Arrgggghhhhhhhhhhhh Ward it pains me to say even one bad word but yet i can’t hold back from saying exactly wh**spoiler alert** * SPOILERS AHEAD!!!! *
Arrgggghhhhhhhhhhhh Ward it pains me to say even one bad word but yet i can’t hold back from saying exactly what i thought of lover unleashed.
IMO the whole Manny/Payne storyline should have been wiped from the book and instead the novel should have been filled with Butch (mmmm)/Jane/Vishous (mmmmm) bits. Those were excellent- i love seeing how the icy Vishous is finally learning to open up and his struggle to become that better male is just heart wrenching. Rumour has it that there's going to be some more of the V/Butch stuff in later books which i think will be equally good- just like to say I LOVE BUTCH - i want him as my bezzie;).
I also liked Quinn's POV - I’m literally heartbroken for Quinn and Blay and can’t wait for their story to be told in full though I've heard that it’s going to be a novella!!!!!!! NOT COOL WARD NOT COOL :@.
Xcor (whose name i really like) and his band of bastards were a good twist in that it will be interesting to see how they challenge Wrath's leadership - though i have to say as Wrath's n.o1 fan I’m not too happy about the grief they're going to cause him.
And OMG I LOVE LOVE LOVE the cross over between BDB and The fallen angels series which meant all the Jose/Thomas V….(something I can’t spell without going to fetch the book) we’re awesome scene setters – now I just have to wait for ever for Envy to come out.
HOWEVER… Payne was the definition of a boring unlikeable female to me. I had thought previously that I wouldn’t like Xhex – and was pleasantly surprised when I turned out to really like her in JM’s book, I had no such luck however with Payne. Between Lover Mine and Lover Unleashed I really started to dislike her and grew increasingly fed up/bored with her throughout LU. I was not invested in her at all and really didn’t care whether she got to be with Manny or not. Manny I did like but I really didn’t get on board with the whole ‘glowing Payne= young Manny thing’. Similarly I guessed not long after the very detailed description r.e Manny’s dad and from other clues ( the Lag, the bonding signs etc) that Butch and Manny were going to be related which kindov made that whole ‘unexpected twist’ *snort* redundant.
Also, I couldn’t help but get a bit of déjà vu to when Butch was lusting after Melissa in the way Manny was behaving towards Payne and IMO it was all a bit ‘been there, read that and preferred the characters you used last time’.
Also WTH with the horse :| – totally pointless- nuff said.
And this final plea to Ward – BRING BACK JM!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! He cannot spend an entire book ‘off rotation’ making one lousy sentence to Quinn. I feel huge nostalgia for the old JM parts of the book and I miss ‘the boys’. I understand that the series needs to move on and that Ward catches us up with her other characters in other ways such as her short stories but IMO she should have cut out all the crap with the horse and filled it with lovely JM bits – or even those godawful, page turnable Lesser rubbish which was ultimately more readable than pages of whining about a horse with a broken leg :| (my apologies to all who loved whatever the hell the name of that horse was)
Therefore I am disheartened to give this book my lowest ever BDB rating :( IMO it needed serious editing work (this makes me happier as I can blame the editor not Ward ;) ) and between that, Payne, the fact that I didn’t even spend hours and hours re-reading parts of it and the GODDAMN HORSE I can only really give in 3 stars. ...more
I literally inhaled this book - i do believe it took me less than 12 hours total to completely consume it- and I LOVED IT!!!!! ThMILD SPOILERS AHEAD!!!
I literally inhaled this book - i do believe it took me less than 12 hours total to completely consume it- and I LOVED IT!!!!! The Mercy/Adam relationship finally got to where we've all been wanting it to be for 5 books now and Briggs told it beautifully (as per usual). I enjoyed finally discovering the secret of Mercy being a walker and unravelling her Indian history. It was beautifully written and the ceremonies etc that Brigg's described were amazing. I will say the thing that brought this down from a 4 star for me was that I missed the pack!!! Adam and Mercy's adventure whilst gripping and exciting was too separate and apart from the rest of the characters I love in the novels such as Warren. Also something just wasn't quite there for me in the way of the plot concerning the river devil/otterkin etc. I cant really put my finger on it but to me the book at times seemed a little like a bridger between the first 5 and the next (hopefully! 5+) books.
Overall though Brigg's did it again- if I judge a book by how quickly I read it and how much I put stuff off to do so then this book is definately a very good one :) Yet again my A levels were severly compromised and I was late to a friends 18th all because of this book. Definately a 4 1/2 rating for me but I cant wait to have the wolves back! ...more
Like many other people i'm marking this book as urban fantasy over paranormal romance. As the BDB story gets bigger and more intense the romance so keLike many other people i'm marking this book as urban fantasy over paranormal romance. As the BDB story gets bigger and more intense the romance so key to Wards books appears to take a little bit of a back seat- and what v v v v v little does occur is spread out across the book appearing in tiny little amounts - HELLO FRUSTRATION!!!! unlike the other sex scenes Ward produces I got none of the heart pounding she usually creates largely due to the fact that things between Phury and Cormia never really get anywhere for 2/3 of the novel. HOWEVER... that is part of the reason this book is so good and hard to put down - readers know P + C are meant for each other, its just them who must climb the various obstacles in front of them to get to each other and you keep reading thinking that maybe by the end of this chapter they'll make some progress. The ending was gorgeous!!! and i was sooooooo pleased for Phury to finally get some happiness. as usual Ward creates another winner - as far as i'm concerned shes yet to put a foot wrong!!...more
I LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE THIS SERIES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! this book has seriously compromised my A leveI LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE THIS SERIES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! this book has seriously compromised my A levels in the best possible way. instead of using my study leave to revise I instead devoured this book in less than 12 hours. Rhage is an unbelievably sexy male lead. What Ward did beautifully was develop this character from a womanizing warrior to a guy worthy of a heroine like Mary and my all time drool list. For Mary's part I was pleased that she didn't fall straight into Rhage's arms due to his good looks but instead remained cautious and questioning like any woman would in such a sudden and intense relationship. I also enjoyed getting to know the other brothers in much better detail than we did in Dark lover. There quirks, fears etc and i love the banter they have with each other. Ward creates a fabulous sense of family that makes your chest ache. Ward has also brilliantly set up the next novel r.e Zsadist and Bella and personally i cant wait till i get my hands on a copy. All in all an amazing book, one that has thrown me into kerfuffle over which is better Kenyon or Ward??? major brain ache on that front! ...more
**spoiler alert** I have to say the hype and consequent smattering of negative reviews surrounding this book at first served only as a huge warning fl**spoiler alert** I have to say the hype and consequent smattering of negative reviews surrounding this book at first served only as a huge warning flag to me that a male aimed twilight had arrived on scene (god help us if such a thing were to come to pass). However having been bought the book for Christmas I have to say that i loved it. The main character Thomas Cale was intriguing and way more complex than i expected from reading guardian reviews. Hoffman kept me entertained with intriguing plot twists and the cliffhanger at the end sent me straight on line for the next books release date. This being said, i have a definite pet hate when it comes to books and that's really unnecessary foreshadowing!!!!!!! I quote: '...how different history would have been had Cale not encountered her inside the great wall that afternoon...'. this line is 183 pages into the novel and is already been revealed that this character Arbell Swan Neck (which is i might add a immensely stupid name) will play some massive pivotal role in Cale's future. Well geez Hoffman thanks for that... barely know the character but yet i do know now that she's central to the plot:| The same thing happened a couple of other times too, all equally annoying. This howeveer, was not enough to stop me loving this book and i'm looking forward to finding out some answers and a way down from this cliff Hoffman has cruelly left me hanging from. ...more