By J.R. Ward Editions: audiobook, ebook, hardcover, paperback Published: March 29th 2011 by NAL Hardcover (first published January 1st 2011) Genre: Adult Paranormal / Romance Source: own copy
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.
Bomy’s Flutter: fun, and loved the focus on Vishous
Aaand we’re back in the awesome Black Dagger Brotherhood world, Caldwell mixed with paranormal elements (vampires, deities) and getting to know more about my favorite Brother, plus getting to know his twin sister and meeting again some old friends – Manny.
This is the story of Payne, twin sister of Vishous, and Manny (Manuel Manello), Jane’s ex-workmate and potential lover. Payne was interesting as a character, a mix of brutal and vulnerable, sort of insecure but also determined to have the one she wanted. I liked her, and she was a good vampire female addition to the Brotherhood’s crowd. But what I especially liked about this novel is that is focused a lot on Vishous, and his dealing with stuff. Back in book #5 of the series, Lover Unbound, I felt that J.R. Ward did a bit of cop-out when she fixed V with Jane. I still feel that way, V made sense with Butch. This novel comes to show that yes, he does. They have this best-friends with some benefits sort of connection, and it feels to me like their feelings are quite beyond just friends territory, but hey, maybe that’s just me. I mean, I think many of us have that kind of relationship at some point, so why not V, right? But I loved the re-focus on him in this book and I felt he was done justice a bit, by the end of Lover Unbound I felt a bit like his character had gotten somehow diluted and now it was given back some of its might.
I think you can easily tell who’s my favorite so far, right? Vishous all the way, baby.
There was also more progress in the Qhuinn/Blay department, but it’s a damned slow progress that has me gritting my teeth. Quinn, man, get a move on already! You might have a long life span so I get why there’s not SO much urgency there, but us, your readers, do have a short lifespan. Get a freaking move on, man! *inhales deeply*
The two stories, Payne’s and Vishous’s, were interesting as a mix. If I had to pick, I’d say the winner for me was definitely Vishous’s angle. Payne and Manny were cute, hot, but I didn’t feel their chemistry as much as I did with other couples of the Brotherhood. The best part of the story for me was the evolution of V and the glimpses into the whole Qhuinn/Blay mess (and I’m trying really hard to not skip right to Lover At Last just to enjoy some resolve on that account!).
The writing is superb as always, the Brother’s ‘slang’ is awesome as usual, plus we get Payne’s voice, very distinct and Chosen-esque. Third person narrative from a couple points of view, as usual, as the novel focuses on more then one character. If there was anything different about Lover Unleashed it was that for some reason there was less action-related tension and more character development so emotional tension going on. That, to someone like who’s always in it for the characters, is a plus. If you’re more into the agitated action thing, then this might be less interesting then other books in the series.
As usual, the cover and blurb make this an impulsive buy, but it’s J.R.Ward. That in itself makes it an impulsive buy for us, PNR fans.
All in all, this was a very welcome development to some of the stories in previous books and a massive teaser for some of the stories to come (heads up, Qhuinn!). If you’re into PNR and good writing, and you haven’t read this yet, do. But be aware this is one of those series that do need you to know stuff in the previous ones, though it might make sense on its own. But you’d lose out of the major character-development points if you don’t know what’s what from previous novels in the series.