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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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OMG, this book was amazing. It just had so much to it. We finally get the story of Zsadist and I knew from book one I'd love his story. He's so broken and for me that's a character I'm just waiting to fall in love with.
The story picks up where book two left off and Z is looking for Bella. He's really battling and doesn't even know how to express the emotions he's feeling. He just knows he has to find her - even though everyone thinks she's dead.
The connect they have - even prior to anything happening that would bond them - is something that really made this book for me. He wasn't someone known to be kind or caring and yet with her he just was that. He didn't even know what he was doing or saying but just went with being honest and following his gut. It made me love Z even more.
Bella's been through a lot over the last six weeks and is anger and hurt. This helps her to somehow connect with Z. She gets - on some level - what he went through hundreds of years ago. She can sympathize with him.
Now don't be fooled Z is a very broken vampire so their relationship isn't easy. In fact it's the complete opposite of easy but that's what makes is so amazing. He fights it all the way yet he can't stand to be away from her but he'll push her away. It's a rollercoaster of a relationship for sure.
Besides Z and Bella's turbulent relationship, there's a hell of a lot going on with the lesser's and the other brothers. Warning: get your tissues ready because there's a "boom" of a surprise in this one.
JR Ward is amazing. In just three books she's really built a world that captivates you and makes you want to know more and more about these brothers. I can't wait to see how the rest of the books build on what she's planned out. I'm a fan for sure!
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.