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Lover Revealed (Black Dagger Brotherhood, Book 4) Mass Market Paperback – March 6, 2007
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From Publishers Weekly
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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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!
On top of that, M. is a shadow of a character. She is just a collection of female stereotypes - soft, kind, giving, understanding, scared, passive. How could this woman be 100s of years old and still be such a child?
These books became increasingly about the brotherhood with no room for the women or the romance. On and on about the battles and booze, full of almost incomprehensible slang that is rapidly becoming dated. Are these men ancient warriors or a bunch of 1st year marines let loose in play land?
This book was my last attempt to spend time in this world. I'm happy to leave it behind.
I loved Butch in the previous books but I love him even more now! He is a wonderful man. Fierce, strong and loyal and is willing to go to any length to protect those he cares about, especially Marissa and V. Marissa and Butch make a wonderful couple. Marissa is a lovely woman who would also do anything for the people she cars about and those she doesn't know, which you see in her opening the Safe Place.
V warms my heart. I feel so strongly for him. He's a great man, friend and warrior and I hope he gets his happily ever after.
John is still and interesting part of this story and I really enjoy his parts. I look forward to seeing him go through his change.
And these damn Lessers....ugh...I wonder if Mr. X is truly gone - that guy creeps me out.
I highly recommend this book, and series, and will be starting up book 5 in a few short seconds :)