Reviewed by JenThe problem with reading a truly exceptional book is that you find yourself judging other books against it. And the other books always fall a little short. Lover Unleashed has the misfortune of coming after Lover Awakened. It's not a bad book, but it doesn't hold a candle to its predecessor.
Beyond that, there is something weird going on between V & Butch. Both guys are straight, but there is a definite sexual vibe there that feels... off. I understand these guys are really close, but even they seemed icked out by the undertones. Some of the "why's" of their connection are revealed as the story progresses and I'm OK with V using his gift/curse to help Butch as he learns his powers. But the sex-vibe I could do without.
And my last big peeve: they changed the rules for Butch. I'm cool with what happened to him in the end. But it felt like Ward was cheating the rules of her own universe with his outcome.
With all that complaining, it might sound like I didn't like the book. But I did. Ward has created a sexy, dark, complex and satisfying world with this series. The longing and the love scenes are fantastic. And as always, I found myself as invested in the stories surrounding the secondary characters as I did Butch & Marissa. --I mean, how can you not love John Matthew?