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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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    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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    AudioAddict 09-09-13
    AudioAddict 09-09-13

    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.

    3 of 4 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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    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.

    7 of 11 people found this review helpful
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    tina cokato, MN, United States 10-12-10
    tina cokato, MN, United States 10-12-10 Member Since 2013
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    "Lover Awakened"

    As far as romance novels go, this is the best one I have found. I haven't read alot of romance but other authors fall far short of JR Ward and the Black Dagger Brotherhood. Entertaining and steamy. I have listened to this one multiple times. Worth listening to.

    2 of 3 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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    Amazon Customer Charlotte, NC, United States 06-25-15
    Amazon Customer Charlotte, NC, United States 06-25-15 Member Since 2015
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    "My favorite of the series!"
    What made the experience of listening to Lover Awakened the most enjoyable?

    You get to see a major transformation in one of the darkest characters. You get to understand the darkness, where it came from and how she pushed him to deal with it.


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

    The apples and ***spoiler alert*** the reconnect scene at the end. I dropped a few tears. It was so sweet and you see the promise of the relationship, how far he has come and to what lengths he is willing to go.


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

    He is such a great narrator that you can't just choose one. He gives them all their own personality. If there was another narrator reading this book, I do not think the books or the connection with the books would be the same.


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

    Yes! You get caught up in the turbulence of the story and your emotions get involved. You want to actually be part of the story.


    Any additional comments?

    I have read this series twice and this book 3 times. If you get a chance, go to Amazon.com and get their novella. It gives more insight into their relationship and the relationship ***spoiler alert*** with their baby.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer 06-01-15 Member Since 2015

    Audible addict... need i say more

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    "YES yes YEESSS!!!!!"

    I have been waiting for this story since z was introduced as a character in the main story. Soooo worth the wait. even if the series ended here I would be happy. but thank "the virgin" it's not. on to book 4.

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    Heidi Teasley 05-25-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Another wonderful read/listen!"

    Loved every moment! Laughed and cried... Z and Bella story is inspiring, will enjoy again and again. A Must Read!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    diannia 05-11-15
    diannia 05-11-15 Member Since 2013
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    "the best"

    loved this so glad I started these books can't wait til I get the next book started...

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