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Number-one New York Times best-selling author J.R. Ward's thrilling new novel in the Black Dagger Brotherhood series.

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?

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©2011 J. R. Ward (P)2011 Penguin Audio

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  • Jeannie
  • Steinhatchee, FL, United States
  • 04-03-11

The saga continues… and that’s a good thing, true.

In Lover Unleashed, you are allowed to contemplate a future that is as exciting as the past, if not more so. We’re given a gentle nudge that the BDB world is expanding and growing to a new and higher level.
The fantasy world is somehow richer. The love scenes are as hot and erotic as ever, while taking in more characters, deepening the storyline. You get the sense that this book is necessary.

It’s written in a mostly fluid motion that moves the story along in typical JR Ward style. I felt an occasional nip in the storyline, like my mind had to make a quick redirect to make it logical. Had it not been for those little “nips” I would have given it 5 stars.

If you’re considering this series, start at the beginning. If you are already into this genera, this series is a must read.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

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  • Netty
  • PITTSBURGH, PA, United States
  • 03-31-11

Unleased WHO!

Very disappointing, it's more of an extension of V and Jane story, with V having a mental breakdown, then you have the story of Pyane & V's half brother Score and his band of bastards and finally Quinn who is still pining for Blayah. The two main character of this book is in the BACKGROUND! Methinks me will be done with this series (that's part of the language in the book)

5 of 7 people found this review helpful

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  • Mary
  • West Roxbury, MA, United States
  • 03-30-11

Narrator makes these books great

Jim Frangione makes the Black Dagger Brotherhood come alive wonderfully. His voice makes the characters what they are meant to be, strong, sexy, cool. I just cant get enough. I hope there are many more to come and they must always be read by Jim Frangione. I tried reading one and it just wasn't the same. He should have narrated JR Wards other (much inferior) Fallen Angels series. Wish there were more series like this.... another good one is the Ghost Walker series, narrated by another great reader... Tom Stetschulte.

6 of 9 people found this review helpful

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  • Kok
  • Willcox, Arizona United States
  • 04-16-11

Sorry, this is my last Brotherhood book

I've read/listened to all of the Brotherhood books and after finishing this one I realized something. It is the same story with the names just moved around. Sorry, but I think J.R. is out of new ideas.

4 of 6 people found this review helpful

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  • R.
  • New Haven, CT, United States
  • 04-02-11

Definitely not a stand-alone, but great!

Ok, yeah, this book was kind of like "Lover Unbound Part 2", but it was still really good! Frankly, I was never satisfied that "Lover Unbound" was the end of V and Jane's story anyway, so I was glad to see it re-visited and resolved as a more convincing "happily ever after". As far as character development and melodramatic-yet-believable feelings go, this is one of the best books I've listened to in a very, very long while. There is also plenty about the main pairing in this book, Manny and Payne, as well, although I admit I wasn't quite as invested in them as in the characters I already knew. This series has been veering more towards urban fantasy and less towards one-off romance novels for a while, so I don't know why anyone is surprised that "Lover Unleashed" is like this too.

The only difference is that the plot devices that drive me crazy in this series were less prominent in this book - finally (FINALLY!) we didn't have to spend any time narrated from the POV of some deadly-boring Lesser in this one. And I can't stand the stilted, repetitive language that the non-modern-day characters use (seriously, does Ward know no other old-sounding words than "tarry"?), but in this one she's finally toned it down enough that I'm not ready to throw my iPod across the room. I guess I'll know that I'm done with this series if I'm ever emotionally uninvolved enough that there is no danger of me throwing my iPod across the room, but it hasn't happened yet.

4 of 6 people found this review helpful

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Can't get enough of BDB

She is a master story teller. I loved this book and can't wait for the next one.

4 of 6 people found this review helpful

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Disappointed, but have hope!

I'll be the first one in any literary conversation to praise JR Ward, but if we're being honest, this one just didn't do it for me. It seems as though Ms. Ward is getting tired of the BDB series, and is trying to cram all she can into the remaining installments to get it over with. So much was introduced and barely touched on, and the established storylines from before were almost completely ignored. Where is the developement on Qhuinn and Blay? So many of us were on the edge of our seats, just WAITING to hear about our boys, and were seriously left wanting, while on the other hand, the whole V/Jane situation was like beating a dead horse. Manny and Payne's bits were good, although coming in kind of secondary to everything else... I still adore Ms. Ward, but I'm hoping that this just happened to be the slow book in the series.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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JR Ward never lets me down!

I love all of the books written by JR Ward/Jessica Bird. She has such a unique style and it fits the blackdagger brotherhood perfectly! I always like Manny (introduced in Lover Unleashed) he is a tough no nonsense surgeon that knows his stuff. He is aggressive but in this book you get to see a lot of his tender side. Pain has lead a sad life and is struggling to find her place in the world she wants. Jane and Viscous struggle and it's hard to read about when you are so attached to their story, but all marriages have struggles and I'm glad JR Ward wrote it so well!

3 of 5 people found this review helpful

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"Thank u ma'am.. may I have another?!"

I wish there was a J.R. Ward AP on my I can reach in and pull another book out!!!

3 of 5 people found this review helpful

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It's more than a filler book.

I was a bit concerned when I started because a lot of reviewers said this book felt like a filler book. I disagree completely - it's as good as the rest of the series, as detailed and fulfilling as any of the others. Sure, there's focus on 3 main character's stories, rather than the one main character as in many of the other books, but all 3 of them are complete and detailed. And having the stories of V, Payne and Quinn moving forward is worth each of them not being front and center throughout the entire novel.

I didn't like V's story here - I don't really get it - but I can appreciate why it was part of the story. I like the Manny-Payne story, and how Quinn's future might have been foreshadowed a bit. And I like the tension around Score much better than the Lessers since he actually seems like a real threat.

Interestingly, at the end of this novel, there's a scene (regarding detective Veck) that belongs to the start of another of Ward's stories (Envy)... the BDB series is better, but this other series (Fallen Angels) is still better than most other entries in the paranormal romance genre so if you've run out of Ward to read, that's a decent selection.

In sum: this is as good as any of the other BDB books, with lots of sex and tension and "pop-humour"... and the narration is excellent.

4 of 7 people found this review helpful