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The second book that I read this weekend just gone was J.R. Ward’s Lover Unbound.

Here’s the blurb from Ward’s website:

Ruthless and brilliant, Vishous son of the Bloodletter possesses a destructive curse and a frightening ability to see the future. As a pretrans growing up in his father’s war camp, he was tormented and abused. 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 cannot include her.

I recognise that Ward short-changed Vishous somewhat by not leaving a long enough timespan between him pining for Butch, and then falling head over heels in love with Jane.

I didn’t have a problem with the HEA, such as it was. My main problem was that I didn’t think that Book 5 should have been V’s story. He should have been given time to get over Butch. I think more people would have been convinced about his and Jane’s relationship, had Ward left his story ’til much later.

I have to say, it didn’t stop me from enjoying LU though. I hated the fact that we often had to endure the POV of the Lessers in previous books, so I was happy that there was none of that in Unbound.

I liked Jane as a character, and if Ward had waited to write her and V’s story a few books from now, her presence would have been much more noticeable. I’ve always adored Vishous anyway, and this book certainly didn’t change that, although at times he did seem to be a shadow of his former self.

I like that Ward gives us a few other POVs in each of her books, and I’m especially fascinated with John’s story. I always feel like I want to give him a big hug whenever he appears in a scene. I really can’t wait for his story.

If I’m honest, were it not for the John pretrans and the Phury/Zhadist/Bella sub-plots, I may not have enjoyed LU as much.

So, all in all, not only wasn’t it a bad read, I quite enjoyed Lover Unbound, even with all its back-tracking, and the slightly dodgy HEA. Once again, I’m eagerly anticipating the next batch of mind candy book.

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  • This was the first book in the series where I was more interested in the secondary plots rather than the main romance. Which is a shame because V was one of my faves.

    Do you think waiting a bit after the barrage of bad reviews helped when you read these books?

    I read bad reviews to pick out anything that might be a deal breaker for me. Which is also why I like spoilers.

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  • Yep, my reaction to LU was similar. I was a little surprised at the amount of negativity this book got (and still gets). Was it the best of the series? No, but it wasn’t THAT bad. I agree that some space between Butch’s book and V’s book would have been better. Give them some time to simmah down. Give V a chance to move on. I liked Jane a lot. I wanted her to have more screen time. Heck, I really wanted V and Jane as a couple to have more screen time. That’s what made the book not as good as it might have been. More face time with the h/h, please! (I don’t miss the lessors one bit tho).

    So what do you think? Is John destined to hook up with Xhex? *g*

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  • All I care about is when Rehv comes 2009. NO SULA no John and Xhex, bleck bleck. LOL. I so dislike her. I must say even with the whole BOO ending, Lover Unbound is my second favorite book in the series behind Rhage’s book. Rhage is one sexy mo fo part dragon.
    I also like the fact that Ward didn’t downplay V’s past and his S&M tendencies and the fact that he admits he is BI.

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  • So what do you think? Is John destined to hook up with Xhex? *g*

    Sula, that would just be so wrong. Everytime I think of Xhex, I imagine her looking like a female body builder. Not a good look for john’s future mate. That’s very shallow of me isn’t it? *G*

    Do you think waiting a bit after the barrage of bad reviews helped when you read these books?

    Oh most definitely. I was able to read it with little or no expectations, so the fact that I enjoyed it was a huge bonus.

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  • Shelby
    February 12
    5:32 pm

    I own all of Ward’s books, and the ones I don’t love I at least enjoy greatly. I even went and bought her Jessica Bird books just to see if she nailed category as well as she did the vampire world. (Jury’s still out on that one because I’m still reading, but loving it.) Lover Unbound was the story I had been anticpating most of all her works, and while it wasn’t as intense an experience as some of the others, and maybe I didn’t find myself as dreamy-eyed when I got done, lol, I was just happy to glut myself on Vishous. He’s one of my favorite characters of all time. I do kind of wish she would have done more with the Butch/Vishous storyline, though. I don’t think I’ve seen sexual tension like that…well, ever! Hot stuff!

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  • lurker
    February 13
    1:18 am

    Sorry to break it to you, Xhex and JM are a done deal per Ward. I happen to really like her.

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  • CindyS
    February 13
    3:05 am

    I loved the first three books, could have cried over Butch’s book and wanted the Virgin chickie to die in flames in this book.

    I read the teaser for Phury’s book and I’m not sold. I hope Rehv book is edgy as hell though!

    CindyS

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