Reviewed by Susan65
Title: Lover Unleashed
Author: J.R. Ward
Narrator: Jim Frangione
Series: Black Dagger Brotherhood #9
Genre: MF Paranormal
Length: 18 Hours, 37 Minutes
Publisher: Recorded Books
Release Date: March 29, 2011
Available at: Amazon and Audible
Add it to your shelf: Goodreads
Blurb: 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.
Review – Book: Yet another book where my favorite characters and storyline did not focus on the main couple. Even though I really like Payne and Manny, I was much more focused on Vishous and his issues. This could have been a V book, part two, because he was front and center throughout, and to me that’s a good thing. Nothing I like better than spending a day with my favorite emotionally stunted Brother becoming all emotional and unsteady.
Vishous is pissed beyond belief at his Mahmen, again. It seems that as much as Payne knew about her twin, V knew nothing of her. Such a cruel world our vampires inhabit. I wanted to hate the Scribe Virgin, but I believe she was just as much a pawn as the rest of the race. Much more powerful, obviously, but even she has family issues.
Wrath had no idea the female warrior he was sparring with was Vishous’s twin. Maybe if he had his sight he would have recognized the diamond eyes, black hair, and the fact that she was the spitting image of her brother. Vishous is just wrecked. This guy has spent three hundred years keeping everything inside; the pain he received at the hands of his father, the fact that his shellen is actually dead and a ghost, that he was gifted with seeing how his brothers would all die but not given enough information to stop it, and now being gifted with a sister, a twin he never knew he had…and one who is laying broken and wanting to die. One has to feel for the guy.
Jane and Manny are back together again, and Manny is pissed and hurt and in love….with Payne, not Jane. As much as he thought he wanted Jane, it is nothing compared to the dark haired beauty who calls him “healer”. I’ve liked Payne from the moment she was introduced in the series, and the same with Manny. They are both strong individuals and even though their love was more romantic and less sexual, it was still a beautiful story.
But, by far, my two favorite scenes were when V throws a bag at Jane and tells her to pack her shit, and V and Butch at the penthouse with Butch basically destroying Vishous so that he could get out of his own head and move on. I am thinking the reasons these two stood out are that I really wanted V and Butch together and Jane was like a third wheel. I like her and I think it’s right that she’s with V, but a part of me still wanted more for our conflicted Vishous. Butch, though claiming to be staunchly straight, would easily do anything for Vishous…anything. And that’s what I love about them.
So yeah, our boy gets a sister, the sister gets her first and only man, and everyone is fat and happy….except Tohr and his heartbreaking story is next, and I can’t wait to listen to it.
Review – Audio Book: I was curious how our illustrious and consistent narrator, Jim Frangione, would handle our heavily accented Payne. I must admit, it was kind of humorous, and I couldn’t help but compare his voice for Payne to that of a female version of Count Dracula. I will give him a pass on that one because the rest of characters, and we all know the list is long, remains spot on.
Overall Impression: I loved it
*I purchased my own, personal copy of this book for review.*