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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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    Brooke Cedar City, UT, United States 06-19-12
    Brooke Cedar City, UT, United States 06-19-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Vampires and sex does it get any better"
    What made the experience of listening to Lover Awakened the most enjoyable?

    the twist of vampires with romance


    What did you like best about this story?

    the combination of the vampire theories with the twist on the romance


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

    Beth - typically I have a difficult time with men performing female voices. It is much easier for me to accept females performing male voices. In this case Jim did an exceptional job.


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

    No


    Any additional comments?

    Great book but exceptionally descriptive in the romance side therefore could potentially not be for everyone. Definatley adult content only. I would not want my teenage daughter reading this which in turn makes it good for me!

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    Tracy T Jacksonville, FL USA 06-05-12
    Tracy T Jacksonville, FL USA 06-05-12 Member Since 2014

    Audible Addict!

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    "WOW another excellent book in this series."

    I am totally hooked on this series. I cant stop listening. Totally worth every dollar I am spending because I have been out of credits for a while now. I am on to book 4 and its only been a little over a week since I started this series. I hope you all enjoy as much as I have.

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    Wendy Lawrenceville, GA, United States 06-01-12
    Wendy Lawrenceville, GA, United States 06-01-12 Member Since 2011

    To All My Favorite Narrators: You are the voices in my head...

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    "My favorite so far"
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    This book centers on Z, who is the darkest character of the Bothers (so far). Because of my growing curiosity of Z in the previous books, I was looking forward to getting his story. I was not disappointed. Ward tackled very strong, emotional and physical traumatic subjects very well.

    It's a great story - my respect for Ward is growing as a writer because she forces her characters to grow and confront their inner demons. She doesnt chicken out by grazing over obvious serious issues. And she does it very subtlety - no preaching to the reader behind her characters. Very solid series.

    Jim is still his stuffy self, but you know what? I like Jim. He *is* the voice now of the brothers for me. I am an out spoken narrator snob, don't let the negative reviews of the narrator (even mine) keep you from downloading. Yes, it's not the very best casting choice, but it's not so bad you can't enjoy it. I don't even mind it now. If you have actually read the paper book, then don't download - you will hate it, but if this is your first read/listen then download book 1 and enjoy! You will. :)

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Brandy Dorrans CAMINO, CA, US 03-15-12
    Brandy Dorrans CAMINO, CA, US 03-15-12 Member Since 2015

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    "I fell in love!"

    Incredible world developed for our enjoyment. Ward is a wizard; she knows just how to push the buttons of her audience. Awesome story line and character development, you really feel a part of the action. Lovely fantasy opportunities.

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    Dea United States 03-01-12
    Dea United States 03-01-12 Member Since 2011
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    "I love this Author!"

    Another Great story! I am already gearing up for the next in this series. I seem to can't wait to get to the next book on the list...Thank You Audible.com!

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    JanBreesmom MIRA LOMA, CA, United States 02-20-12
    JanBreesmom MIRA LOMA, CA, United States 02-20-12 Member Since 2012

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    "BDB Series Really Gets Interesting"
    If you could sum up Lover Awakened in three words, what would they be?

    Backstory, Intimacy, PTSS (Post-Traumatic stress syndrome recovery)


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

    When Bella helps Zsadist accept himself.


    What about Jim Frangione’s performance did you like?

    He seems very comfortable with the characters and vocabulary of the series.


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

    Yes....but it took several sittings because off other responsibilities.


    Any additional comments?

    no

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Jeannie Clinton Township, MI, United States 02-20-12
    Jeannie Clinton Township, MI, United States 02-20-12 Member Since 2011
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    What made the experience of listening to Lover Awakened the most enjoyable?

    My Favorite book of JR Ward's Zsadist is my favorite book. He goes through so much and still comes out on top.


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    dorothy adair, IA, United States 10-21-11
    dorothy adair, IA, United States 10-21-11 Member Since 2015
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    "JR Ward is the best!"

    The stories are so good you just want to listen to the whole series beginning to end.

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    Amazon Customer SAN ANTONIO, TEXAS, United States 10-15-11
    Amazon Customer SAN ANTONIO, TEXAS, United States 10-15-11 Member Since 2012
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    "Excellent - I really enjoyed."

    I found this book under a review for urban fantasy. This book is listed under Romance however it crosses the line to fantasy. The male charactors remind me of an Anne Bishop or even Jim Butcher story. Although Jim Butcher uses a lot more sarcasm and humor, Anne Bishop and this author really getting into the male psyche, bringing out that women and MEN can have a lot of physical and mental pain simmering in their background motivating their decisions regarding relationships. I love vampire stories and this whole series is the perfect combination of action, storytelling and romance without it becoming over bearing or the steamy love scenes there for no reason.

    The only time a winced is when the narrator pronounced Tupok (the rapper's name) as Toopack. --- But that's okay because even though he doesn't go high on the female voices, I think his narration truly moves the story along.

    My advise, if you like vampire, real manly man, twist and turns with every chapter, you may like this one but please, start from book one.

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    Tracy United States 10-14-11
    Tracy United States 10-14-11 Member Since 2010

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    "Best One Yet"

    This book has the best plot of the Black Dagger Brotherhood books so far. It focused much more on the characters overall and less on the sexual intimacy....not that I mind that, but it was good to get a feel for who the Brothers truly are.

    My issue with the narration is the same as with the previous books, though I am starting to get used to it.

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