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Lover Awakened (Black Dagger Brotherhood, Bk 3)
Lover Awakened - Black Dagger Brotherhood, Bk 3
Author: J. R. Ward
In the shadows of the night in Caldwell, New York, a deadly turf war rages between vampires and their slayers. 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 ...  more »
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ISBN-13: 9780451219367
ISBN-10: 0451219368
Publication Date: 2006
Pages: 464
  • Currently 4.5/5 Stars.

4.5 stars, based on 1266 ratings
Publisher: Signet
Book Type: Paperback
Other Versions: Hardcover, Audio CD
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reviewed Lover Awakened (Black Dagger Brotherhood, Bk 3) on + 21 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 18
I never thought I would like reading vampire novels...but lo and behold the Black Dagger Brotherhood Series came along and I was hooked.

This is the story of Bella (she has a cameo in the previous novel, Lover Eternal) and Zsadist, the most troubled of the Warriors in the Brotherhood. Bella upon meeting Zsadist feels an instant connection with him, even though he is horribly scarred on his face. She seeks him out in the previous novel, but he pushes her away not wanting to taint her with his unworthy presence. Zsadist is a former slave and doesn't feel that he is worthy of Bella who is an aristocrat amongst her species. With Bella being kidnapped Zsadist must start owning up to the feelings he has for Bella and fight for her with external enemies as well as the enemies dwelling in his soul. The battle with the evil Lessers is escalating and the Brotherhood needs to be strong now more than ever.

So far this is my favorite of the series, I haven't read the next three books but you can bet I'm going to. Zsadist is a character that makes you want to reach out to help and Bella is a strong woman who will go to any lengths to save her man. There were a few moments towards the end that actually brought a tear to my pathetic little eyes (I cry during commercials too). This is a must read for vampire/romance novel fans.
Bkcrazee avatar reviewed Lover Awakened (Black Dagger Brotherhood, Bk 3) on + 388 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 15
Absolutely great book. So well written. If you've read the first 2 this one just ties the unity of the brotherhood together in a warm family way. It has the slaying and everything that goes with vampire books that makes them great but also has a warmth to it that just pulls you in to the bond that these characters share and the sadness that they experience is written so well that you feel it like you experienced it yourself. There are also new characters added for hopefully future books. There were times I couldn't wait to turn the page to see what would happen next and times where I didn't want to turn the page because I didn't want to know.
LovesBooks avatar reviewed Lover Awakened (Black Dagger Brotherhood, Bk 3) on + 84 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 10
Zsadist's story is so far the most moving. In the series so far, we've seen Zsadist, through everyone else's eyes, as someone to be feared. In Lover Awakened we see him as someone who fears. He just hides it behind a tough as nails exterior. Bella is fascinated by Zsadist though she can't be sure why. Even when Zsadist keeps pushing her away, she comes right back at him with all the love she can give. Zsadist's story is truly amazing and there were several parts that just sent shivers down my spine.

The plot line continues with the war against the lessers and J.R. Ward does not make that war seem like a walk through a meadow. There are losses on both sides; some insignificant, others absolutely heartbreaking. I cannot reccomend this series enough to people. It's fantastic!
nicksmom avatar reviewed Lover Awakened (Black Dagger Brotherhood, Bk 3) on + 28 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 10
Please do not miss the opportunity to read one of the Black Dagger Brotherhood books. I am absolutely hooked on this series. Vampire books are a dime a dozen right now, but I guarantee you that you will not read another one like this. And believe me, Zhadist is a character unlike any you will find in any romance novel. Listen to what all the other reviewers say as well, and read this book - then go back and read the two before and the one after. And there's more coming!!
reviewed Lover Awakened (Black Dagger Brotherhood, Bk 3) on + 69 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 7
BLACK DAGGER BROTHERHOOD #3: Romantic Times, Top Pick - Love this series.
When it comes to tormented heroes, few can top the dangerous and tortured Zsadist. In a change of pace, it's the hero who has sexual issues resulting from his violently abusive past as a blood slave. Both the hero and heroine have suffered greatly, but it's Zsadist's journey to self-acceptance that makes this book so compelling. Ward pulls no punches in this dark, dangerous and at times tragic series. Waiting for successive installments is getting harder and harder.
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reviewed Lover Awakened (Black Dagger Brotherhood, Bk 3) on + 503 more book reviews
By far my favorite in the series. I've read the series straight-through twice now and on my most recent (third) reading, I'm ready to quit after this book. It is the highlight and the peak of the series. The other books are good and if you are a new reader to Black Dagger Brotherhood, don't let my comments stop you. They are all great and worth reading. But this one is the best.

Zhadist and Bella have amazing chemistry and such an apparently insurmountable pile of problems keeping them apart. They both have to overcome so many emotional and psychological encumbrances, they are really the perfect couple - him with incredible physical strength, her with incredible emotional strength. The chemistry between them is sizzling and Bella's "needing" is something else. It's sexy and sweet and emotional all at once. Even reading it the third time, some of this book is just so heartwrenching.
reviewed Lover Awakened (Black Dagger Brotherhood, Bk 3) on + 16 more book reviews
Could not put it down.
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Great Book
reviewed Lover Awakened (Black Dagger Brotherhood, Bk 3) on + 36 more book reviews
I love this book, I just read it a second time and it didn't loose it's appeal one bit. I was lost in the story even though i knew what's coming. Well written, rounded characters, & interaction between Bella & Zsadist is great. It's the best in this series.
Entilzah avatar reviewed Lover Awakened (Black Dagger Brotherhood, Bk 3) on + 55 more book reviews
I have read this book at least a dozen times. It is one of the best books ever. If you love a fairy tale with a twist you got it. Zadist is my favorite brother!!!
jacksgirl avatar reviewed Lover Awakened (Black Dagger Brotherhood, Bk 3) on + 26 more book reviews
I love all the black dagger brothers, But Zadist is my favorite, Abducted as a child and forced to be a bloodslave. He is scarred in body,mind and soul. He cannot even bare to be touched until Bella come into his life and then is taken by the vampires mortal enemies,Zadist makes it his mission to find her or at least make as many Lessers pay as possible. he wants Bella but thinks his twin would be better for her. The scenes where he is remembering his life as a slave are heart breaking to read. But make you love him all the more. This is one of my all-time favorite books.
HeatherP avatar reviewed Lover Awakened (Black Dagger Brotherhood, Bk 3) on
Zsadist is one of the most tragic characters I have ever read about. He is misunderstood by those around him, even by his own twin brother, to the point of being thought of as a monster. But Bella sees something else in him, and she is his much needed salvation. Out of all of the Brotherhood books (and I love them all), this is my favorite! To be as hurt and damaged as he is, and still to be able to finally open himself; it was truly beautiful to read. I recommend all of the books in this series - all of the Brothers are amazing men - but of them all, Zsadist stole my heart.

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