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 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…
Vishous has issues. Always had. He was brutally tortured and abused as a little child, sexually assaulted as a young man. He has allegoric premonitions of the future, but he can’t do anything to prevent certain things, because he doesn’t know the exact time of these events.
Lately, he is plagued by a nightmare about his own death. He is exhausted because he dreads to fall asleep. His abilities are in ruins: he loses his mind-reading ability, as well as seeing the future.
He is attracted to his best friend, Butch, more intensely than friendship. As Butch had found his mate, Marissa, in the previous book, Lover Revealed, the unthinkable has become impossible for Vishous.
And if this isn’t enough, his mother reveals herself, but it is not a happy reunion. (As for me, I would never forgive her for abandoning her own child and letting him suffer and starve from the age of 3. Exposing him to that terror, just because she gave her word to a psychopath??? It is unimaginable! What kind of mother is that??)
She also forces him to be the Primale of the Chosens, a duty to be done on behalf of his race.
On the chessboard of his godforsaken life, the pieces were lined up, the play preordained. Man, so many times in life you didn’t get to pick your path because the way you went was decided for you.
Free will was such bullshit.
Therefore the racial difference is not the only obstacle between him and the human surgeon, Jane Whitcomb.
Jane’s childhood was without warmth, kindness, and understanding. “Frozen perfection” on the surface, dead and incomprehensible rigidity inside. Yet, she has become an empathetic, tolerant, strong-willed woman. I adore her wit and intelligence, but sadly you get not much of her personality, as in this book Vishous is the main character, not her. Her portrayal is not equally detailed as his.
“Your name. My back. I can’t fucking wait.”
Jane whistled under her breath. “Do I get to do it?”
He barked a laugh. “No!”
“Come on. I’m a surgeon, I’m good with knives.”
Phury and Cormia’s book is not only prepared, but actually started in Lover Unbound.
I loved John’s appearances: his friendship with Blay, Qhuinn, and Zsadist warmed my heart. He finally finds understanding, and goes through his transition.
It was also heartwarming to see Zsadist’s settled wisdom and empathy, as well as talking, joking, eating, teaching, being worried, in short just living amidst the others.
The events mainly revolve around Vishous and the romance, even though it is only the beginning for them. Not much action takes place, as the Lessening Society doesn’t show up. Instead of them, an unexpected person is bearing malice to Vishous; the identity of that person is surprising.
I adore the way as Ward prepares and runs the story of a character so long. Having read all of the books already, I love to discover those little hints which have a strong significance regarding to the following books. I love the cavalcade of the links of the characters to each other.
Vishous and Jane’s ‘happily ever after’ left me unsatisfied. It is forced and hasty, as if they were in sore need of one. I mean, it is a series, in which the labyrinth of relationships and individual stories arc over many installments. I can’t imagine that these books could be enjoyable out of order, without knowing the antecedents. Just see John, whose story actually starts in book 1, you got pieces of him in each book after that, and even though he finds his mate in book 8, their storyline is picked up again in book 10. Another instance is Manny and Payne’s story, which doesn’t have a definite end in their book.
So, it would be better to find a different solution for Vishous and Jane to be together ‘forever’ later. Vishous suffered so much, I was really mad to see him bear that heartbreaking loss.
All in all
Lover Unbound is a great installment of the series. Even though the main storyline is not fully elaborated, it is heartbreaking and highly erotic. Besides, the side characters keep you involved all along the story.
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