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Review: ‘Lover Unbound’ by J.R. Ward

Review: ‘Lover Unbound’ by J.R. Ward

Lover Unbound

by J.R. Ward
Series: Black Dagger Brotherhood #5
Published by Signet on October 1st 2007
Genres: Paranormal Romance
Pages: 502
Format: AudioBook, Paperback
Source: Purchased
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The ruthless and brilliant brother Vishous possesses a destructive curse and a frightening ability to see the future. 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 a 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 does not include her...

My Review

I’m finally typing up my review of Lover Unbound by J.R. Ward after 9 years. I know I’m really far behind.  I was still in the Navy though and was reading like crazy. I  did not take up reviewing books until I got out of the Navy in 2011. Now this is the second time I’ve read Lover Unbound, but it actually feels like I’m reading the book for the first time. I definitely missed Vishous’s story and how he met his shellan. I feel like most of the story I read too fast the first time, so I didn’t remember everything in details back in 2009. I also totally forgot about the biggest part in his story, but I will not tell since it will spoil it for readers who have not read the series before.

Vishous is what I would consider the hard core vampire of the Black Dagger Brotherhood. He’s cursed with a hand that is used as a deadly weapon to the lessers and also to other vampires/humans. It’s also used to help his buddy Butch, which in Lover Revealed shared Butch’s own curse that he acquired, when he was with the lesser kind. After reading Lover Unbound a second time, I realized how much I still love Vishous’s character and especially who he ends up with. He’s unforgettable and very unpredictable at times. He also has a mouth on him. He doesn’t hold anything back at all. He tends to break rules as well, so he’s definitely the major bad vampire of the group.

The female character Dr. Jane Whitcomb who happens to save Vishous one day is not a normal female that Vishous would end up with. In fact, she’s complete opposite, but I have to say she made Vishous actually have feelings or at least have a soft side. He didn’t really know what love was until he met Jane. He’s very protective of Jane in the story and she knows how to hold her own, even after being kidnapped and thrown into the BDB world. She’s an independent strong-willed woman who definitely as meant to be with Vishous.

Now, fair warning, this book is a tear jerker especially towards the end. I swear J.R. Ward makes my emotions go haywire in each of her BDB books. There’s also Phury’s side of things in the book and John Matthew’s. John Matthew is going to go through a change in this book and so his friends Quinn and Blay. I love reading the side character stories in these books because it leads up to their own books. I also love going back to the beginning of where these characters came into play in the BDB world.

Overall, this book definitely won me over a second time and I give it 5 stars. If you haven’t dived into the BDB world then I highly recommend you do, especially if you enjoy PNR and different takes of vampires.

Now, I’m moving onto Phury’s book next and can’t wait to read his book for a second time as well. It’s been so long. 🙂



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I guess I should type a bio here. I'm FranJessca or Fran for short. I'm the owner of Book Lovin' Mamas and main Reviewer. I've been reviewing books since I got out of the Navy in 2011. Now 7 years later, I'm still reviewing, but this time with my oldest daughter aka Lil' Sidekick.
When I'm not reading and reviewing, you can find me at my day job during the week and on the weekend taking care of our little farm.

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