Black Dagger Brotherhood #9
Author: J.R. Ward
Source: Personal Purchase
Hardcover: 512 pages
Publisher: NAL Hardcover (March 29, 2011)
Payne, twin sister of Vishous, is cut from the same dark, warrior cloth as her brother: A fighter by nature, and a maverick when it comes to the traditional role of Chosen females, there is no place for her on the Far Side… and no role for her on the front lines of the war, either.
When she suffers a paralyzing injury, human surgeon Dr. Manuel Manello is called in to treat her as only he can- and he soon gets sucked into her dangerous, secret world. Although he never before believed in things that go bump in the night- like vampires- he finds himself more than willing to be seduced by the powerful female who marks both his body and his soul.
As the two find so much more than an erotic connection, the human and vampire worlds collide … just as a centuries old score catches up with Payne and puts both her love and her life in deadly jeopardy.
Attention BDB fans! Our addictive crack known as The Brotherhood books has finally arrived and has entered my system! After waiting not so patiently for this book, it finally arrived and all activity around my house ceased. There was no housework, no TV Shows, only small interactions online, no dishes and not even me paying attention to my family. If you have read this series you know there is no help for our addiction to these books and there is no point in trying to help us.
While I was excited to read about Payne and Manny, I found myself even more excited to read about Vishous. Oh V, I can never get enough of your terrible ways and attitude. They are just oh so sexy! I was heartbroken about what the author puts you through in this book, but at the same time I was overjoyed to read so much about you. Can we take a moment to enjoy the scene of V and his candle in the penthouse one more time? *sigh*
We also get some teasers for all of us who are rooting for “Team Qhuay”. Even though the author enjoys torturing us with this couple, I am not one who will turn down any type of scene that involves Qhuinn and Blay. I just wish the author would quit putting them through so much and give them their HEA. I still don’t know how Layla is going to play out with this, but if it is what I am thinking, I hope the author changes that–verily!
We only get to read about the other Brothers a few times and frankly, it wasn’t enough. Especially with the authors announcement on who will be featured in the next book. I expected some turmoil and angst to peak our curiosity for the next book, but alas there was none. I did however enjoy the small story of the new detective that is introduced to the mix and I am curious to see how that is going to play out in the future books.
I wasn’t a fan of the group of warriors led by Xcor. Yet, as I read more into the book I realized that it was something that was needed in this book to create more story arcs for following books in the series. I am curious to see how the Brothers are going to handle them. Sadly, or gleefully depending on your outlook, The Scribe Virgin was not present for any of the story in Lover Unleashed. I found that odd, especially since Payne was imprisoned by her and is V’s twin sister.
Overall, I loved the story thanks in part to V and Butch. You can never go wrong with those two. It wasn’t a favorite book in the series in my opinion, but not one of the worst. Now if the author will hurry and bring us HEA’s for Qhuinn and Blay, along with my favorite brother Tohr, I will be in Heaven titled BDB!