If you can't handle brutality, male rape, forced bondage and discipline, as part of the story line than don't read J.R. Ward. If you enjoy intense urban fantasy then I recommended starting with the first book in the series and read in order.
When Vishous tells his story, and finds out some truths about who he really is. That some one can open his heart to feeling he never thought he could have.
I think Jim Frangione does a great job with narration of this series.
*SPOILER ALERT* When Jane dies.
I've read every book in this series more than once and have always enjoyed each one. If you enjoy enjoy intense, dark urban fantasy then you will enjoy this series.
Vishous and Jane's story. Our hard core Brother, son of the Bloodletter, finally finds what he has been unknowingly searching for. With Doc Jane he truly feels for the first time and can now release the pain he has been harboring inside. The stark and cold animosity he has toward his mother can finally be put to rest. This is s story of fierce loyalty, hard sacrifices and painful choices.
The way the layers of story just keeps unraveling. J.R, is an awesome writer she keeps the story moving and you never lose interest.
I can't compare it even though it is in a series each book is different.
I think is perfect for the series. I would love to have a female narrator do the female parts and Jim continue with the men.
I have recommended this book--this entire series--to several people. Lover Unbound marks a noticeable shift in the Black Dagger books--we start to see a diversification of plot-lines and focus in on more characters within each novel. I think this contributes to the depth of the storytelling, although it is true that this broader perspective does take some of the focus of the book away from V and Jane. There's is a complex relationship, since V has a lot of baggage and Jane is so locked into her own head that she's difficult to relate to. But one of the things that I love about J.R. Ward is that the story doesn't end when the novel does. She returns to this relationship in Lover Unleashed, and while I feel that Lover Unbound has a satisfactory ending, the fact that Ward revisits these characters and further develops them in a later book makes the close of this one seem more like a "to be continued" than a happy ending.
V's penthouse. If you're very vanilla you might not enjoy this book, but then again, if you're very vanilla you're probably not reading this series in the first place. Also, loved the scene with the demural--the interplay between V and Jane was very sweet. Then there's the end scene with the Scribe Virgin and the birds...
His pacing is excellent. He doesn't really differentiate voices in an obvious way, but somehow I never seem to have trouble knowing who's speaking--maybe it's just that Ward has given each character such a distinctive style. My one complaint about the narrator is that he sometimes really has trouble getting his tongue around some of Ward's heavy use of slang. Most of the time he's fine, but every once in a while he'll read something really awkwardly. But his voice is really deep and rich, which is exactly what I want in the narrator of a vampire novel.
It's a Black Dagger book! Each book in this series leaves you laughing, wiping away tears and counting down the days until the next one comes out!
If you are a J R Ward fan this is another excellent installment in the Brotherhood Series (Book 5). Ward's storyline is unique and fresh as always. Interesting plot developments that leave you wanting more, more, more!!! If you have not experienced J R Ward's vampire world I highly recommend each and every installment of this series. I really like the narrator even though there is not much difference between female and male voices...I hope he continues with the series...have purchased each and every title in series, all are amazing, well worth the credit.
Classic Ward novel. I enjoyed learning about the tattoos and other things about V. I thought the ending sucked though. A ghost? Come on....
I've already read the entire BDB series and decided to reread it with the audiobooks. The narrator did a great job, the only thing, and it is not his fault is that some words are pronounced wrong. He was pronouncing them the exact way I did in my head when I first read the series. I didn't know it was different until I started going to J.R. Ward's yearly Q&A. Primale is pronounced pra-mal-lee. Xhex is just hex. Shallan is also not pronounced that way either, but I can't remember how it is pronounced.
I did love the audio version of the story and can't wait to continue.
I had a hard time buying some of this one. Vishous is quite a cold hearted vampire. His history was a rough one, and I did enjoy seeing how it shaped him and his personality. A lot more about him made sense after reading this book. I felt a little sorry for him to be honest. Although I still don't quite understand how this odd relationship with Butch fits into the whole thing.
Vishous is feeling a little sorry for himself now that his bromance has found a mate of his own. He puts himself at risk needlessly and ends up in a human hospital - this is one of the worst things that can happen. Human doctors can quickly see the difference between vampire and human anatomy (and I found some of the differences to be fascinating).
Enter Dr. Jane Whitcomb. We get a ton of history about her - some of it was a bit confusing. I kept waiting for her sister to pop up again in the story and she never did. Maybe she does later? There were some pretty heavy hints dropped that I kept waiting for her to appear.
Jane quickly realizes Vishous is different than any patient she's ever seen before. And when she's kidnapped to keep watch over her patient after he's rescued the "I love her - but she's human - but I love her - but she's human" begins and never seems to end.
Well, eventually it does, and I think JR Ward wrote herself into a corner again. There are a few times now that she's really broken the rules of her own world again. I think this was my biggest pet peeve of the series so far. She finds a way to sort of make it work, but it's not quite within the rules either.
There are some pretty big reveals about some of the brotherhood, which I like. And I enjoy seeing all them in each story. Revisiting past favorites is always fun - but I wish the women had a stronger appearance as well.