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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

Critic Reviews

"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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Adore Zsadist...abhore Jim Frangione

What did you like best about Lover Awakened? What did you like least?

The depth of pain the leads have to overcome makes for a conflicted yet tender storyline.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Zsadist is my favorite brother...definately the character that has the most growth in the series and the most depth.

What didn’t you like about Jim Frangione’s performance?

It was unremarkable, bland even. The Brothers do not have individual voices, even Butch who has a Boston accent, was read in the same tone as Wrath (also suppose to have an accent.) There is such a richness in dialogue, snappy sarcasm and smart ass one-liners, contrasted with sincere, heartfelt depth that the practically monotone reading was just horrible. If you can READ this book, don't listen to it. The AUDIO is a WASTE of an incredible story. I would avoid all books read by this performer, at all costs.

What would have made this romance irresistible?

A better narrator would have sent this over the top. And less time spent with the Lessers, I always just skipped over those parts as I read. They really did not add much depth or more conflict to the story.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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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<br/>

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 10 people found this review helpful

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love this series

could barely stop listening to this book. it keeps your attention and keeps you wanting more.

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Incredible Journey

Years ago I read the first 7 books of the Black Dagger Brotherhood and at the time it was my favorite vampire warrior romance series. Book three definitely starts to have some intense subject matter that really gives this book depth. Zsadist is truly the darkest brother and was taken as a baby and sold into a form a slavery as a young boy. He is made into a blood slave in which he is beaten, raped and left for dead. Years later, his twin is able to save him but both Zsadist and Phury are physically and emotionally left damaged. Bella is the one woman who can help Zsadist realize his worth, but she to must overcome her emotional trauma from being abducted by a lessor. This book journey for Zsadist to take back his life and find love and acceptance of himself. Zsadist and Bella's story is deep and tragic at times until they are able to let go of the past. Their romance is intense and steamy. The narrator continues to improve in each book. This is actually one of my favorites and I really feel it is 5 stars across the board.

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total Z fan

this book makes your heart flutter and your eyes tear up. it is simply wonderful.

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Book 3

oh my, oh my, oh my! What a story of heartbreak, desperation, cruelty, renewal, reawakening, and rekindling! Not a sweet love story by any means and this story has a lot of heartbreaking tragedy, but it is oh so good! Pulled at my heart strings! Great plot, storyline, and character development!

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Heart Wrenchingly Beautiful.

This book is simply amazing. J.R. Ward really knows how to create a series with characters that you will love. Zsadist is by far one of my favorite characters. His brokenness is beautiful in his on twisted way.

I am glad that I reread this book. It really is so beautiful and heart wrenching. I cried, I laughed, and I wanted to scream. Do yourself a favor and read this series.

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awesome story.

absolutely the best story in the whole series I absolutely love Z. I highly recommend this book the series to anyone out there who loves paranormal Romance.

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ok

ok i wont read it again bet on that shit wow that's to much there

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Feels like a roller coaster ride

This book had me up, down, and all around. I wanted to really love the story about Zsadist, and to some extent I did. However, all the twists and turns left me gasping for breath and up until the wee hours of the night trying to finish the book. I cringed and cried with this book, and the villain, Mr. O, was truly sickening. I still like "Lover Eternal" better, but I really appreciated the epilog in the book because it was needed. Ward weaves a heady world, and the reader was fantastic as well. I highly recommend this title!