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With nearly 700 reviews on Amazon for LOVER REVEALED and in light of Ms. Ward’s cult-like following of fans (of which I am one!), it would be repetitive for me to detail the plot of this outstanding story. Let me instead convey my opinions regarding what sets Ms. Ward’s Black Dagger Brotherhood (BDB) apart from other urban fiction/paranormal/erotic romance fiction series’. 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! Check it out!
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.) Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved. –This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Lover Revealed (Black Dagger Brotherhood, Book 4) Mass Market Paperback – September 9, 2009 by J.R. Ward (Author) Review
Yes, shake my head. This book was my last BDB. I wanted to like it. I really did. I was into both Butch and V from the previous books and thought Marissa was all right. I was a bit confused about why Butch and Mar. didn’t hook up earlier and wanted to hear that story. I was also excited by the direction things were going in between Butch and V. This book, however, does nothing but piss me off. Butch and Marissa don’t seem to have the strong primary connection we saw between the H and h in the first two books. Instead the primary emotional connection seems to be between Butch and V. If Butch had any balls at all he would have swallowed his pride and been with the person he truly belonged with. And that’s not Marissa. 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. -Read Reviews-
What can I say that I haven’t already said about the 3 previous books from this series?!?! This story, and really the series as a whole, is so well though out and so detailed that I can see everything happening. I feel like I am living this story. This book answers lots of questions and gets more involved in the plot. 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 🙂
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