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"The author pens a wicked tale"

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...

Butch continues to drown his sorrows in a scotch bottle as he pines for Marissa after their all too brief encounter. On one such night he encounters a group of Lessers as he is leaving the ZeroSum nightclub. Butch engages the Lessers to allow the civilian vampires to escape, only to find himself captured. Having undergone 24 hours of unspeakable torture at the hands of the Fore Lesser before being rescued, Butch takes comfort in the fact that he did not give up the secrets of the Brotherhood. But his encounter with the Lessers has left Butch with a seed of evil that is threatening to take hold. While at Haver's clinic, Marissa discoverers Butch's condition and will do whatever it takes to help in his recovery, even if that means opening up emotional wounds she has tried hard to heal.

Marissa is a heroine plagued with self doubt. Rejected as a mate by Wrath and shunned by the Glymera, she is struggling to find her place and purpose. Butch is carrying emotional baggage as well due to a horrific childhood and his years as a cop, and this all serves to work against them finding happiness or even a common ground. Meanwhile the pretrans vampire, John continues to deal with his loss and impending transition. The complex relationship between Vishous and Butch is explored as well. Add in the mix some political maneuverings involving the Glymera and you have an incredibly engaging read.

Ms. Ward does not disappointment with this emotional tale of everybody's favorite Red Sox fan, the cop Butch O'Neal. Though sometimes gruff, and a little rough around the edges, he wraps himself around your heart and readers will ride the rocky road to happiness along with Butch and Marissa. But as always, that happiness has a steep price. This darkly erotic and edgy series has captured my imagination, and it's easy to see why the Black Dagger Brotherhood has taken the paranormal genre by storm. The author pens a wicked tale. Stayed tuned for Vishous' story in Lover Unbound coming soon...I hope.

Reviewed by Dee Gentle
Posted March 11, 2007

SUMMARY

**2007 PEARL HONORABLE MENTION - BEST VAMPIRE**

In the shadows of the night in Caldwell, New York, there's a deadly war raging between vampires and their slayers. And there exists a secret band of brothers like no other - six vampire warriors, defenders of their race. Now, an ally of the Black Dagger Brotherhood will face the challenge of his life and the evil of the ages.

Butch O'Neal is a fighter by nature. A hard-living ex-homicide cop, he's the only human ever to be allowed in the inner circle of the Black Dagger Brotherhood. And he wants to go even deeper into the vampire world-to engage in the turf war with the lessers. His heart belongs to a female vampire, Marissa, an aristocratic beauty who's way out of his league. And if he can't have her, then at least he can fight side by side with the Brothers.

But fate curses him with the very thing he wants. When Butch sacrifices himself to save a civilian vampire from the slayers, he falls prey to the darkest force in the war. Left for dead, he's found by a miracle, and the Brotherhood calls on Marissa to bring him back, though even her love may not be enough to save him.

Genre: Paranormal Romance
Theme(s): Vampires

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Lover Revealed
(Black Dagger Brotherhood: Book 4)
by J. R. Ward

NAL (Onyx)
March 1, 2007
Available: March 6, 2007
ISBN #0451412354
EAN #9780451412355
480 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 Awakened
Lover Eternal
Dark Lover


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