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Lover Unbound (The Black Dagger Brotherhood Series) Audio CD – May 22, 2008
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J. R. Ward is the author of more than thirty novels, including those in her #1 New York Times bestselling Black Dagger Brotherhood series. There are more than fifteen million copies of her novels in print worldwide, and they have been published in more than two dozen countries around the world.
- Publisher : Recorded Books, Inc. and Blackstone Publishing; Unabridged edition (May 22, 2008)
- Language : English
- Audio CD : 1 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1664492275
- ISBN-13 : 978-1664492271
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Some things made no sense and certainly didn't encourage me to read additional books, especially not at $7.99 a book. This book left me with plenty of unanswered questions with no feeling of satisfaction. What cost did Vishous and Jane pay and why was their cost so high? Nothing was resolved for Phury and Cormia and you're left not really caring what happens with them. John's story has been drawn out entirely too long. I won't read more books hoping Darius would return. Does John or Beth really need him? And, how did the Directrix get away with her actions right under the nose of the Scribe Virgin? The Scribe Virgin is not the end all - there is one more powerful. Yeah, right? How did Vishous' twin get overlooked all this time? Just something to dangle, enticing you to keep reading the series.
After rereading Father Mine, I'm finished with this series unless other books are put on sale. Disappointment describes how I'm left feeling about this book and the series.
Overall, the books are good paranormal books. It's a different take on vampires with a dark world tucked inside our own world. There are civilian vampires and warrior vampires. The brotherhood is the later. Vampires only drink from other vampires of the opposite sex. The civilian world has a old world snobbery where bloodlines are more important than individuals. Add in the lessening society, who are headed by the Omega. Yeah, he's the badest baddy you can think of. Some of humans mythology is there. Heaven and hell. But there is also the scribe virgin who is the creator of the vampire world.
Book five is Vishous (warrior with interesting mother issues) and Jane's (human doctor) story. I think that while I liked this story the best, it was the one that caused me to decide to stop reading this series. At this point, I can't stand the scribe virgin no matter her "sacrifice". What she allowed to happen to Vishous went over a line for me. It's one of those trust issues that can't be fixed for me.
While I liked the series, I grew tired of the slang, true? Yeah, that came up a lot. I get that this series is older and these books were releases in the early 2000's but it got old after a while. I just couldn't take one more "feel me?". The vampires were stuck in the 90's watching old (even then) reruns and talking like the million dollar man.
And those breaking of trust issues I had? I learn to trust certain authors not to do things that I can't get past. While it may be more like real life, it isn't what I want from my books. Things like guys having sex with another girl while crushing on someone else. Yeah, it was in the book before their story, but I couldn't let it go. And impossible situations. I get that this is fiction and an author can write whatever they want but some things go too far. The example of this is a spoiler so I won't say it but it really deflated me to the point I didn't want to read. Not good.
Also, it was just too easy to see things coming in these books. I really wasn't surprised, even with what should have been major events. I like hints and they are necessary but these were too obvious.
I guess the last think has to do with how much the stories are tied together. You learn so much about other heroes well before their story. While that's usually a good thing, it started to bug me. I wanted the story focused on this couple. These books are not so much companion as they are slices of a vampire soap opera. I guess I bore easily and this one had me yawning.
If you are a vampire book person, I would guess this series would still interest you. The writing is strong and the sex is always hot. I'm not sure the romance is strong, it wasn't for me. But a lot of people love these books. I kept hoping I'd love them more. It just didn't happen.
Ms. Ward is wise. The book is about whoever is the feature couple but Ms. Ward inserts a bit of some characters. That's why you have to read it from the beginning. So you don't miss anything.
So far the story of Vishous and Jane is the best for me. Why 4-stars then? I don't like the ending.
I don't like that Jane is incorporeal. Even though she changes to real person whenever she's with Vishous, still...
I want them to be real. I want them to be fully happy. If there is anyone that deserves a happy ending it's these two.
I don't know if down the line their story will change (10 more books and counting).
But I really really hope so.
Anyway, cheers to Ms. Ward I am officially hooked!
Vishous possesses a destructive curse and the ability to see the future. He doesn’t want love or emotions, just the thrill of battle and defeating Lessers. When the Scribe Virgin comes calling for him to fulfill his destiny his world changes. Not only does he have a new destiny but he has found the one woman for him, Jane.
V’s story is filled with violence, sex, emotional heartache and wity banter. I enjoyed this book mostly. V is a character that I find interesting but don’t love. He has had a terrible past and that has affected his outlook on life and sex. I don’t hate him but he is definitely not a favorite. I really liked Jane. She was smart, sassy, and wasn’t afraid to stand up to the brothers. I don’t love how things end with her but I do look forward to seeing her in future books.
My main issue with this book was mostly the ending. To me, this felt like a forced happily ever after. I know there aren't a lot of options for human mates but the result felt off and not something I could really imagine in this series. I wish it had been different but that is just my opinion.
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I skipped to this as I wasn’t particularly interested in Butch’s story - and I don’t think I missed anything by doing that.
It’s definitely worth a read but not as good as the first 3 books. I didn’t find the main couple had as much chemistry and it felt harder to buy into everything that happened. The author focused so much on other characters stories - it took away from who the book was actually about. I don’t feel like I know as much about the main characters, their getting together felt rushed.
***some spoilers ahead***
I also really didn’t like the ending, I thought what happened to Jane just felt really weird and considering this is already a book about vampires - it felt really unbelievable. I didn’t like it.
I would say for the first half I was with the reviews maybe this isn’t as good as the first few of the series however as the story progressed I started to become enthralled.
This is a beautiful story about Vishous (aka “V”) and the new love of his life Dr Jane Whitcomb. The bare bones of the story are very simple, he gets injured whilst out on his own, taken to a human hospital where she is the lead trauma specialist, she fixes him, he falls for her etc., etc., What makes this so special is that we are told of V’s horrifying past, the way his father treated him and how his mother allowed him to be treated (she COULD have stopped the horrendous treatment with the power she has), how he survived that but possibly because of the trauma and abuse he suffered at the hands of his father and his cronies never bonded with anyone, until he meets Jane and falls head over heels in love with her (the feelings are reciprocated) only to have his life of torment and tragedy upon him again when she is cruelly taken from him, not for long though as his Mother soon realises the errors of her ways and although cannot bring Jane back to him totally she does whatever she does and at least allows him to have her in a fashion. I have to say towards the end of the novel I wept – I found it a very touching and moving story that will stay with me for a little while, I certainly found it more emotionally involving than the first four books.
Going forward; I am now stuck with what to read next having read all of the books in the series in order. The next is about Phury, his is now Primale and living “on the other side”, the reviews and indeed the synopsis sound very fanciful and not at all like the action/romance within these first five stories and beyond this I really don’t know if I am interested in the characters, most of which have been introduced in the first five books….Will have to spend some time researching before downloading – feel free to recommend.
Having said that, this does not mean I did not enjoy the book immensely - the story was really gripping and fast paced with lots of subplots going on. Vishous is most definetely one of the hottest brothers, and Jane a strong and inspirational heroine. I also liked how JM's story is developing in this book. Phury's tale is also starting to unfold, preparing us for the next book which is his story.
The Black Dagger Brotherhood series is undoubtedly amongst the best in this genre and the author has managed to create a vivid and exciting world that has readers gripped and continues to attract legions of adoring fans. Despite the slightly disappointing outcome for Jane in Lover Unbound, I still think it is a fantastic read and would actually give it 4.5 stars if this were possible.
What I like about these books is that they're all stand alone. Unlike Christine Feehan - whose books I love, by the way - JR doesn't insult the fan's intelligence by having someone explain the connections between all the major characters in every book. We already know them! What JR does is entice the new reader into buying the others - just to know where they fit in.
Now, about this book. I'd been salivating, waiting for this book to arrive and I was almost late for a wedding, waiting for postie to drop it through my letterbox! I read it in a day and half - NO - not at the wedding! I liked it. I did think the courting was a bit quick but, aren't they quick most of the time? Except Bella and Zsadist, when he was on a Personal Development trip for a while.
I really liked it. I loved how almost claustrophobic it was in the way it centred mainly on Vishous and Jane. Loved the how 'everyone knew' how Vishous felt about Butch - and it was okay. That was cute. Loved the way they both handled it, and how understanding Marissa was about it all. Loved the 'subtle' way his mind-reading powers were coming back - only with Jane, of course. Thank goodness John Matthew has gone through the Change. I was beginning to lose my will to live. I wonder if he'll get a story? And why let Lash back into the school!? And the sex scenes? Oh Lord! They were just just brilliant! She (JR) just knocks me out every time!
But, there are two reasons for the 4 star rating:
Firstly, what was that ending!!?? I was very disappointed. I wanted it to be cleaner. Of course I would for one of my favourite characters. But this? Nah! It felt rushed. I felt empty.
Secondly. What's this thing with the Scribe Virgin on the last few pages!? Didn't like that either. Hope JR doesn't go there...
However, I'm now curious, rather than salivating, to see how things develop in Lover Enshrined, when Phury finds a mate.
I still recommend this book though, even if this is your first foray into the Black Brotherhood. Just buy the others - you won't regret it.