To be honest, I didn’t expect much from Lover Enshrined, mainly because Phury left no impression on me. He was interesting only because he took care o To be honest, I didn’t expect much from Lover Enshrined, mainly because Phury left no impression on me. He was interesting only because he took care of Z and that was about it. I never fell for him like I did for other Brothers.
After reading his book, it’s pretty much the same – can’t say why, but he just doesn’t do it for me. I like him more now because of what he did for Chosen, but other than that, I’m just not feeling him. Maybe it has something to do with his addiction (I don’t find that attractive at all), and the fact that I just can’t picture his multi-colored hair. With other Brothers, I have a strong, clear image of how they look in my head, but with Phury that image changes with every new description of his looks, so he is kind of abstract to me.
In my opinion, Cormia was the better half of this romance. It was very sweet to see her learn stuff about world of vampires in Caldwell that was completely new for her. I think she handled all that Phury/Bella issue really well and she has my respect for that. I also admire her for being strong and not giving up on Phury. It took a lot of patience to break through his walls and help him send the wizard to hell. I’m really happy for her because she deserved to get what she wanted. Phury should really keep it together for her from now on!
Their romance was nice and all, but comparing to other books, it lacked the usual hotness and deep connection. Cormia was OK, but Phury was tortured too much, then suddenly in love too much, then determined too much… I am not making any sense right now, so I’ll just say it could have been better.
What ‘’saved’’ this book and earned it 4 stars from me were other storylines and characters.
Layla surprised me. I never really liked her before, but she showed her funny side at the end, so now I can see some potential for her to be more likeable.
And Payne… That ‘’fuck you’’ was epic!!! I just know I’ll enjoy her story when I come to it.
Rehv is great in this one. Such an edgy, yet so exciting character! I don’t support his dealer business and never will, but nonetheless he is very, very interesting. That scene with the Princess was torture to read, so now I am really looking forward to see him get out of it all and find some peace for himself. Go Rehv!
Changes in the lesser world are refreshing. They are worse than ever before, but it is nice to not have Mr. X or Mr. D or Mr. whoever POV chapters. Lash does just fine in making them evil and he is a better villain than Omega himself. (I really hope John Matthew will be the end of Lash someday.)
And <3 Qhuinn and Blay <3 WoW!
They are the best friends anyone can have! Love them together and love their friendship with John Matthew. I wanted to cry when… well, when Qhuinn did what he did for John Matthew. He is so loyal and brave and sexy and, and… Oh, I have no words!
(Wrath also did his part in that mess, so yay for him too.)
Blay is such a sweetie. I love his honesty and the way he approached that awkward situation with Qhuinn. I can’t wait to see their relationship develop into something more solid on the romantic side.
And now… the best part. OMG John Matthew!
I could talk about him for days and never get bored. He is one of my favorite characters, not only in BDB series, but ever. I love that guy more and more with every book!
That last scene with Xhex was sexy beyond reason! Hot, hot hotttttt! Love him, love her and adore them together.
Last night was ''just one more chapter'' night for me. Of course, that means I devoured second half of Lover Unbound, unable to put it down. Yes, I wa Last night was ''just one more chapter'' night for me. Of course, that means I devoured second half of Lover Unbound, unable to put it down. Yes, I was late for work this morning, but it was worth it. I regret nothing ;)
Fifth book in BDB series surprised me more than once. First thing that got my eyes pop out was the role of Scribe Virgin. Thinking about it now, there is logic behind all that, but when I first found out who she really was, it caused me a serious case of bug eyes. She is still one very complex character and it's hard to just like or dislike her because she allways floats somewhere in between, but she is also very interesting and I like reading about her, regardless of my mixed feelings about her.
Another surprise was V, or to be more accurate – his past. It was so painful to read, poor V :( After Z, I did not expect other Brothers to have such a violent, brutal past/chilhood, so V's memories were even more disturbing because I did not see them coming. I felt for him so much and love him even more now.
Of course, the biggest surprise of all was the ending. I was warned about it by one of my GR friends, and still I was… WHAAAAAAAAAAAAA… NOONONOOONO… :( :( COME ON, COME ON… PLEASE… UH-HUH…
Yup, the ending shocked the hell out of me! Now I see the logic in it and understand it was actually the best option, given the circumstances. I like it. J. R. Ward made a risky move there and I think it payed off. Unexpected twist and shock with ending I (kinda) wanted is just fine by me (now that my heart beat is back to normal).
Some things I did not like so much. Introduction to next book, for example. It was too long and both Phury and Cormia got more chapters than I cared about. I really, really like them (especially Cormia), but some things between them happened too soon and I think they belong in book 6. Lover Unbound is about V and Jane and of course a lot of other characters, but there was just a little bit too much of Phury and Cormia. One more thing that felt wrong for me was the ''Mine'' part of the story. I know all BDB books are pretty much insta-love kind of books, but with V it was waaay too soon. I mean, his story with Butch was driving him crazy at one moment, and in the next he was all about Jane being his. I'm not saying it was wrong, it was just a little bit rushed for my taste. There was no future for V and Butch anyway, but still – V was too much in love with him to let it go just like that. That said, it was nice to see the two of them talk and even joke about V's feelings. I just can't get over how great they are together! <3 B and V<3
The bonding part was rushed. V was injured and he hardly had a chance to meet Jane, and before you know it, he was all ''Mine! Mine!''. It was hot in previous books, but it just didn't sit well with me in this one. Apart from that, I loved V and Jane together. At first I was not really impressed by her, but as she spoke more and more, she got under my skin. I just love strong, smart, witty women like her. I thought she was the perfect match for V and after I got over that insta-love thing, I enjoyed them together. Him being so smart (and reading books <3) was a huge turn on, and as she showed her personality more, I fell for them together.
Smart, sexy man + smart, sexy woman = smokin' hot couple!!! I read about the sink scene in another review and all I can say is – OMG that was HAWT!!! Now I know what exactly I was looking forward to and it was yummy. Amazing!
One big plus to Lover Unbound were chapters with John Matthew. He was present in previous books and I was happy to see that this one was no exception. I got used to him and I love him more and more. I can't wait to get my hands on his book!
BDB series is good stuff, love it more with every book. 4 stars for this one.
Just what I was looking for - dark, twisted,intense story with broken characters, dangerous situations and story so intense it was impossible to put d Just what I was looking for - dark, twisted,intense story with broken characters, dangerous situations and story so intense it was impossible to put down. Now this is exactly what I expected -and never got- from Fifty Shades of Grey. Fortunately, this book delivered everything FSoG failed to.
Captive in the Dark made me question my sanity and I loved it for that. I shouldn't feel so attached to Kitten and I shouldn't enjoy reading about all the things Caleb did to her in that dark room. It was wrong. Everything he did was so wrong. What she felt, what she feels for him is wrong. My mind keeps telling me that. BUT...
I fu..ing loved it!!!
Every word of it, every twisted scene and every dark emotion. It made me feel crazy, scared, conflicted and hot and I want more. Can't wait to see what's next for Caleb and Kitten. I only hope next book will be as good as this one was....more
AMAZING!!! I loved every single page of ''Killing Sarai'' and I just couldn't stop reading from first to last page. My eyes hurt like hell now, but I AMAZING!!! I loved every single page of ''Killing Sarai'' and I just couldn't stop reading from first to last page. My eyes hurt like hell now, but I have no regrets. There are so many reasons to love this book, and these are just some of mine:
Female MC - Sarai - is great. She is smart, strong, beautiful and damaged (which makes her so much more interesting) and she is easy to like. Her life was taken away from her when she was only fourteen and she still found the strength to escape and fight for herself nine years after that. She took her chance and instead of being desperate and scared, she was brave and determined. I wanted her to succeed so much!!! She did not annoy me at all, not even once, and this is so rare for me with female characters. I rooted for her from the start and it was really easy to understand her and her actions. She made some strange choices, but with her past in mind, I think it was expected and natural for her and it's not hard to understand that. The path she decided to take after everything surprised me, but it also made me want to read more about her. And the way she pulled off the whole Isabel thing… incredible! I just can't help but love a book with female character as strong as Sarai.
Victor… oh, Victor! Sexy and dangerous, a killer with discipline to stay calm even in the most threathening situations. He is what he is and what I loved about him is that he never tried to excuse himself for anything. He is a killer, he knows it and he makes sure everyone else knows it, including Sarai. His story is very complicated and even disturbing, but he is honest about it, he doesn't even try to make himself look better by explaining everything in big words. He stayes true to himself in every situation and I really, really respect him for that. Sure, he broke some rules for Sarai, but that made him even hotter (and this story so much more interesting).
The action was incredible – fast and dangerous, with lots of twists. Guns, rifles, ropes, drugs, trafficking, dead bodies, killer missions… WOW! I couldn't stop reading. This is definitely not one of those books where you just wait for things to heat up between female and male protagonists. Sexy/romantic parts were great, but everything else was even more interesting. I enjoyed reading every single sentence, every part of it. First half of the book kept me glued to my seat and at that point Victor barely spoke to Sarai. That's what makes this book so great – it is not only about Sarai/Victor relationship, but about surviving, fighting, failing, winning, not loosing sanity in the most difficult and crazy situations, doing what needs to be done and dealing with consenquences… Again, WOW!!!
The relationship part was just one more plus to everything else. It felt real. They did not rush into it like some horny teenagers, but things between them developed naturally. I liked how Victor knew what Sarai needs even better than she did. Considering her past with Javier and what he did to her, it was natural for her to act the way she did. Victor understood that and he did the best thing – he never judged her and never tried to play with her. A killer - yes - but a killer with unexspected depth and just the perfect man for her. I just loved them together and it was fun to watch them fall for each other. Their relationship is one between two damaged, dark but strong people and it was realistic and delicious.
Sex was hot. Not too many details, but just enough – ''…it feels like a hundred drunk butterflies are having an orgy in my stomach…'', Sarai would say :D
I loved how the whole story developed near the end. At first, they were running and trying to survive, but later on... what happened in LA changed everything. I can't say more without spoiling it, but that part took their story to another lever. I enjoyed that very much.
I also loved the ending. It left me screaming for more and now I can't wait to see what happens next, but I still loved the way it ended. It felt honest and real, just like this whole book. It has unusual characters and unusual story, but somehow it still felt real. Maybe that's because there were no big ''miracle moments'' and characters behaved like real people with flaws. By the end of the book they both changed, but those changes only made them more themselves, if that makes any sense. That's something only a good writer can pull off – make strange and unbelievable feel so true.
So, all in all – great, GREAT characters, gripping story, incredible action mixed with danger, killers, sweet romance, passion, hot relationship… That's a 5 star book for me :) ...more