Wednesday, March 14, 2012
Review: "Lover Unleashed" by J.R. Ward
From Goodreads: 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.
My Thoughts: I can't get enough of this series. I wasn't super excited to read Lover Unleashed simply because I didn't love Manny Manello as a character in Vishous' book. I wound up being pleasantly surprised and really came to like him and Payne. What was interesting about this book is that I found it was almost more about Vishous and his issues than it was about Payne. At times, her issues kind of got pushed to the side and Vishous, Jane and Butch took center stage. The Xcor side story was weird and kind of wrapped up a little to neatly for my taste and I started to get really annoyed with Qhuinn and his whining. I know I am in the minority here but the Qhuinn/Blay thing is really starting to get on my nerves. If one isn't moping around, the other one is and I just want something to either happen or not have to hear about them anymore. Overall, this was a good addition to the series though I did feel like I was left with some lingering questions. There was a big 'what the what?!' moment but no real resolution came of it. Despite all of this, I am still super stoked to read Tohr's book in a few weeks! 3 stars.