Lover Awakened

 The Black Dagger Brotherhood are elite vampire warriors and brothers in arms trusting each other with their lives.  They stand between the civilian vampire population and the evil Lessening Society.

Zsadist is the most terrifying of them all, a former blood slave who was tortured and tormented so badly before his rescue, his mind was all but broken.  With a reputation for viciousness and feared by the lessers, he struggles to keep his rage leashed.  The only person who can even remotely control him is his twin brother Phury,  that is until the seemingly impossible happens.  Zsadist makes an emotional connection with the beautiful aristocrat Bella who was instantly entranced and saw beyond his scars and self-disgust to the magnificent warrior he should be.

When she is taken by the Lessening Society, Zsadist’s rage knows no bounds and everyone, even his fellow Brothers are wary of him and worried at what he might do.  The best they can do is help him and try and control the outfall.

Lover Awakened is the third book in the Black Dagger Brotherhood series and in all honesty they just keep getting better.  This is Zsadist’s story and I didn’t really know what to make of him when he appeared in the first two books.  It seemed he had no redeeming qualities whatsoever, too broken mentally to function.  You knew snippets of his history but not the major story of what had happened that made him become the vampire and Brother he was, with such a tenuous hold on his sanity.  The character of Bella, you first met in Lover Eternal and you already liked her by this book.  That only increases as their journey unfolds.

Having finished it, this book just made my heart bleed.  For Zsadist and all he’d endured, and the half-life he’d condemned himself to, for Bella not only surviving what she went through but coming through it stronger and still having such an enormous amount of compassion.  For the whole Brotherhood and their shocking losses that made me cry.

A book so skillfully written, I felt like I was part of the family too.  Just amazing.

Rating: ★★★★★ 

Book Information
  • Author: J.R. Ward
  • Series: Black Dagger Brotherhood (3)
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Author: Grete

I'm a complete bookaholic and never want a cure... more shelf space maybe. The only things I love more than reading is my husband and my cats!

1 thought on “Lover Awakened”

  1. So I finished reading this a couple of weeks back on holiday and I have to agree they just keep getting better.

    Zsadist’s story is so heartbreaking and Bella makes a great addition to the women of the series.

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