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review 2014-06-16 21:35
And we're done.
Lover Unbound (Black Dagger Brotherhood, Book 5) - J.R. Ward

During a check-up on a critically injured gun-shot patient, Dr. Jane Whitcomb discovers three large men hell-bent on removing him from the hospital. Almost immediately, Jane finds herself abducted and held prisoner in a large mansion working as the group's personal doctor.

After reading this book I can officially say that I'm done with this series. I hate captive heroine plots and I think that's why I quickly got burned out on the Black Dagger Brotherhood books. (Three out of the four novels I read featured this trope.) I'm also tired of the cliched traits of the Brotherhood constantly being shoved down my throat. I get it, they wear shit-kickers and listen to rap therefore they're a hardcore and edgy group. I don't need it repeated to me constantly.

However, I will give it to Ward. She's not afraid to stick to her guns when it comes to maintaining previously established character traits for her heroes. Zsadist was someone who couldn't find pleasure without pain, Rhage had to sleep with a regular assortment of women for his curse, and, in this one, Vishous was heavily into BDSM. Ward didn't tone down these character kinks when it came time to feature these guys in their own books. So, even though none of those really worked for me, I give her credit for not softening those aspects.


I would recommend this one to fans of the series, but...I'm done.

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review 2014-01-24 17:16
Obsidian - Laurann Dohner

Dr. Allison Baker has a creepy fixation on one of her coma patients and is disturbed when it's decided that the patient should be taken off life support. Acting like the rational and professional doctor she is, Allison decides to kidnap her coma patient and hide out with him at a cabin in the woods. Luckily for her, Allison's crack-pot idea of how to wake her patient works and he develops a fixation on her.


I clearly have a problem. Every time I pick-up one of these New Species books I know that the main characters and inevitable kidnapping/rape attempt of the heroine is going to annoy the crap out of me... and yet I can't seem to stop reading this series. The writing can get repetitive and Dohner is bad about only telling and not showing, but I can't stop reading these books. This series clearly has some kind of mystical power over me because despite my multiple hang-ups with this installment I'm still looking forward to reading the next one.

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review 2014-01-02 21:37
Doctor Saves Half-breed Shifter
Silver Mine - Vivian Arend

One of the aspects I enjoyed most about Silver Mine is that Arend tackles a relationship without the fate-mate connection between characters. This was especially interesting since most of Arend's books set in the Takhini and Granite Lake worlds rely on the fate-mate trope to drive the relationship forward. So it was nice to see Arend tackle a relationship set in this world where the characters didn't have that connection driving them.

Arend also takes another step away from her usual fan-fare in this book by making it primarily about the outcast shifters. Shelly is a doctor who gets sucked into helping the outcast Chase find out why a bad injury he has isn't healing properly. This involves going deep into the Yukon and tracking down the person who gave Chase the injury.

I really enjoyed the first two parts of the book, but the third part is where Arend started to lose me. Things started getting really rushed as she was trying to wrap things up. I was annoyed that so many things happened off page and that we were basically debriefed on what had gone on after-the-fact via everyone telling Chase what had happened while he was in a coma. It just seemed like a cheap way to wrap up some of the plot threads.

Other than that, I thought this was a really great installment to the Takhini Wolves series and I hope that Arend decides to do more with the Outcast Pack in future books.

Side note: Shelley's obsession with Chase's chest hair was all kinds of weird and gross with how poofy and thick she made it sound. Not sexy, yo.

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