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Lover Awakened (Black Dagger Brotherhood, Book 3) Mass Market Paperback – September 5, 2006
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Zsadist suffered horrible abuse as a blood slave for many years and is now unable to bear the touch of anyone. He equates pain with sexual arousal and avoids all the complications involved in any type of relationship or friendship. Bearing permanent physical scars from his past, Zsadist's mere physical presence scares all who know him- except the lovely Bella who reached out to him in the previous novel, LOVER ETERNAL. The novel opens with Bella imprisoned by one of the lessers. The lessers are the enemies of the Black Dagger Brotherhood as they are de-souled humans who sole purpose is to exterminate the entire vampire race. Zsadist is determined to rescue Bella, but his own emotions regarding her are conflicted. Will Zsadist be able to overcome his sordid past? Or will Bella choose to settle for his twin brother, Phury, instead? And what other diabolical plans do the lessers have in store for the Black Dagger Brotherhood?
J.R. Ward has cleverly crafted the ideal storyline for Zsadist. LOVER AWAKENED is perhaps one of the most gut-wrenching books this reviewer has ever read. Only Zsadist's story could take the reader to such low depths only to arise to such touching, heart-warming moments. LOVER AWAKENED is a poignant tale of one man's victory over the evils of physical and sexual abuse.
Zsadist's character is the most controversial of all of the Black Dagger Brotherhood. His name alone speaks volumes about the despair and anger that has filled his soul. Bella is a complete contrast to him, as she is openly caring and affectionate.Read more ›
Zsadist is the brother of Phury, they are twins, but he was kiddnapped as a baby and sold as a Blood Slave. He lived in captivity and torture for many yrs until Phury found him and saved his life. But he was so damaged by his captor that they have no hope for him to ever live a normal life. He seems to only embrace violence. With his scarred face and body he is an anomoly in the Vampire world. Since he is a born warrior he lives and fights with the Black Dagger Brotherhood. They protect the other vampires from the lessers, men who have given up their souls to the Omega, for the power to kill. The Omega wants to destroy all vampires.
Bella is a vampiress, who is a friend of the human woman who is bonded to Rhage. Rhage is one of the Black Dagger Brotherhood. There are only 6 Warriors in the Brotherhood now, but Wrath, the king, is haveing some others trained to join. When Bella meets Zsadist she is fasinated and a bit frightened by him. He is so solitary. Later she is kidnapped by the leader of the lessers. She looks like his deceased wife and he clings to her and thinks he loves her. This does not stop him from tortureing and beating her up. She is kept in a hole in the ground and must listen as other captured vampires are tortured and murdered. For some reason her mind turns to Zsadist and she prays for her rescue.
Zsadist searches for her with a vengence. Surprising his brothers, he returns to her house many times. Somehow she has reached into the Darkness that surrounds him.Read more ›
I was sucked in from the first page. What I love about Ward is that she is able to tell you other stories while spinning the actual main storyline. Mini storylines, if you will. So not only do we get to know about the main hero and heroine, but we are also able to revisit and continue to love previous characters that we have already read about (Wrath and Beth, Rhage and Mary, Thor and Wellsie and John). This was definitely no exception. This way, we don't forget about our previous loved characters and are still able to grow with them. :) Furthermore, not only do we get to see previous characters such as John, but we are introduced to some new ones too that will be playing major roles down the line.
The scenes between Bella and Zsadist are very mixed. One scene is very touching and the next is definitely jaw-dropping. "I can't believe she/he just did/said that!" Their relationship is much like a roller coaster. Their emotions are all over the place but because of Ward's wonderful gift, she is able to tie it nicely at the end to make it real. It wasn't annoying like how other stories of the like I've read. Very good job!
The scenes with Zsadist and his twin brother Phury were also very roller coaster-like.Read more ›
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I have spoken before on comfort books, those books that you re-read year after year for the feels. Read more
Love the novel. Great series. Recommend if youre into vampire fiction.Published 13 days ago by robert law
My heart just broke with this story. I can't write a review without spoilers, so I'll just say, your heart will break over and over with the lead male. Read morePublished 27 days ago by SweetiePiePrivateEye
Review – Book: After too many rereads to count, and my second audiobook listen, here I am still looking forward to reading and listening again. Read morePublished 28 days ago by Susan65
Man this book made me cry so many times. I wanted to hate Zsadist so much, in fact I think throughout the book I couldn't decide if I should hate him or pity him. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Kindle Customer
If you have watched the first season of Game of Thrones and was very much surprised of what happened in the story in the last episode, then you will be just as shocked when reading... Read morePublished 1 month ago by JBN
This is Zhadist's story. Nothing about Zhadist's life has been easy. He went through horrific abuse and 100 years later is still not healed. In fact, he is a hot mess. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Kindle Customer