Lover Unleashed (Black Dagger Brotherhood, #9)
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Lover Unleashed (Black Dagger Brotherhood #9)

4.27 of 5 stars 4.27  ·  rating details  ·  49,812 ratings  ·  3,071 reviews
Few authors give readers such a “powerful rush”* as #1 New York Times bestselling author J.R. Ward does in her phenomenal books of the Black Dagger Brotherhood. Now she returns to that fiercely intoxicating world in a new novel of a woman’s journey from terrifying enslavement to an erotic rapture that proves equally dangerous…

Payne, twin sister of Vishous, is cut from the...more
Hardcover, 489 pages
Published March 29th 2011 by NAL Hardcover
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Mel
Apr 14, 2011 Mel rated it 2 of 5 stars
Shelves: 2011, e-book
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UniquelyMoi ... So I Can Shine...

This book is just all kinds of amazing!

**Fear thee not, spoilers are hidden**

There are so many things to love about Lover Unleashed, the 9th installment of the Black Dagger Brotherhood series. I’ve come to expect truly great stories with complex characters and lots of emotion, and this book didn’t disappoint. In fact, it ranks right up there with my favorite book in the series, Lover Awakened.

What makes this so amazing, you ask? Well, important things were resolved, new things were revealed and...more
Blacky *Romance Addict*


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"You're the one who's Payne's."
No hesitation on that. No hesitation on his reply either: "Yeah. I am."



This was such a romantic book, I must say I loved Manny and Payne's story <3
What made it even better was a side-story concerning Vishous! Fantastic :))
The new bad guys are irritating as hell and I had the same urge to skip them as I do the lessers :(
But overall, I loved this one <3




The story


This one picks up right after Lover Mine.
Payne is at the Brotherhood compound, injured and frust...more
Annie (Under the Covers Book Blog)
Reading about the Black Dagger Brotherhood is like catching up with old friends. I can’t express how much I love this entire series! It’s #1 in my eyes and will forever stay that way!

Lover Unleashed is Payne and Manny’s book and although I would have liked to see more romance between the two, I found that I really enjoyed both of them! Manny wasn’t exactly my favourite character in Lover Unbound only because he was competition for V, but I found myself falling for the hot doctor. He had big sh...more
Katie(babs)
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Shawna
Apr 20, 2011 Shawna rated it 5 of 5 stars Recommends it for: Fans of BDB series, PNR, & UF
Shelves: favorite-romance-series, jr-ward-jessica-bird, pnr-vampires, series-black-dagger-brotherhood, hh-warrior, doctor-or-nurse-in-the-house-shrink, brothers-sisters-cousins-family, animals-matter, heroine-naïve-virgin-like-a-virgin, heroine-kickass-spirited-strong, hero-stud-mantel-hall-of-fame, hero-stalk-me-baby-possessive, angsty-dark-heavy-lotsa-drama, hero-or-heroine-italian, hero-alpha‎, hero-abused-scarred-tortured-angst, hero-walking-hardon, heroine-abused-traumatic-past-rape, married-couples-married-convenience, psychic-special-abilities-powers, sizable-packages, tattoos-piercings-body-art, star-crossed-lovers, bdsm-kink, badasses-hunks-in-leather, hh-limp-paraplegic-wheelchair, hh-disfigured-injured-scarred-ill, 2011-reads, assassin-hitman, best-faves-of-2011, best-top-favorites, favorite-romance-couple-hh-pairings, favorites, hero-bad-boy-playboy, hero-brooding, hero-expert-skilled-voracious-lover, hero-i-wanna-marry, hero-im-gaga-over, hero-or-heroine-illegitimate, heroine-beautiful-bombshell, heroine-i-adore, heroine-tomboy-lady-in-pants, hh-aristocracy-nobility-royalty, hh-sweet-nice-paired-vs-gruff-cynic, i-read-library, made-me-cry, steam-3-hot, satisfying-secondary-romance, 5-stars-or-higher, menage-multiple-partners-polyamory, hero-attractive-handsome-heartthrob, hero-cold-cruelbrute-dark-dangerous, hero-dom, heroine-badgirl-improper-scandalous, steam-4-smokin, hero-too-yummy-perfect-to-be-true, hero-besotted-so-smitten-its-sexy, controversial-memorable-event-scene, ending-abrupt-poor-epilogue-needed, best-secondary-characters-ensemble, best-friendships, hero-hot-car-sexy-costly-ride, hero-sharp-dressed-man
WOW! Lover Unleashed is a fantastic installment to the Black Dagger Brotherhood, and I especially loved the romance this time!

Here’s a checklist rundown of some of my favorite highpoints:

*More romance between main H/H? – Check!
Manny and Payne were amazing characters, and I absolutely loved, loved, luvvved them together! They were such a sweet, sexy couple with a strong emotional connection and explosive chemistry. In fact, their sensual, evocative romance was possibly my favorite since Lover E
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Mandi Schreiner
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Buggy
Opening Line: "Xcor saw his father killed when he was but five years past his transition."
**Spoiler Free**
Ah yes, how sweet it is to be back with the Black Dagger Brotherhood. It was with some anticipation (understatement) that I cracked open the 489 pages I’d waited almost a year on, and it was with baited breathe that I began. Wondering exactly what direction JR Ward was going to take this 9th instalment in? Well I can tell you that with this one she does not disappoint, giving us fans exactly...more
Lisa Jayne
FIVE UNLEASHED STARS.

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What a opening even the prologue sets the scene for an intriguing and exciting story. The series has been gold standard, every story, every character, every piece and part of the journey is astounding. Another five star instalment to add to the growing pile. I'm not sure how she does it but this talented author has delivered once again and now I'm at book nine of the series, I'm flabbergasted that I'm still entertained at five star standard.

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So, what's it all about?
'Lover Unl...more
DarienMoya
^^WHAT AN UNLEASHING IT WAS!^^

*Hardly any spoilers, but damn most of you read it anyways*

Another BDB book has come and gone, and what a book it was. I will say honestly, I was not in love with this book. Totally boning for the characters, but not all weak in the knees for the story. I always love to be reacquainted with the men of the brotherhood, but it seems there is an added brother I did not know about (will discuss later). I will have to break this one down cus there is just so much to fre...more
 Danielle The Book Huntress (Angels Weep For Goodreads)
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Auntee
Apr 03, 2011 Auntee rated it 5 of 5 stars Recommends it for: Fans of the series
Loved it. Luuvvvved it. Not a whole heck of a lot going on in this one (in terms of action/fighting the Lessers), but I loved it anyway. I just loved the romance in this one...

Lover Unleashed is mainly the vampire Payne (twin sister of Vishous) and (the human) Dr. Manuel Manello's story, and their relationship is hot with a capital H! Oh my, the 45-year-old Manny is in a constant state of arousal in this one whenever he's near Payne.:) He meets her when he's brought in by Doc Jane to operate on...more
Kasey
Oh, my.

What to say?

Ummm...in all honesty? It tanked for me.

I found the storyline weak and Payne, who should've been a kick-ass heroine (ala Xhex, perhaps, but sexier?) was everything BUT. I also found Manny's and (LORD-PLEASE-FORGIVE-ME-FOR-TYPING-THIS) Vishous' story lines to be too neatly wrapped up and tied off with a pretty bow. Furthermore, Qhuinn's premonition? Uh, perhaps I don't recall, but I thought that the only one who could see into the future was V. That felt kind of like it came o...more
Sophia (FV)
Originally posted at Fiction Vixen.

Each time a new release for the Black Dagger Brotherhood series is on the horizon I find myself becoming more and more excited as each day passes to the countdown to the big day. Time and time again J.R. Ward has wow’d me with this series of books with only the occasional disappointment. While I’m not completely disappointed in Lover Unleashed it was not all that I’d hoped it would be.

The romance between Payne and Manny–while semi-sweet– basically fell flat. Th...more
Pamela / SpazP
Originally posted at WickedLilPixie Reviews

Spaz and WLP DISCUSS:
Shall we discuss? First, if you haven’t read the book: STEP AWAY FROM THE BLOG NOW. Go, RUN ALONG. I don’t want to spoil it for anyone, so CLOSE THIS NOW!

My Rating:

3.5

Okay. Complaints first.

I swear to god if I read the word Verily ONE MORE TIME, I was gonna shank a bitch. Geezus, you can say fuck but somehow you still manage to throw in verily? DURING SEX AHHHH.

Spaz: I would like to see Wrath pass a new law, effective immediately: T...more
UKSandy
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Christy
5 Stars!!!!! (Duh! like I could give it any less!)

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I will join the club and say that I am completely OBSESSED with these books and all things BDB! If you haven’t read this series, seriously, get to it!

On to the review!!!

This is Manny and Payne’s story. We met Manny several books ago. He is the chief of surgery and friends with Jane. Then there is Payne. Payne is Vishous’ long lost twin sister he never knew about. An unlikely pair, but they work nonetheless.

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When we last saw Payne in book #8, s...more
Anna
Jul 13, 2013 Anna rated it 4 of 5 stars Recommends it for: Paranormal romance lovers
4 stars !! Ouch it really "Paynes" me to only give this 4 stars ...

Payne


The female is mine, he thought.
And even though that made no sense at all, the conviction was so strong, he couldn't question it.
" Are you the healer?" She said in a low voice that stopped his heart. " Are you .... Here for me?"
" Yeah I am. I'm here for you."


Reintroducing Dr. Manny Manello


“You are perfect for a female."
"Not where I come from."
"Then they're using the wrong standard.”



“Why ever are you here?“ she whispered,...more
Jen (Red Hot Books)
I feel like I've been waiting ages for this latest installment and now that I'm finished reading it, I feel... dissatisfied. It wasn't bad. It felt like it was a transition book. Like JR Ward ran out of stories linked to our core cast of characters and is setting up the characters for the next cluster of books.

Obviously, we've run out of Brothers, so we need new warriors. Enter Xcor and his five "bastards." They're hardcore killers, who fight dirty. They kill Lessers and live in the old-ways. H...more
katerina
The ninth book in the Black Dagger Brotherhood series, titled Lover Unleashed, is about Payne, blooded daughter of the Bloodletter, and Manuel Manello, MD.

Payne has just been revealed to everyone as V’s sister and you might remember Manello as Jane’s boss at the human hospital, who V thought the word ‘Brother’ about. (Bear in mind that it was a single-word sentence, so it could be either Brother as in a warrior in the Brotherhood or brother as in family, so yes, it does make a difference.) man i...more
Lora
May 21, 2011 Lora rated it 3 of 5 stars Recommends it for: fans of the BDB series; Vishous lovers
This one is very hard for me to rate and review. I absolutely love this series to pieces; however, for me, Lover Unleashed was tantamount to Lover Enshrined: way too many side stories, therefore way too many interruptions in the main storyline.
Basically, in my opinion, Lover Unleashed is a complete 180 from the previous installment, Lover Mine. Before Lover Mine, there was a lot of build up in past installments as well as character development for John and Xhex's story. But with Lover Unleashed,...more
Celeste
*** Spoilers ***

When I originally heard on JR Ward’s message board and last year’s signing for Crave, that she intended to redeem V and Jane’s relationship through telling Payne and Manny’s story in Lover Unleashed, I became more anxious than typical for its release. If I recall correctly, I understood from comments written and/or stated by JR that she wanted to correct how she left Lover Unbound where V felt more for Butch than Jane, hence why people didn’t have closure on the V/Butch scenario....more
Suzanne the Mighty (Under the Covers Book blog)
Where to start, where to start! I normally do a synopsis here, but if you have got this far into the series then I seriously doubt you need one! Buuuuuuuuut I can't help myself so here is a little one: Payne gets hurt, Jane gets Manny to help, Manny falls for Payne, Payne falls for Manny, mean while Jane and V have a lovers tiff, renegade vampires show up. Hmmm a bit too simplistic but you probably know what has happened anyways.

As always I LOVED this book, and it only took me to the end of the...more
Heather C
Whose story was this?!

What I Liked:

Manny and Payne. They were such a sweet couple; it's a shame they were cheated out of their own novel. I really loved Payne! I loved the way she spoke and how territorial she was of Manny. A few people told me how disappointed they were that she was such a weak female. But I didn't see it like that at all. She was pretty kick-ass every time she really needed to be. I always liked Manny and he didn't disappoint me either.

Qhuinn. I was actually hating him in the...more
Michelle, the Bookshelf Stalker
Yes, only 3 stars even though I loved the book. Why? Because it is really only a filler book. The book is designed to introduce new characters, set up potential future relationships, and to introduce the action that will come in later books.

The book is very mellow action-wise. It is wonderful character-wise. I really fell in love (again) with Butch. I thought Payne was wonderful. I won't even begin on my lustfest for Qhuinn and Blay. V and Jane played major roles in this book and it was well, e...more
Jason Huffman-black
I miss the bad ass brothers, you know? Not Z walking around with a baby on his hip or V and Jane having marriage problems. meh...
Jen
Mar 30, 2011 Jen rated it 3 of 5 stars
Shelves: bdb
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Emma Sea
Lover Unleashed is Lost. What I really want to know is what does Ben mean by "a magic box", but instead I have to sit through Nikki and Paulo retrieving smuggled diamonds. And man, Blay deserves better than Qhuinn anyway. Someone who's not afraid to admit what he wants: a man vampire who shows his love. Qhuinn schuimm.

Why do I have to sit through nine volumes of het sex with (view spoiler) but get to the m/m s...more
Leigh
Oh, it was so good to be back in the BDB world with a new story, and I just loved every single minute of it! Oh, Caldwell...how I missed you...

Manny and Payne's story was excellent, in true Ward fashion. Manny came across as a really strong, alpha male in V's book, but it was just a small glimpse of his character, and whooooaaaa-ho-hooooooooo, did I just end up loving every single aspect of this amazing doctor as portrayed in Lover Unleashed!! He came through even when taken aback and feeling so...more
Julie (Mom2lnb)
Apr 20, 2011 Julie (Mom2lnb) rated it 4 of 5 stars Recommends it for: Fans of PNR Romance, The BDB, J.R. Ward
Reviewed for THC Reviews
When J. R. Ward first began the Black Dagger Brotherhood series, she had planned for a ten book story arc. Now that the series has gained a huge fan following which only seems to grow larger every day, Ms. Ward has made a commitment to take the Brothers' story beyond her original outline. With this in mind and considering that Lover Unleashed is book #9 of the series, it was not too surprising that it has become something of another transition book with several new charac...more
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“One more thing."
"What."
"I think we're dating now." As V barked out a laugh, the cop shrugged. "Come on....I got you naked. You wore a damn corset. And don't get me started about the sponge bath afterward."
"Fucker."
"To the end.”
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