I think Lover Unbound may be my favourite book in the series so far. It’s V’s story and he is probably the most complicated brother yet.
Lover Revealed saw a lonely V trying to cope with his feelings for his best friend Butch. I commented in my review about the unusual bromance between the two of them, and this continues in the beginning of the novel.
V was attached to his roommate in ways that complicated things and yet changed nothing at all.
I think there will always be a degree of blurred lines between V and Butch, their relationships surpasses friendship, and sits in a sort of murky ground that’s not quite a love affair and is not quite not one either.
There are revelations in this book that totally took me by surprise, particularly about V’s parentage. I also found myself getting totally engrossed in the complicated and dark back story to V’s life. If anyone is a fan of Kenyon’s Darkhunter series, it kind of had a flavour of that, Acheron or Zarek-esque.
V has suffered terribly and back story to his life is hard reading, but gives you much greater insight into understanding what makes him tick. The book also had to address the BDSM element that has been referred to in previous books in the series in the led up to this one. But I think reading it after the surge in popularity that erotica books have had following the success of the Fifty Shades trilogy, I didn’t even bat an eyelid at these scenes.
Doctor Jane is the lady destined to save V from his painful and empty future. But for a very long time I was very concerned we weren’t going to quite get there. Jane is a surgeon, super intelligent and never fails to deliver a smart comment. I wasn’t quite convinced on their match at first, but Jane really grew on me as the book progressed. I loved that she doesn’t fear to challenge V. V needed a strong and determined match and thankfully he got one.
The ending wasn’t quite what I wanted or expected. I was a seriously concerned for a while that I wasn’t going to get any semblance of a happy ending at all. And I’m not totally convinced on the ending Ward did give us. This series isn’t one for the faint-hearted of usual fluffy romance reader, it’s dark, painful and brutal, but I think even knowing this I wanted more from the ending than we were given. Perhaps, we will see further developments as the series progresses.
As usual, the back story is as good as that of the main characters. John Matthew’s story continues to grow slowly, I absolutely love his scenes and find that I just can’t get enough of them. I know I have a few books to wait until his story and I really can’t wait! He finally gets his transition, and I’m really looking forward to seeing how that progresses in the next book. His scenes are so raw and painful, but engaging, they completely suck me in.
Phury has some very serious plot developments in Lover Unbound too. And I mean serious plot developments. Oh Phury! What is so great about the writing is the brothers’ love and dedication to one another as well as the women they fall for, and Phury’s sacrifice is another example of this. I love the bond and sense of unity between them all.
Despite my issues with the ending of the book, this was a superb read. The dark background to V’s past, his complicated relationship with Butch, and shocking revelations about his parentage made it a hell of a read. This serious is fast, furious, sexy and brilliant. I think I may be more than a little in love with V!
Rating: 4.5 Stars
Lover Unbound by J.R. Ward
(Black Dagger Brotherhood #5)
Piatkus Books (Sept 2007)
Paperback: 509 pages