Book Reviews

Book Review: Lover Unleashed, by J. R. Ward (2011).

Blurb:

Payne, twin sister of Vishious, is cut from the same dark warrior cloth as her brother. Because she is a fighter by nature, and a maverick when it comes to the traditional role of Chosen females, there is no place for her on the Far Side… and no role for her on the front lines of the war, either.

When she suffers a paralysing injury, human surgeon Dr. Manuel Manello is called in to treat as only he can – and he soon gets sucked into her dangerous secret world. Although he never before believed in things that go bump in the night – like vampires – he finds himself more than willing to be seduced by the powerful female who marks both his body and his soul.

As the two find so much more than an erotic connection, the human and vampire worlds collide … just as a centuries-old score catches up with Payne and puts both her love and her life in deadly jeopardy.

Review:

Lover Unleashed is the Ninth book in the Black Dagger Brotherhood series authored by J. R. Ward. This novel looks at Vishious and his sister Payne and how they uniquely fit into this strange family of sorts. Vishious and Jane having difficulties was bound to come to a head eventually, especially with all the pent-up emotion he had to have been hiding behind his masculine testosterone fuelled visaed which makes some of us wonder what Jane sees in the guy when he is acting up and not like himself at all. Though throughout the novel readers still root for the home team, in that no one wants to see V and the Doc split up in any way shape or form. Hopefully he will find it easier to come to terms with his issues after Butch had his one on one time with him.

As for Payne, she brings light into how harsh the vampire world can be. Her treatment and that of her brothers as they were growing up is nothing short of appalling and it is sad to see that their mother still seems to hold no residual effect from watching and even acting upon some of what had been done to them. Payne being imprisoned for such a long time on the Far side and the acts of violence and torture forced upon her brother are nothing short of absolute evil. The fact they survived with their sanity speaks highly of their resilience and strength of character, which J R Ward has portrayed wonderfully throughout tis novel.

Overall, I must admit to enjoying this novel and I would recommend it to anyone that has a spark for fantasy and the romance/vampire genre. I give the book a rating of 6.5/10 stars.

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Book Review: Lover Mine, by J. R. Ward (2010).

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Blurb:

John Matthew has come a long way since he was found living among humans, his vampire nature unknown to himself and to those around him. After he was taken in by the Brotherhood, no one could guess what his true history was – or his true identity. Indeed, the fallen Brother Darius has returned, but with a different face and a very different destiny. As a vicious personal vendetta takes John into heart of the war, he will need to call up on both who he is now and who e once was in order to face off against evil incarnate. Xhex, a sympathy assassin, has long steeled herself against the attraction between her and John not allow the male of worth to fall prey to the darkness of her twisted life. When fate intervenes, however, the two discover that love, like destiny, is inevitable between soul mates.

 

Review:

With the eighth book of the series Lover Mine, we learn more about the destiny of John Matthew and how it will include a lot of heartbreak and frustration before it culminates to anything considered good. As known from previous volumes of this series, John has a special something burning in his chest for the assassin female Xhex, and it is somewhat reciprocated if their past interactions are anything to go by. However, Xhex is nowhere to be found after the rescue of Rhev in the previous novel, and John is frantic as would any male of his race would be when his future shellan is in possible peril.

Although I can’t say that I enjoyed this novel as much as it’s predecessor, but I feel that it has continued on with the fast pace action and hardcore romance which is typical of this author. Xhex and John may be broken and their love tender and kind to counteract the evil that is bestowed upon both characters, but it just doesn’t connect the dots like Rhev and Elhena.

Overall, I continue to recommend this series and this novel to anyone interested in the Vampire and Romance genre. I give the book a rating of 6/10 stars.

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Book Review: Lover Avenged, by J. R. Ward (2009). ‘

Blurb.

Rehvenge has always kept his distance from the brotherhood – even though his sister is married to a member, for he harbors a deadly secret that could make him a huge liability in their war against the lesser. As plots within and outside of the Brotherhood threaten to reveal the truth about Rehvenge, he turns to the only source of light in his darkening world, Elhena, a vampire untouched by the corruption that has its hold on him – and the only thing standing between him and eternal destruction.

Review:

The seventh instalment of the Black Dagger Brotherhood series is Lover Avenged authoured by J. R. Ward, and has turned out to be my favourite so far. We always knew that something was a little off when it came to Rehvenge, and it wasn’t the obvious choice of him having a sympath  side to contend with. There was obviously something that always bothered him, and the secret meetings he attended along with whatever other business not referred to in other novels. But it isn’t till this instalment that the hidden is revealed.

So far I think the romance between Rehv and Elhena is my favorite so far. The way he mutilates himself due to the endeavors with the horrid sympathy princess in order for him and Xhex to live as normal life as possible for two Vampire/Sympath half-breeds. But the way he tries to save his female from being what he sees as tainted by his demon’s is so sweet and kind that its hard no to sympathize with the beast and begin to “root for the home team”. Throughout the novel most readers would want the character to find his happily ever after.

Overall, I think this has been a great novel by J. R. Ward and quite an exciting twist of characters and their attempts at survival. I recommend this novel to anyone interested in romance and the Vampire genre and really think many fantasy lovers would enjoy this addition to what is becoming quite an addictive read. I give Lover Avenged the rating of 7/10 stars.

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Book Review: Lover Unbound, by J. R. Ward (2007).

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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 ain 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…

Review

Book five of the Black Dagger Brotherhood series is Lover Unbound authored by J. R. Ward. This has to be one of the more far-fetched of the novels this far. Not only does Vishious fall in love with a human, who is compromised in so many ways, he has a paternal revelation as well as the discovery that he nearly becomes the Primale, the breeding stud of his kind.

In this Novel Butch and Vishious also come to an understanding about their taboo relationship. Which is one twist I really hadn’t expected. It’s a tough topic to pull of and continue to keep the masculinity of the characters from disappearing completely. Kudos to the author. The whole erotic fantasy between Jane and V is something of an acquired taste but a good read all the same.

There really wasn’t any important input from the lesser faction to note but I am sure that the new the novel will bring them back threefold.

John’s story continues to heat up now that he has gone through his transition and is a huge vampire to boot. He has a variety of obstacles to overcome before life will settle down for that male.

Overall this novel has been an interesting read and I would recommend it to anyone interested in the vampire romance genre. I give this book a rating of 5/10 stars.

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Book Review: Lover Awakened by J R Ward (2006).

Blurb.

In the Shadows of the night in Caldwell, New York, there’s a deadly war raging between vampires and their slayers. And there exists a secret bad of brothers like no other – six vampire warrior, defenders of their race, Of these, zsadist is the most terrifying member 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 the 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 Giants Bells’s tormentors drives him to the brink of madness. Now, Bella must help her lover overcome the wounds of his torturned past, and find a future with her…

Review.

The third novel to the Black Dagger Brotherhood series I found to be more enjoyable than the first two. Perhaps the story of Zsadist and Bella is so unique and touching, or I have finally come to terms with the authors prose, either way, I found the story quite enjoyable in comparison to its predecessors.

This time I found the storyline involving the ‘Lessers’ much more interesting also. The Lesser having more of a storyline to his role in the story. It gave Bella’s torment more strength and more understanding in the way she is able to accept her hellren’s idiosyncrasies better than anyone else ever could. I found the way Bella was able to bring forth a much softer side to Zsadist was written very touching, and enjoyed the way the writer brought forward the various emotions brought forward from brutal sexually horrific and down right gruesome acts done to such a sensitive naïve vampire as was Zsadist when he was originally captured.

Overall I have enjoyed this third book of the Black Dagger Brotherhood the most of the series so far. I would recommend this book to anyone interested in romance and the Vampire Genre. I give this book a rating of 5.5/10 stars.

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Book Review: Lover Eternal by J. R. Ward (2006).

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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 band of brothers like no other six Vampire warriors, defenders of their race. Possessed deadly beast, Rhage is the most dangerous of the Black Dagger Brotherhood. Within the brotherhood, Rhage is the vampire with strongest appetites. He’s the best fighter, the quickest to act on his impulses, and the most voracious lover-for inside him burns a 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 Vamoire world and reliant on 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 …

Review:

The second book in the Black Dagger Brotherhood series is Lover Eternal, by J. R. Ward. It’s been an interesting ride with this Vampire novel. There have been a multitude of issues to overcome for all parties involved, Rhage and his beast, as well as Mary and her Cancer being the most difficult. But even so the pair manage to find enough time whilst battling their own demons to find love in each other. The question is at what cost? And to who?

J. R. Ward has presented yet another fine Vampire Romance novel that takes off where the first one finished, but instead of focusing on Beth and Wrath, this time we look at life with Rhage. Mary is fortunate to get wrapped up in the whole scenario when she tries to help a young man named John, who is an adolescent Vampire, which is something that neither of them knew. Not until Mary introduced him to Bella anyway!

I have enjoyed reading the romance side of this novel. Just like its predecessor, it is full of delinquent vocabulary, which I find irritating to read at times, however it continues to be an exciting and romantic storyline. I have very much enjoyed getting to know Rhage and all of his secrets and watching the relationship grow between him and Mary. I dare say just the story of the Vampires alone, even without action scenes would be enough to keep me reading, but it was an interesting read all the same. The history behind this Vampire society is something I want to get to know better whilst taking in the Vampires character and their mates.

On the down side, I really don’t find the “lessers” very good ‘bad guys’. I find myself not concerned for the Vampires in any way due to these supposed bad guys, and their names are almost laughable. I do understand there is a reason behind their naming, but seriously, I find myself wanting to skip over the “lesser” sections of text and continue on with the novel. I just find it almost boring!

Overall, I did enjoy reading this novel, even though there are some things I would have fathered not waisted my time with. I think the author has some really great things going with the characters but needs to take another look at the ‘bad guy’s’ again! I would recommend this book to adults who enjoy romance, and Vampire genre novels. It is quite interesting once you get into it! I give this book a rating of 5.5/10 stars.

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Book Review: Dark Lover by  J. R. Ward (2005).

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The only purebred vampire left on the planet and the leader of the Black Dagger Brotherhood, Wrath has a score to settle with the slayers who killed his parents centuries ago. But when his most trusted fighter is killed—orphaning a half-breed daughter unaware of her heritage or her fate—Wrath must put down his dagger and usher the beautiful female into another world.

Racked by a restlessness in her body that wasn’t there before, Beth Randall is helpless against the dangerously sexy man who comes to her at night with shadows in his eyes. His tales of the Brotherhood and blood frighten her. Yet his touch ignites a dawning new hunger—one that threatens to consume them both…

Review

A great beginning to a romantic Vampire series, Dark Lover is a great read for those who enjoy Romance novels but are also interested in the Vampire genre.  J. R. Ward has put together some really unusual characters and flipped their world’s upside down to produce an enthusiastic sexually charged story that keeps readers wanting more!

The concept of Vampires is new to some characters and they are thrown in the deep end when it comes to being introduced into an entirely different world and new way of living. However harrowing this turns out to be, there is a constant undercurrent of love and loyalty, as well as strange sense of safety. There is also humour, which sets of some of the more difficult and serious situations, and comes off In a way that gives the characters depth.

Although there are some very hot sex scenes, there is always love behind it, which steers the story away from a XXX rating. The love story of Beth and Wrath Is a story that Is worth the read. Although I have to admit that it could have been written in a different story rose with a better vocabulary for the characters, but I guess without it the characters don’’t quite have the same appeal.

Overall I believe Dark Lover to be a fair beginning of what appears to be a fast paced action packed series. I would recommend it to anyone interested In Vampires, especially those who like their romance. I give the book a rating of 5/10 stars.

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Book Review: The Locksmiths Daughter by Karen Brooks.

Synopsis.

What if the key to your heart lies in your enemy’s hands?

In a world where no one can be trusted and secrets are currency, one woman stands without fear. 

Mallory Bright is the only daughter of London’s master locksmith. For her there is no lock too elaborate, no secret too well kept. Sir Francis Walsingham, spymaster and protector of Queen Elizabeth – the last of the Tudor monarchs – and her realm, is quick to realise Mallory’s talent and draws her into his world of intrigue, danger and deception. With her by his side, no scheme in England or abroad is safe from discovery; no plot secure.

But Mallory’s loyalty wavers when she witnesses the execution of three Jesuit priests, a punishment that doesn’t fit their crime. When Mallory discovers the identity of a Catholic spy and a conspiracy that threatens the kingdom, she has to make a choice – between her country and her heart. 

Mallory, however, carries her own dark secrets and is about to learn those being kept from her – secrets that could destroy those she loves.

Once Sir Francis’s greatest asset, Mallory is fast becoming his worst threat … and everyone knows there’s only one way Sir Francis deals with those.

Review.

This an absolutely fantastic book that keeps readers gripped to the edge of their seats throughout. A definite page turner. Karen Brooks has written an amazing novel set in Elizabethan England which richly descriptive capturing the era perfectly. The novel is written in first person and we follow Mallory Bright into a fantastic adventure.

I love how in a time of such oppression for women Mallory still fights for what she feels is right. She has to make some really difficult decisions and it is hard to tell in some places what she will really do!

The only difficulty I felt this book had was the slow pace at the start. However, once past this I found it to be something well worth reading.

Overall, I have to say that I enjoyed this novel authored by the fantastic Karen Brooks, and would recommend to adults enjoy the historical fantasy genre. I give this book a rating of 7.5/10 stars.

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Book Review: The Queen of Nothing, by Holly Black (2019).

What an awesome book! The Queen of Nothing by Holly Black is the third and final book in the Folk of the Air series. And what an adventure it has turned out to be! It all begins with Jude in exhile from faerie, and living with her sister and brother in the mortal world. Since Heather moved out after returning from the faerie, and is the reason why his wife Jude remains in the mortal world. So basically there is a whole lot going on and everything is in turmoil.

This book is full of adventure and excitement throughout, and it brings together all storylines which helps to explain many unanswered questions that were brought about in the previous novels. I have found this book almost impossible to put down. The storyline has so many twists and turns that I had difficulty and other times found it impossible to predict what was going to happen. Jude has her hands full with everything going on, and her life and well being hang in the balance a lot of the time. I am actually surprised at the amount she manages to do in this novel. I guess that what happens when one is raised in the lands of Faerie.

Basically, this book ha been written in such a well established setting and with such fabulous characters that reading makes you feel surrounded by magic yourself. I found it hard not to keep reading once I started, and I feel a little sad knowing that the series is over.

Overall I would recommend this book to all fantasy lovers and to those that enjoy the magic of the faerie. I think that young adult and older age groups would definitely enjoy this book. I give this book a rating of 10/10 stars.

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Book Review: The Wicked King, by Holly Black (2019).

The Wicked Kng by Holly Black is the second book in the Folk of the Air series, and an absolutely fantastic read. The all mortal Jude has managed to crown her enemy Cardan High King of Faerie and convinced her sister Vivi to take their younger brother Oak to give him a chance at the childhood her and her sisters never had. What isn’t commonly known is that Cardan has fallen prey to a trick of Jude’s and in fact she has him under her complete control.

This book continues Jude’s quest to rule faerie using Carda until such time as Oak comes of age and is able to take over the throne. but things are so far from what they appear to be, and Jude finds a variety of challenges set in her path. Such threats include those old and new, like the threat from the Undersea and the feelings she finds herself developing unavoidable for Cardan.

As always the Faerie is full of tricks and tragedies, but also excitement and daring. Jude is atthe centre of all of these things and she manages to survive with the majority of her dignity intact. Even though those such as Locke would love nothing more to make her feel irrelevant.

Again, this book is elegantly written with prose befitting the faerie. The characters are well written and its easy to follow and understand, givin readers an opportunity to create images of them in their minds eye. The storyline remains unique and has had me wishing there wa s’more time to read!

Overall, I believe this book is a brilliant 2nd novel in the series. It is a great read and highly recommend it to anyone interested in the fantasy genre, especially if you like the idea of the faerie and all thy they entail. I give this book a rating of 9.5/10 stars.