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Adult, Review / August 24, 2012
Lover Unbound by J R WardLover Unbound
Author: J.R. Ward
Series: Black Dagger Brotherhood #5
Publisher: Piatkus Books
Date: October 2010
532 pages
Source: Purchased
Genres: Contemporary, Paranormal
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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 pleasure for the first time-until a destiny he didn't choose takes him into a future that does not include her...

Another fantastic installment to the Black Dagger Brotherhood series.

This one is Vishous’ book. After being told the horrifying news that he has to become the ‘Primale’ of the vampire race (i.e. he is required to mate with the chosen females to ensure the survival of the warrior race) Vishous goes out to take his anger out in a hunt for lessers. Unfortunately, he takes a bullet to the chest and ends up on the operating table of Jane Whitcomb in a human hospital! From thereon the story gets better and better as V’s brother’s bust him out of the hospital before the sun can come up and before the staff notice his weird anatomy! Only problem is, V insists on bringing Jane home with him..!

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By: Alison
Adult, Review / May 8, 2012
Lover Revealed by J.R. WardLover Revealed
Author: J.R. Ward
Series: Black Dagger Brotherhood #4
Publisher: Piatkus Books
Date: February 2011
480 pages
Source: Purchased
Genres: Urban Fantasy
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Butch O'Neal is a fighter by nature. A hard living, ex-homicide cop, he's the only human ever to be allowed in the inner circle of the Black Dagger Brotherhood. And he wants to go even deeper into the vampire world- to engage in the turf war with the lessers. He's got nothing to lose. His heart belongs to a female vampire, an aristocratic beauty who's way out of his league. If he can't have her, then at least he can fight side by side with the Brothers...

Fate curses him with the very thing he wants. When Butch sacrifices himself to save a civilian vampire from the slayers, he falls prey to the darkest force in the war. Left for dead, found by a miracle, the Brotherhood calls on Marissa to bring him back, though even her love may not be enough to save him...

I’ve been on a bit of a Black Dagger Brotherhood binge lately. Straight after I finished book 3 I started book 4. This one I don’t think is as good as the others, but I still believe that it’s a good and necessary edition to the series.

This tells the story of Butch and Marissa, whose story originally began in the first book. Nothing much happened with them in books 2 and 3 but in book 4 they are brought to the forefront of the storyline. Butch (or Cop as the brothers refer to him) is human. He is the only human (other than Mary) who is let into the inner circle of the brotherhood. And although he was ok with this for a while, eventually he gets sick of feeling like a ‘pet’ and wants to help them in their eradication of the lessers. However when he gets brutally tortured by the lessers for information on the brotherhood, his wish of becoming involved becomes a nightmarish reality and he gets quite a lot more than he bargained for!

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By: Alison
Adult, Review / April 23, 2012
Lover Awakened by J.R. WardLover Awakened
Author: J.R. Ward
Series: Black Dagger Brotherhood #3
Publisher: Piatkus Books
Date: August 2010
527 pages
Source: Purchased
Genres: Romance, Urban Fantasy
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In the shadows of the night in Caldwell, New York, there's a deadly turf war raging between vampires and their slayers. There exists a secret bound of brothers like no other-six vampire warriors, defenders of their race. Possessed by a deadly beast Rhage is the most dangerous of the Black Dagger Brotherhood.

A former blood slave, the vampire Zsadist still bears the scars from a past filled with suffering and humiliation. Renowned for his unquenchable fury and sinister deeds, he is a savage feared by humans and vampires alike. Anger is his only companion, and terror is his only passion—until he rescues a beautiful aristocrat from the evil Lessening Society.

Bella is instantly entranced by the seething power Zsadist possesses. But even as their desire for one another begins to overtake them both, Zsadist’s thirst for vengeance against Bella’s tormentors drives him to the brink of madness. Now, Bella must help her lover overcome the wounds of his tortured past, and find a future with her...

WARNING: SPOLERS FOR BOOK 2

Oh Zsadist… **sigh** I don’t think I’m going to be able to do this book (or Zsadist) justice in this review but I’m going to try!

Firstly, this one is now my new favourite BDB book. Everything that was good about the first two is even more so in Lover Awakened. The action, the romance, the friendships and journeys these characters go on. It all made for such an epic story.

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By: Alison
Adult, Review / March 8, 2012
Lover Eternal by J.R. WardLover Eternal
Author: J.R. Ward
Series: Black Dagger Brotherhood #2
Publisher: Piatkus Books
Date: March 2011
461 pages
Source: Purchased
Genres: Urban Fantasy
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In the shadows of the night in Caldwell, New York, there's a deadly turf war raging between vampires and their slayers. There exists a secret bound of brothers like no other-six vampire warriors, defenders of their race. Possessed by a deadly beast Rhage is the most dangerous of the Black Dagger Brotherhood.

Within the brotherhood, Rhage is the vampire with the strongest appetites. He's the best fighter, the quickest to act on his impulses, and the most voracious lover-for inside him burns ferocious curse cast by the Scribe Virgin. Owned by this dark side, Rhage fears the time when his inner dragon is unleashed, making him a danger to everyone around him.

Mary Luce, a survivor of many hardships is unwittingly thrown into the vampire world and reliant to Rhage's protection. With a life-threatening curse of her own, Mary is not looking for love. She lost her faith in miracles years ago. But when Rhage's intense animal attraction turns into something more emotional, he knows that he must make Mary his alone. And while their enemies close in, Mary fights desperately to gain life eternal with the one she loves...

This is the second book in the Black Dagger Brotherhood series. And, for me, another triumph by J.R. Ward.

This time we have the story of Rhage and Mary. Rhage was an interesting narrator. Given that he has been cursed with transforming into a dragon-like beast whenever he loses his cool, his inner torment was both interesting and heartfelt. He can’t control the beast within and doesn’t want it to hurt any of his brothers… Enter Mary. She’s human, she’s ill and she’s very emotionally fragile. Together they made an odd, yet very compatible pair. They seemed to complement each other somehow. They both needed help with their lives and found a way to do that for each other. When Mary enters Rhage’s life, she becomes a target for the lessers, or ‘slayers’ and so for the first time ever the brotherhood have to take a human into their custody to look after her.

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By: Alison
Adult, Review / January 7, 2012
Dark Lover by J.R. WardDark Lover
Author: J.R. Ward
Series: Black Dagger Brotherhood #1
Publisher: Piatkus Books
Date: July 2007
416 pages
Source: Purchased
Genres: Urban Fantasy
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In the shadows of the night in Caldwell, New York, there's a deadly turf war going on between vampires and their slayers. There exists a secret band of brothers like no other-six vampire warriors, defenders of their race. Yet none of them relishes killing more than Wrath, the leader of The Black Dagger Brotherhood.

The only purebred vampire left on earth, Wrath has a score to settle with the slayers who murdered his parents centuries ago. But, when one of his most trusted fighters is killed-leaving his half-breed daughter unaware of his existence or her fate-Wrath must usher her into the world of the undead-a world of sensuality beyond her wildest dreams.

Well! I don’t know what I was expecting from this book but what I got certainly wasn’t it! From the title and some reviews I had read I had thought that this would be an adult vampire story where the main focus was on the relationship between the 2 main characters. I had also thought, being an adult vampire book it would have a few sex scenes thrown in for the sake of making it an adult book and that would be that. But I couldn’t have been more wrong!

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By: Alison