Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Lover Unbound by J.R. Ward

  Lover Unbound by J.R. Ward
2007, Signet
Series: Book 5 of Black Dagger Brotherhood

Synopsis:  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...

The Good: V's backstory was completely laid out, surprising and totally emotion pulling. We learn what he's been through to make him as troubled as he is now. As with all the previous books in the series, no matter what you think of the main brother of the story going in, you can't help becoming very attached to him as the story goes on. His future destiny is equally as unfair as his past and seeing him struggle with it - vying between destiny/duty and love kept me completely glued to the page. No huge battles with the lessers here, which I was quite thankful for as they are the worst part of the series for me. We get to see the other brothers stories continue to unfold in bits and pieces we didn't know we were missing.

The Bad: Jane wasn't a great fit for V. Yeah, she's willing, eventually, but she feels too available to his wants. Or something. It's hard to describe, just a gut feeling I had the entire time I was reading their time together that they just felt wrong. And I would have liked it if V hadn't found it necessary to hold back so much every time things got a little frisky. I get being scared, but if you have to hide this much of your need, maybe she isn't the girl for you.

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