Lover Unbound (Black Dagger Brotherhood #5) - J.R. Ward
Grade: Adult (PNR)
Rating: 4.5/5 stars
In Caldwell, New York, war rages between vampires and their slayers. There exists a secret band of brothers-six vampire warriors, defenders of their race. Now the cold heart of a cunning predator will be warmed against its will...
Ruthless and brilliant, Vishous, son of the Bloodletter, possesses a destructive curse and a frightening ability to see the future. As a pretrans growing up in his father's war camp he was tormented and abused. 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 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 cannot include her... (Description from Goodreads)
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Another sexy addition to the Black Dagger Brotherhood series and I enjoyed it heaps. You can't help loving the Brothers and wanting to see what happens in their lives. I'm really glad this is a series where you can spot patterns; you know there'll be one guy and one girl, and they'll end up happy at the end, but it's how they get there and how they interact with each other that makes each new story interesting.
Jane and Vishous are prefect for each other. Vishous tends to be tough on himself and tough on the women he is with; while Jane likes to be in control and doesn't let Vishous determine her actions. It makes their relationship really fun to watch unfold because Jane talks back and defies orders and loves completely.
I loved the flashbacks into V's life as a pretrans learning to read, discovering his new powers, getting tattooed. He's had a hard life, but it was interesting to see what occurred to get him to where he is today. I like that there were actual flashbacks and not just a recount from the Brother of his past like previous books. There's something special about seeing it as it happened, not just seeing it in passing comments.
I was shocked by the point of view changes in this book: No Lessers! I think I jumped with joy went I worked out I wouldn't have to read about the undead evil people fighting the brothers. Sure they were still in the story, but only for a few pages and never in great detail. My favourite kind of lesser
My only issue with the book was the relationship between Phury and Bella. I know they're supposed to be friends, especially since they were close when Bella and Zsadist were getting together and I understand that Phury's obsession with Bella had to be highlighted a bit to show his reasons for moving on in his own book (at least I hope he's moving on in his book next); but Bella continuously pushing herself into his life sort of annoyed me. I kept thinking, "You know he loves you and is trying to move on, give him some space woman!"
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