Lover Unbound by J.R Ward
Series: The Black Dagger Brotherhood #5
Release: September 2007
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…
Vishous is not in a good place. His visions have dried up, he is being plagued by the same nightmare over and over again, night after night and his best friend Butch is newly and happily mated to Marissa – which would usually be cause for celebration but seeing as V had more than ‘friendly’ feelings for his BFF, he’s not feeling all that much like celebrating. Then to add icing to an already overflowing cake, he is shot while out hunting Lessers. The human authorities find him and rush him to hospital where Dr. Jane Whitcomb operates on him. When the Brothers find him and bring him home, Vishous orders them to take Jane as well because that demanding inner voice is telling V that Jane – the human Dr – is his mate.
Vishous is probably one of the most closed off of all the Brothers – even more so than Zsadist was. Barely anything is known of his past, his mysterious abilities or his family. All that is about to be revealed however, and boy is it a doozy. His scars, tattoos and powers – we’re about to get answers about all of them.
“‘Tell you what, you let me go, and I’ll ask you plenty of questions about your race. Until then, I’m slightly distracted with how this little vacation on the good ship Holy Shit is going to pan out for me. ‘”
Jane Whitcomb’s life is thrown for a loop after she saves the life of Brother Vishous. She’s taken to a house full of vamps and told to care for V – or else. She’s not stupid, she’ll do as they ask, but she doesn’t have to be happy about it.
Jane was perfect for V. Although she’s thrust into a world full of vamps and danger, she doesn’t cower and hide. She’s feisty, outspoken, stubborn, and certainly no pushover. She tells V exactly what she thinks of his ‘tude, and the one thing I loved the most about her was that she wasn’t fawning all over V from the get-go. No insta-love here people! Jane fell for V gradually. You see it happen, you see her fall for the scarred brother. And of course, the sex is intense and really steamy. V has some . . . unique tastes in sex; mostly involving gags, whips, candle wax and ties, and we do get a little glimpse of that which was interesting. It didn’t scream kinky, BDSM sex but it was definitely colourful and, well . . . hot. V and Janes connection is intense and their relationship is heartbreaking and wonderful all at once.
“‘I love you. And I’m going to keep loving you even after you don’t know I exist.'”
This was another heart-wrenchingly emotional book – more so than Rhage and Mary’s story. The vision that’s been haunting V for months comes true in the most horrible way and I admit, I cried and cursed and maybe even threw the book across the room, but in true J.R Ward fashion, it all works out in the end. Plot developments abound in this book with new potential loves, new characters, and a whole lot of new drama. My favourite pre-trans boys, J.M, Blay and Quinn are going through their transitions, Phury’s life takes a turn and the other Brothers lives are just as interesting as ever. And of course there are those pesky Lessers making everyone’s lives hell. I do enjoy getting a glimpse at the bad guys side of the story and see how the inner workings of the bad guys ‘cult’ works. My favourite part of this book however involved the Scribe Virgin. Until now she has come across as a holy being. Untouchable and quite cold and unfeeling. But there is a whole lot more to her than meets the eye. Wow. Just . . .wow. Ward is truly a master at what she does.
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