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Lover Awakened: Black Dagger Brotherhood, Book 3 | [J.R. Ward]

Lover Awakened: Black Dagger Brotherhood, Book 3

The vampire Zsadist is a former blood slave with a violent past. When he meets Bella, Zsadist thinks her human love could be his path to salvation. Then Bella is kidnapped, and Zsadist will stop at nothing to get her back.
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Publisher's Summary

Author of the number-one New York Times best-selling Black Dagger Brotherhood novels, J. R. Ward enthralls fans with her erotic urban fantasies.

The third book in the series tells the story of the vampire Zsadist, a former blood slave with a violent past. When he meets Bella, Zsadist thinks her human love could be his path to salvation. Then Bella is kidnapped, and Zsadist will stop at nothing to get her back.

Listen to another Black Dagger Brotherhood chiller.

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What the Critics Say

"This genre-bending third novel in the Black Dagger Brotherhood series...is a perfect fit for those who like fast-paced urban fantasy rich in both fury and poignancy." (Booklist)

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    Meghan Peabody, MA, USA 09-03-09
    Meghan Peabody, MA, USA 09-03-09
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    "Favorite"

    My personal favorites of the series. Very moving gives awesome detail and insight into the brotherhood. Z is the best

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    Melissa Chandler, AZ, United States 09-03-09
    Melissa Chandler, AZ, United States 09-03-09 Member Since 2014
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    "I'm now ADDICTED!"

    I listened to this one first because all the reviewers said it was their favorite of the series. I would have immediately started listening to this book again if I hadn't become instantly and overwhelming addicted to hearing the entire series.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Mary Sunbury, PA, USA 08-10-09
    Mary Sunbury, PA, USA 08-10-09 Member Since 2009
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    "Excellent!"

    As a big fan of the written Black Dagger Brotherhood series, I had high expectations of the quality of this book, which is one of my favorites of them all. The pathos and badass nature of the writing really come out with this reading. JR Ward's writing style is not for the wilting-lily romance reader--it is hard-biting, and gets every scrap of pain from her characters. This reading by Jim Frangione definitely does it justice. Hop on and go for a ride! I enjoy that I can purchase this from Audible, because the download price is much less salty than purchasing hard copies (of whichever format) directly from Recorded Books. Thank you, Audible.com.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Candateshia Pafford Fort Meade 09-24-13
    Candateshia Pafford Fort Meade 09-24-13 Member Since 2015

    I really enjoy the world of books! Narration just add layers to that world... don't u think? :)

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    "Zadist!"

    Deep.. Very deep! Lol... Glad Zadist found his HEA... Bella was pretty awesome too... I still think Beth is my favorite shellan.

    3 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Nancy Danville, CA, United States 04-22-14
    Nancy Danville, CA, United States 04-22-14 Member Since 2011
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    "Where are we going with this?"

    I initially detested the first book in the series. At first blush it seemed so cheesy, like a cheap dime store novel. But, every time I went to get a new book to listen to I'd see everyone's overwhelmingly positive reviews to JR Ward and I finally decided I must have been in a bad mood. I re-listened and changed my stance somewhat. I think what cheapens these novels is the narrator. Again, at first listen he seems smooth and dramatic, but he actually ended up reminding me of Captain James T. Kirk of the Starship Enterprise -- not in the way he sounds, but in the overly dramatic delivery. I started obsessing with how he said anything to do with the word "easy." He says "eeeeeased, eeeeeasier, eeeeasy. Who knew the word ease, easy, easier, eased could be used so much within one book? If it's a single syllable word, expect the vowel sound to be draaawwwwn out. Enough about the narration. The story line is initially intriguing, but I'm not sure where the over-arching story is going, starting to feel a little soap opera-ish. I'd say I'm adequately entertained, the pacing and such seems good, yet occasionally I'll fall asleep listening at night, and I'll pick it up 4 hours later not feeling like I missed a thing. It's fair to say I'm no longer a hater, but I don't see what all the hullabaloo is about. The series is okay.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Katt978 COLORADO SPRINGS, CO, United States 08-19-13
    Katt978 COLORADO SPRINGS, CO, United States 08-19-13 Member Since 2013
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    "My favorite book of the series."
    What did you love best about Lover Awakened?

    Zadist's story has always been my favorite of the series. I love Z's character evolution. I love how strong Bella's character is.


    What other book might you compare Lover Awakened to and why?

    This has the typical BDB format but Z's history is very ugly and the struggle he must go through to overcome it is heartbreaking.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    The narrator read in a mono-toned voice throughout the entire book until the last few chapters, then he decided to give the butler an original voice- one that was pretty good, I might add. Why he couldn't even read the sentence markings (sound more excited when there was an explanation mark or raise his tone at the end of the sentence when it's a question mark) is beyond me. You could tell how very uncomfortable he was with the unique lingo- such has "What's doing." This book and it's characters deserved better.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes and no..... yes because I love this book and have read it many times....no because of the narrator.


    Any additional comments?

    I would buy this book all over again if only Phil Gigante would narrate! (hint hint audible)

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Dwayne 02-11-13
    Dwayne 02-11-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Describe the Action not the Erection"
    What disappointed you about Lover Awakened?

    I bought the 1st book during the Halloween Sale and enjoyed the action and story line. So I purchased 2 and 3 while still on sales. Thought focusing on what seemed to be the 2 most Bad-ass Brothers would be action packed.
    Wrong,...had to suffer through hours of describing penises, erections, and masturbation. then when the action came there was very little description. In my opinion this series is not for the males.


    Has Lover Awakened turned you off from other books in this genre?

    yes


    Which character – as performed by Jim Frangione – was your favorite?

    did a good job with what he had to work with


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    disappointment


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    C. Alverson Indianapolis, IN USA 01-23-13
    C. Alverson Indianapolis, IN USA 01-23-13 Member Since 2011

    Alvy

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    "beware long pauses"

    This is one of my favorite stories in the BDB series. However I was frustrated by the long pauses in the audio book. Many were in between chapters, while others were at random points in the text.

    I am not sure why JR Ward added the epilogue to this book, as it was so out of place (20 months later) when the next book takes up before this epilogue.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    annette PITTSBURGH, PA, United States 03-29-10
    annette PITTSBURGH, PA, United States 03-29-10 Member Since 2014
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    "My Favorite!"

    This is the book I started out with,cause it was on sale, and I absolutely love Zsadist His story is most compelling. He is raw and gritty but you come to love him. His story is like beauty and the beast.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Lisa Kentwood, MI, USA 03-15-10
    Lisa Kentwood, MI, USA 03-15-10
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    "Entertaining"

    I loved the story. Had a couple times I was confused as to which character was the one talking. Getting addicted to the series.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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