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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.

©2006 Jessica Bird; (P)2009 Recorded Books, LLC

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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    bluebelle 08-03-09
    bluebelle 08-03-09 Member Since 2015

    When I clean, drive or exercise I listen to romance. The steamier the better but it must have a great story as well!

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    "My favorite in the series!"

    I was so happy when I saw that Audible chose to include this book in their collection! This has always been my favorite book in the series. I love the eternal hope that you feel. Zadist is so emotionally damaged from severe sexual abuse that he pushes everyone away from him! He is so scary that he won't let anyone get close to him. Even his own twin brother has a hard time connecting with him. But Bella is amazed by him, by his strength! He helps her when everyone else has given up hope and while trying to ease her pain he allows her to help heal him without realizing it was happening! Enjoy! It is worth every cent or credit!

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Leslie Hillsborough, NC, United States 12-10-09
    Leslie Hillsborough, NC, United States 12-10-09 Member Since 2013
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    "My favorite in series"

    I loved this book. I would recommend to anyone that enjoys paranormal romance.

    6 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Lisa Brockton, Morocco 09-19-09
    Lisa Brockton, Morocco 09-19-09 Member Since 2008
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    "Loved the book but... frustrated!"

    This was my favorite in the series, SO FAR! I started dowloading the entire series after I listened to the first book, only to find out there was NO book 4 available. HUH?? I got as far as this book and now I am stuck. I refuse to skip ahead. BUT, I just went on to the Recorded Books website and they are releasing Book 4 on CD in November... (I guess it hasnt been available in audio format) so I am keeping my fingers crossed... Audible wouldnt be that cruel as to not offer it to it's faithful members...
    If you want a review to this book, I can only say that is was incredible. I loved each character. I hated Z in some parts but understood why he was the way he was. I cant wait to read them over and over again. Not a fan of the narrator, he is a little stiff for me, but... not a big deal. GREAT BOOK! 'Nuff said

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Leesa 01-23-13
    Leesa 01-23-13 Member Since 2014

    I've always been a avid reader so now I'm a avid listener. I prefer the paranormal genre but I do like to switch things up. It's boring if you don't have variety. Of course I do love the romance and the hotter the better. Also, you can't beat a good thriller filled with suspense and a ending you can't even guess at until the very end.

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    "Rips at your heart"
    If you could sum up Lover Awakened in three words, what would they be?

    Tormented, reborn, peace


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Bella, because she looked beyond the scars and saw the soul.


    Any additional comments?

    Great book! Great series!

    6 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    Benoibe New Orleans, LA, United States 11-21-11
    Benoibe New Orleans, LA, United States 11-21-11 Member Since 2010

    Audio-addict!!

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    "Wow! Most intense and beautiful yet!"

    I couldn't wait to write this review. Oh my goodness, this one is the best. Grittier, sexier, sweeter, bigger in every way! Zsadist and Bella have a story that moved me to tears, beyond words.

    I read the first two and was intrigued to hear Zsadist's story. I never expected this book to have this much depth. I was in tears at the beautiful character that emerged in the end. The story is so much more than just Zsadist and his heroine Bella. This 3rd book of the series opens the door for much more to come. The side stories are not just distractions, but very compelling, Many characters that were meaningless to me before have become very interesting and likeable. Butch and John especially. And Bella... What a wonderful, strong and amazing female character. I adore this couple. But I warn fans that it's a painful journey to find the light at the end of the tunnel! BUT IT IS WELL WORTH IT!

    This is a MUST READ. Narrator finally has won me over, and I can't imagine any one else telling the story. I have also become a much more enthusiastic fan of JRWard. I didn't seem to like the first two as mush as everyone else. I liked the second book a lot though. But now that JR Ward has set the stage and introduced us to the world of the brotherhood, I can see why she is so beloved by her fans.

    SideNote: I have read reviews that people discussed being uncomfortable with some of the content. I don't agree with the point of view. But want to touch on it. Yes Zsadist and Phury had a difficult story from their past. But I would expect anyone with the open mind to read a fantasy novel would understand that the abuse suffered by the characters past and present is a part of what shapes them. These are vampires. What do you expect? It's not Buffy...
    So I just want to warn sensitive readers that there are parts that are uncomfortable, but it's my opinion that it's not gratuitous. It's heart wrenching and intense, not just a light read.

    6 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    Natalie reads... 01-04-15

    Tell me a story. I promise to listen.

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    "a perfect anecdote ..."

    for all the romance and happiness that doesn't exist in real life.

    in my opinion the best of the series so far.

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    Amazon Customer Ashdown, AR, United States 01-04-15
    Amazon Customer Ashdown, AR, United States 01-04-15 Member Since 2013

    Lover of all books, especially Romance!

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    "BDB Rocks in any format!"

    First off I have all of these books in hardback, kindle and now audible. I love the series anyway I can get it so this is really biased. The narration does the book justice and was good. If you love 50 shades with a paranormal kick butt bite with true grit this is something you might wanna try but can be addictive. Don't say I didn't warn you.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Chris 07-20-14
    Chris 07-20-14 Member Since 2013

    Love strong female characters, like twists and unpredictable story line. Love it steamy. Recent favorites; Game of Thrones, Divergent...

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    "Love how the tradition to "nice guy, lover" works!"

    Narrator's voice does not really match the "slang" in the story. Sometimes appears awkward. Use of some terms are already. Story did provide the emotional ride I was hoping for.

    0 of 0 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 0 people found this review helpful
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    Tenesha Ocala, FL, United States 02-05-14
    Tenesha Ocala, FL, United States 02-05-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Oh My Goodness......"

    This book is my absolute favorite so far in this series!! I cried, laughed, and could not stop listening! I cannot believe the events that unraveled in this book. I am soooo hooked on this series, but I do not know if another book in this series can compare! I have already downloaded the next in the series!!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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