Lover Unleashed


Black Dagger Brotherhood Series bk 9

J.R. Ward

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.

Have you ever picked up a book expecting to not to like it or with very little expectations? That is what this book was for me. The last book I read by J.R. Ward was Lover Enshrined and I vowed at the end of that book that I would never read another book by her (see the post Heather has been challenged to find out why and why I finally read this book).

From the moment I began to read LOVER UNLEASHED I was sucked right back into the world of the Black Dagger Brotherhood as if I had never left. I didn’t feel lost at not having read LOVER AVENGED or LOVER MINE. In fact I said out loud “Damn I have missed you guys,” when I was a couple of chapters in which earned me strange look from Mike.

There is a lot more than just Payne and Manny in this book so I am going to take it character by character.

Payne is Vishous twin sister, and he is absolutely torn up that he never knew about her, when his lovely mother  The Scribe Virgin revealed herself to him in his book she never once mentioned his sister, so not only does he have a burning desire to kill her because of what she did or rather didn’t do when he was a child, but now to find out that he had a twin she kept from him. He is also livid over the fact that she is paralyzed and there is nothing he can do for her. All of this sends him over the edge. In the end though, because of the love of his shellan Jane, and his best friend Butch he finally begins to heal.

The scene where he has his breakthrough/meltdown is one of the absolute best scenes in the book as far as I am concerned. Ward really tapped into the mind of someone that suffered the absolute worst kind of abuse one can have and comes out on the other side. I am not going to tell you what happens but know that it is heart wrenching and worth reading.

Q (I can never remember how to spell his name) was an interesting read for me. The last time I saw him he had just had his father try and have him killed and lost his entire family to the Lessers, and was made JM’s protector. I missed all the drama between him and Blay which I was told was pretty intense. Q has finally reached his rock bottom and decides to own his shit, in fact I think that the best line of the book was his “He had to own his shit, even if it made him hate himself to his core..” I am now interested in how he is going to turn out. He does a lot of admitting things in this book, a lot of growing up I think.

Payne, has a lot of anger towards her mother because of V, but she was also raised as a Chosen so she has that innocence going as well. She is a very complex character and I have to say that in creating a twin for V she is the perfect one. It is my experience with twins (figure as a mom of twins I know just a bit about them) that they are two halves of the same whole, and that is what these two were for me. Her relationship with Manny is a really sweet one, he sees both sides of her, the innocent Chosen side and also the Warrior side.

Manny is a one of those characters that I felt bad for in V’s book, because it felt like he got the raw end of the deal and was a really good guy. Jane’s death rocked his world and her re-entry into his world almost destroys him. When he finds himself in a position of being able to do what he does best and that is to put people back together it is almost like he has come home. It really isn’t that simple and there are some major things that he has to go through but in the end he decides it was all worth it.

Butch….the mystery of who his father is, is revealed.

Xcor is the new guy in town, he has a mission and a purpose. His band of men are completely loyal to him and they all have a major hard on for their King Wrath and his Brothers. It will be interesting to see what develops with him, and his men.

This book felt to me like it was a breather book setting things in motion for the next phase of the series. There was no major conflict other than personal issues that needed to be dealt with and were, at least none that I noticed.

Overall I really enjoyed the book, and have added her back onto my auto-buy list. So thank you Katie and Kayleigh for having me read this book.

Grade A-/B+



  1. katiebabs

    QHUAY!! Sax!! I’m torn now who I want Blay to be with!

    And Ward said she would never go that way with Butch and Manny as I’m thinking from your mention in your review. She’s going to get many questions about that one.

    I’m an evol pimp *takes a bow*

  2. Eileen

    OMG . . . I can’t wait for this book!! As for who Q will end up with . . . no way it could be anyone but Blay! Just no way!

    JR Ward is nothing short of genius . . . and this world she has created is one which I never want to leave . . . and hopefully never will! Keep writing JR . . . please keep writing!!

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  4. Heather-admin

    Katie – I know right…..have learned to not pay attention when an author says that they are not going to do anything…

    Eileen – You will have to read this to decide about Blay and Q…

  5. Eileen

    Heather . . . I know what happens at the end of LU between Q&S (for those of you who don’t know . . . it’s not what you think) but that doesn’t mean Q&B will not get their HE. She stated in one of her chats that they would . . .

    Okay . . . so I’m a wus . . . couldn’t bare it if they didn’t end up together!! 🙂

  6. Kayla

    Hi, you wrote really good review so far I´m concernerd and I enjoy to read that. Just want to ask you, if you could be so kind and send me (on my e-mail) some SPOILERS from this certainly wonderfull book? I’m most interested in what happens with Manny. So if not offend you I´d like to know that.

  7. Kayla
  8. Heather-admin

    Eileen…she also said that what links Butch and Manny she was never going to do….so you never know.

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