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Newbies to Ward's Black Dagger Brotherhood may struggle to fill in the backstory, but these erotic paranormals are well worth it, and frighteningly addictive. The six "brothers" are vampires: enormous, tattooed, tormented warriors who protect other vampires from destruction by the "lessers," desouled humans in the evil Omega's Lessening Society. Hero and ex-cop Butch is the only human allowed into the Brotherhood's inner circle, but Butch is no mere human, a fact suspected by one of his vamp colleagues, and confirmed by the sinister plans of the Omega. The book is fully committed to its urban sensibility, the vampires' rarified language (a glossary is provided) and their revved-up sex drives, and it all works to great, page-turning effect (with the notable exception of a chick lit–like attention to designer brands). Though Butch's love interest, the virginal, aristocratic vampire Marissa, initially elicits more annoyance than empathy, she grows a spine as the book progresses and Butch's destiny comes to light. In just two years, the first three books in the series have earned Ward an Anne Rice–style following, deservedly so; this entry should prove no less popular. (Mar.)
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Dark fantasy lovers, you just got served. -- Lynn Viehl

It's tough to keep raising the bar in a series, but the phenomenal Ward manages to do just that! From book one, human ex-cop, Butch O'Neal has seemed like the odd man out in her vampire brotherhood, but in this amazing novel he definitely comes into his own. The world of the Black Dagger Brotherhood continues to grow and become more layered, ramping up the tension, risk and passion. This is awesome stuff. -- Romantic Times, Top Pick 4 stars

J.R. Ward's unique band of brothers is to die for. I love this series. -- Suzanne Brockmann

The Brotherhood is the hottest collection of studs in romance. -- Angela Knight

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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 480 pages
  • Publisher: Onyx (March 6, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0451412354
  • ISBN-13: 978-0451412355
  • Product Dimensions: 4.3 x 1.3 x 6.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (793 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #917,183 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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J.R. Ward is the number one New York Times bestselling author of the Black Dagger Brotherhood series of vampire books. She is a winner of the prestigious Romance Writers of America RITA award for Best Paranormal Romance and is a multiple RITA nominee. A graduate of Smith College, she was a double major in History and Art History with a medieval concentration in both and she still longs at times for a return to those days sitting in dark lecture halls, looking at slides of old triptychs and reliquaries. Prior to becoming a full time writer, she was a corporate attorney, serving for many years as the Chief of Staff of one of Harvard Medical Schools premier teaching sites. Her idea of absolute heaven is a day filled with nothing but her computer, her dog and her coffee pot and the Brothers, of course.

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73 of 74 people found the following review helpful By Lauren Sophie on March 6, 2007
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I admit that when I read the first novel in this series a while back, I wasn't overly impressed. I thought it was just ok, and I didn't intend to read any more Black Dagger books. But then a lot of people recommended the later books to me and I found myself excited about giving this series another chance. And I'm so glad I did. Although I'm not super-devoted, ardent fan-- i.e. I don't think I'll be spending time on any message boards discussing the novels in depth-- I thought Lover Revealed was a very satisfying read with a compelling central romance and tons of intrigue, passion and great dialogue. In fact, I think that because my expectations weren't sky-high, I found this book even more enjoyable and worth the money/time than I anticipated.

The story has already been summarized by many other reviews, so I won't do so again here. But I found Marissa and Butch's coming together to be very sweet and sexy. Many have said they didn't necessarily feel their connection, but I certainly did. They had an intense, immediate attraction, first introduced in the initial book of the series, that developed into infatuation and then love. Marissa and Butch's mutual loneliness at the beginning of the novel had me rooting for them to finally find each other again and once they did it was sweet, but full of the kind of angst and conflict needed to give the story its momentum.

A few things I liked: first, how expertly J.R. Ward weaves in secondary characters and subplots. This book does an especially good job of developing V's character (his book is the next one and I can't wait for it), including his sexual issues and deep loneliness.
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66 of 72 people found the following review helpful By K. Gilligan on March 6, 2007
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After every Black Dagger Brotherhood Novel I read, I find myself with a new favorite character. After Dark Lover (Black Dagger Brotherhood, Book 1) it was Wrath, after Lover Eternal (Black Dagger Brotherhood, Book 2) it was Rhage, and after Lover Awakened (Black Dagger Brotherhood, Book 3) it was Zsadist. So I suppose I really shouldn't have been surprised when upon finishing this novel I decided that Butch is my new favorite character.

"Lover Revealed" by J.R. Ward did not disappoint me in the least. Be warned that if you haven't read the previous three books in this series, that you will not understand a large portion of the story.

The story focuses on Butch, and his relationship with Marissa. We also learn quite a bit about his past. There were moments were I was a bit teary-eyed so be prepared. I also loved seeing the friendship that Butch has with the rest of the Brothers. And I was glad to see that young John was back in this book, even though he had not completely recovered after earlier events (who can blame him?).

I'm already looking forward to the next addition to the Black Dagger Brotherhood Novels. At the end of this story we get a small sneak peek of Lover Unbound (Black Dagger Brotherhood, Book 5). Keep up the good work J.R. Ward, I can't wait to read more!
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Helen Hancox on March 13, 2007
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J R Ward's "Black Dagger Brotherhood" series is a fantastic read. Although the subject matter (vampires) is hardly original there's something about the earthiness of her writing style which is fresh and interesting in this often tired genre. The Black Dagger Brotherhood are vampires who protect the others of their race (civilians) against the 'lessers', ex-people without hearts who exist to kill vampires and are ruled by the Omega. The previous three stories have focused on members of the Brotherhood and their discovery of their mates, although with several other side-characters introduced.

"Lover Revealed" is different from the previous books. Not in terms of writing style (J R Ward's marvellous turn of phrase is still there, there's a huge amount of earthy Anglo-Saxon and fairly graphic descriptions - this is not a book to lend to your granny) but in terms of hero. This time we're following the trials and tribulations of Butch, the human ex-cop and roommate of Vishous, one of the Brotherhood. At the end of the last story Vishous tricked Butch into drinking a cup of his blood - Vishous didn't know why he had to do it, he just did, and it becomes clear in this story what that was about. Butch has always existed somewhat on the sidelines of the Brotherhood; not being a vampire they don't let him fight with them but he has some advantages in that he can go about in daytime. He's hardly a normal human, though, being very strong, rather self-destructive and with enough of a death wish that he was able to stand up to the vampires initially, thus to be accepted by their group. Right from the beginning Butch noticed Marissa but over several books their relationship has ground to a halt.
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165 of 205 people found the following review helpful By L. J Lewis on March 26, 2007
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You know, I've about had it with J.R. Ward's urban vampire series. The first one was great, but every book since them has been the same book, same formula, and same issues, just with a different main character. In Lover Awakened, JR Ward introduced us to the Black Dagger Brother, hardcore vampire warriors out to protect their race from the evil Lessening Society, their mortal enemies. The Brothers are really manly men. Tattooed, leather-wearing, trash-talking, rap music at the dinner table kind of guys with the occasional missing limb. Then there is Butch, the human side-kick.

Poor Butch. He had a awful childhood, used to have a coke addiction, currently is an alcoholic, got kicked off the police force, and being the Brotherhood's human mascot isn't helping his self-esteem any either. Things get even worse for him even the Lessers kidnap him, beat him up, and put a ball of pure evil in his stomach. His blood and other unmentionable fluids start turning black and he starts gaining weird powers. While recuperating he meets back up with Marissa, the beautiful vampire aristocrat that is the jilted ex-wife of Vampire King Wrath. Butch has been pining away for her for several novels, as an unfortunate misunderstanding instigated by Marissa's brother has him thinking she wants nothing to do with him.

The main problem with JR Ward's series is that these books at just bloated with repetition. The same series of events seem to play over and over again until the novel reaches a resolution. It goes something like this: Brothers fight the lessers. Cut to Brotherhood trainee John polishing his fighting skills. Cut to lesser boss Mr. X plotting evil. Butch and Marissa have a misunderstanding because the woman won't tell him anything. Back to Mr. X plotting Evil.
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