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Lover Revealed: Black Dagger Brotherhood, Book 4 | [J.R. Ward]

Lover Revealed: Black Dagger Brotherhood, Book 4

Butch O'Neal is a fighter by nature. A hard-living ex-homicide cop, he's the only human ever to be allowed in the inner circle of the Black Dagger Brotherhood. And he wants to go even deeper into the vampire world-to engage in the turf war with the lessers. His heart belongs to a female vampire, Marissa, an aristocratic beauty who's way out of his league. And if he can't have her, then at least he can fight side by side with the Brothers.
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Butch O'Neal is a fighter by nature. A hard-living ex-homicide cop, he's the only human ever to be allowed in the inner circle of the Black Dagger Brotherhood. And he wants to go even deeper into the vampire world - to engage in the turf war with the lessers. His heart belongs to a female vampire, Marissa, an aristocratic beauty who's way out of his league. And if he can't have her, then at least he can fight side by side with the Brothers.

But fate curses him with the very thing he wants. When Butch sacrifices himself to save a civilian vampire from the slayers, he falls prey to the darkest force in the war. Left for dead, he's found by a miracle, and the Brotherhood calls on Marissa to bring him back, though even her love may not be enough to save him.

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    Melissa Chandler, AZ, United States 10-05-09
    Melissa Chandler, AZ, United States 10-05-09
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    "Great Book!"

    I've read all of the BDB books and this is my favorite.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Chris 07-20-14
    Chris 07-20-14 Member Since 2013

    Love strong female characters, like twists and unpredictable story line. Love it steamy. Recent favorites; Game of Thrones, Divergent...

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    "Delivers again!"

    Narrator's voice does not really match the "slang" in the story. Sometimes appears awkward. Use of some terms are already. Story did provide the emotional ride I was hoping for.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Angela Inglewood, CA, United States 05-21-14
    Angela Inglewood, CA, United States 05-21-14 Member Since 2011

    I love to read and listen to erotica all types and paranormal vamps and shifters

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    "Oh Butch the Destroyer"

    I love this series. In the beginning of this book I disliked Marissa she was too naïve I mean she is over 300 years old and a virgin who had never worn pants I am so glad she grew a backbone. Butch has been in love with Marissa since the first time he met her she was Wraths shellan who he had never taken. Butch touches something deep inside her and only her feelings of unworthiness combined with her fear that if she feeds from Butch she will kill him, keep her from falling into the arms of the human who has touched her in these unknown ways. Her relationship with her brother has fallen apart because of her feelings for a human. Her brother is a doctor and has placed Marissa on a pedestal he in unable to forgive her when she falls in love with a human. Butch runs into a situation where he chooses to save a pre-transition vampire from the lessers who are attacking him. He is captured and tortured by the lessers. When the Omega finds out who Butch is he inserts an evil part of himself into Butch. Now only Marissa, the Brotherhood and the Scribe Virgin may be able to save him. But even with the changes in his body he is determined to fight and serve the ones he trusts and loves. Butch as it turns out is a cousin to Wrath therefore he can turn into a vampire hear is where the story gets weird he is part lesser and part vampire. Vishous was in this book a great deal and helps Butch with the change We also discover why there is the special bond between Butch and the brother Vishous. I felt for Vishous who saw Butch as 'his', not in a sexual way, but in a brotherly love kind of way. Though he is happy for Butch, he can't help but feel more lonely than ever. It was also good to see John Matthews and the other pre-transition warriors, become friends and allowing for this series to go beyond the main brotherhood characters I also liked that John stood up for himself against Lash, but John seems so lost and I was glad that Wrath stepped in to help him. I am looking forward to reading the next book about V and his BDSM.

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    BluBumbleB BayArea, CA 05-11-14
    BluBumbleB BayArea, CA 05-11-14 Member Since 2012

    Audible OBSESSED!

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    "Awwww, I love Butch!!"

    Yet another good one! Since Butch was introduced in book one, I knew something special was in store for him. I love his and V's relationship...kinda hot, "TRUE?" Anyway, this story seemed a bit longer than usual, but it was packed with content so it wasn't just unnecessarily lengthy. Marissa and Butch finally get their act together and accepted their destiny. On top of all the heart melting romance throughout the story, I could just listen to the narrator and take in the BDB world all day long. Highly recommended!!

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    ANNE PRINCETON, IA, United States 03-29-14
    ANNE PRINCETON, IA, United States 03-29-14 Member Since 2011
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    "Amazing!"

    I can't get enough of the characters and the ever changing story line. Many thanks to the author for setting the stage for a great fantasy getaway!

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    Amazon Customer Reisterstown, MD, United States 12-27-13
    Amazon Customer Reisterstown, MD, United States 12-27-13 Member Since 2007
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    "Yay, Butch!"
    Would you listen to Lover Revealed again? Why?

    Yes. The interactions between characters feel "normal" and real. Allowing for the unique vernacular "I feel you, brother." The humorous back and forth between the brothers feels like I'm listening to the conversation between long time friends. The way they relate to one another. I also love the warmth and tenderness of the romantic encounters. Yeah, they're spicy, but they also feel "real."


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    No question, Butch. Love his toughness and humor. His willingness to do anything for his best pal, V. And what he goes through to be with Marissa.


    What about Jim Frangione’s performance did you like?

    Each character is distinct. His female voices feel a bit tougher to distinguish, but they work.


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

    Yes.


    Any additional comments?

    I really like J. R. Wards written conversations. There is more to them than just exchanging facts and information, or pleasantries. There are scenes and interactions that aren't critical to the tale, yet fill out the universe of Wrath's community and make for a richer story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Regina SOUTHINGTON, CONNECTICUT, United States 05-15-13
    Regina SOUTHINGTON, CONNECTICUT, United States 05-15-13 Member Since 2010

    Believer in what you can't see

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    "He always belonged"
    Where does Lover Revealed rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Lover Revealed was about average for me. Although I like Butch and Marissa the story wasn't as interesting as the first three. I like that Butch has part of the dark side in him, but uses it for good.


    What other book might you compare Lover Revealed to and why?

    No I can't think of another story that compares with Lover Revealed.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    My favorite scene is when the Omega and the Scribe Virgin both appear in front of Butch when he is attending the Council meeting and bringing Lash back to his family after being caught dealing drugs.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    When Butch is depressed because Marisa won't speak to him, but she realizes that she is trying to force Butch's hand because she wants a certain outcome, just like her brother did to her and she goes back to him.


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    Jeanah_99 Crystal Lake, Il, United States 03-20-13
    Jeanah_99 Crystal Lake, Il, United States 03-20-13 Member Since 2012

    Say something about yourself!

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    "Great story"

    I love this series. In this novel we get answers about butch. Which I for one was ready for.

    One disappointment I had was Marissa. I am not fond of aristocratic types and she was overkill in that department. I found myself wanting to fast forward her parts. However I think butch evens her out in the end. Which is what makes the story!!


    I am not sure why others dislike Jim Frangione as a reader. I think her does a great job.!

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    M. Rondeau West Springfield, MA United States 03-14-13
    M. Rondeau West Springfield, MA United States 03-14-13 Member Since 2009
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    "Fantastic As Usual"

    As like all the Black Dagger Brotherhood books, there exists around the town of Caldwell, NY the secret band of brother vampire warriors who are the defenders of their race in a life and death battle with the Lessors - a group of soulless once human beings that have been turned into pure evil by the most evil of them all - the Omega. Their goal is to wipe out the vampire race and the Brotherhood which is intent on holding the lessors at bay. Each of the books so far has highlighted each of the Vampire Warrior brothers. Book 4 - LOVER REVEALED is the story of Butch O’Neal - the human who was befriended and allowed into the inner sanctum of the Brotherhood, loved and trusted and treated almost as if her were born of the vampire strain. This is Butch’s amazing story and revelations.

    *** A fighter by nature, Butch made his living as an ex-homicide cop so he knew how to fight, nothing as compared to the men he now called ‘brothers’ but he could hold his own if the brothers’ were less magical and strong as powers inherent in their bloodlines gave them. Butch was more or less adopted and became best friends with Vishous who plays an important and vital spot in Butch’s story as does Marissa, a full-blooded aristocratic vampire, who is far beyond Butch’s reach and his love interest.

    In LOVER REVEALED, many things come to light which push this story forward and make it one of the more exciting edge-of-the-seat volumes in this series. In this, our favorite ‘cop’ Butch gets caught by the Lesser’s and not only is he tortured, but something is done to him by the Omega that makes Butch a walking time-bomb - but for which side? And who ultimately will be able to save him - Vishous or Marissa?

    The skill and artistry Ms. Ward has for creating unbelievably tense situations that turn and twist all over the place as she tells the stories of these fabulous vampires is simply awesome! She continues to dazzle and enthrall me with each layer of loyalty, bravery, and yes, humanity for these amazing warriors have for each other and their kind. Ward simply covers all the bases, consistently adding in more and more layers of revelations about each of characters lives and hinting at even more to come.

    Bottom line: In LOVER REVEALED, J.R. Ward delivers in spades another fabulous volume to this a totally captivating series that has me completely entranced! WOW!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Dani84 nevada 03-05-13
    Dani84 nevada 03-05-13
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    "Least favorite so far"

    I couldn't get into the story, it just seemed to drag on. The other 2 were so great and I'm just getting through this one to get to the next.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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