that I found myself dreading the ending. I wasn’t so convinced at the beginning of the series, but now I can’t imagine anyone else bringing the Brothers to life. Jim Frangione is as much Black Dagger Brotherhood as JR Ward, herself.
Overall Impression: It was amazing
*I purchased my own, personal copy of this book for review.*