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- ISBN-13: 9780451222350
- ISBN-10: 0451222350
- Publisher: Signet Book
- Publish Date: September 2007
- Page Count: 509
- Reading Level: Ages 18-UP
- Dimensions: 6.82 x 5.88 x 1.41 inches
- Shipping Weight: 0.56 pounds
Series: Black Dagger Brotherhood
Publishers Weekly® Reviews
- Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page 54.
- Review Date: 2007-08-20
- Reviewer: Staff
The newest in Ward's ferociously popular Black Dagger Brotherhood series bears all the marks of a polished storyteller completely at home in her world. Vishous, son of the Bloodletter, is a cunning, stone-hearted vampire warrior devoted to killing the wicked, undead vampire slayers known as the Lessers; after an ill-fated visit to a hospital, Vishous falls instantly and unexpectedly in love with a human surgeon, Dr. Jane Whitcomb. Soon, Vishous has brought the unwitting human back to the Brotherhood lair, where she returns his feelings, opening up a potentially cataclysmic conflict—Vishous is, against his will, destined to become the Primale, a warrior with multiple vampire wives who's meant to ensure the survival of the species. Ward has by now become an expert at fleshing out the stories of her supporting characters—each with his or her own novel—without overpowering the central story, and while the romance between Vishous and Whitcomb is genre-typical, Ward isn't afraid to break with convention in challenging, gratifying ways. Though not recommended for newcomers to Ward's universe or romance traditionalists, this fix will give Brotherhood addicts a powerful rush. (Oct.)
If you have not yet discovered J.R. Ward's Black Dagger Brotherhood, run, baby, run, and find Lover Unbound. The incredibly popular series chronicles a world of humans, vampires and the enemies of the vampires, the lessers. Born to hunt the lessers are the members of the Brotherhood. This fifth installment revolves around the ruthless, brilliant Brotherhood member Vishous, or V. Tortured as a child, and tortured now with longings for one he cannot have, V vents his energy in extreme sexual practices and is sure he cannot find pleasure any other way. When the Scribe Virgin appears and gives V an extraordinary bit of information about himself, the brooding vampire gets himself entangled in a fight, and awakens in the hands of human surgeon Dr. Jane Whitlow. V is instantly possessive of the spare, unbeautiful Jane, and even though there is no place for her in his destiny, he kidnaps her. Very sexy, very intense and deliciously over the top, V is an absolutely absorbing alpha male character. It isn't necessary to read the previous books to dive into Ward's intricately imagined world. Just walk right in, sit right down and let yourself be blown away.
In addition to her women's fiction, Barbara Samuel writes romances as Ruth Wind for Silhouette. Miranda's Revenge, the third book in a trilogy, is now available.