Series: Black Dagger Brotherhood #9
Published March 29th, 2011
Genre: Paranormal Romance, Urban Fantasy
Creature Feature: Vampires
I have just one word for you all; filler. Yes, this installment of the Black Dagger Brotherhood series, when boiled down to it, is not much more than a filler, albeit a fairly good one. Now usually, I give fillers at the most a 3 rating, if not less than that, but I feltLover Unleasheddeserved a 4 because of how important all its components are going to be in future releases. Lover Unleashedis the story of Vishous' vampyre twin Payne and her struggle with recent injuries sustained sparing with Wrath. Payne meets Manuel Manello, Jane's former surgeon associate, and they fall madly in love, blah, blah, blah. We've heard this before, J.R. Ward has created an repetitive, yet effective formula for this series. These two are supposed to be the main focus for this installment, yet they don't get a ton of screen time. Most of the book is taken up introducing new characters, new plot lines, and wrapping up some old plots we've been waiting to get closure on. Die hard fans will be satisfied and intrigued, but new fans of the series who have not followed up until now will be confused and likely bored. Highlights: Manny & Payne Manny & Butch Vishous & Butch wrap up Vishous & Jane drama Qhuinn, Blay, & Saxton continuing drama The Bastards are introduced. A new cop character. Overall I have to say I enjoyed the Bastards a lot and am excited to see where Ward takes them. Especially Xcor, who in my opinion seems like the secret softie. I recommend this book to fans. It was a great lead up to bigger and better things for the Brothers. I really don't recommend starting your Black Dagger Brotherhood experience with this book. Please start form the beginning and benefit from the full effect.