Butch O’Neal is a former Cop and the first human to know of the existence of the Black Dagger Brotherhood. Not only does he know it exists but is welcomed as a friend and ally. Being human, he is kept apart from the nightly battles the Brothers go through with the Lessening Society and becomes increasingly frustrated at being unable to help. Reckless with is own life, frequently drunk and disorderly and impossibly in love with someone he can’t have, the course of his life changes forever one extraordinary night when he risks all to save a civilian.
Being the fourth book in the Black Dagger Brotherhood series makes Lover Revealed no less passionately absorbing and emotional as the first three. It was really good to see Butch as the central character as I was wondering how he was going to continue to fit in with the Brothers when he was ‘only’ human. It seemed only a matter of time before he self-destructed and having liked the character right from the first book, it was the last thing I wanted to see. I have to applaud how J.R. Ward resolved the issue and his helpless love for Marissa, seeing him become what he always wanted to be. Himself.
I also loved the transition of Marissa from the obedient reserved aristocratic doormat she started as, into a woman who was worthy of being a Warrior’s mate. Butch himself goes through several realisations about himself and every time you think it will mean his death, he comes through from sheer balls, force of will and the love of the Brothers, especially Vishous. Another brilliant instalment of the series!