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Lover Awakened: Number 3 in series (Black Dagger Brotherhood) [Paperback]

J. R. Ward
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5 Aug 2010 Black Dagger Brotherhood (Book 3)

In the shadows of the night in Caldwell, New York, there's a deadly war raging between vampires and their slayers. And there exists a secret band of brothers like no other - six vampire warriors, defenders of their race. Of these, Zsadist is the most terrifying member of the Black Dagger Brotherhood.

A former blood slave, the vampire 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 aristocrat from the evil Lessening Society.

Bella is instantly entranced by the seething power Zsadist possesses. But even as their desire for one another begins to overtake them both, Zsadist's thirst for vengeance against Bella's tormentors drives him to the brink of madness. Now, Bella must help her lover overcome the wounds of his tortured past, and find a future with her.

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  • Paperback: 544 pages
  • Publisher: Piatkus (5 Aug 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0749954434
  • ISBN-13: 978-0749954437
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (144 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 21,579 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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J. R. Ward lives in the South with her incredibly supportive husband and her beloved golden retriever. After graduating from law school, she began working in health care in Boston and spent many years as chief of staff for one of the premier academic medical centres in the nation. She is the author of the Black Dagger Brotherhood and Fallen Angels series.

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"'Deliciously edgy, erotic and thrilling' Nicole Jordan" --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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Third book in the phenomenal dark, sexy and gritty Black Dagger Brotherhood series from NEW YORK TIMES bestselling author J. R. Ward. Prepare to meet vampires with attitude...

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Bring on the Black Dagger Brotherhood!! 29 July 2010
By K. Hall
These were the first books by J R Ward I have read, but WOW what an author. I thought the character names were a bit weird to begin with, but as you get engrossed in the story the names do not detract from the exciting and steamy storylines. I thought the first book was a bit slow to get going initially, but after the first few chapters and setting the scene, I found the whole series amazing. I couldn't put them down and just kept reading one after the other until I'd finished the whole series! I'd recommend the BDB to anyone who loves vampire stories with unexpected twists and plenty of 'hot, sexy characters' that get you enthralled and eager for more. Sad in places, funny and extremely entertaining novels that are definitely a keep on my bookshelf!!
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25 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Now my Favourite of the genre. 9 Oct 2006
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Vampire romances have always been my number one choice for reading material, particularly anything by Laurell K Hamilton, Sherrilyn Kenyon, and Angela Knight. I have now read all three of J R Wards BlackDagger Brotherhood series up to and including Lover Awakened. Although all three where fantastic reads, it has to be said that Zsadists story has been the best so far, it has even become my favourite of the genre. Ward creates an edgy, modern take on the Vampire story, breathing new life into what was in danger of becoming a boring and repetetive subject. She has created an ultra masculine, passionate, yet tortured character in Zsadist, he is a little darker than most Vampire anti heros, which to me made a refreshing change (i hate it when they get too mushy too quickly).Although the sex scenes are plentiful and passionate, they are well written, and very steamy. The story is firmly rooted in the 21st century, so if historical romances are your favourite this may not appeal quite as much, although having said that i can't imagine anyone not liking this book. Give the whole series a try i guarantee you won't be dissapointed.
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34 of 37 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant third book in the series 25 Nov 2006
By Helen Hancox TOP 500 REVIEWER
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I loved this book. I very much enjoyed the two previous novels, "Dark Lover" and "Lover Eternal" and this book was even better. I've just finished it having spent my entire Saturday afternoon glued to it. And, embarrassingly to admit, I'm wiping away a few tears that I shed whilst reading it.

This book follows the story of Zsadist, the scarred and broken member of the Brotherhood of vampires. We learned a little about him in the previous two books - he's the scary one who may or may not kill his lovers and can't bear anyone to touch him. At the end of the last book, "Lover Eternal", Bella the female vampire was kidnapped and Zsadist discovered he had an obsession with her - trying to find her.

This book starts six weeks after those events - Zsadist is still looking for Bella although pretty much everyone thinks she's dead. Mr O, the Fore-Lesser (head of the vampire slayers) is instead holding her hostage and playing mind games with her. When another vampire held hostage escapes, the Brotherhood come to rescue Bella and Zsadist takes her home to his room. And there starts his troubles.

I didn't really understand the character of Zsadist in the previous books - but in this story we learn about him and Bella through their interaction. What's so great about the story is that it all makes sense, his behaviour is a result of the terrible experiences he had as a blood slave which are given to us as back story. We also learn more about his twin, Phury, how he lost his leg (although not why he's celibate). Bella finds herself attracted to Zsadist but it's almost impossible for her to get through to him because of his huge issues with touch and with himself and his body.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Do you get the impression I like this book? 13 Sep 2006
Format:Mass Market Paperback
What can I write about this book that will not spoil the story? Well to put it succinctly, this is the crème de la crème of its genre. Book three in the most fantastic series of paranormal romance novels EVER. And in my opinion, it blows every other vamp series out of the water. Repeatedly.

LA tells the story of Zsadist - the most volatile and dangerous member of the Black Dagger Brotherhood. For those of you who have read the previous two books in this series, you will know (and, in my case love) Z well and I do not have to tell you how good this is as you will have been waiting as eagerly as I was for it. For those of you who are new to JR Wards' writing, you are in for a treat.

Z is emotionally and physically scarred and most give him a wide birth. Until, that is, he meets a female who is compelled to see beyond the surface to the male inside. This is the darkest of the three books so far and while there are elements of a romance story it is by no means a romantic tale. Zsadist has been through much and Ward does not try to sugar coat it at all. It has its love scenes but I wouldn't say they were `steamy' however and considering the context, I don't feel it would have worked if they were.

I cannot recommend this series highly enough. It is so very different from everything thing else out there, so refreshing and groundbreaking - it's really in a class of its own.

Buy all three books. Read them in order. And fall in love again and again and again.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Fantastic book, can't put down
Published 13 days ago by Stephanie Dodge
5.0 out of 5 stars WOW!
Wow! What a great first story in the Black Dagger Brotherhood series. I loved it!

Similar to Lara Adrian's Midnight Breed series, vampire finds mate and fights evil in a... Read more
Published 20 days ago by Linzi M
5.0 out of 5 stars Thoroughly enjoying this series of books so far and even ...
Thoroughly enjoying this series of books so far and even if it makes me a wimp the story lines have had me welling up towards the end of every one I have read. Read more
Published 21 days ago by Sue Moore
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Published 28 days ago by kmc
5.0 out of 5 stars great book
Brilliant book well worth a read. Arrived quickly and in great condition.
Published 1 month ago by MrsP
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Really enjoying this series of books, interesting twists on vampires and am loving them. Dark, powerful but modern
Published 1 month ago by miss c
5.0 out of 5 stars Zsadist is probably my favourite brother and...
Bella is incredibly special for seeing the real man underneath all that armour. I just love the tortured souls and they don't come much more so than Z. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Bex79
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant
Can't get enough of these BDB books. They are compelling reading, just can't put them down and this one was no exception. Gripping story, some surprises at the end. Read more
Published 3 months ago by vb
5.0 out of 5 stars Fab
Fab, there isn't much that I can say about this book that hasn't already been said by other reviewers. Basically ..... read it!!
Published 3 months ago by Panda
4.0 out of 5 stars Good series
This is a good series but not as good as Lara Adrian's Midnight Breed series. There is to much empathsis on the brooding/damaged warriors and the love story and not enough action... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Susan Shaw
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