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Lover Unleashed

(Black Dagger Brotherhood #9)

4.27  ·  Rating details ·  87,108 ratings  ·  4,122 reviews
Number-one New York Times best-selling author J.R. Ward's thrilling new novel in the Black Dagger Brotherhood series.

Payne, twin sister of Vishous, is cut from the same dark, seductive cloth as her brother. Imprisoned for eons by their mother, the Scribe Virgin, she finally frees herself - only to face a devastating injury.

Manuel Manello, M.D., is drafted by the Brotherhoo
Hardcover, First Edition, 512 pages
Published March 29th 2011 by NAL (first published March 1st 2011)
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May 25, 2010 rated it it was ok
Shelves: e-book, 2011
Lover Unleashed is the tenth book in the Black Dagger Brotherhood universe and it’s about Payne and Manny finding love. To me, it’s also… a huge disappointment.
Why? Because I feel that the loyal fans got screwed over. The way Ward just blatantly rewrites history, disregards her own world's rules and has characters act completely out of character... It's insulting really!

I’ve been looking forward to this book like crazy. Eventhough I wasn’t interested in Payne and Manny’s story at all. In fact:
Jessica's Totally Over The Top Book Obsession
4 Was this Payne's book or V's? Stars

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First Read 2014
Reread 4/7/2017

It finally happened, he thought as he burrowed under his shirt and took hold of his heavy cross. All his life he'd wondered why he'd never fallen in love, and now he knew: He'd been waiting for this moment, this woman, this time. The female is mine, he thought.-Manny

Lover Unleashed the 9th book in the BDB series was a good read but I was a little confused as to whose book it was. I mean was this Payne and Manny's boo
UniquelyMoi ~ BlithelyBookish

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
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 fr
Aug 26, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: BDB fans and paranormal romance fans
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
Mar 18, 2014 rated it it was amazing
“With that, he pushed his way out...and as the door eased shut, she realized I love you could indeed be said without actually uttering the phrase. Actions did mean more than words.”

To be honest, I really don't know why I gave this book 5 stars as for my distaste for the start. Payne is not a likable heroine for me, she's just too masculine and indepedent that I didn't know how Ward could find a man to match her with. And finally she fould Manny, yes it's him Dr. Manuel Manello, the Handsome
Mar 16, 2011 rated it liked it
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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
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 Love
Sep 12, 2010 rated it liked it
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Apr 11, 2017 rated it really liked it
Sometimes I wonder why this series is so addictive, but then I think hey, I enjoy it so why worry. And I know I am enjoying it when I speed through a 512 page book in a day.
In this book, episode number nine, we spend lots of time with Payne and her new mate, but there are as usual a number of sub story lines which move the overall plot forward. A couple of these played a very small part in this book so are presumably laying groundwork for some future story. Quinn and Blay make no progress toward

*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 fr
May 05, 2010 rated it it was amazing
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
• Lisa •
Jun 20, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favourite-series



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.


So, what's it all about?
'Lover Unl
Sophia Triad
Payne and Dr. Manuel Manello

It finally happened, he thought as he burrowed under his shirt and took hold of his heavy cross. All his life he’d wondered why he’d never fallen in love, and now he knew: He’d been waiting for this moment, this woman, this time.
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?”
Her words
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So good and surprising reveals!

So much happens in these books it is like a few books in one. The story of Payne and Manny was much better than the than I expected it to be. He was brought in to operate on her after she broke her back and had to be brought to the Mansion from the Sanctuary.

They feel a connection right away, but she is struggling with being paralyzed since it is like being imprisoned in your body, when she is a warrior and needs to be active. Plus she is finally free of her mother
Always a pleasure to see strong females in the BDB series...
"Love can conquer everything but reality. Which will win every stinking time."
Let me start with the following warning: It is impossible to review any book in the Black Dagger Brotherhood Series without mentioning spoilers for all the books which came before it. With that in mind, you might not want to read this review if you haven't read the first eight books in the series...

The BDB Series focuses on a new couple with each
Tutti Dolci
Oh, my.

What to say? 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
May 05, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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
This was more than just being alive. This was to live.

Lover Unleashed is the only book in the series I read only twice. Sadly now, for the second read, I was even more bored than I was for the first time.

Jane and Vishous’s storyline captivated me again: witnessing their struggles after their ‘happily ever after’, and seeing them finally finding some peace by the help and the unfaltering friendship of Butch.

Qhuinn and Blay's story goes on, and it's heartbreaking: the tension between t
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May 26, 2017 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Vamps lovers
Genre: Paranormal Romance/Urban Fantasy
Type: Book 9 of Black Dagger Brotherhood series
POV: Third Person

For hundreds of years Payne was confined to the Other Side. Desperate to be free, she took an extreme measure that landed her in human world but in critical condition.

Dr. Manny Manello was a successful and established surgeon. He had everything he could possibly wanted, but still reeling from his loss of the woman who captured his heart. When an unexpected encounter thrown him into th
Amy | Foxy Blogs
Jul 30, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Amy | Foxy Blogs by: Beverly
Ms. Ward sure knows how to write forbidden romance and the proof is in this series. For those who haven't read any books from this series keep in mind these vampires always have insta love. Insta-love is something I hate but for some reason it doesn't bother me in this series. Go figure.

How do you eat an elephant? One bit at a time. This series is a beast. I started at the end of April working my way through it. Spending each weekend reading one book from this series with my book twin, Bev. We'v
Jul 30, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Beverly by: Amy | Foxy Blogs
* * * * * 5 Thank Goodness Stars * * * * *

I have been struggling through these last few books, but I have been continuing since my Twinie Amy has been dragging me along. I am so thankful she has been, because I absolutely loved this one!

All of the BDB books have side stories and this is something that has driven me a little crazy in the past, but I loved the side stories in this one. I felt these side stories were relevant and because they focused on the Brothers I actually cared what was happen
Jun 05, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: i-own, 3-star-reads
Completing this book has been a long time coming. I have picked it up and put it down many times. And honestly, I don't really know why. Nothing really spoke to me or captured my attention. It was just okay.

I still have every intention of continuing on with the series. I just hope I do it sooner rather than later.

3 stars!
Aug 14, 2011 rated it did not like it
*** 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.
May 25, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: march-2011
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May 01, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: favorites
Originally posted at WickedLilPixie Reviews

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:


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
Sep 25, 2016 rated it it was amazing
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