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Lover Awakened (Black Dagger Brotherhood, Book 3) Mass Market Paperback – September 5, 2006
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Deeply scarred without and within, vampire warrior Zsadist believes that he is unworthy of either compassion or true love. One night a glimmer of hope crosses his path, embodied in the young civilian Bella; yet, true to form, he pushes her away. But when the enemy of their race kidnaps Bella, Zsadist can't rest until he finds her, and once he does, he faces his biggest threat to date as fate grants him one last chance at peace. Ward spins her take on Beauty and the Beast into a raw, gritty tour de force, creating an array of ugliness and beauty, pain and pleasure in a tale that sparks enough plot stunners to keep readers fascinated for years to come. Not for the faint of heart--strong sexuality and stronger language rule here--this genre-bending third novel in the Black Dagger Brotherhood series, following Lover Eternal (2006), is a perfect fit for those who like fast-paced urban fantasy rich in both fury and poignancy. Nina Davis
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“Delicious, erotic, and thrilling.”—New York Times bestselling author Nicole Jordan
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“Hold on tight for an intriguing, adrenaline-pumping ride.”—Booklist
“Frighteningly addictive.”—Publishers Weekly
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I really adored Rhage. However, the reason why this is getting a mid-level rating is that I can't reconcile Rhage's choice to go out and sleep with a shit ton of women while he had Mary waiting for him at home. This stemmed from Rhage needing to regain control of the dragon, so it was painted in a way that he had to go screw other women. While I will give Ward kudos for not taking an easy route, it still put a really sour taste in my mouth. I can't stand cheating heroes and I wasn't convinced that Rhage had exhausted all other possibilities, which really pissed me off. I also felt that Mary got over it way to quick. I mean he comes home from having sex with who knows how many women and she almost immediately gets over it upon seeing his sad face....really? I think she should've been a little more conflicted about that whole situation. Other than that, I generally enjoyed Lover Eternal. My only other wish is that Mary had been given more personality since she came off as a very flat character, but I'm beginning to think that's typical of Ward's heroines.
I fell in love with Rhage immediately, he may seem like a playboy on the surface but it quickly became clear just how lonely and empty he really was. I liked how he really didn't try to put up a front and was able to lay himself bare to Mary and even to his brother's at certain points. His love and willingness to protect Mary no matter the cost was great. Their first date was priceless, I'll always chuckle thinking of Hal E Woods!
I also liked how everything wasn't sunshine and roses for Mary and Rhage once they finally got together, many of their fights and problems were things that people encounter everyday. And many of these conflicts made for some pretty intense reading (and some incredibly hot scenes!).
The developments with the secondary characters were also done nicely and I look forward to continuing those storylines (i.e. Bella, Z and Phury also John and Tohr). And as with the first book the love and loyalty between the Brotherhood shone through and I think that is going to be one of my favorite things about this series!
Loved this book from start to finish and I can't wait to continue on with the series! 5 Stars!