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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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Praise for the novels of J.R. Ward
“Delicious, erotic, and thrilling.”—New York Times bestselling author Nicole Jordan
“Dark fantasy lovers, you just got served.”—New York Times bestselling author Lynn Viehl
“Hold on tight for an intriguing, adrenaline-pumping ride.”—Booklist
“Frighteningly addictive.”—Publishers Weekly
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Z is a tortured soul. He was kidnapped as a child, forced into slavery and became a blood and sex slave after his transition. He has never recoved, until Bella came into his life. After servicing her during her needing, Z realizes that he has fallen in love but rejects love and Bella. After pushing her away, he decides to change himself to be the man she deserves.
John Matthew is now immersed in the lives of Tor and Welsie. He is training with the brothers and getting accosted by Lash.
Tor / Welsie have it all, a great mateing, John Matthew, and a baby on the way. But that doesn't last.
Phury is in love with Bella and rejected by Bella. He has no idea how to cope with his feelings, so he just gets HIGH all the time on red smoke.
Butch and V reach a whole new level of friendship.
He thought about all the holes in him, the blank places, the voids where others felt things. When it came down to it, he was really just a screen, more empty than solid, his emotions blowing through him, only the anger catching and holding.
Bella is still missing and it has been six weeks since she disappeared. Zsadist has never given up hope of finding her but everyday becomes a bigger struggle. Mr. O has an unnatural obsession with Bella and is keeping her as his captive sure that he is in love with her, but he is not the type of man you want that kind of attention from. Mr. O is super creepy and abuse that Bella suffers at his hands I think almost bonds her to Zsadist.
“I was dead until you found me, though I breathed. I was sightless, though I could see. And then you came…and I was awakened.”
I loved Zsadist’s journey. He has been broken for so long that doesn’t get fixed overnight just because you meet someone. He wants the best for Bella and sometimes he gets weird ideas in his head of what that is. Some of the scenes were so heartbreakingly amazing to see the effort that he has to put into just touching and speaking with another person. He is so scared and not just on the outside, everything inside of him has to heal as well and no matter how much you love someone else it isn’t going to just happen in the blink of an eye. I appreciate that the author didn’t poof all of his problems away after Bella comes into his life.
Again there are the great Bromances. The interactions between Phury and Zsadist are just as important as the ones between Bella and Zsadist. Phury as Zsadist’s twin has so many problems too. While always looking out for his brother he has forgotten to have his own life. Everything has been for Zsadist and the guilt Phury feels that he couldn’t save him sooner or that he wasn’t taken as well. The guilt has eaten him up his whole life and what is he supposed to do now that Zsadist is working out of the darkness that has kept him most of his life.
“You are the male I might have been. You are the potential I had and lost. You are the honor and the strength and the kindness she needs. You’ll take care of her. I want you to take care of her.”
This is a more serious story and I really wasn’t prepared for that. Even the side characters had some epic tragedies that changed the entire tone of the series for me. I was more impressed by the chances the author took and the entire storyline was so much better than the other books in the series for me so far. Perhaps this isn’t the formulaic cookie cutter story I initially took this for.
Best book in the series to date.
Like others, I recommend reading the series in order. Dark Lover is the first and is pretty good, Lover Eternal, #2, is even better.
Number three, Lover Awakened, the best ever. The rest of the books just haven't appealed to me in the same way. I read books 4 and 10 and found them unremarkable. The plots move fast, the sex isn't too much ( I don't know what word I am looking for here) but the stories are too similar and the characters don't have the same depth.
My search for a book as good as Lover Awakened continues and I read these postings looking for books to try. If you know of a really great book, please get the word out for the rest of us.
The Brothers continue to make me smile with their banter and kick ass ways.
John is a great addition! Im so happy that he was found and cannot wait to see his progress and how he evolves. My heart broke for Tohr and Wellsie and Sarelle :(
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This is a very good series, I highly recommend it.