Lover Unleashed by J.R. Ward is a tale of the Black Dagger Brotherhood that brings back Jane's former boss, Dr. Manuel "Manny" Manello, who is brought in to treat Payne, the twin of Vishous, after she is tragically paralyzed during a sparring session with the blind king Wrath. Manny has barely recovered from having his memory wiped after treating Vishous and he still has not quite gotten over the death twelve months prior of his friend and colleague, Jane. An instant connection forms between Manny and Payne as he tries to help her recover from her tragedy but neither feels free to act on the attraction not least because Vishous displays incredible antipathy towards Manny let alone the difficulty of a human-vampire relationship. Jane is caught in a battle of wills between her lover Vishous and his twin and her mate's response to the stress that he's under may very well cost them their relationship. Xcor is another being harmed by his relationship to the twins' sire, Bloodletter, but he is searching for revenge against his sire's killer even though she was originally sheltered by the Scribe Virgin. Multiple members of the Black Dagger Brotherhood must face a crucible which tests their resolve to maintain a meaningful relationship with another.
An excellent read which combines pathos, suppression of past trauma and acceptance of one for one's own sake, despite flaws or negativities. Several relationships are addressed and continue to evolve while others remain in the tortured state that they have been in for the past few novels. An impressive rendering of the issues faced by Jane and Vishous who, despite their deep love for each other, have continued to tiptoe around the issues that underly their relationship. Manny is finally given his own story with a poignant secondary tale surrounding his beloved racehorse as the lines continue to blur between the vampires and the humans who become essential to their lives. Ward continues to impart an individuality to her characters demonstrated through their actions and their speech patterns while portraying a uniquely fascinating society that exists in parallel with our own.
#1 New York Times bestselling 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 Brotherhood to save her as only he can-but when the human surgeon and the vampire warrior meet, their two worlds collide in the face of their undeniable passion. With so much working against them, can love prove stronger than the birthright and the biology that separates them?