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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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    Melissa Chandler, AZ, United States 09-03-09
    Melissa Chandler, AZ, United States 09-03-09 Member Since 2009
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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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    annette PITTSBURGH, PA, United States 03-29-10
    annette PITTSBURGH, PA, United States 03-29-10 Member Since 2009
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    "My Favorite!"

    This is the book I started out with,cause it was on sale, and I absolutely love Zsadist His story is most compelling. He is raw and gritty but you come to love him. His story is like beauty and the beast.

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    Lisa Kentwood, MI, USA 03-15-10
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    I loved the story. Had a couple times I was confused as to which character was the one talking. Getting addicted to the series.

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    Laura garland, TX, USA 03-04-10
    Laura garland, TX, USA 03-04-10
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    "love this book"

    once you start you wont stop, youll love all of these books

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    Michele niagara falls, NY, United States 01-31-10
    Michele niagara falls, NY, United States 01-31-10 Member Since 2007

    I am 46 & love audible books. I think the quality of TV is crap so I use my listen daily.

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    "lover awakened"

    a little sexually graphic but v. good

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    Sue Wandandian, AL, United States 12-05-09
    Sue Wandandian, AL, United States 12-05-09 Member Since 2005

    I am married with a teenage son and run my own business. As I am visually impaired, audio books are my life.

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    "JR WARD BOOKS ARE PREDICATABLE BUT GOOD"

    AS USUAL NOT MUCH OF A STORY LINE BUT STILL WORTH A LISTEN, I'VE BEEN GETTING ATTACHED TO THE BROTHERHOOD BOY AND LOOK FORWARD TO THE REST OF THE SERIES

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    Christine Walden, CO, USA 10-15-09
    Christine Walden, CO, USA 10-15-09
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    "I DO NOT DO ROMANCE...BUT I LOVE THESE BOOKS"

    TOOK SOME TIME TO WARM UP TO THE NARRATOR..THIS BOOK IS THE BEST OF ALL ...I LOVE ZSADIST AND BELLA..

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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