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"Simply Awesome!"

Unbeknownst to the human population, a war is being waged that will determine the continuation of the vampire species. Only one thing stands between survival and extinction, The Black Dagger Brotherhood...

Bella, having been kidnapped by a lesser, is living a nightmare that is challenging her endurance and threatening her sanity. But Zsadist has been relentless in his search for Bella, though he is at a loss to understand his need to do so. When she is rescued, he refuses to let her out of his sight. Zsadist seems to be the only one who is able to provide Bella with a feeling of security, and she clings to him for support. He is uncomfortable with the depth of his attraction to Bella, and when their passion builds, the effects of his past abuse as a blood slave leave him unable to deal with the consequences; his past has left him not broken, but ruined. Is it possible for him to overcome the damage of the past to find peace with Bella, or will his need for revenge threaten to tear them further apart?

Lover Awakened is the long awaited story of Zsadist, the dark and dangerous member of the Black Dagger Brotherhood. This story is very much about sacrifice, acceptance, and resilience, and realistically explores the horror and lasting effects of abuse. Zsadist, by all appearances is emotionally damaged beyond repair, and all those he encounters are resigned to the fact. The character interaction and the heart wrenching insight into his past experiences will have the reader in emotional knots and wishing beyond hope for his stability, if not happiness. Bella is a wonderfully complex heroine who attempts to save Zsadist, though she is in need of rescue herself. The story has shocking surprises, intriguing mysteries and excruciating tension that build to a climax that will leave readers pleading for more.

Simply awesome! Ms. Ward has given her readers another emotional, action packed, roller coaster ride of a story, and fans of The Black Dagger Brotherhood will be sated, if only until the final page is turned. Then it is back to enduring the wait until the next chapter in the tales of The Black Dagger Brotherhood, LOVER REVEALED; Butch's story, hits the shelves in March 2007.

Review date: September 2006

Reviewed by Dee Gentle
Posted November 11, 2006

SUMMARY

**2006 PEARL WINNER - BEST OVERALL PARANORMAL ROMANCE**

In the shadows of the night in Caldwell, New York, a deadly war rages between vampires and their slayers. There exists a secret band of brothers like no other—six vampire warriors, defenders of their race. Of these, Zsadist is the most terrifying member of the Black Dagger Brotherhood.

A former blood slave, the vampire Zsadist still bears the scars from a past filled with suffering and humiliation. Renowned for his unquenchable fury and sinister deeds, he is a savage feared by humans and vampires alike. Anger is his only companion and terror his only passion—until he rescues a beautiful female from the evil Lessening Society.

Bella is instantly entranced by the seething power Zsadist possesses. But even as their desire for each other begins to overtake them, Zsadist's thirst for vengeance against Bella's tormentors drives him to the brink of madness. Now Bella must help her lover overcome the wounds of his tortured past and find a future with her....

Genre: Paranormal Romance
Theme(s): Vampires

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Lover Awakened
(Black Dagger Brotherhood: Book 3)
by J. R. Ward

Signet (Eclipse)
September 1, 2006
Available: September 1, 2006
ISBN #0451219368
EAN #9780451219367
464 pages
Paperback
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Other Books by
J. R. Ward

Lover Reborn
Envy
Lover Unleashed
Crave
Lover Mine
Covet
Lover Avenged
Dead After Dark
The Black Dagger Brotherhood: An Insider's Guide
Lover Enshrined
Lover Unbound
Lover Revealed
Lover Eternal
Dark Lover


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