Lover Unbound

 Vishous lives up to his name, in battle, in the bedroom, in the Brotherhood.  It’s the only way he knows how to be.  Gifted or maybe cursed with a hand that can cause death or healing, it seems he is doomed to be paired forever with Butch, his best friend and the Brother he fears he is in love with.  After being shot and nearly killed by a Lesser, he is accidentally taken to an ER where Dr Jane Whitcomb is on duty.  After starting emergency surgery, she is shocked to find her patient is something other than human and when the Brotherhood arrive in a hurry to bring him to their own medics, Vishous insists on Jane being brought along.  For a human Jane is tough and used to being in charge of her own life and work and being held captive albeit comfortably doesn’t sit well with her.  Something about Vishous intrigues her and for some reason she brings out the bonding instinct in him.  Can Jane be the one to help Vishous overcome his tortuous past and is he something to do with an odd event that happened in her childhood.  Only time will tell, and time is running out.

I’ve always loved the character of Vishous and the quirky banter between him and Butch.  Definitely up there as one of my favourite Brothers.  The confusing love he feels for Butch too tugs at my heartstrings and I’m glad it gets resolved in this book.  Jane’s character is sassy, no nonsense and you can’t help but admire her when she, as a human stands up to the Vampiric Brothers in the matter of medical issues.  She knows her work and woe betide anyone, even Wrath who gets in the way.  That Vishous is a Dominant sexually was really well handled and I have to say very exciting.  This only gets more so when Jane enters the picture and being such a strong willed personality herself, sparks fly.  I couldn’t help but cry at the big event at the end of the book and the resolution, it was very creative, well written and emotional.

As always there is more going on in the book than just the central characters, I love that there are always threads running from other books as the other Brothers and their lives are always involved too.  Keeps you glued to the pages with no mercy!

Rating: ★★★★★ 

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  • Author: J.R. Ward
  • Series: Black Dagger Brotherhood (5)
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Lover Revealed

 Butch O’Neal is a former Cop and the first human to know of the existence of the Black Dagger Brotherhood. Not only does he know it exists but is welcomed as a friend and ally.  Being human, he is kept apart from the nightly battles the Brothers go through with the Lessening Society and becomes increasingly frustrated at being unable to help.  Reckless with is own life, frequently drunk and disorderly and impossibly in love with someone he can’t have, the course of his life  changes forever one extraordinary night when he risks all to save a civilian.

Being the fourth book in the Black Dagger Brotherhood series makes Lover Revealed no less passionately absorbing and  emotional as the first three.  It was really good to see Butch as the central character as I was wondering how he was going to continue to fit in with the Brothers when he was ‘only’ human.  It seemed only a matter of time before he self-destructed and having liked the character right from the first book, it was the last thing I wanted to see.  I have to applaud how J.R. Ward resolved the issue and his helpless love for Marissa, seeing him become what he always wanted to be.  Himself.

I also loved the transition of Marissa from the obedient reserved aristocratic doormat she started as, into a woman who was worthy of being a Warrior’s mate.  Butch himself goes through several realisations about himself and every time you think it will mean his death, he comes through from sheer balls, force of will and the love of the Brothers, especially Vishous.  Another brilliant instalment of the series!

Rating: ★★★★★ 

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  • Author: J.R. Ward
  • Series: Black Dagger Brotherhood (4)
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Lover Eternal

 Rhage is one of the most ferocious vampires of the Black Dagger Brotherhood.  Not only do his warrior instincts threaten to break out on a regular basis, but he also carries a beast within him, a curse placed on him by the Scribe-Virgin.  Until now, he has managed to keep it under control by fighting against the Lesser Society or by using countless lovers.  Then he meets Mary Luce and both beast and vampire find it hard to control themselves around her.  Mary though is living under a death sentence from her own body and the last thing she wants is to finally fall in love, just to have to leave.

Having read and enjoyed Dark Lover, the first book in the Black Dagger Brotherhood series, I didn’t think it could get any better.  I was wrong.  Lover Eternal is a rush from start to finish with tense, emotional scenes, explosive action and a sensuality that is very exciting.  A simple plot and superb characterisations make the book outstanding and I couldn’t put it down. I didn’t expect to like the character of Rhage so much considering his appearances in the first book but with him as a main character here, he was awesome and I fell in love totally.  Mary was such a complete opposite to him but had a lot of charm of her own.  You see a lot of growth in her throughout the story and you can’t help but love her too.  I have to touch on the ending or I wouldn’t do the book or this review any justice.  It was so well written and compelling it made me cry and not a lot of books do that to me.  An absolute must-read.

Rating: ★★★★★ 

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  • Author: J.R. Ward
  • Series: Black Dagger Brotherhood (2)
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Dark Lover

 In Caldwell, New York, a secret and hidden war rages on.  The vampires who only want to live their long lives in peace fight the Lessening Society who would see every last one of them dead.  Standing in between them is the Black Dagger Brotherhood, six brothers in arms, warriors to the core who fight to protect what vampire society remains.  When one of their own is killed, he leaves behind a half breed daughter who was raised human and unaware of the other half of her soul.   It falls to Wrath, the blind leader of the Brotherhood to protect her and watch for signs she might go through the transition that is part of her vampiric heritage.  With vengeance on his mind, for the one who killed Darius, Wrath finds his world turned upside down when he meets Beth.

This is the second book I’ve read by J.R. Ward, and is the start of the Black Dagger Brotherhood series.  Having enjoyed Covet a great deal I was curious as to what her take on the vampire mythos would be and what would make it stand out from any other vampire romance book.  I have to say it’s interesting and I love that she’s stripped most of the myths away leaving a couple of core ones but with a twist.

The book itself was fantastic, emotional, very engaging right from the start, with a fast paced plot and explosive action, I couldn’t put it down.  I love authors that have their own style when it comes to writing, something unique that is wholly theirs and makes them stand out from the rest and J.R. Ward definitely has that.  Her characters are superb and larger than life and I felt I got to know them as the book progressed, catching subtle glimpses of who they are behind their warrior façades.  I just fell in love with the main characters of Wrath and Beth, feeling a lot of empathy for them and loving their interactions.

I didn’t expect to love this book as much as I did and I highly recommend it if you are looking for something truly great to read in the genre (or even if you feel like a change from another one!).

Rating: ★★★★★ 

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  • Author: J.R. Ward
  • Series: Black Dagger Brotherhood (1)
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