14 January 2010

Review: J.R. Ward - Lover Unbound

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Mass Market Paperback: 528 pages
Publisher: Signet (September 25, 2007)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0451222350
ISBN-13: 978-0451222350

Genre: Paranormal Romance / Urban Fantasy
Main Characters: Vishous and Dr. Jane Whitcomb
Book Origin: Personal Library

Cover Summary:
In the shadows of the night in Caldwell, New York, there’s a deadly war raging between vampires and their slayers. And there exists a secret band of brothers like no other—six vampire warriors, defenders of their race. Now, the cold heart of a cunning predator will be warmed against its will…

Ruthless and brilliant, Vishous son of the Bloodletter possesses a destructive curse and a frightening ability to see the future. As a pretrans growing up in his father's war camp, he was tormented and abused. As a member of the Brotherhood, he has no interest in love or emotion, only the battle with the Lessening Society. But when a mortal injury puts him in the care of a human surgeon, Dr. Jane Whitcomb compels him to reveal his inner pain and taste true pleasure for the first time- until a destiny he didn't choose takes him into a future that cannot include her.

There are 500 pages of Vishous story and I didn’t really get what I needed from this paranormal romance novel. In the previous novels Vishous is portrayed as a smart ass, strong, bold and sure as hell of himself Brother but I couldn’t find this all back when he finally takes center stage. His story starts with a shocker in his lineage department which immediately grabbed my attention and I snuggled on the couch for prime brotherhood reading time .

V has his destiny revealed and he’s not in any way warming up to it. Still dealing with this he gets shot by a lesser and ending up in a human hospital finding a woman that makes him instantly growl: Mine. As Butch and Phury rescue him he demands that Dr. Jane is taken with him and arriving at his penthouse V doesn’t really understand himself but is accepting the emotions he’s feeling. V and Jane are discovering each other as Phury finds a darker side and John Matthew’s journey continues. Still destiny will not be so easily discarded and for every joy there will a price of pain. Will V take control of his destiny or will he submit?

As I close this book I felt like I was blown away by a hurricane of chaotic storylines, though the novel is starting strong I couldn’t relate to the romance of V and Jane. It was like they weren’t given enough time and space to tell their story as strong, almost overbearing sub plotlines take away your attention and this left me detached. V and his preferences in the passion department was something that could have been more developed as this is such a defining part of his character. It is briefly mentioned in a scene with a female but as things got interesting J. R. Ward seems to back out on it. I feel that the emotional turmoil of V would’ve been better served if the domination was more developed and this would come in to conflict with his feelings for Jane. I felt disconnected with their love, their journey and this frustrated me for I know J.R. Ward can deliver.

Instead what captured my attention was John Matthew and his pre-trans adventures, emotions and his interaction with Blaylock and Qhuinn. Also Phury whom got more interesting with every page and at the end of the story I felt that he was taking it over, dominating the story as you will. The Scribe Virgin made me feel a moment or two relating to her but most of the time I was riding on a do-not-like-her wave. Though J.R. Ward knows how to create a spectacular romance story that keeps me anchored while a lot is going on around the main couple, this is not happening in Lover Unbound. This is what I just missed the most and can’t help that this feeling over rides the better parts.

I enjoyed the interaction between V and Butch, giving some form of closure to their unfinished business, but I missed the whole prophecy direction which was such an interesting ending in Lover Revealed. Though the story bears enough quality storytelling for me to keep flipping the pages it is more likely that the story of Vishous will either work for you or won’t. For me it clearly didn’t with certain things I just missed and the ending was like a cold shower, others maybe see it as bold or daring as love will always find a way, I think it is an unreal ending and making me feel V deserves something more and better. Overall I enjoyed the story but not so much for the love quest of V and Jane but more for the sub plotlines, interaction between the warriors and world building and I, in any case, don’t want the secondary cast of characters to outshine the main hero and heroine.

This is definitely something different from J.R. Ward’s Black Dagger Brotherhood!

3 stars

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  1. I was not too happy about this one, had expected more. Oh and those gagballs were just blah.
    And the end sucked.

    But good you liked it

  2. I love V, and I don't think this book did his story justice. At all. He deserved a whole lot of healing after the hell he went through, and I don't think he got it. I was seriously bummed out when I finished reading this one. (And then even more bummed out after Phury's debacle). Thank god Rhev's book bounced back.

    Nice review! :)

  3. Although V was my favorite character, I was left very disappointed with his story. Great review, Leontine.

  4. Ward lost me with this book - The build up on Vishous was so much, so well done and having that delicious tension with Butch on the side line and then to get a ghost...

    Totally not nice...

    And the funny thing was - I liked Jane, with the departure of Wellsie, I thought yup another tell it as it is sort of character..

    Ward lost me.... she really did..


  5. Great review, I pretty much felt the same way. The ending on this one was a very big let down for me.

  6. Hi there! Thought I'd pop by again! :) I havent read this series, sounds like those of you who have read it all have similar feelings about this story. Don't think I'll be picking it up.

    Thanks for sharing,


  7. This is one of my least favorites of the BDB books.I expected a lot more for V's story.
    It goes downhill after book 4

  8. I'm obviously in the minority because LU is one my absolute fave novels in the BDB series. I loved V's and Jane's love story and theirs is one of the best, imo, next to Z's.

    It seems that for many, there's a love/hate feeling for LU. I defended it at no end when I hosted my BDB week so I think I've over said my peace on the matter.

    In any event, I'm sorry you were disappointed by this one, Leontine.

    :) VFG

  9. @Blodeuedd - I liked many of the sub plotlines but the actual romance was far from enjoyable IMO. The ending just made me cringe in dissapointment :S

    @Penelope - I echo your sentiment, V and Phury's book were dissapointments and I felt the spark with Rehvenge and Ehlena's story.

    @Barbara - I have love for V's character too and I reallu was intrigued by his backstory, just his love with Jane. Owh man, I can still him going all sunshine happy to Jane with a bouquet of flowers, all happy, sappy in love *shudder* V made a 180 I didn't expect :(

  10. @EH - Jane was nice but IMO not a match for V, I wouldn't have minded him hooking up with V...now that would have rocked my world and Ward would've pushed new boundaries ;)

    @Donna - Yeah, the ending made me rant at the ROOB posse what the hell had happened there!

    @Sassy Brit - The first few were my special K stories and have re=read them a handful of times now. The vibe changes mid-series and I had a really hard time ajusting to it. Romance was no longer the core of the story, more an after thought :(

    @Elaing8 - Though I love her world, her characters and plot I will always miss the romance like she did in those first stories.

    @VFG - I'm really hoping that Lover Mine will deliver some of the old "good stuff" again and while V didn't deliver for me I'm so glad it did for you! I must seek out your review of V and see what makes it so uber good IYO :)


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