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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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    Christie American Fork, UT, USA 12-02-09
    Christie American Fork, UT, USA 12-02-09
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    "Good as a series...not sure about the language"

    So, I've listened to the first couple books of this series, and it is intriguing...and of course it has the sensual part of it. But I think there is just way too much profanity in this one. I understand that it is part of who the main character is...but the language is just a little over the top in my opinion

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Cynthia Campbell 09-27-09 Member Since 2009
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    "Love this series"

    Love this, i have read the series and just did not have time to do it again.

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    Garnetta WASHINGTON, DC, USA 09-18-09
    Garnetta WASHINGTON, DC, USA 09-18-09 Member Since 2015
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    "Lover Awakened"

    I TOTALLY FELL IN LOVE WITH THIS BOOK, THE BROTHERS ZADIST AND BELLAS LOVE
    I HAVE BEEN FOLLOWING THE SERIES
    BOOK THREE AND FOUR IS SO GOOD
    I WISH I COULD GET BOOK FOUR ON AUDIO LOVER REVEALED
    JR WARD IS A TOTAL GENINUS ARE YOU THANKING ABOUT THE BIG SCREEN???

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer NEW ALBANY, IN, United States 09-18-09
    Amazon Customer NEW ALBANY, IN, United States 09-18-09 Member Since 2008
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    "Zsadist and Bella"

    This story is 15:13 hours long. Yet, that was not enough time for me! Zsadist is my favorite! Of course, Bella is not a push over. I loved her focus and commitment to her goal – Zsadist. I also loved all the supporting characters. This story will be a comfortable reread for me.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Silvana Winchester, MA, USA 09-07-09
    Silvana Winchester, MA, USA 09-07-09 Member Since 2012
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    "Fabulous"

    Loved Z and Bella and love the series. It is the most touching of the stories in the series. Also a fabulous blend of the erotic with great story.

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    Meghan Peabody, MA, USA 09-03-09
    Meghan Peabody, MA, USA 09-03-09
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    "5 star book by an awesome author"

    This was the first J.R. Ward Black Dagger Brotherhood book I read in actual book form. Z and Bella's story is so addicting with all its action and change made by both the main two as well as others. It was wonderful to be able to hear the book again made it easier to do things I needed to get done and still allowed me to enjoy the brotherhood world.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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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 2012

    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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    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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