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Review: Lover Unleashed by J.R. Ward

Apr 14, 2011

Book 9 in the The Black Dagger Brotherhood

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Payne, twin sister of Vishous, has had a terrible accident.  After years of living in forced imprisonment by the hands of the Scribe Virgin, she is now faced with being paralyzed.

Jane knows the only person capable of operating on Payne and saving her is Manny, her former boss.  Vishous is in an unstable place, Payne’s injury has left him shaken and Jane knows she must help Payne recover, or she just might lose her mate.

Manuel Manello, M.D. is one of the finest surgeons in his field, the monotony of life is beginning to take it’s toll, and he can no longer find  joy in his life.  That is, until Manny sets eyes on Payne.

Payne is being hunted, and  Xcor is coming to kill her.  He has sworn to kill his father’s murderer and set claim to all the Brotherhood has.  He attempts to use his own race to dethrone the king.

Payne and Manny will have to fight for their love in the face of so much adversity.  It will be a passionate and sensual journey, that will bring them both together.


I give this book 4 out 5

Insatiable!  Potent!  Fangtastic!  Lover Unleashed is more of what we have all wanted and waited for.  Book 9 and I still can’t get enough of the brothers.  In Lover Unleashed we learn of Payne’s fate and sit by her side during her struggle.  Manny is just what the doctor ordered, a  fine specimen of a human with the ability to draw ohs and ahs from us all. J.R. Ward is clever and sagacious when it comes to her Black Dagger Brothers, giving us what we wanted and never knew we needed.  She kicks it up a notch as she allows us to see deeper into Vishous and Jane’s marital turmoil. The book was titled to perfection.  There are new characters on the playing field and they are not wearing wearing our favorite shitkickers.  Lover Unleashed is one of the reasons I keep reading J.R. Ward, she is witty and perceptive in her writing.  I can’t wait to find out what happens next in the series!!!

Publisher:  NAL Hardcover (March 29, 2011)

Source Code: R


  1. I missed seeing some of the other brothers! Payne & Manny didn't get enough page time. And I felt cheated on Qhuay. (I was disappointed.)

  2. It's great to finally read a positive review about this book. All the disappointed ones have kept me from reading it so far, but that will change soon now.

  3. Jen: I agree with your assessment. I was left wanting more and disappointed with this installment. I have heard there is going to a Qhauy novella out next.

  4. ☻/ღ˚ •。* ♥ ˚ ˚✰˚ ˛★* 。 ღ˛
    /▌*˛˚ღ •˚ ˚...Love it Dana..... ˚ ✰* ★
    / \ ˚. ★ *˛ ˚♥* ✰。˚ ˚ღ。* ˛˚ ♥ 。✰˚* ˚ ★ღ ˚ 。✰ •* ˚ ♥"

  5. Great review! I dodnt LOVE this one, but its still a great addition to an amazing series =D


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