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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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  • Brandy
  • Alma, MI, United States
  • 02-02-13

Amazing

What did you love best about Lover Awakened?

I love that such a tragedy is turned into an amazing love story.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Lover Awakened?

The flashbacks of the twin brothers that explains how Zadists past turned him into such a monster.

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

Most definately, I never wanted to stop listening.

Any additional comments?

A must read, my favorite of the Blackdagger Brotherhood books so far.

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  • Kimberly
  • Ixonia, WI, United States
  • 01-20-13

ZSADIST AWAKENED!!

This is probably my favorite book out of the series thus far!!

I love Zsadist and Bella, and their story is really amazing! Zsadist struggles with his past and the hatred and turmoil it has brought him all these years. His story alone is one to cry about. The horrible things that were done to him were unthinkable, and you begin to understand why he is the way he is.

Bella, whom Zsadist saves from the lessers, is so sweet and gentle with him, despite the awkward tension between them in the beginning. Things change so much when they do finally get together. But you begin to wonder, however, what it will take for Zsadist to realize what he truly has in Bella.

This book has so much in it in addition to Zsadist's and Bella's story. Fury and his bond with his brother is a great story in and of itself. There is also heartache, shock, and so much more. So many unforeseen events that happen...my head is still spinning! From Torment, John, Fury, and Butch...so many OMG moments! GREAT GREAT BOOK....best yet in the series so far!!

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  • NEW NAME
  • Georgia, United States
  • 01-14-13

They just keep getting better!

J.R Ward keeps the hits rolling. If you have gotten to book 3 then you know why! The plots are awesome, the characters are awesome, and the love scenes are hot!

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  • Theresa
  • UINTAH, UT, United States
  • 12-15-12

Fun

Fun and easy to listen too!!!! I am hooked on the series and can't wait to listen to the next one.

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  • Regina
  • SOUTHINGTON, CONNECTICUT, United States
  • 12-13-12

Very disturbing story, but it was still worth it

Would you listen to Lover Awakened again? Why?

I have already listened to it again. This series is better when you read and listen to it at the same time.

What did you like best about this story?

That Zsadist was able to get beyond his past and learned to love and care for others.

What about Jim Frangione’s performance did you like?

Frangione's fits the storyline and brings out the characters emotions and personality very well.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Yes, it made me very upset that Zsadist was so abused. I never understand how anyone get their jollies out of hurting someone that badly and actually believe themselves to be so important. Pathetic.

Any additional comments?

A very emotional and disturbing book. I love that J.R.Ward is so thorough with her stories. You will never feel shorted by her books.

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Darker than book 1 & 2 but very excellent

If you could sum up Lover Awakened in three words, what would they be?

Another intense story waiting to draw you into their world

What about Jim Frangione’s performance did you like?

Jim Frangione's voice and performance is a good match for the depth of this story.

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

It was hard to unplug and return to my everyday life.

Any additional comments?

I am relieved there are so many books in this series!

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  • Michelle
  • centennial, co, United States
  • 12-04-12

Excellent - best of the first 3!

Where does Lover Awakened rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

These books are enjoyable but I was worried that by book 3 the theme would start to repeat. I was happily surprised by this book and really liked where the author is taking these characters.

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LOVE THE SERIES

What made the experience of listening to Lover Awakened the most enjoyable?

The whole series is great to listen to, very entertaining. Very easy yo be sept away in the story. :)

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Best story so far!!!

Would you consider the audio edition of Lover Awakened to be better than the print version?

Oh yes!

What was one of the most memorable moments of Lover Awakened?

The whole story!

What does Jim Frangione bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

His voice is wonderful

If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

What's Doing?

Any additional comments?

If you havent read this you are missing out!!!!<br/>

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  • Shannon
  • Franklin, IN, United States
  • 11-05-12

Great Read

Would you listen to Lover Awakened again? Why?

I would listen to this book again because I am sure there was something I missed.<br/>