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Lover Unbound

(Black Dagger Brotherhood #5)

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4.33  ·  Rating details ·  113,199 ratings  ·  4,622 reviews
The ruthless and brilliant brother Vishous possesses a destructive curse and a frightening ability to see the future. 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 pleasu ...more
Mass Market Paperback, 502 pages
Published October 1st 2007 by Signet (first published September 25th 2007)
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Hannah B. The next book after Lover Unbound is Lover Enshrined, Phury's story.

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Ana O
Just a simple review devoted to Lover Unbound and my obsession with Vishous.

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I have a confession- there was a time when I was obsessed with this series (I get easily obsessed with stuff). Black Dagger Brotherhood was like crack to me. Dark Lover was laughably bad. So bad. Still, I wasn't ready to give up. To quote Shania Twain, I ain't no quitter. I read Lover Eternal and was hooked. Croatia was having one of its coldest winters and I needed something to keep me warm. *cough* hot vampires *coug
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Dina
Aug 27, 2009 rated it it was ok
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This isn't a review, it's a rant and it's full of spoilers. There are plenty of reviews of this book all around and I don't feel like writing another one. BUT I do need to get this anger off my chest, so here I go...

First off, let me say that I was warned about the crappy ending of this book beforehand. I wasn't thrilled about it, but I was willing to give Ms. Ward the chance to prove me that she had pulled it off in a satisfying way when all was said and done. Well, she didn't... at least, not
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Blacky *Romance Addict*


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“When I want you to beg, I’ll tell you.” His tongue was warm and wet as it rode up her neck. “Now ask me what I’m going to do to you.”
She opened her mouth, but could only pant.
He tightened the hold on her hair. “Ask me. Say, ‘What are you going to do to me?’”
She swallowed. “What…what are you going to do to me?”
He wheeled her to one side, all the while keeping his hips tight to her ass. “You see that sink, Jane?”
“Yes…” Holy shit, she was going to orgasm—
“I’m going to bend you over that sink and
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Jessica's Totally Over The Top Book Obsession
4 Major Mommy Issue Stars

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****Spoilers****

First read 2014
Reread 3/30/2017

"She. Comes. With. Me."-V

Lover Unbound, the 5th book in the BDB series was great. I would have gave it 5 stars if not for Phury. Truly that Brother rubs me the wrong way every time he is on the page. And he had too many pages in this book. I know his book is next, but man I could've done with a lot less Phury. Anyways V and Jane's story was sweet, kinky, and very angsty. In this book there was a lot of different povs as J.R
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Alex is The Romance Fox
What is it about this series that gets me to love it more each time I read it? I keep reading the entire series over and over again - never getting bored but just more into it than ever. I can't keep away from these books and characters. Crazy!!! But so "true".

I may not have been crazy about Vishous in the beginning...but have grown to becoming just as obsessed with this gorgeous vampire like all those "V' fans out there...and believe me...there are zillions of them!!
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And I still don't "feel" t
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Christy
Apr 28, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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Vishous is now my favorite member of the brotherhood... TRUE!

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“Terrific. A bisexual dominant vampire with kidnapping expertise.”


I loved Vishous, I loved Jane, I just LOVED this book!!!!!
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Things have been ‘off’ with Vishous for a while now. His visions have dried up. He’s not sleeping well, having nightmares. And to top it off, he has feelings for his roommate, Butch, who is mated to Marissa. V copes by drinking Goose, and going to his penthouse for some fun.
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His ‘birthday’ is coming up.
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Julianna
Mar 07, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: PNR Romance & Urban Fantasy Fans
Reviewed for THC Reviews
I had read and greatly enjoyed the first four volumes of the Black Dagger Brotherhood series, but after seeing many negative ratings and reviews for Lover Unbound, I procrastinated about reading it. Admittedly, it's predecessor, Lover Revealed, had probably been my least favorite of the series thus far, and somehow I allowed all the low ratings to influence me into thinking that Lover Unbound was the worst book in the series to date. Well, after finally reading it, nothin
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• Lisa •
May 16, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: PNR LOVERS.
5 UNBOUND STARS.





Tinged with sadness, overwhelmingly touching, out there heart thumping style falling in love, Family bond like no other, tears, pain, angst, soul bearing eternal love ~ Yes I just got a little bit more of my fix for the Brotherhood.

I'm pretty sure my reviews are becoming predictable with this series but I can't apologise. The black dagger stories grab, me, turn me upside down and back to front, ensure that I am helplessly in love and for several hours consume me. So with that bei
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xrysa
Jul 27, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: vampires, favorites


Buddy reread with Macha :)



“I love you. And I'm going to keep loving you even after you don't know I exist.”


Vishous is officially my favorite brother. I couldn’t choose between him and Z but after rereading his book I felt that he deserved the first place.
He was always distant from the other brothers but he actually developed a deep relationship with his buddy Butch.I liked what was happening between them and V's inner monologues made me hurt for him.

During the whole book we get to know him bet
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 Danielle The Book Huntress (Back to the Books)
This book was amazing in a lot of ways. Who would have thought I would go ga-ga over a bisexual, seriously dominant, kinda scary guy like Vishous? Well I fell, flat on my face. This guy is amazing. He is extremely attractive, imagine big, tall, ice blue eyes, black hair (I'm a sucker for blue eyes and black hair), and extremely intelligent also.

The way that JR Ward wrote this book did it. She put so much love and effort into telling this man's story that you couldn't help but love him. I love h
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Maya
Re-read: Dec 13th 2016

I cannot tell you guys how much I adore and love this story. Vishous is one of my favourite book boyfriends, he's just so grrrr. I wish I had someone like him on my own. He's so over his head for his love and reading about his past and planned future made me care for him so much. I wished from the start that he didn't had to go through all that and by the end of this story I was really moved.

Let me quick say that I don't really care much for his mother, even less for his fa
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Sophia Triad
Vishous and Jane

There was a moment of silence. And then in a rough voice, the man whose life she saved spoke four words that changed everything… changed her life, changed her destiny:
"She. Comes. With. Me."

These two characters had a complicated relationship from the beginning. Vishous was saved by Dr. Jane and then he simply decided to take her back to the mansion.
Jane’s life is about to change forever. One day she was career-focused, successful and independent. The next day is locked is a
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P
Mar 18, 2014 rated it really liked it
“I love you. And I'm going to keep loving you even after you don't know I exist.”




Lover Unbound is a little bit dark compared with the previous ones. V is a complicated character. I couldn't even read him before I started this book. I knew he had the past but I had never expected it being this tortuous. I loved J.R. Ward for making this book into something exceptional and so much different from her old works.



“Written on the mirror, revealed by the steam, were the words, I love you, Jane.”


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Buggy
Opening Line:"I am so not feeling all this cowhide."

~AWESOME, WITH AN UNCONVENTIONAL ENDING~

Book 5 in JR Wards sexy Black Dagger Brotherhood series is all about Vishous and "Doc" Jane. It's another great addition and I really enjoyed witnessing V let his guard down and fall in love. I found him to be surprisingly considerate and gentle especially for someone who's into sadomasochism. His falling for Jane is believable and makes sense as she's his intellectual equal and he respects her for it. Sh
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warhawke
Oct 16, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Vamps love
Genre: Paranormal Romance/Urban Fantasy
Type: Book 5 of Black Dagger Brotherhood series
POV: Third Person - Multiple
Rating:




Vishous came from a fearsome family legacy. With a tortured past, he closed his heart towards everything but eradicating the lessers. But an injury brought him to someone who made him experience something new.

Jane Whitcomb was a human doctor that fixed his heart both literally and figuratively. But being from a different world prevented them from being together especially whe
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Beth
Oct 31, 2008 rated it liked it
As far as romance novel heroes go, Vishous is a deviant. He’s bisexual. He’s in love with another man. He’s into hardcore BDSM. And he has a magic, glowing hand that can both heal people and electrocute them AND he can use it to incinerate cigarette butts into dusty oblivion. Um, okay!

Jane Whitcomb’s talents aren’t nearly as interesting. She’s a human. She’s an outstanding surgeon. She swears a lot. And she smarts off to Vishous, which is a major turn on for him (go figure).

So what happens when
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 ♥  Barb ♥


5 Wickedly Sexy.....VISHOUS stars


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This is the fifth book in the Black Dagger Brotherhood series and in my opinion....the best one yet!!! This is the story of V and Jane.
Vishous has a dark side and doesn't do relationships....until he meets Dr. Jane. They meet under not so great circumstances....but the chemistry is instant and incredibly hot. Will Jane fall under V's spell? I know i would...LOL! You will just have to read it to find out...go look at my V pics in my review and you tell me you're
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Daisiemae
Feb 04, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: EVERYONE
Recommended to Daisiemae by: My peeps here on Goodreads:)
From what I understand, this book created a lot of controversy...so to speak. I have read several reviews, and have seen posts crying out for JR Ward to re-write this book. That Vishous was cheated out of a mate...they hate/or hate that Jane ended up like she did.
I am not one of those people. I really loved this book. Yes, it is not the easy happily ever after that we are used to, but dang...it was still good.
Plus, I know that everything happens for a purpose with this series...there is a REAS
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Mo
Nov 24, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
It kinda pains me to only give this 3 stars. Maybe 3.5. I so loved the other books that I have read so far so maybe my expectations were way too high.


“I believe there's a hand that guides us. It just isn't always a gentle one. Or one that seems fair at the time. But I dunno, I try to trust in it now. When I freak, I just try to... shit, I guess trust in it. Because at the end of the day, what else can you do? Choice only gets you so far. Reasoning and planning too. The rest... it's up to someon
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Kellie Maddox-Ward
Re- Read March 2013

V....v...v... You + Jane + Bathroom scene =
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I still loved this book but hated the ending...


April 2012

V my man.. What’s doing?!
V is such a dude… I love him, not as in a “want to strip him naked and do inappropriate things to him” way like I do with Z, but as in a let’s share some Goose (also my fav!) and listen to rap, while watching sports kind of way

This book tells the Story of V and a very stubborn, cocky, smart-ass, smart, sexy Doc Jane. She’s kinda like a female ve
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Exina
Well, Vishous has issues. Always had. He was brutally tortured and abused as a little child, sexually assaulted as a young man. He has allegoric premonitions of the future, but he can’t do anything to prevent certain things, because he doesn’t know the exact time of these events.

Lately, he is plagued by a nightmare about his own death so he dreads to fall asleep. His abilities are in ruins: he loses his mind-reading ability, as well as seeing the future.

He is attracted to his best friend, Butch,
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Shawna
5+ stars - Vampire Romance

A lot of BDB series fans were unhappy with this book, but I loved it. I thought the relationship between warrior/brother Vishous and smart doc Jane was refreshing and incredibly sexy. The BDSM scenes were erotic, yet surprisingly sweet and tender. V is a total badass, and I love the way he and Butch sling teasing jibes and quips left and right at each other, yet there’s a deep, underlying respect and affection between them that adds a beautiful element to the story and
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Alp
Sep 30, 2015 rated it really liked it
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I had no problem with the short sex scenes or the lack of chemistry between Vishous and Jane. But my only complaint about this one was the ending. It was strange, jarring, and too abrupt. It was kind of weird to live their lives like THAT! I thought V deserved real happiness after all he had been through! Damn! The author made them look so pathetic!



When I was a little more than halfway through the stroy, I was thinking about giving this book 5 stars, but the last
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♥ Jx PinkLady Reviews ♥
May 25, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: paranormal
“Vampires do not exist.”

“We don’t? Then explain why you’re in my wonder-fucking-land.”




This book made me smile, made me swoon, warmed my heart, made me sad, and made me sob shoulder shaking tears......... Why???

“He was six feet, six inches tall and built like a brick shithouse.”

He's a genius who would rival Einstein, he's sexually experienced in the extreme...in ALL areas imaginable and I mean ALL. He has particular needs in order to quench his appetite.....to achieve orgasm and satisfy his bl
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Deanna❤Pink Lady❤️
Aug 11, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Just for V -5 Grey Goose Stars
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I can't do this review justice because there is so much going on in this book that anytime you want to say something, I think it would be a spoiler. JR Ward gave me so much about so many of the characters that my review would be so long that you would have to eat breakfast, lunch and dinner reading my review!! Here is my condensed version.

Hot, Dangerous, Sexy, Dominant, His Body, His Eyes, Tattoos, Bisexual, Intelligent, Technology Wiz, Smart Ass- some of the words
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Karla

5 Vee-licious Stars!! My favorite of the series so far!!

Butch's book, Lover Revealed, was such a disappointment, I was hesitant to continue the series, but I loved V so much, I needed to find out if he got a heroine worthy of him! Well the other half of the bromance got his due and J.R Ward hit it OUT OF THE PARK in Lover Unbound!!

Jane and V...a match made in Brotherhood heaven!! No back and forth with Jane, she lays it all out there, stands her ground, but once she was in, she was in...and b
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Debra
Nov 27, 2013 rated it really liked it

4.5 STARS.

"Falling into ruin was a bit like falling in love: Both descents stripped you bare and left you as you were at your core."




Although I really enjoyed Vishous and Jane's story, I didn't love this book as much as some of the previous parts in the series. Don't get me wrong, I loved Vishous and Jane's storyline and I thought they made a perfect couple with Jane being one of the few women, strong and determined enough to stand up to someone like V. And V's past was just so heartbreak
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Shurrn
Love, tears, suspense, laugher, sex... Yet another emotional powerhouse from the Black Dagger Brotherhood Series. The story of Vishous is beautiful and heartbreaking.



Let's start by saying that I was a fairly unimpressed by the previous book, Lover Revealed (you can read my review here). What it boiled down to was that Marissa (aka Mrs. Buzzkillington) left a bad taste in my mouth. She was weak-willed, whiny, and spoiled... And totally killed my enjoyment of the book...
So I was beyond thrilled w
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Stacia (the 2010 club)
First Read December 2010 : 3 stars
Second Read November 2014 : 3.5 stars

Weird. Before this series re-read, I didn't expect to like Butch's book less than I did the first time, and V's book more than I did before. That turned out to be a complete switcheroo. I didn't end up down-rating Butch's book, but I decided to raise my rating on V's. I think I was so annoyed with Jane's "solution" in this book the first time I read it, that it hampered my enjoyment of the outcome. Now that I've gotten used t
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J.R. Ward is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of numerous novels, including the Black Dagger Brotherhood series. She lives in the South her family.

Other books in the series

Black Dagger Brotherhood (1 - 10 of 18 books)
  • Dark Lover (Black Dagger Brotherhood, #1)
  • Lover Eternal (Black Dagger Brotherhood, #2)
  • Lover Awakened (Black Dagger Brotherhood, #3)
  • Lover Revealed (Black Dagger Brotherhood, #4)
  • Lover Enshrined (Black Dagger Brotherhood, #6)
  • Lover Avenged (Black Dagger Brotherhood, #7)
  • Lover Mine (Black Dagger Brotherhood, #8)
  • Lover Unleashed (Black Dagger Brotherhood, #9)
  • Lover Reborn (Black Dagger Brotherhood, #10)
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“You so need to lighten up about that potato-launcher incident," Butch said.
Phury rolled his eyes and eased back in the banquette. "You broke my window."
"Of course we did. V and I were aiming for it."
"Twice."
"Thus proving that he and I are outstanding marksmen.”
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