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"100% Action packed, seductive and satisfying!"

J. R. Ward's Lover Revealed is the fourth book in the Black Dagger Brotherhood series. This is the story of Butch O'Neal, an ex-cop, close friend to Vishous, and an ally to the Black Dagger Brotherhood. Like with most things in Butch's life he was not simply accepted into the Brotherhood, he had to prove himself and typically in his life that means taking some punches. But since he hasn't really known much of any other kind of way of living, this doesn't seem all that bad.

Like Ms. Ward's previous books this plot is loaded with kick-ass dialogue, lethal enemies called 'lessers' and intense love scenes. However there is another aspect that enters into this book that, for me, added a whole new dimension and appeal to the series. This book is not only about Butch's love for Marissa, an untouchable upper class 'glymera' vampire, but also the intimacy and love that comes from a deep bond of friendship he has with Vishous. Ms. Ward does an incredible job of showing how intense the power of love with your mate can be but she also reveals the complexities that come when you share an almost equal bond with a friend.

Lover Revealed opens up with Butch in one of his typical haunts, the ZeroSum. Once again he tries to drown out the intense feelings he carries for Marissa, an upper class vampire. They had met in a previous book but unfortunately the class difference ended up separating them. However as Butch leaves the club he stumbles upon a group of lessers and is unable to reach the Brotherhood for backup. The result is Butch is ultimately captured and tortured at the hands of the Fore lesser and their leader the Omega.

Butch is left in an open field during the end of winter and at deaths door. However, Vishous is able to locate him now that evening has come, as he had previously given Butch some of his own blood and this acts like a proverbial GPS. The book explodes in all directions from here. While Vishous uses his abilities to try and draw out the darkness that was imbedded into Butch he knows it is not enough to induce the man to want to live after experiencing such torture. However thanks to the special bond they share Vishous knows exactly who to reach out to. The one person that may possibly bring him back.....Marissa.

I have absolutely loved all of the books in this series, and yes I recommend reading it from the first book because it makes the experience that much more intense. None the less I have to say that so far Lover Revealed is my favorite of the Black Dagger Brotherhood series. Unfortunately I can't share many of the reasons because they would be spoilers. What I can say is that reading this book from the perspective of Butch's character, which is human and deeply entrenched in the Brotherhood, gives a fascinating perspective and understanding of the Brotherhood. Not to mention a hell of a wild ride.

Reviewed by Mindy Lobaugh
Posted May 5, 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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