Lover Awakened by J.R. Ward
Released Date: September 5, 2006
Publisher: Signet Eclipse
Pages: Paperback (434 pages)
Age Group: Adult
Series: Black Dagger Brotherhood #3
Author Website: http://www.jrward.com/
Overall Rating: (5 out of 5 stars)
Description: 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 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 his only passion-until he rescues a beautiful female from the evil Lessening Society.
Bella is instantly entranced by the seething power Zsadist possesses. But even as their desire for each other begins to overtake them, 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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"I was dead until you found me, though I breathed. I was sightless, though I could see. And then you came...and I was awakened."
"You are in a prison with no bars. I worry about you."
"She is more beautiful than I have words for. And last night, I was blessed beyond measure to serve her."
"Besides, you think I'm not used to hurting? For me, it's home sweet home, my brother."
My Musings: Zsadist is my favorite brother in the Black Dagger Brotherhood. Which makes this my favorite book in the entire series. Zsadist had captured my attention from the first moment he came into the scene in Dark Lover. I was so happy to finally get to hear his story from his point-of-view.
I found Zsadist's story to be very heartbreaking. He went through many difficult trials before he ever joined the brotherhood. It was nice to also get a real feel for Phury (Zsadist's twin).
Bella is my favorite female in the series. She is so strong willed and I love how she never gives up on Zsadist, even when he doesn't see the good thats inside of him.
The ending was A-MAY-ZING. Couldn't ask for a more perfect way to end things.
Cover Art: This cover is very seductive.