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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.

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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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    AudioAddict Austin, Texas, USA 09-09-13
    AudioAddict Austin, Texas, USA 09-09-13 Member Since 2013

    I can find a book to love in any genre -- a beautifully written classic, an interesting mystery or sci-fi, a trashy romance. Bring it!

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    "Sorry Black Dagger fans..."

    STORY - Even though this is the third book in this series, it is my first and also my last. I like hot romance novels, but this book seems to have been written just to set up situations for sex. There are some minor subplots, but the main story is about a male warrior vampire, Zsadist, who is mentally screwed up from being used as a feeding/sex slave because he's so well-endowed. He's a very dark character. As other reviewers have said, the book is about a painful journey and overcoming tragedy, etc., which is true, but IMHO it was a very dark, amateur story with hot sex but very little romantic appeal.

    PERFORMANCE - Narrator was okay.

    OVERALL - I can't recommend this book, but if you like dark, sexual stories with happy endings, you might enjoy this one.

    1 of 1 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 2007
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    "My favorite in series"

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

    5 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Lisa Brockton, Morocco 09-19-09
    Lisa Brockton, Morocco 09-19-09 Member Since 2002
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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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    bluebelle Cache Valley, UT USA 08-03-09
    bluebelle Cache Valley, UT USA 08-03-09 Member Since 2008

    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!

    3 of 4 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 2011
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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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    Lulu KANSAS CITY, MO, United States 12-26-13
    Lulu KANSAS CITY, MO, United States 12-26-13 Member Since 2006
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    "The Best of the Batch"

    Not sure that is saying much. But of all of the vampires in this series, I found this one's story the most interesting. I was even able to overlook some of the terribly annoying regular features of this series. Can't say I recommend it. But if you have to read one of the Black Dagger books, this would be the one.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Dean Portmore, St.Catherine 12-16-13
    Dean Portmore, St.Catherine 12-16-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Just got into this series and LOVE IT !!"
    What did you love best about Lover Awakened?

    So far This book is probably my fave in the series. What I loved best was the female leads determination and drive to get what or who she wanted no matter what. Couldn't help but root for the girl.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Obviously my favorite character is Zsadist the lead male. His back story was heartrendingly sad and yes I cried a bit. What made it all the more powerful was the love shown to him by his brother who is obviously suffering himself from unwarranted guilt. But it was amazing to watch as his character grew and finally got to a place where he could love himself.


    What does Jim Frangione bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    The narrator was consistent. I have to admit tho that I would much prefer to hear different voices done for these characters though but still no real complaints.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    This story runs the gauntlet of emotions from anger, fear, self hatred, self sacrifice and love. it will take you on an epic journey that epitomizes the time honored cliche that love truly does conquer all.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Pinkyglue Foxboro, ma 06-28-13
    Pinkyglue Foxboro, ma 06-28-13 Member Since 2012

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    "My favorite book in the series...... but....."
    Would you try another book from J. R. Ward and/or Jim Frangione?

    I'm absolutely in love with this series but the narrator killed it for me...... I only got this book because I had a credit and it was my favorite book in the series.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Scottie in TX Texas 05-13-13
    Scottie in TX Texas 05-13-13 Member Since 2005

    Scottie

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    "I Love These Brothers!"

    Ok, first let me say that I have been sitting on this audio and the 2 before it for over 2 years. I had so many books to listen to and they got lost in the shuffle. With that said, I am IN LOVE WITH THIS SERIES! This book however was a really complex read and I loved the way the author goes out of her way to give you background on each and every character. The main character in this book (Z) was so easy to love, as life has been difficult for him. It was interesting to see the revelation of his feelings for his brothers, as well as Bella.

    I'm so hooked now, that I am on to the next audio....

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Coooper Wasilla, AK, United States 04-08-13
    Coooper Wasilla, AK, United States 04-08-13 Member Since 2009
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    "YEAH TO THE BROTHERHOOD"
    What did you love best about Lover Awakened?

    Zsadist has always been my favorite (always out for the underdog). Love the tenderness you see in him periodically. I loved that he found love.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Lover Awakened?

    Bella's persistence and when Zsadist's eyes turn.


    What does Jim Frangione bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    I like this entire series. All characters and plots are entertwined and are built upon with each book. I am glad that we don't loose characters as the books continue.


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

    Nothing. Jim Frangione's narration is getting better and better. I can say that at first I disliked his narration - he was too flat, but now he's great.


    Any additional comments?

    Looking forward to finding out what happens with Torment and why what happened to Wellsey happened.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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