Series: Black Dagger Brotherhood, 9
Author: J.R. Ward
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Payne, twin sister of Vishous, is cut from the same dark, warrior cloth as her brother: 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 paralyzing injury, human surgeon Dr. Manuel Manello is called in to treat her 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.
What did you think of the book? (Why this book?, New Author? Read more by author? Keeping? Thoughts on Hero? Heroine?)
I couldn't put it down! Ward's continuing Black Dagger Brotherhood series has only stumbled a couple of times. I don't feel this was one of those times. In fact, this was one of my favorites simply because of the overlapping stories of Payne and Manny, Xcor and his bastards, Vhishous's turmoil, V and Jane's problems and more. Granted there were several Brothers we didn't really see but I still feel like.the story told all it needed to.
Payne was interesting when we met her in John's book and I.was enthralled with her story when she showed up wit Wrath. I do think for a warrior she may have been a little more vulnerable than some would have liked but I thought it played well into her back-story. I do agree with some readers that she was a little more female angsty than you would anticipate a warrior being but then she was keep with her mother and the Chosen (supposedly perfect specimens of female for their race) for a rather long time.
V's emotional state in this book seemed plausible because he had never dealt with what happened to him at the hands of his Sire. I did like how his emotional issued played into the problem Jane and he were experiencing. I did love Butch's interaction here.
I liked Manny and his connection to the Brotherhood but not so much the decision at the end.
I did find Xcor and Throe rather interesting and hot. While I don't like Xcor's stand on Wrath, I do want to see more of him and his warriors. Zypher interested me for whatever reason and I did appreciate Xcor's sense of honor even if he doesn't always stick to it.
I loved the sparse nature of the Lessers in this book.
Other Book in the Series:
Dark Lover (Wrath)
Lover Eternal (Rhage)
Lover Awakened (Zhadist)
Lover Revealed (Butch)
Lover Unbound (Vhishous)
Lover Enshrined (Phury)
Lover Avenged (Rhevenge)
Dead After Dark (anthology) - not really part of the series but it feels like it.
Lover Mine (John)
Lover Unleashed (Payne)
Lover Reborn (Tohrment)