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Lover Unbound: Black Dagger Brotherhood Series: Book 5

Lover Unbound: Black Dagger Brotherhood Series: Book 5 [Kindle Edition]

J. R. Ward
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In the shadows of the night in Caldwell, New York, there's a deadly war raging between vampires and their slayers. And there exists a secret band of brothers like no other - six vampire warriors, defenders of their race

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Dr Jane Whitcomb, leader of a cardiac trauma team, is about to leave the medical centre for the night when an emergency is brought in - a man with a gunshot wound to the heart. As she examines him, however, she begins to suspect that her dangerously sexy new patient is not entirely human.One night, while he's still in recovery, this tattooed stranger reaches out to her. He seems soothed by her presence. And she is oddly captivated by his.She will soon learn that he is Vishous - V for short - the smartest vampire in the Black Dagger Brotherhood. But his tortured past has left him avoiding intimacy. It is against V's nature to let anyone see his vulnerable side. Except Jane. He has the oddest sense that she understands.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 643 KB
  • Print Length: 528 pages
  • Publisher: Piatkus (3 Feb 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004LX0D6S
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (120 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #9,777 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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J. R. Ward lives in the South with her incredibly supportive husband and her beloved golden retriever. After graduating from law school, she began working in health care in Boston and spent many years as chief of staff for one of the premier academic medical centres in the nation. She is the author of the Black Dagger Brotherhood and Fallen Angels series.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Three and a Half Stars 15 Oct 2007
Lover Unbound is the fifth book in the Black Dagger Brotherhood series by J.R.Ward. It follows Vishous who ends up in a human hospital following a Lesser attack. Instantly attracted to his surgeon, when the other members of the Brotherhood turn up to rescue him, he kidnaps her even though he knows he's committed to a future without her.

Whilst Lover Unbound is not my least favourite in the BDB series, I feel it's something of a mixed bag. It's also not a book I'd recommend if you haven't read the previous four books, as to get the most out of LU you need to be familiar with the back stories of the various characters.

Firstly there's a lot to like in this book. The story arcs of several characters are driven forward here. We spend a lot of page time with John Matthew, and find out how his friendship with Blay and Qhuinn is developing, also how Zsadist has taken on the role of mentor to him. We also learn a little more about Darius. We follow Phury's further downward spiral as he tries to deal with the fact that the woman he 'loves' can never be his and witness as he yet again sacrifices himself for someone else's happiness. We find out much more about the Scribe Virgin and the Chosen, and also about some of the history of the Black Dagger Brotherhood. And I love how the Scribe Virgin now has someone who doesn't put her on a pedestal.

With all of the above happening we spend a lot less time with V and the heroine of the book, Jane. At the end of the book when I think back on the story, V and Jane's relationship doesn't pop out at me at all, it's all the other stuff I remember. I also think, if you removed Jane from the story it would still work.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Glad I am not the first to review 3 Oct 2007
Format:Mass Market Paperback
What can I say? I so thoroughly enjoyed the previous four books that I was super hyped about getting my hands on this instalment. Disappointed? Yeah, sorta. The previous books had me hooked from page one. Read them all in record time and started to re-read them straight away. This one was a harder read. The writing was still as good, but the story was a bit urgggghhh. I can't say that I didn't enjoy it, there were some really good parts, some iffy parts and some pretty unbelievable parts - the whole V & the human relationship that he had going on. And we all know that vampire & human does not equal happiness. Remember how hard a time Rhage had when he met Mary? Lots of menacing threats from the Brothers, his fights to keep Mary with him? Gee, not a bit of that opposition when Jane came to visit. How could things have changed SO much?

The things I really did enjoy was the fleshing out of V's history, his shockng discovery of his parentage; John's continuing story and the snippits of his potential and the one really big "thing" that came up at the end of the book - a stray sibling not before mentioned. That alone will bring me back to the sixth part - plus Phury needs me, just as much as I need him.

Read the books in order, don't start at this one and you will be hooked as much as me and the legions of others who totally adore Ms Ward and her fantastic imagination. I look forward to the next book and the next and the next. Ms Ward is a force to be reckoned with now and in the future.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Plot? Hmm...not so much. 5 Sep 2008
Although other readers of the Black Dagger Brotherhood may disagree - and even feel slightly offended, so I apologise in advance - these novels are really a bit of a guilty pleasure for me. I do love vampire novels, but I come very much from the Anne Rice school, and as a consequence I'm slightly conflicted about JR Ward, and never more so than with this, the fifth novel.

It's not difficult to summarise the plot, because it's effectively the same as all of the other books: vampire meets girl, circumstances are engineered in order for them to spend time together, a bond forms between them which the vampire resists due to his traumatic past, girl breaks down vampire's defences, fate intervenes to separate them, hand of God comes down and saves the day. Oh, and they get married.

It's not the formulaic nature of the story I have an issue with, however; nor is it the slightly clumsy writing. Firstly, I found it hard to care particularly about Vishous, which surprised me as I've always been fond of him - but, as another reviewer pointed out, there was little evidence of his "wicked smart" intelligence in this book. I also felt Jane was somewhat insipid, but the female characters always strike me as being rather weak - with the possible exceptions of Beth and Bella. Perhaps it's understandable that they should be overshadowed by the vampires, as it's clear that where the author's own heart lies (especially with Zsadist).

I didn't feel particularly that JR Ward bottled out of the BDSM element of the book - I didn't expect her to go very far with it, these being primarily romance novels - but what I did find INCREDIBLY frustrating was the intervention, again, of the Scribe Virgin.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Well worth a read
I've read all of the Black Dagger books and was gutted when I finished the last one. You can't help but fall in love with the characters. Read more
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