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Lover Unbound, The Black Dagger Brotherhood, Book 5

Written by: J. R. Ward
Narrated by: Jim Frangione
Length: 17 hrs and 20 mins
Categories: Romance, Paranormal
5 out of 5 stars (25 ratings)

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New York Times best-selling author J. R. Ward has blown away fans with her layered, tantalizing tales of sexy vampires and supernatural intrigue. In Lover Unbound, an immortal killer falls into the care - and possibly the arms - of a mortal surgeon. Suffering a horrific childhood as the son of a Bloodletter in his father's war camp, Vishous pledges death to members of the vampire-hunting Lessening Society. Vishous knows no love. He feels no emotion. He lives only to oppose the slayers. But after suffering a mortal wound, a human surgeon named Dr. Jane Whitcomb tends to him. Her ministrations, however, extend beyond his physical injury - and before long her tender hand has awakened feelings of pleasure that Vishous never dreamed existed.
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it's an emotional rollercoaster

this is a really good time it gets super intense towards the end the exploration in the sub and Dom elements of the character it's quite fun and that awakening of that kind of desire in another character this is a quick little mild exploration of it but if you were looking for something that acknowledges proper levels and needs and desires of consent in anything that has you tied up. while trying to explore the concept of past trauma and damage particular in the male lead character's life from childhood this is an appropriate exploration for it. and this is a decent starting point.

I would highly recommend.

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Always a great story from J R Ward!

An enjoyable listen, Vs story isn't my favorite of the series, but it is true to the BDB books and great continued development of the characters.

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Good story, don’t love the narrating

I think JR Ward has done another great job with creating another out-of-this-world story!
It’s believable and you feel the characters, but the narrating could be better. Sorry Jim Frangione!
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  • CindiL
  • Washington
  • 2009-11-29

Being the bloodletters son says it all...

This is the 5th book in the Black Dagger Brotherhood series. The series is darkly emotional and extremely erotic and sexual. I really love this series and its twist on vampires but you have to take the brothers as you get them which is not always pleasant! I get the feeling that some of the other reviewers had no history from reading the first 4 books and read this book on its own. In this books case it would be hard to understand and like on its own. This book is about Vishous and Jane and their story together. Vishous is a pretty messed up male. You learn alot about his upbringing in this book which helps you undertand why he is the way he is. It is about control and giving it up and learning to trust another. Though Vishous might have bisexual tendencies from his upbringing you realize he has confused his love of Butch for something else. Since Butch is the first person he has had feelings for in 300 years this is understandable. This isn't my favorite of the BDB books but still an excellent story even if I cringe some in parts! JR Ward is an excellent author and I like the narrator as he has a very masculine voice. He has done all of the books. His inflections don't change much between person to person though, especially with the females.
Don't skip this book as like all the other books there are alot of other sub-stories going on and you are introduced to characters that will play important roles in the 6th book. Also, don't listen to this book without starting at the beginning of the series as they are all on audible now.

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  • Ashley
  • Houston, TX, USA
  • 2010-01-07

V will always be my fav

This is an excellent book. While some people get turned off by the "homosexual undertones" they must be missing the big picture. This story does wonders for V and Butch not to mention JANE!! It really is a great story and some ppl may not like the S & M but that is part of life for some people. You need to have an open mind to enjoy the brothers to begin with so don't stop here. This is my fav book in the series hands down!!!

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  • Cindy
  • OKlahoma
  • 2010-04-06

wow

A very dark book. Finally explained why & how Vishous got the tattoos. Also learned more about John. Totally enjoyed

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  • Candice
  • 2011-04-29

Please read this book

The narrator killed this one. I bought this audiobook on sale because I just wanted to hear my second fav again. Jim Frangione is a great narrator but not for the BDB. His voice has a nice smooth sound but the slang of the BDB just does not sound right coming out of his mouth. The story is great and it's hot as hell but it's definently better read than listened too.

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  • ❤️ Cyndi Marie ❤️
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  • 2018-06-16

🌟🌟 5 Stars 🌟🌟

Oh Vishous!! This is my 3rd or 4th listen and he will always be one of my favorite Brothers but I'll admit, his story kind of fell flat for me. I think I had high expectations for him & Jane. From past books I expected him to be so much kinkier then he was and while I like Jane, I just didn't feel it. I did like the way they met and learning more about the vampires differences from humans. I also loved hearing the brothers reactions with humans. It makes you see really how much they could control them but don't unless it's necessary. With all BDB books there is always so much more going on in the book besides the main couples story. The "world" stories are what I loved about this book. JM has become a favorite of mine so I loved listening to his life changes and the other trainees.

Jim Frangione isn't for everyone but he's the only narrator I could image for the brothers!!!

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  • Bonnie
  • Bellmore, NY, United States
  • 2013-01-23

Brutality, Abuse, and Dark Fantasy.

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

If you can't handle brutality, male rape, forced bondage and discipline, as part of the story line than don't read J.R. Ward. If you enjoy intense urban fantasy then I recommended starting with the first book in the series and read in order.

What did you like best about this story?

When Vishous tells his story, and finds out some truths about who he really is. That some one can open his heart to feeling he never thought he could have.

What does Jim Frangione bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

I think Jim Frangione does a great job with narration of this series.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

*SPOILER ALERT* When Jane dies.

Any additional comments?

I've read every book in this series more than once and have always enjoyed each one. If you enjoy enjoy intense, dark urban fantasy then you will enjoy this series.

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  • M
  • Lexington, KY, United States
  • 2010-11-03

Just a great story

I almost didn't buy this because of the book reviews from other places. All kinds of criticism about lack of romance, weird ending and too much violience. Honestly I think it was one of the best ones she's written. I really thought the story between Vishous and Jane was quite unique and compelling. People complained about the BDSM like it was 90% of the book. It was barely noticable. Yes, the ending was not traditional but these are fantasy books. Laughable to say that the HEA doesn't work because of Jane's condition. What drew me in was the relationship between Vischous and all the other characters. All the sub plots really enhanced this story too. The SV and the choice of Phury as the Primale set up the next book perfectly. I've already read Rhevenge and JMs stories and this feeds into it perfectly.

Love Ward's gritty writing. She's really ruined me fo the fluff kind of vampire books. These characters come to life with complex personalities and stories catch and hold my interest so completely. Can't wait to move onto Phury's story.

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  • D. H. Fortune
  • Charlotte, NC, United States
  • 2016-06-11

In the minority, not a fan of narrator.

I adore the series. I am listening to it again in its entirety. He does a great job at just reading the books. But it is not at all exciting. Sometimes, i don't know which character is speaking. It could be so much better with someone who could actually perform different voices. Just my opinion.

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  • Adam
  • Perryville, AR, United States
  • 2012-02-03

What happened to Jim?

I've been listening to this series in order and it's been great 'till now. What happened to Jim Frangione? It sounds like him I guess but the story is being read COMPLETELY different than the first 4 books. This is the first time you can't tell which male is talking and half the time their pitch is raised to female status. That never happened in the other books. Even common recurring words are now pronounced differently. Sympath has become symphath as one example. Was this the first book he recorded and the reading evolved from here or is this a narrator bait and switch. It's confusing. It's a great book all in all but I hope the narration in the next books returns to the norm that caught my attention to start with.

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  • Marilyn Rondeau
  • West Springfield, MA United States
  • 2013-04-29

Awesome Series

In book five of this phenomenal series, THE BLACK DAGGER BROTHERHOOD, J.R. Ward tells the very emotional tale of Vishous, son of the Bloodletter, a very cunning stone-cold-hearted warrior devoted to killing the Lessers (undead beings who hunt and kill vampires). Not much can hurt a vampire warrior, but in one instance, Vishous had let down his guard and was shot from behind with a bullet that was pretty darn close to killing him. As Vishous was out on his own, no one from the brotherhood was nearby and Vishous was brought to a regular hospital where human surgeon, Dr. Jane Whitcomb was instrumental in keeping him alive. Rather a big mistake, it now meant that the brotherhood had to rescue him before the human world became aware of just what was lying in their hospital. But before they could effect a rescue, Vishous had unexpectedly fell in love with Jane and Vishous insisted Jane be brought to their stronghold to continue her doctorial ministrations, and discover for herself the feelings she had developed for her uniquely strange patient.

*** First of all I am having a blast reading and listening to this series. I fell out of sync with the books and had missed this one so I went back to fill it in and oh my, I am so glad I did. I think that so far, Vishous and Jane’s story is probably one of the most emotional and heart tugging books so far. First of all with Vishous discovering his long-lost mother; the long held emotional and physical scars of his childhood; and finally an absolutely heart-wrenching finale of maternal sacrifice.

Couple that with the ongoing day to day life of Vishous’s brother warriors and their Shellan’s and you have a complete and awesome family tale. Yes, a family whose love and devotion to one another is unsurpassed by most others.

What you will not find in LOVER UNBOUND are the many battles with Lessers that I found in the other volumes of this series. This book spent more time with the warriors focusing on their lives, their training, and for some like John - his coming of age. Each ‘brother’ warrior is fleshed out enough to give the reader an inkling of what is to come, and for me - I am anxiously awaiting John’s story, along with his friends Qhuinn and Blay.

Bottom Line: Ms. Wards unique band of brother warriors are fitted out in outrageously fabulous reads!

4 of 5 people found this review helpful