Lover Awakened: A Novel Of The Black Dagger Brotherhood by J.r. WardLover Awakened: A Novel Of The Black Dagger Brotherhood by J.r. Ward

Lover Awakened: A Novel Of The Black Dagger Brotherhood

byJ.r. Ward

Mass Market Paperback | September 5, 2006

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#1 New York Times bestselling author J.R. Ward’s wildly erotic and ferociously inventive series continues as the most fearsome member of the Black Dagger Brotherhood discovers just how tempting the night can be…

A former blood slave, Zsadist still bears the scars from a past filled with suffering and humiliation. Renowned for his unquenchable fury and sinister deeds, he is a savage feared by humans and vampires alike. Anger is his only companion, and terror is his only passion—until he rescues a beautiful female from the evil Lessening Society.

Bella is instantly entranced by the Brother’s seething power.  Except even as their desire for each other begins to overtake them, Zsadist’s thirst for vengeance against her abductor drives him to the brink of madness.  Now Bella must help her lover not only overcome the wounds of his tortured past, but find a future with her...
J. R. Ward is the author of more than thirty novels, including those in her #1 New York Times bestselling Black Dagger Brotherhood series. She is also the author of the Black Dagger Legacy series and the Bourbon Kings series. There are more than fifteen million copies of her novels in print worldwide, and they have been published in tw...
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Title:Lover Awakened: A Novel Of The Black Dagger BrotherhoodFormat:Mass Market PaperbackProduct dimensions:464 pages, 6.81 × 4.19 × 1.24 inShipping dimensions:6.81 × 4.19 × 1.24 inPublished:September 5, 2006Publisher:Penguin Publishing GroupLanguage:English

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from Interesting Quite an interesting series. Great for fantasy and romance readers. Definitely a lot of character development.
Date published: 2018-01-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Absolutely loved I have to say that I am absolutely hooked on this series, perfect amount of erotica without it seeming its just porn on pages. Love how each character has their own personal issues that they are trying to work through, makes them seem more real. Lover Awakened is my favorite out of all the books from the series, I love seeing Zsadist's journey throughout the book and the passion between him and Bella. The dark undertones and plot of the book were very captivating and kept me hooked. I had a hard time putting down this book! I really hope there is more for Zsadist and Bella in future novels of this series #plumreview
Date published: 2017-11-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Lover Awakened Zsadist is probably the most tortured brother, still he is my favorite. Black Dagger Brotherhood is one of my favorite series. Ward never disappoints, I love every single book. I highly recommend it to everyone.
Date published: 2017-11-16
Rated 4 out of 5 by from great read! I totally love bella more then him, too much of tortured soul act for me.
Date published: 2017-10-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love Zsadist was my least favorite character until I read this book. I couldn't wait to read the Novella about them after this. It changed my entire opinion!!
Date published: 2017-09-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from My second favorite of the series! Who doesn't like a though guy??? This story is absolutely beautiful, I love how deep and dark it gets, how the characters is learning to love. It's so so well written and it does keep you on the edge of your chair, I could NOT put this book down.
Date published: 2017-09-11
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Loved it!! I'm definitely hooked! I loved Zsadist and Bella! I can't wait to read the next one!!
Date published: 2017-08-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love This book was so emotional for me with the story of Z. The things that he has been through and has overcome is overwhelming. A great read - Totally enjoyed but did make me cry.
Date published: 2017-08-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love this series!! Such a great series for fantasy/romance readers. The character development across novels is phenomenal and hands down one of the best written series I have read in a while!
Date published: 2017-07-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Lover Awakened Zsadist and Vishous are my favorite, absolutely love how personal their stories are. A fresh new take on vampires and it gets better and better. I enjoyed this series a lot and highly recommend it to all the vampire lovers out there.
Date published: 2017-05-15
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Best of the series I know the Black Dagger Brotherhood is in it's 44th? book I believe. I abandoned it at around book 10 as I found that it became very repetitive and each book introduced new characters so the same story could be told but with a different brother. Anyway...having digressed...I do recommend starting at Book 1 to understand the Vampire world, but it's book 3 which is Lover Awakened that stuck with me. I read all the books via the library and this is the one I had to go out and buy for my own collection. Zsadist is such a great angsty character and Bella his counterpart is the perfect foil. What makes this story stand out is the relationship between Zsadist and his twin (both suppressing guilt/trauma) from the experiences they endured. I might buy Phury's story just so there's closure but this is definitely the book to read out of the series in my opinion.
Date published: 2017-02-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best in the series!! You haven't read a vampire series like this before.I highly recommend this series with its great writing and original characters. J.R. Ward has created a compelling world with intricate plots. #plumrewards
Date published: 2017-02-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Heartbreakingly amazing This book has so much feels. It is just too good!
Date published: 2017-02-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Lover Awakened This is Zsadist's story and I absolutely loved it. He is top of the list for me. Simply amazing.
Date published: 2017-02-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best vampire-warrior novel ever! I think this is the best book in the series because of the insight and transition of Zsadist and his life and how much he grows into his own confidence.
Date published: 2015-10-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from mind blown Warden blew my mind as I read the story of Zadist. I still love to re-read his story. Its more personal and raw then the others (Vishous being a very close second fav) If your not a fan and just starting to read her books-this one is a must-read!!!!
Date published: 2015-03-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from grippingly unforgettable Ward immerses you in the action of her story from the first page. Action also takes many forms in this novel. Not only do we see the Brotherhood’s battles, I love this author’s writing style. The in-your-face, rough & real attitude of the characters really shines through, making you feel like you’re part of the story. Ward develops this world in a larger than life manner that makes it easy for readers to picture the multiple different aspects occurring at the same time. Zsadist is a larger than life, scary MoFo, but I thoroughly enjoyed him. The in depth way that he is developed here (building on what we know from previous novels as well) puts everything in context. His strength and vulnerability are essential to who he is. The flashbacks into his past were heartbreaking but provided a great deal of context. Contrasted with Bella you have a heady mix. The manner in which they fight against yet understand one another is breathtaking. I enjoyed getting to know the other characters’ stories and about their lives as well. This broad approach puts Zsadist’s story in context within the larger picture of the Brotherhood. I really enjoyed the look at the entire Brotherhood as a whole, even if my heart breaks for a couple of them. I also appreciated getting to know the lessers. By developing them as actual individuals rather than simply as the ‘others’ Ward provides a much deeper and more fulfilling set of opponents throughout the novel. She humanizes them in a manner where you don’t necessarily like them, but you do understand them. This series is absolutely addictive! For me, this novel is the best of the series (so far, anyway). I highly recommend, and the rest of the series, to all those who enjoy a paranormal romance.
Date published: 2015-01-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Never View Romance the Same Again We have already followed Wrath and Rhage, now it's time to follow Zsadist : The scarred Brother, the angry Brother, The Brother who only needed the love of the right woman to make him want to live. What happens when a scarred and eternally angry man meets a woman who won't take no for an answer? A woman who doesn't see the scars, she sees the man hiding underneath and loves him regardless of the fact he does everything but physically remove her from his presence? Follow along with Zsadist, Phury and the rest of the Brotherhood as they take the ride of their lives into the long, twisted road that is love and acceptance. I loved Lover Awakened! Like most men Zsadist has the tough exterior; he refuses to let others see his cracks. All he'll show them is the meanness and anger. Bella changes all that. She shows him that not every woman is a bitch but every woman can be a bitch when it's called for. She shows him love, kindness, caring even though he feels unworthy of her attentions. Bella manages to bring Zsadist's tenderness to the surface. She teaches him about tenderness and the pleasures of the flesh between two people who care about each other If you haven't discovered J. R. Ward or the Black Dagger Brotherhood I highly recommend making their acquaintance: You'll never see romance stories the same ever again.
Date published: 2015-01-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing!! Truly love this series!!! This series will have you wanting more, I could not book this book down. J R Ward please never end this series!!!
Date published: 2015-01-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best one yet I like the sensual stuff but sometimes it's over kill. This book was so much more about the characters and not so 50 shades of gray.
Date published: 2014-12-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Lover awakened Wow this book is so awesome,page turning Great way to end a vacation
Date published: 2014-09-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Black Dagger 3 By far my favorite in the series
Date published: 2014-08-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wow I think this was the best
Date published: 2014-07-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Lover awakened awesome book! Could not put it down. each page was more gripping then the next . I can't wait to read the next one!!
Date published: 2014-04-05
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Lover awakened Thought it was good, but there were some parts that made me angry and I had to stop regroup and then finish, but overall very good.
Date published: 2013-11-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The best This is the best book in the series so far, I even laughed out loud several times. Anf I loove Zsadist ;-)
Date published: 2013-04-11
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Best one yet ... I'm hoping JR Ward keeps up the trend of improving this series as it goes along. Book 3 is definitely the best one so far - and while I was mildly hooked before (I did make it through books 1-3), I'm definitely hooked now and looking forward to the next one. Zsadist's story has been the most compellling, and the book was multi-layered with a few different storylines that definitely kept my attention. Perseverence pays off!
Date published: 2012-06-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best of the Series As with many other BDB fans this is definitely my favourite of the series. If you are going to read any of them this is the one I would recommend. The love and passion between Zsadist and Bella is the deepest and most beautiful of the series and will be the one to get you truly hooked and begging for more.
Date published: 2011-09-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Intense & Surprisingly Tender Zsadist has the darkest, most troubling past of all the brothers, and he has a reputation to be feared. As a former blood slave, he has suffered unspeakable acts, knows limitless pain and constant shame. His only purpose, and release for his anger, is to fight the Lessening Society. When Bella, a female vampire, is captured by a lesser and later rescued by Zsadist, she unlocks something deep within him. As Zsadist starts to feel and experience things he has never known, his desire to destroy the lesser that captured Bella starts to consume him. Bella must find a way to help Zsadist heal his tortured soul and prove to him that he is worth loving and capable of loving in return. Lover Awakened should come with a warning: “Caution! This book is hot and may lead to scorched retinas and burned fingers. Sunglasses and oven mitts may be necessary when handling!” I didn’t think J.R. Ward could possibly write a steamier book than Lover Eternal, but Lover Awakened has proven me wrong! Along with the incredible heat radiating from the pages, Lover Awakened also has an intense, dark vibe that separates it from the other novels in the Black Dagger Brotherhood series. The inter-novel continuing plot progressed moderately in this book, but I speak with complete honesty when I say I was so wrapped up in the romance plot between Zsadist and Bella and subplots involving other characters that didn’t care about the continuing plot at all. I read as quickly as I could through those parts in order to get back to focusing on the brothers. There was a lot of groundwork laid in the form of subplots for the next novels in the series, but it all flowed smoothly. There was none of that out of place choppiness so common in genre fiction. I adored the character progression and development in this novel. A lot was revealed about Zsadist, obviously, but Ward also spent a considerable amount of time on Phury and John Matthew. Each brother had some page time though, which is one of the reasons why these books work so well. Ward weaves everything together seamlessly and doesn’t forget any of her characters even once they have already had their story told. Each character retains their appeal. The female characters from past novels get less attention, but they aren’t forgotten either. Based on the past two books in the series, Zsadist held the most appeal to me of all the characters. I had very high expectations of how his story would be told, and Ward delivered! His past was explored in so much detail in the form of memories from both Zsadist and Phury. Ward seems very comfortable with exploring sensitive topics and the darker nature of her characters, and trust me, there is some seriously dark subject matter in Lover Awakened. Like I sad before, Phury had a considerable amount of focus in this novel. I was pleased with this because he had remained the most elusive and distant of the brothers up until this point. After getting a better idea of his background, readers will be eager to see where Ward takes him. Lover Awakened seems to have the most vivid, extreme character transformation so far, and I have a hard time seeing any of the other novels in the series beating it. I was impressed with the contrast seen in Zsadist and how he often shifted from cold to tender to hurtful to ashamed in such a short time. Ward tackled his emotions well, and they felt sincere and realistic considering his circumstances. A lot of careful consideration was clearly put in to Zsadist’s character, back story, reactions, and emotional growth. It all made for a sensational, touching read! Lover Awakened has had some of my favorite romance novel moments. As I mentioned before, this was one steamy read. It was practically toe curling. The characters complemented one another so perfectly that it would be nearly impossible to find a better paranormal romance novel pairing. The sex scenes were definitely X-rated based on the level of detail and explicit description. Those who don’t like that sort of graphic detail should stay away from this series, but everyone else should read it ASAP. Even though this series borders on erotica, it possesses a great deal more than just sex. There is a lot of emotional content within these pages as well as action and unforeseen events. I was shocked and completely heartbroken for the characters in Lover Awakened more than once. Ward isn’t writing something hot with lots of gratuitous sex. There is a well planned story with depth and feeling here! The heat and intimacy is just a delightful bonus! Lover Awakened is one enticing that all paranormal junkies need to read! The Black Dagger Brotherhood series is one that should definitely be read in the correct order, so start with Dark Lover for maximum enjoyment. If you’ve read the first two books, I’m sure you won’t be needing me to tell you to pick up this one right away!
Date published: 2010-07-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing! Another great addition to the series. Absolutely wonderful. I think this book has to be the most emotional and touching of the books so far, definitely an absolutely amazing story. You would think that by book 3 some of the stories about the brothers would start seeming similar, but that is definitely not the case. This series just keeps getting better and better!
Date published: 2010-05-23
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Z, rhymes with V, but he'll always be George to me* Lover Awakened, Ward's third book in the BDB series, picks up right where Lover Eternal left off with the spotlight firmly on Zsadist and his relationships with Bella and his twin brother Phury. It is a great follow up to the emotionally charged Lover Eternal. Z is one of the most dangerous yet intriguing of the brothers. Kidnapped as an infant and sold into slavery, he spent a century at the mercy of a sadistic mistress. Hideously scarred physically and mentally, nearly to the point of madness, his heart is cold and his soul is as scarred as his body. Even other members of the brotherhood tread lightly around him and for good reason, his black deeds are legendary. Bella and Z first met in Lover Eternal where Bella found herself inexplicably attracted to Z and vice versa. When Bella is abducted by the Lessers, Z practically goes ballistic. Because of the reputation of the Lessers, everyone has all but given up on finding her except for Zhadist who single-mindedly hunts down lessers trying to extract information on her whereabouts. When miraculously it is discovered that she is alive, Z is determined to rescue her and the Omega will take any Lesser that dares stand in his way. I'm not giving anything away when I say that of course, Z is able to rescue Bella. Overcome by the urge to care for her, he takes her to the Brother's mansion, unwilling and unable to let anyone else touch her. While recuperating Bella tries to get closer to Z and the two find themselves in an awkward kind of courtship. Zhadist has never known a kind touch and loathes himself above all else. All in all he is a complex character and Bella has her work cut out trying to reach him and pull him back from the brink of self destruction. We also see the complexity of Z's relationship with his twin brother Phury. The glimpses we get into Phury’s world show his inner self to be just as bleak as Z’s in some aspects. Phury rescued Z from his horrendous fate many years ago at great sacrifice to himself and it is his blind devotion to his brother that causes him to be a silent victim. There are some real heart wringing scenes between the brothers and the emotion is kept bubbling throughout the book because Phury loves Bella too and his love is so sad and hopeless. The intense character development in Lover Awakened adds to an already engaging book. While most of the book focuses on Z, there are several other subplots, including one featuring the pre-transition orphan John Matthew. In Lover Awakened John is finally beginning to feel comfortable in his new home even as he struggles to fit into the Brother's new training class for other pre-transition males. But John's security is short lived when a devasting event shatters things for him once again. There is also an unexpected twist between V and Butch (minds out of the gutter ladies) that I'm sure was added solely to set up the next book, which happens to be Butch's story. Although Lover Awakened also has all my usual complaints about this series, including Ward's less than technically perfect writing and the Brother's slang-y speech (although there seems to less of it in this book, maybe because Z isn't such a big conversationalist?), it is still a great read. Fast paced with action and heart wrenching drama that rolls from one emotional high to another, you will have a hard time putting it down. 2010-072 *Ten points if you know what I am referring to, lol
Date published: 2010-03-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from This Book Had Me Speechless, I Didn't Know What To Say! Zsadist is by far the scariest of all the brothers, he has eyes deep black, soulless eyes and a scar that stretches the length of his face. Add this to the ready to kill look that is always the expression you see on his face and it would be completely reasonable for everyone to fear him and give him his space. But can you blame him? He was not always like this, but driven to become this way from his horrible past experiences. Zsadist was a former blood slave, held against his will by a Mistress that did far more than just take blood from him, and he has the scars to prove it. His past has forged who he is now, broken beyond repair, not damaged. Bella is a strong female from a powerful aristocratic family that has enjoyed living one her own just out side of town in a farm house. This is until her neighbour and friend got tangled up with the Black Dagger Brotherhood and by association so did she. Right from the first time she laid eyes on Zsadist she was completely captivated by him. She couldn’t get him off her mind even after he made it perfectly clear that he wanted nothing to do with her. And than it happened, she was captured by the Lessening Society and held captive. And now Zsadist is set on finding her and seeking revenge against the killers that have taken her. All he can do is pray that she is still alive to be saved. Another amazing novel by Ward. This one absolutely had it all from intense fighting to heart breaking discoveries. Zsadist story is by far the most moving and saddest one yet and I think that it may be my favourite one out of the first three. If you haven’t read this one yet I strongly suggest that you do, I promise that you will not be disappointed at all. I recommend this book to anyone who has read the first two novels in the Black Dagger Brotherhood series. I am very excited to continue on in this series and to learn more about all of the brothers and their lovers.
Date published: 2010-03-18
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Zsadist is the Warrior for Me!!! Wow, what can I say? This is the most emotive tale thus far in the series & the way that JR Ward interweaves the stories of the individual Brothers with that of the Vampire Trainees (John) & the Lessers (mostly O) is flawless. This story is a continuation from ‘Lover Eternal’ with Zsadist attempting to retrieve Bella, saving her from the Lessers torture. Zsadist has previously been portrayed as a menacing character with questionable behavior & a dark past that haunts him. Though Bella is an eager mate for him, Zsadist denies her repeatedly & their relationship struggles are absolutely heart wrenching. You do get a full description of Zsadist’s life a Blood Slave & be prepared it is graphic; it is no wonder that he suffers with issues of self worth. Be warned, this author is not shy about adding & removing characters that you might assume are going to be in future works so do not get too attached!!! My curiosity is also piqued about Bella's Brother Rehvenge, AKA The Reverend, but I guess I will have to wait to read 'Lover Avenged' to see his story unfold.
Date published: 2010-02-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from He won my heart This is the 3rd book in the Black Dagger Brotherhood series. First I would like to say, this is by far my favourite book. How J R Ward made me love and feel compassion for a character I despised in the previous 2 books. Zsadist is seen as a crazy brother in the past books. We are made to believe he kills woman for sport and that he only finds pleasure in pain. He is really made to be seen as a creep and disgusted me. In this book, Ward makes you see into his personal hell, his past years of abuse and torture as a blood slave. Bella is a beautiful aristocrat vampire. We were introduced to her in the previous book when she brought John in to meet the brotherhood. While at the mansion, she met Zsadist a scary looking scared man, but she couldn’t keep her eyes off of him. Zsadist thinks her only interest in him was to have sex with as it would be forbidden/taboo. In the previous book Bella was kidnapped by the lesser. We realize that the lesser thinks of her as his wife and has been holding her prisoner instead of killing her. While she has been thought as dead, the brotherhood has been in search for her. Especially Zsadist, he has made it his personal mission to find her dead or alive and kill the lesser. Zsadist has also sought comfort by being in her home. He has been fascinated by her but couldn’t think she would ever be interested in him. When Zsadist finds Bella, she has been beaten and emotionally abused. He knows her pain. Bella wants to find comfort in Zsadist but he won’t allow it. He’s the only one she wants, and as she seeks comfort Zsadist must face his personal demons. There are some other big plot twists in this book that I’m sure will be very pivotal in the next books. The brothers are awesome each story builds the next. This story is absolutely beautiful. We see through Zsadist’s eyes and realize the personal hell he’s been living for the past century. We also see a scared man underneath his scars, tattoos and demeanour. We see how much the brothers are scared of him and see him as damaged. I love how we can see him try to fight his past. I loved the relationship between him and Phury. This story was beautiful and my favourites part of this book were the epilogue’s last few chapters. How the boy in training sees Zsadist as a crazy psycho man until he sees him with Bella. I also loved how Zsadist helps John at the training center by taking the bus with him to show the others that he has his “back” and used his crazy reputation to help John.
Date published: 2010-01-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Zsadist Goes down..and likes it **No real spoilers that aren't on the back of the book** Lover Awakened tells us the story of the dark and mysterious brother, Zsadist. The majority of readers will probably agree that he is the most intriguing vampire(so far). There’s so much unknown about him so far and finally our hungry mind and other parts get a hold of him and we get to watch his intensely emotional past, present and future unravel before us. Things begin to really spark Zsadist back to life when Bella, a civilian vampire he’s encountered before, gets taken by one of the most demented lessers. The lesser takes a personal and twisted interest in his female captive which makes things a million times worse on Bella. Zsadist becomes ruthless stabbing his way through lesser after lesser with his black heart set on finding Bella. Before long the Brotherhood gets the location on where Bella is being held and yippee Z rescues her. She doesn’t get away unscathed but at least she is still alive and under the protection of the BDB, and mainly Zsadist. Even with his soul and heart so black he takes care of Bella like a gentle giant. As she heals and becomes aware what has been done to her and how she got to where she is, Bella and Zsadist become complicated and hopelessly intertwined. Z struggles with his past while Bella struggles with her present, but in some planet aligning way they have the same fears and problems. It is a beauty in itself how destiny works for all the characters in this instalment of BDB. There is many heart stopping close calls and some tear jerking moments. And yup it will probably jerk your pants off at some point, well many times most likely. The books keep getting better and better. Those leathered up BDB boys can keep sucking me in. You will be “needing” more at the end of this book guaranteed.
Date published: 2009-10-31
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Very Good The third novel in the Black Dagger Brotherhood series, and another great sexy vampire romance. I am really starting to notice all the plot Ms. Ward has put into this series with foreshadowing from the first novel into this book and I saw some things to come. 13/1000
Date published: 2009-10-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best of the bunch This was my favorite out of the series. Zsadist is a great character who has been through so much that even his brother's think his soul is lost. The black dagger brotherhood series is addicting and probably my favorite series!
Date published: 2009-07-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Ah, Zsadist, You Broke My Heart This is an amazing book and my favourite in the series. LOVER AWAKENED tells the agonizingly painful story of Zsadist, a former blood slave and most feared member of the Blackdagger Brotherhood. After Zsadist rescues the beautiful, aristocrat Bella from the Lessoning Society's torture facility she refuses to leave his side (or bed.) Craving the strength and security she now finds only with him. And it's with her growing love and patience that this reluctant hero ultimately `awakens'. It's a bumpy ride for our pair and this relationship will leave you in tears, both of joy and sadness as we witness Z's transformation from the `cold one' into a male of worth. A multilayered novel L.A of course has several stories and POV's running simultaneously and the action never stops. Full of suspense, erotic and ultimately heartbreaking. Introduced briefly in the past two books, we now get to find out what made Zsadist the way he is. A confirmed sociopath who avoids all relationships, Z is scarred, pierced, tattooed, violent and illiterate. He's the most feared Brother and distrusted by all because of his intimidating and just downright mean nature. He enjoys pain yet can't bare any kind of physical contact due to the years of physical and sexual abuse he suffered during his time as a blood slave. Zsadist makes for an unlikely romantic hero but JR brilliantly gains your sympathy and you will grow to love this misunderstood and abused character. Phury as Zsadist's twin plays a major role here, and through a series of flashbacks we learn the details of Z's enslavement and Phury's daring rescue of him. It's a striking scene resulting in the loss of his leg and Z's brutal scarring. Phury has spent his life consumed with fixing his twin and is riddled with guilt, sacrificing time and again and it's starting to take a toll. Now exhausted, he's playing a deadly game with the `red smoke' and despite his vow of celibacy can't help being attracted to Bella. We also get to know Rehvenge the Sympath club owner of Zerosum and John Mathew's story starts to unfold as he begins his training and accepts the love of a family. Of course all the Brothers get some attention so we get shots of Wrath, Rhage, Vishous, Butch and their respective `Shellans.' Some of my favourite scenes involve the Brothers just going about their daily business, little interludes in the kitchen, or hanging out playing pool and teasing each other. Unfortunately the Lessers continue their torment making things personal now as their leader Mr. O attempts to reclaim Bella and a shocking loss occurs within the Brotherhood family that will be felt throughout the rest of this series. Z and Bella's love story takes center stage throughout though and is utterly fascinating. From the moment of rescue Zsadist won't let anyone else near Bella. And despite being frightened of him she wants him. To Bella he is perfect and she slowly begins to seduce him. Z is subsequently terrified, feeling dirty and hating his body's response to her. When the two finally kiss however...sigh. Ultimately Z's feelings of unworthiness force him to push her away. Into the arms of a male of worth, those of his twin brother. When Bella goes into her 'needing' though which twin will ease her suffering? The celibate one or the one who can't bear to be touched? The climax of this book is simply unput-down able. With a suicide mission forcing one twin to sacrifice everything for the life of the other and a HEA that brings tears to your eyes as we get a rare glimpse of the future. Each book in this series just gets better and better but JR has outdone herself here. I would give this more *s if I could and can't recommend it enough
Date published: 2009-07-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awesome! I absolutely loved this book. Zsadist is one of the best characters I have had the pleasure of reading about in a long time. It was actually depressing when I finished the last page. Definitely the best in the series to date. I found the novella about Zsadist And Bella, Father Mine, in the Insiders Guide.
Date published: 2009-05-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Brilliant! J.R. Ward is just amazing! The levels of character development, emotion, suspence and romance are amazing. I get lost in her books, they are good on so many levels.
Date published: 2009-05-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best so far! In this book, we learn a lot of what happened to Zsadist while he was a blood slave and also his complicated relationship with his twin Phury. The love story between Bella and Zsadist is spectacular. There is so much that happens in the book, but I don't want to give away any spoilers. Great ending however!!
Date published: 2009-05-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Zsadist rocks! I guess I'm not alone in thinking that this is the best book of the Black Dagger Brotherhood series! Zsadist is dark, tormented....and so darn sexy! Totally unexpected after his portrayal in the first two novels. I found myself rooting for the "bad guy" all the way through - and "Lover Awakened" does not disappoint. I could read it again and again!
Date published: 2009-03-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Another gem This is my favorite book in the series so far, mostly because it deals with my favorite character Zhadist. Just as well written as the rest of the series so far, and a wonderful continuation of the series.
Date published: 2009-03-14
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Oh boy. *this review contains spoilers* I don't even know where to start. My emotions are all over the place with this one. In the last book, Bella was kidnapped by a lesser. In Lover Awakened, she is rescued by the Brotherhood, and they take care of her while the lesser is still on the loose. There is conflict because Phury has a thing for Bella, but she makes it clear that Z is the only one she wants. A lot of readers love a tortured Hero, and normally I don't mind them. It wasn't working for me this time. Z had a major case of post traumatic stress syndrome, and because of it he was cruel & mean. I don't feel that he really redeemed himself for the way Bella was treated. He had a nice speech for her in the end, but to me it just wasn't enough. I guess I should start with the good. I liked Bella. I liked her in the last book, and I continued to like her in this one. She went after what she wanted and did everything she could to help the man she loved. As much as she wanted to heal him, she realized that she could not fix him. When he pretty much cheated on her right in front of her, she backed off. Good girl. You don't have to take that crap from no one! I like how Z asked for help and learned how to read and write. I liked seeing Z and Phury become close. Bella goes through her needing period, and I thought it was funny how all the men reacted. Wrath (he is so yummy) and Rhrage grab their mates and head off to bed, while the other Brothers, along with Butch, are stuck having to deal with it themselves. Really weird how they all stuck together through it though. They are as horny and hard as hell, yet they hang out in the same bed getting drunk, high and taking turns in the bathroom jerking off. They are also naked. Yeah, Ok. For those who have not read this book, the needing period is when a female Vampire is fertile. Any man in the vicinity feels her urges and he gets REALLY horny along with her. Doesn't matter of they are mated, human or Vampire. If a female is in needing, then the male wants to get laid. As much as the way the Brothers talked annoyed me in the first 2 books, it didn't bother me as much this time. I hate to think that I actually got used to it. Why, why, why did Wellsie have to die? No reason for it! I went to the JR Ward message board to see if anyone else was as angry as I am about it, and guess what? No one is. Please dear readers, if you are angry, then let me know. She was pregnant for crying out loud!! Why did Ward have to kill a baby?? I mentioned the post traumatic stress earlier, and I gotta say that I didn't buy it. If Z was a human, then sure. In no world do I believe that a Vampire, especially a warrior like him, would suffer it that bad. I am also left with many unanswered questions. No way to find out the rest till you read the 4'th book. A marketing ploy that I despise. It's a good thing that I started this series from the beginning. If I had started with this one, there is no way I would continue on to Butch's book. Not that this book was bad..it wasn't bad, it was pretty good. I just didn't feel good while reading. It was like watching a car accident.
Date published: 2008-06-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Sweetheart bad boy While I haven't read the other BDB books (yet), I can safely say that Zsadist is probably my favourite brother. There's something so beautiful about him. Whether it be his tortured past, his closed-off attitude to avoid getting hurt again, his discovery of love, etc... all of Z just calls out to me, and it's not just because he' was tortured. It's... him. It's ridiculous, but I almost weeped when he felt his heart "hurt".
Date published: 2008-01-31
Rated 3 out of 5 by from A Continuing Vampire Saga A fairly good page-turner but not as hot as Sherrilyn Kenyon's stuff. The characters are good and the plot does attempt to draw the reader into its vortex. Have read the first two novels and will read the next one based on the cop's story. As a series, it would be interesting to see how each character turns out. Nothing outstanding but still a good read.
Date published: 2007-03-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from FANTASTIC!!! This book hooked me, Zsadist is a great character,my favourite in the Brotherhood series, though Vishious isn't that far behind. J.R. Ward has a wonderful series going here, I can't wait to read Butch and Marissa's story. If you like Zarek from Sherrilyn Kenyon's Dark Hunter series then Zsadist is a character you'll like just as much if not more. I loved it. Can't wait to read Phury's(Zsadist's twin brother) story. Not sure when it's out but I'm really looking forward to it.
Date published: 2007-02-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from OMG!!! Totally Fabulous!!! I love the whole series! I re-read them on a regular basis. My only complaint is that she doesn't write them fast enough! I am eagerly looking forward to Lover Revealed. It cannot come out soon enough for me.
Date published: 2007-01-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Another J.R. Ward 'Unputdownable'! I couldn't even begin to describe this series! I can't tell you which book is better out of the three in the series! It seems like the further you get into it, the better it gets! Zsadist is totally different from his 'brothers', and if/when you read the book, you'll understand why. The internal struggles he lived with, how he overcame them, and with Bella at his side, had to be the best I've ever read, even if this book had nothing to do with vampires. Very powerful, makes your heart break, and fill with joy. The suspense is awesome, and the book grips you from start to finish, all characters, not just main, are all powerful. I can express enough how much I enjoyed this book.
Date published: 2006-11-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wow!!!!!!! This book was well worth waiting for. After the sneak preview in Lover Eternal, I could hardly wait until it arrived in bookstores. Luckily for me it was released a week earlier than its release date. I allowed myself two nights to read it, as I kept going back and reading my favourite parts over and over again. I knew Zsadist was my favourite character all along. It could have something to do with his being scarred, wounded and the protective feeling you get whenever he is around. (I can understand why he is also J.R. Ward's favourite character). This book explains how he got the way he is and why his twin Phury acts the way he does and why Phury does the things he does where Zsadist is concerned. Bella proves to be a good match for Zsadist and I don't think any other heroine would have been able to handle him. Bravo to J.R. Ward, she has done it again, and I look forward to what is going to happen next. Keep up the great work!!!
Date published: 2006-09-05

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Chapter One“What if I told you I had a fantasy?” Butch O’Neal put his Scotch down and eyed the blonde who’d spoken to him. Against the backdrop of Zero-Sum’s VIP area, she was something else, dressed in white patent leather strips, a cross between Barbie and Barbarella. It was hard to know if she was one of the club’s professionals or not. The Reverend only trafficked in the best, but maybe she was a model for FHM or Maxim. She planted her hands on the marble tabletop and leaned in toward him. Her breasts were perfect, the very best money could buy. And her smile was radiant, a promise of acts done with knee pads. Paid or not, this was a woman who got plenty of vitamin D and liked it. “Well, daddy?” she said over the trippy techno music. “Want to make my dream come true?” He shot her a hard smile. Sure as hell, she was going to make someone very happy tonight. Probably a busload of someones. But he wasn’t going to be riding that double-decker. “Sorry, you need to go taste the rainbow somewhere else.” Her total lack of reaction sealed the deal on her professional status. With a vacant smile, she floated over to the next table and pulled the same lean and gleam. Butch tilted his head back and swallowed the inch of La-gavulin left in his glass. His next move was to flag down a waitress. She didn’t come over, just nodded and beat feet for the bar to get him another. It was almost three A.M., so the rest of the troika were going to show up in a half hour. Vishous and Rhage were out hunting lessers, those soulless bastards that killed their kind, but the two vampires were probably going to come in for a landing dis-appointed. The secret war between their species and the Less-ening Society had been quiet all January and February, with few slayers out and around. This was good news for the race’s civilian population. Cause for concern for the Black Dagger Brotherhood. “Hello, cop.” The low male voice came from right behind Butch’s head. Butch smiled. That sound always made him think of night fog, the kind that hides what’s going to kill you. Good thing he liked the dark side. “Evening, Reverend,” he said without turning around. “I knew you were going to turn her down.” “You a mind reader?” “Sometimes.” Butch glanced over his shoulder. The Reverend was poised in the shadows, amethyst eyes glowing, mohawk trimmed tight to his skull. His black suit was sweet: Valentino. Butch had one just like it. Although in the Reverend’s case the worsted wool had been bought with the guy’s own money. The Reverend, a.k.a. Reh-venge, a.k.a. brother of Z’s shellan, Bella, owned ZeroSum and took a cut of everything that went down. Hell, with all the de-pravity for sale in the club, he had a forest worth of green fun-neling into his piggy bank at the end of every night. “Nah, she just wasn’t for you.” The Reverend slid into the booth, smoothing his perfectly knotted Versace necktie. “And I know why you said no.” “Oh, yeah?” “You don’t like blondes.” Not anymore he didn’t. “Maybe I just wasn’t into her.” “I know what you want.” As Butch’s newest Scotch arrived, he gave it a quick vertical workout. “Do you now?” “It’s my job. Trust me.” “No offense, but I’d rather not about this.” “Tell you what, cop.” The Reverend leaned in close and he smelled fantastic. Then again, Cool Water by Davidoff was an oldie but goodie. “I’ll help you anyway.” Butch clapped a hand on the male’s heavy shoulder. “Only interested in bartenders, buddy. Good Samaritans give me the scratch.” “Sometimes only the opposite will do.” “Then we’re SOL.” Butch nodded out at the half-naked crowd writhing on hits of X and coke. “Everyone looks the same around here.” Funny, during his years in the Caldwell Police Department, ZeroSum had been an enigma to him. Everyone knew the place was a drug hole and a sex pool. But no one at the CPD had been able to pin down enough probable cause to get a search warrant—even though you could walk in any night of the week and see dozens of legal infractions, most of them happening in tandem. But now that Butch was hanging with the Brotherhood, he knew why. The Reverend had lots of little tricks in his bag when it came to changing people’s perceptions of events and circumstances. As a vampire, he could scrub clean the memo-ries of any human, manipulate security cameras, dematerialize at will. The guy and his biz were a moving target that never moved. “Tell me something,” Butch said, “how have you managed to keep your aristocratic family from knowing about this little night job you got going on?” The Reverend smiled so that only the tips of his fangs showed. “Tell me something, how did a human get so tight with the Brotherhood?” Butch tipped his glass in deference. “Sometimes fate takes you in fucked-up directions.” “So true, human. So very true.” As Butch’s cell phone went off, the Reverend got up. “I’ll send you over something.” “Unless it’s Scotch I don’t want it, my man.” “You’re going to take that back.” “Doubt it.” Butch took out his Motorola Razr and flipped it open. “What up, V? Where are you?” Vishous was breathing like a racehorse with the dull roar of wind distortion backing him up: a symphony of ass hauling. “Shit, cop. We got problems.” Butch’s adrenaline kicked in, lighting him up like a Christmas tree. “Where are you?” “Out in the burbs with a situation. The damn slayers have started hunting civilians in their homes.” Butch leaped to his feet. “I’m coming—” “The hell you are. You stay put. I only called so you wouldn’t think we were dead when we didn’t show. Later.” The connection cut off. Butch sank back down in the booth. From the table next to him, a group of people let out a loud, happy burst, some shared joke teeing their laughter off like birds flushed into the open air. Butch looked into his glass. Six months ago he’d had noth-ing in his life. No woman. No family he was close to. No home to speak of. And his job as a homicide detective had been eat-ing him alive. Then he’d gotten canned for police brutality. Fallen in with the Brotherhood through a bizarre series of events. Met the one and only woman who’d ever awed him stu-pid. Also had a total wardrobe makeover. At least that last one was in the good category and had stayed there. For a while the change had been a great mask of reality, but lately he’d noticed that for all the differences, he was right where he’d always been: no more alive than when he’d been rotting in his old life. Still on the outside looking in.

Editorial Reviews

Praise for the Novels of the Black Dagger Brotherhood   “Delicious, erotic, and thrilling.”—New York Times bestselling author Nicole Jordan   “Dark fantasy lovers, you just got served.”—New York Times bestselling author Lynn Viehl   “To die for. I love this series!”—New York Times bestselling author Suzanne Brockmann“J. R. Ward’s urban fantasy romance series is so popular I don’t think there’s a reader today who hasn’t at least heard of the Black Dagger Brotherhood.”—USA Today   “Hold on tight for an intriguing, adrenaline-pumping ride.”—Booklist