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Monday, May 2, 2011

Lover Unleashed by J.R. Ward



Lover Unleashed by J.R. Ward
Publisher: New American Library/Penguin Group, Inc
Genre: Contemporary, Paranormal
Pages: Full Length (489 Pages)
Other: M/F, BSDM, Extreme Violence
Rating: Best Book
Reviewed by Canterbury Bell

Payne, twin sister of Vishous, is cut from the same dark, seductive cloth as her brother. Imprisoned for eons by their mother, the Scribe Virgin, she finally frees herself-only to face a devastating injury. Manuel Manello, M.D., is drafted by the Brotherhood to save her as only he can-but when the human surgeon and the vampire warrior meet, their two worlds collide in the face of their undeniable passion. With so much working against them, can love prove stronger than the birthright and the biology that separates them?

I am often ambivalent when it comes to paranormal novels. They can go either way on the WOW factor scale. That being said, if you have not jumped on the Black Dagger Brotherhood bandwagon yet, do not hesitate any longer because this is the place to start. This is the best of the best. With the beginning of the series, Dark Lover, readers have been hypnotically drawn into the world of Caldwell, NY and the underground lives of the vampires warriors of the Brotherhood.

The first books followed the originating members but now, with this edition we are experiencing the lives of the new generation of warriors out to protect the precarious security of the vamps that walk among us.

In Lover Unleashed, J.R. Ward brings us Dr. Manny Manello, a brilliant and gifted human doctor that is brought in by the Brothers to save one of their own, Payne, a female warrior of the Brotherhhood. This is going to be tricky because Manny has no idea that vamps walk among us and falls quickly for the beautiful and deadly Payne. Boy, is he in for a new reality along with a few adjustments to his bedside manner. Payne is not only overwhelming his senses but she is the twin sister to one of the Brotherhood's most dangerous warriors, the very overprotective Vichous who is not exactly a fan of humans.

The danger to the vampires soon rears its ugly head, but can Manny protect and save his lady love? Can he accept a life so different from what he knows and can Payne accept her life with Manny and leave the Brotherhood? Or will her family and loyalty to her own prevent her from finding her happiness?

J.R. Ward consistently brings in characters from the previous books throughout the series making it one long continuous story. This story, as with all the others, moves with continued grace and leaves open the possibilities of additional novels. Her twist on grammar and spelling creates a new language that intersects with the hard cord urban voice of all her vamps. Ms. Ward writes with wit and intelligence, bringing paranormal storytelling to an entirely new level.

Be warned, though: these are not your teenager's vampires. The Brotherhood is adult, rough, violent, edgy, raw, and very, very sexy sometimes turning toward the sexual extreme. Be ready for anything because you never know where the Brothers will take you.

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