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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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    eva ATLANTA, GA, United States 02-02-11
    eva ATLANTA, GA, United States 02-02-11 Member Since 2010
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    "A terrible past is no always a terrible future"

    Zsaidist is the dark emotional brother, full of secrets buried in his subconscious. This story shows a great deal of trauma and how the past misfortune can find different answers to coexist with the present. Post traumatic Stress Disorder may not be cured, but it can be treated. Everything is not what is seems.

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    Bonnie Bellmore, NY, United States 12-05-10
    Bonnie Bellmore, NY, United States 12-05-10 Member Since 2013

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    ""JR Ward Writer of Erotic Horror Fantasy ""

    I see that people either love this series or they hate it. I'm thinking that they are only reading one book at a time, and not in order. If you Don't like Erotic Horror Fantasy. DON'T READ JR Ward books. I have read the first two of the "Fallen Angel" series and I'm hooked. That was the reason I started BDB. I am enjoying the BDB, but find the Fallen Angel series more to my liking so far. I'm up to book 4 in BDB and each one gives a different perspective of each member of the "Brotherhood". Erotic Horror Fantasy is not for everyone, and that is why I think it is important that you know what you are purchasing. I am enjoying the series so far and will continue. I am very much looking forward to the next "Fallen Angel"

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    Sheila 11-13-10
    Sheila 11-13-10 Member Since 2014
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    "Lover Awakened"

    Loved this series. Very hot and steamy. Very graphic killing scenes. If this does not bother you. I recommend this series.

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    Dorothy Ellicott City, MD, United States 10-31-10
    Dorothy Ellicott City, MD, United States 10-31-10 Member Since 2013
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    "another good one"

    This is another winner for J. R. Ward. Bella and Zsadist's love story is great. If you are a BDB fan, this is a must read: sizziling love story. This is a love at first sight for Bella, for Zsadist too, but he fights it because of the baggage he carries. Get it - you will enjoy it.

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    Selin Greenwood, MO, United States 10-15-10
    Selin Greenwood, MO, United States 10-15-10
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    "NOOOOO!"

    I think the vocabulary of the author is extremely limited. I laughed at several places about the lingo he/she used. "You feel me my brother?" "Heey, my female!" OMG! I thought I was listening to the vocabulary of a 14 year old.
    If I stood up to the simplicity of the novel, I desperately wanted to teach the narrator how to "narrate". I agree with so many of the reviewers. The narrator is absolutely and positively ATROCIOUS! This man should really find another profession. He reads the action scenes or the sexy scenes or any other scene at the same monotone voice. When he tries to do any different, he mispronounces or comes across sooo fake!
    Lastly...what the heck is up with the names? Rage, Fury, Vicious - I see they are written in some different way but that is still funny! The bad guys are named the first letter of their last name. Vamps are just...ANGRY...Grrrr.
    Now I must say this too. The story line was somewhat interesting. And, besides the torture of the narrator, I really want to know what happens to Bella and Zadist. Therefore, against my better judgment and jeer of my intelligence, I just purchased Book 3. Stay tuned to the torturous Mr. Frangione.

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    Daisy 2 Corona, California 06-14-10
    Daisy 2 Corona, California 06-14-10 Member Since 2014
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    "A bit anticlimactic for me!"

    I feel bad not giving this at least 4 stars but really i was disappointed in the ending. So far i have read 5 in the series and no doubt i am addicted! BUT i don't read them for serious fiction - i read them between heavier stuff like Pillars of the Earth or The Family when i need easy no brainer sexy stories to enjoy. She always uses the same formula...'im attracted but i can't, ok maybe just a little, no i can't, passion passion passion, no i can't, great sex, maybe, fabulous sex, is it possible - yay big finish - drumroll please...we are in love' - every book the same with great stories and even better sex scenes in between. I'm not complaining, i count on the formula to not stress that there will be a happy ending but this one (for me) ended sucky! We know because we hear Z's thought that he is mad for her but she always has to chase him even at the very end she came to him - where was the "i came across the country looking for you i can't live without you"? i needed the usual big finish. Sad really cause Z is one of my fav characters and i couldn't wait to see how he would "fix" things with her. The way he would pine for her when she was missing and then so easily set her aside when he could have her seemed a contrary to his character and left me dissappointed. I'm addicted though and loving the series anyways. They are cliche cheesy romance novel with a dark twist - they are great!

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    Townsend 04-08-10
    Townsend 04-08-10
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    "Great Narrator - Potential"

    Great Narrator! This series gets the "p" word in my opinion. The first 3 books in the series show potential but that is all - this series could be great if everyone in them got 100% smarter. The characters are not fully developed and plot lines disappear. jobs fall away, slow witted use of technology is like fingernails on a chalk board. One character is an investigative journalist why doesn't she investigate anything? Especially when chaos irrupts within the group. Tracking devices - realestate holdings not followed up on - lack of recon on locations before destroying them makes my head hurt. And this is a race trying to survive? My guess is not really. Ms. Ward should trust us to be smart enough to follow plots that make more sense and are sophisticated. Does this dig you in deeper sure but hours and hours of missing understandings and lack of dealing with the obvious is brain numbing. Every characters conflict can't be the same. At least if I am going to keep reading - which unfortunately I am not.
    I wish I was going to find out what happens to Butch and the other 2 males but I can't go on. This race is not thriving no shock there.

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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

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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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