Lover Unleashed (Black Dagger Brotherhood #9)
by J.R. Ward
Review by Amber I.
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.
I really enjoyed this book, I wasn't in love but I liked it. I thought Manny and Payne where a great couple. I would have liked to see their relationship blossoming more, it didn't happen for most of the book and when it did, it was a little rushed. Also I wasn't thrilled with always being shuffled to so many different POV's. It made the story especially the beginning drag a little.
Honestly the book was more of V's and Jane's story then Manny's and Paynes. I was happy to see V get where he needed to be, but a lot of the time I was really upset with him. He just seemed so cruel and my heart was breaking for Jane most of the time. Like I said I am glad he got what he needed but the things he put Jane through seemed so unfair.
The book also didn't ooze sex. I think the hottest sex scene was with Xcor and Thore (I think that is his name) and the hooker. It was nothing to the story line but it was pretty hot. And obviously we are introduced to some new characters.
I am actually really excited to see Blay and Qhuinn get together. I always seen so many people on the B and Q kick but I was never a huge huge fan. Then there is Qhuinns dream, that I really want to know the meaning of.
Obviously if you are a BDB fan you are going to want to read this. Was it the best of the series? No, but still a good read!