Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Lover Unleashed by J.R. Ward [Review]

 5 out of 5 Robots!
Title: Lover Unleashed
Series: Black Dagger Brotherhood, #9
Author: J.R. Ward
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Release: March 29, 2011
Hardcover: 512 pages
Publisher: NAL
ISBN-10: 0451233166
ISBN-13: 978-0451233165
My Copy: Publisher
Reviewer: Rex

My Review:
Lover Unleashed by J.R. Ward is just Dark. Wickedly Sexy. A roller coaster of emotionally shocking ups and downs for some of our favorite characters. This is the ninth installment in J.R. Ward's fantastic dark fantasy series, The Black Dagger Brotherhood, and it can be read as a stand alone- though I would never recommend a reader skip the first eight brilliant novels. The novel shifts between so many intertwining stories. Vishous & Doc Jane. Xcor (New Character!!) Payne & Manny. Qhuinn. Jose.

I don't even know where to begin. The only reason Lover Unleashed is 4.5 instead of five robots is because I did have a slight problem with Payne and Manny. Their story was a little boring and full of the cheesy. Now, I know there is a good bit of the cheese in previous brotherhood novels, but there was something about Payne and Manny that stopped me from being totally enthralled with their story together. Maybe because everything about their relationship seemed too convenient? Either way, I still liked their story, chemistry and both are very likable.

Now, on to the important stuff. The real reason I loved this book so much. Vishous. Butch. Qhuinn. Blay. There is SO MUCH Vishous! I was so excited that he had such a large presence in this book. He evolves, has revelations. Makes Butch cry. That's right, the moment you've all been waiting for- Butch and V...  And Vishous isn't the only character with revelations. Qhuinn also does some soul searching in this book. I want to say so much about Vishous and the situation between Qhuinn and Blay, but I just don't want to spoil any little thing for anyone. If you want a spoiler, shoot me an e-mail.

I am not sure if many other readers will feel this way, but I loved the prologue. Don't skip it. Xcor and his band of bastards are introduced and for some reason I had a hard time not liking them. He has motives that are relatively evil, but something about him and his men keeps me intrigued. They don't actually interact directly with the brothers in this book, only Payne, but they will soon. I think they're going to take this series for an awesome new ride. Wonderful new characters with depth and  a horde of their own personal tragedies- and they weren't even front and center. These guys have great potential and I can't wait to see where the Warden takes them.

I am still giddy with excitement that I was able to read this story early, we had to wait way too long for it! And now the painful wait begins for book ten. Dark Fantasy and Paranormal Romance junkies, rejoice! J.R. Ward has knocked another one out of the park. If you have not yet read this series, jump on it- and for those that are already fans... You are going to love this one, though you may be a little frustrated with a couple characters leaving things unresolved ;) 
Books in this Series in order they should be read:
  1. Dark Lover
  2. Lover Eternal
  3. Lover Awakened
  4. Lover Revealed
  5. Lover Unbound
  6. Lover Enshrined
  7. Lover Avenged
  8. Lover Mine
  9. Lover Unleashed


  1. I really need to get caught up on this series. I am only on book 2 XD

  2. Someone else I know has this book and told me some of the deets. (sorry, channeling my Ward speech) and they said this book reminds them a bit of Phury's because the romance between Manny and Payne is somewhat meh.

    Also I heard a big rumor about the ending between Butch and Manny that if is true may put some readers into a tizzy because of what Ward said a few years ago regarding Butch and Manny and that she wouldn't go there between them. I heard that she has gone there, which if she has, may have to explain because she was so vocal about what she wouldn't do with these two characters. Sorry if I'm being vague, but I don't want to ruin anything.

    How was Qhuay? That's the reason I really want to rad.

  3. "Vishous. Butch. Qhuinn. Blay. There is SO MUCH Vishous!" YESSSSSS!!!

    I kind of had the feeling Payne/Manny wouldn't be my favorite couple, but the guys? Oh yeah!

  4. @Mariya - get caught up, girl! you're missing out!

    @KB/KT - The romance between Payne and Manny IS meh. I skimmed some of their parts to get back to V and Qhuinn and Xcor. I mean, come on, from the first page we all know what is going to happen between those two.

    About Butch & Manny. I am not going to say anything because it may be a spoiler... I didn't like it. I think it is too convenient. I mean *come on.* BUT it does work. I don't know what Ward said a few years ago, and I don't think it matters... it is her series, she can do what she wants with it. I'm just along for the ride.

    Qhuay was awesome, but also frustrating. >.< Haha.

    @Patti- I'm with you! This couple definitely IS NOT my favorite... but all the other chapters with the guys? LOVE IT.

  5. Thank you for sharing with us.. You lucky dog got to read it early..I can't wait for the 29th...


  6. Hi can you email me about the 3 Some and who it involves and what happens with Burch and he his daddy or brother...come on someone tell me before I have a heart attack....
    Susperia(at)hotmail( dot) com

  7. I so have this book per ordered. i cannot wait. Don't know how many times I've read all the books. Can you please sent me some spoilers.

  8. Thanks for reading the review, everyone! The book was amazing, I can't wait to see what you guys think of it :)

  9. oooh, I would a spoiler! I can't get enough of this series....

  10. Rex, you lucky dawg!!!

    I would SO love a spoiler, specifically about the threesome and how V pushes away Jane and Butch. I want to be surprised with Qhuay though!

    And do we see JM/Xhex at all? They're so my fave couple. :-)

  11. ME to I would love some spoilers...anything having to do with Qhinn and what is revolations are...anything with V, and know what, what ever you want to tell me will be greatly appreciated especially about the 3 some :)

    thanky you, maria

  12. First of all I congrat you for reading book so early. You are realy lucky girl. I did´t expect that I write at all, but my curiosity won, so here I am. I just wanna know (and nothing more) What become from Manny? Could you send answer to me, please? Thank you. e-mail:

  13. Great review! You are so lucky you got to read the book! I tried, but I can't resist spoilers! I would love to know what V did that made Butch cry, did something happen between them? Who had the 3some? Same as another poster said... anything you'd like to tell me, and they can be short and vague!!! My email is You are so awesome for doing this!

  14. Great review! I can't wait to read this book! Butch & Manny? I thought you were insinuating something happens between Butch & V? Now, I AM curious!!! Please tell me all that you know! I'm one of those that usually reads the last few pages before I start a book just so I don't go through the whole book wondering! lol! email me at ladytwothemax at wowway dot com. Thanks much!

  15. OMG, I feel like a little girl, jumping in my mind with excitement. Good to be reassured that I won't be disappointed. I'm looking forward to meet the new characters.

  16. Thanks for the wonderful review!! I so cannot wait to get my hands on this book!! Hurry up March 29th!!

    :) Kristin

  17. Can you email me and just tell me if Jane and V stat together? They are my fav couple and I am so freaked out something is going to happen to them. Please email me!!!!!:)



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