The Ward Addiction

The first book I read post-deadline was J.R. Ward’s Lover Unbound. The review of it is up at PBR right now. After writing the review, I checked out what Dear Author and others had to say about J.R. Ward’s newest. Seems some folks think Ward lost some of her luster with this installment. I understand the complaints but still feel the Ward love.

I have always insisted that if you’re looking for a huge paranormal romance, the Brotherhood books are not your answer. To me, these books are less about romance and more about what I view as a vampire family drama, sort of a Band of Brothers for vampires. In fact, I found the romance in Lover Unbound to be the least interesting and least developed aspect of the book. It was too contrived, too fast, too…something. But forgivable because the strength of Ward’s writing comes from her ability to create this huge, seemingly unwieldy world, keep it straight, build on it and move it forward. The hints of future planted in Lover Unbound prove Ward has an overall plan. I praise and adore Ward for that.

In many ways Lover Unbound is hard to talk about because the entire thing feels like a spoiler alert. Won’t even try to give a plot summary here. Read it yourself. Not sure what else to say except for what I said in an email to friends this morning: “Once again I devoured the book then looked back in stunned admiration at what Ward accomplished and how she hooked me despite significant flaws.”

That is Ward’s gift. She creates reading addiction. For that I continue to be a dedicated fan.

9 Responses to “The Ward Addiction”

  1. Have never read Ward. You make the books sound good.

  2. “She creates a reading addiction.” That’s exactly how I feel about these books! And I love the fact that even when I think, I shouldn’t be enjoying this so much, I still do.

  3. Lover Unbound linkage

    Reviews for Lover Unbound have been trickling in through the blogs over the last couple of weeks. Reactions are … mixed.

  4. I was lucky enough to find the book last week. I read the review on Dear Author after I finished the book because someone said there were many spoilers. Interesting POV by the reviewer and I was saddened to see so many say they weren’t going to read the book based on that review.

    I tend to look at reviews after I read a book to see what others thought.

    Loved your review on PBR.

    Ann M.

  5. I haven’t read any reviews because I’ve been chomping at the bit for this one. Someone I know, whose reviewing I trust, enjoyed the book, much likie you did, so that’s all I needed to know. I still haven’t found it – went yesterday argh! – so I’m hoping to find it today, on the actual release date. Wish me luck.

  6. Sounds like a good book! I’ll have to look for it.

  7. I have been waiting so long for this book.
    V is my favorite….I am a sucker for the tortured hero. And I love the bond between him and Butch. I cannot wait to read it.

  8. Have not read any J. R. Ward books. Sounds like I am missing a lot of good reading.

  9. I’m going to agree with the opinion that the romance aspect of this installment was the least enjoyable part of the book. It wasn’t that I didn’t enjoy that part of it, but at this point, I’m so interested in what is happening with ALL of the characters, that focusing on just one gets a bit tedious. Plus, I thought what happened to V’s lover at the end was a bit…too much. Still love the series though, and I can’t wait for the next book.

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