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Lover Awakened: Black Dagger Brotherhood, Book 3

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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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    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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    Benoibe New Orleans, LA, United States 11-21-11
    Benoibe New Orleans, LA, United States 11-21-11 Member Since 2010

    audio addict! Mostly interested in history and some historical fiction. Will Durant is my all time favorite. Loving the Great Courses too.

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    "Wow! Most intense and beautiful yet!"

    I couldn't wait to write this review. Oh my goodness, this one is the best. Grittier, sexier, sweeter, bigger in every way! Zsadist and Bella have a story that moved me to tears, beyond words.

    I read the first two and was intrigued to hear Zsadist's story. I never expected this book to have this much depth. I was in tears at the beautiful character that emerged in the end. The story is so much more than just Zsadist and his heroine Bella. This 3rd book of the series opens the door for much more to come. The side stories are not just distractions, but very compelling, Many characters that were meaningless to me before have become very interesting and likeable. Butch and John especially. And Bella... What a wonderful, strong and amazing female character. I adore this couple. But I warn fans that it's a painful journey to find the light at the end of the tunnel! BUT IT IS WELL WORTH IT!

    This is a MUST READ. Narrator finally has won me over, and I can't imagine any one else telling the story. I have also become a much more enthusiastic fan of JRWard. I didn't seem to like the first two as mush as everyone else. I liked the second book a lot though. But now that JR Ward has set the stage and introduced us to the world of the brotherhood, I can see why she is so beloved by her fans.

    SideNote: I have read reviews that people discussed being uncomfortable with some of the content. I don't agree with the point of view. But want to touch on it. Yes Zsadist and Phury had a difficult story from their past. But I would expect anyone with the open mind to read a fantasy novel would understand that the abuse suffered by the characters past and present is a part of what shapes them. These are vampires. What do you expect? It's not Buffy...
    So I just want to warn sensitive readers that there are parts that are uncomfortable, but it's my opinion that it's not gratuitous. It's heart wrenching and intense, not just a light read.

    10 of 14 people found this review helpful
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    Darkened Pittsburg, CA 08-14-15
    Darkened Pittsburg, CA 08-14-15
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    "In one word, awesome."

    loved it! HBO should have considered the Black Dagger Brotherhood Series instead of True Blood.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer 02-25-13 Member Since 2011

    Stephanie

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    "My Favorite of the Brotherhood"

    While this story was dark and disturbing, it was my favorite. There was so much feeling, and growth. I have read and listened to it multiple times. Z and Bella are by far my favorite characters. Ward has done an excellent job with this story.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    heather 02-13-13
    heather 02-13-13 Member Since 2010
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    "Z's story!"

    This BDB story is one of my favorites. You think you know Zadist, but there is another side to every vamp. Some where under his very rough, scarred skin and soul is the twin he longs to be....
    Keep listening...it has a happy ending.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Wendy Lawrenceville, GA, United States 06-01-12
    Wendy Lawrenceville, GA, United States 06-01-12 Member Since 2011

    To All My Favorite Narrators: You are the voices in my head...

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    "My favorite so far"
    Any additional comments?

    This book centers on Z, who is the darkest character of the Bothers (so far). Because of my growing curiosity of Z in the previous books, I was looking forward to getting his story. I was not disappointed. Ward tackled very strong, emotional and physical traumatic subjects very well.

    It's a great story - my respect for Ward is growing as a writer because she forces her characters to grow and confront their inner demons. She doesnt chicken out by grazing over obvious serious issues. And she does it very subtlety - no preaching to the reader behind her characters. Very solid series.

    Jim is still his stuffy self, but you know what? I like Jim. He *is* the voice now of the brothers for me. I am an out spoken narrator snob, don't let the negative reviews of the narrator (even mine) keep you from downloading. Yes, it's not the very best casting choice, but it's not so bad you can't enjoy it. I don't even mind it now. If you have actually read the paper book, then don't download - you will hate it, but if this is your first read/listen then download book 1 and enjoy! You will. :)

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    tina cokato, MN, United States 10-12-10
    tina cokato, MN, United States 10-12-10 Member Since 2013
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    "Lover Awakened"

    As far as romance novels go, this is the best one I have found. I haven't read alot of romance but other authors fall far short of JR Ward and the Black Dagger Brotherhood. Entertaining and steamy. I have listened to this one multiple times. Worth listening to.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Lisa Brockton, Morocco 09-19-09
    Lisa Brockton, Morocco 09-19-09 Member Since 2008
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    "Loved the book but... frustrated!"

    This was my favorite in the series, SO FAR! I started dowloading the entire series after I listened to the first book, only to find out there was NO book 4 available. HUH?? I got as far as this book and now I am stuck. I refuse to skip ahead. BUT, I just went on to the Recorded Books website and they are releasing Book 4 on CD in November... (I guess it hasnt been available in audio format) so I am keeping my fingers crossed... Audible wouldnt be that cruel as to not offer it to it's faithful members...
    If you want a review to this book, I can only say that is was incredible. I loved each character. I hated Z in some parts but understood why he was the way he was. I cant wait to read them over and over again. Not a fan of the narrator, he is a little stiff for me, but... not a big deal. GREAT BOOK! 'Nuff said

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Meghan 09-03-09
    Meghan 09-03-09 Listener Since 2009
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    "Favorite"

    My personal favorites of the series. Very moving gives awesome detail and insight into the brotherhood. Z is the best

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    AudioAddict 09-09-13
    AudioAddict 09-09-13

    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.

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful

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