- Mass Market Paperback: 480 pages
- Publisher: Berkley; Black Dagger Brotherhood, Book 4 edition (September 9, 2009)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0451229681
- ISBN-13: 978-0451229687
- Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 1.2 x 6.8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 982 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #47,151 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Lover Revealed (Black Dagger Brotherhood, Book 4) Mass Market Paperback – September 9, 2009
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Praise for the Black Dagger Brotherhood Novels
“To die for.”—Suzanne Brockmann
“Frighteningly addictive.”—Publishers Weekly
“Wickedly sexy.”—Lisa Gardner
“Deliciously erotic…utterly absorbing.”—Angela Knight
“Deliciously edgy, erotic, and thrilling!”—Nicole Jordan
About the Author
J. R. Ward is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of numerous novels, including the Black Dagger Brotherhood series. She lives in the South with her family.
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The vampire brothers of the BDB are warriors, committed to defending their vampire race against the Lessening Society, which would destroy it. In this fascinating, incredible world, Ms. Ward has used our present day setting to incorporate races of paranormal beings who live side by side with us normal folk, but who minimize their interactions with humans so as not to be identified as different. Preserving the secrecy of their existence is of paramount importance to all of the supernaturals in Ms. Ward's world, and the constructs she builds for the societies of vampires, Lessers, and in later volumes in the series, other supernaturals, are detailed, rich, full-bodied, and interesting beyond description. Every species the author invokes has complex social traditions and rituals, a full economic structure, and a political system which is steeped in the history of the particular species. The vampire lore, particularly, is incredibly complex and utterly thrilling. We learn portions of their native tongue, the "old language", watch poignant, emotional ceremonies that surround their births, deaths, courtships, and marriages, and become completely intoxicated by their charm, power, sensuality, intelligence, loyalty to each other, and dedication to their race.
LOVER REVEALED is the story of ex-cop Butch (given the choice to disappear from the police force and drop off the human map or die, after becoming aware of the vampire species) and Marissa, the most regal, highly stationed and utterly lonely of all the vampire females, who longs to make an emotional connection to another being. Their story is an edge-of-your seat emotional rollercoaster; we ride along with our hero and heroine, hoping they can shed the baggage of their pasts and their many misgivings, as they try desperately to find their happy ending. Ms. Ward's typically complex layering of both plot and characters throws quite a few curveballs at Butch and Marissa, every one of them completely non-cliche and fascinating. We learn that Butch has more of a role in vampire folklore than he realizes, and we hope that he stays alive to have the chance to capture his destiny. The conclusion of LOVER REVEALED is not overly predictable at all; in fact, it is fair, balanced, believable, and has just enough magic for us not be able to have guessed it.
LOVER REVEALED has the most "heart" in the BDB series thus far. It is also as raw, provocative, and sensual as its two precursors in the series, DARK LOVER and LOVER ETERNAL. The sex is intense and smoldering, and it fits the story and the characters so perfectly that it is inspirational! This is Ms. Ward's strength: perfect precision among all elements of story, character, action, plot, emotion, sex....all tropes and literary devices...and she is the master. The audio version, narrated by Jim Frangione, is superior; he is able to voice gentle, lonely Marissa as beautifully as he voices the tormented, powerful, out-of-his-element Butch.
My recommendation: RUN, don't walk, and get all three Black Dagger Brotherhood novels today. If you've already read LOVER REVEALED, give the audio version a listen. Both are part of my permanent home library.
Please note: This serisis should be read in order!
OPINION: I liked this book because I thought that Butch's journey was interesting and added something new to the overarching story of the series. I also liked the romance between Butch and Marissa although I, at times, found Marissa somewhat annoying with her demands that Butch not involve himself in any danger. She ultimately redeems herself by recognizing her own faults. I also really liked the complexity of the relationships between Butch and the brotherhood, especially V. At times like brothers, at times like could be lovers, their relationship is nuanced and deep. I liked Ward's ability to tackle those issues without being defensive or an advocate.
WORTH MENTIONING: Once again, this book has a great overlap and communion between the characters which makes it feel more like a saga.
FINAL DECISION: I liked this book for Butch's evolution. Beyond the romance, I found Butch's ability to find meaning and purpose in his life to be the best part of the story.
CONNECTED BOOKS: LOVER REVEALED is the fourth book in the Black Dagger Brotherhood series. A reader can read this book without the others in the series although the multiple storylines may be confusing as the book picks up without explanation some of those storylines.
STAR RATING: I give this book 4.25 stars.
My one major criticism with the book was that Butch as a character has never done much to grab me, and unfortunately, his book (where I would have expected a deeper exploration to maybe change that as it has with other characters), didn't do anything to solve that issue. I didn't find myself particularly energized by the relationship between him and Marissa. In contrast, during "Dark Lover" (Book One) when Marissa was being shunned by Wrath, I found her character highly compelling. And during Marissa's scenes alone in this book, I found her interesting too. But as soon as she and Butch were together, I actually found myself skimming most of their scenes. And I really hate to write that, because this is an author I LOVE and in most of the previous books I had the opposite reaction, of wanting to see what happened in the next scene between the two romantic leads. This time around, just very ho-hum, which just kind of dulled things for me overall.