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.
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.
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!
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!!
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.