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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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    Annette Gingrich Alabama 08-14-09
    Annette Gingrich Alabama 08-14-09 Member Since 2008

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    "LOVED IT! WAITING FOR BOOK 4"

    I love this series but am very disappointed that they do not put them out in order! please, hurry with book 4! There are several series books that I have looked at here in Audible but will not purchase them because the whole series is not available. They go from book 1 then my skip to book 6 or 7. Very annoying!

    10 of 11 people found this review helpful
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    Kimberly Knoxville, Tunisia 07-21-09
    Kimberly Knoxville, Tunisia 07-21-09 Member Since 2008
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    "FINALLY!!!!!"

    This is the best book of the series, and it is great that it is finally available on audio.

    8 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    AudioAddict Austin, Texas, USA 09-09-13
    AudioAddict Austin, Texas, USA 09-09-13 Member Since 2013

    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 3 people found this review helpful
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    Leesa Smalltown,AL 01-23-13
    Leesa Smalltown,AL 01-23-13 Member Since 2012

    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 7 people found this review helpful
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    Kimberly Burleson, TX, USA 05-16-10
    Kimberly Burleson, TX, USA 05-16-10
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    "Wonderful story of overcoming trajedy!!"

    I love this book...and hearing it on audio was a special treat! J. R. Ward has a way for drawing you in to the lives of her characters...and this story of Zsadist is my favorite of hers. It is a compelling emotional story of victory over enormous abuse. Everyone loves to see the victim rise above the ashes to soar in life. Zadist is that victor!! I loved it!!

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Aurelia Foster City, CA, United States 02-19-10
    Aurelia Foster City, CA, United States 02-19-10 Member Since 2007
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    "Lover Awakened"

    I loved this book. The reader did a pretty good job. He was a little flat as a reader, but once I got used to his tone, it worked pretty well. Z has always been my favorite and his book is outstanding. He had so far to come for redemption, it was really well done.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    cmclien Illinois 11-12-09
    cmclien Illinois 11-12-09 Member Since 2006
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    "Into the series now!"

    Lover Awakened is the 3rd Black Dagger Brotherhood books and so far I have to say is my favorite. I couldn't put this one away, walked around with my headphones in my ears for much of my days while I listened. This book started out at a rapid pace and stayed that way. This is mostly about Zsadist and Bella. If you haven't read the first two books I recommend it because I think its a good idea to have an idea of who Zsadist is and where he fits in the brotherhood before starting this book. Have already downloaded Book 4. Really am enjoying this series but its a very unusual take on the whole vampire thing. Be warned these books are highly sexual/erotic reads but I thought of the three so far this one had the most substance in it.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Theresa CARSON CITY, NV, USA 07-23-09
    Theresa CARSON CITY, NV, USA 07-23-09
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    "Lover Awakened"

    GREAT book, Can't wait for the entire series to be available here. Why not have the whole series, they are great! HIGHLY RECOMMENED!!!

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Gisele Indianapolis, IN, United States 07-22-09
    Gisele Indianapolis, IN, United States 07-22-09 Member Since 2009
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    "My Favorite"

    I love this book my favorite in the series. I am so happy it is now available.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Deidre Maryland Heights , MO, USA 04-22-10
    Deidre Maryland Heights , MO, USA 04-22-10 Member Since 2009
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    "Moving"

    I've read this book (the series) and I was skeptical with the narrator voice initialy, but just past the beginning Frangione's voice becomes very easy to listen to. Lover Awakened is a moving story of past, present and future love that will warm any heart.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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