Title: Lover Awakened (Black Dagger Brotherhood #3)
Author: J.R. Ward
Publication Date: September 5th 2006
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…
I seriously think I am going to start all my Black Dagger Brotherhood reviews like this, I apologize for the repetitiveness in advance, but I couldn’t wait to start this book! It is only the third one but the first two just pulled me right in and I kept me wanting more. There was an incident/event at the end of Lover Eternal that left this big “Nooo!” moment for me and I was anxious to figure out what was going to come of it.
When I read Dark Lover I was curious about Zsadist and then I read Lover Eternal and I couldn’t wait to read his story. He is portrayed as the scariest of the brothers, no one trusts him, and some say he is even just plain evil but there is so much under that frightening exterior. Zsadist went through a lot in his past and it left him feeling angry, dirty, and afraid. He has barriers up that no one has ever attempted to tear down. People usually take one look at him and stay the hell away so when Bella takes an interests he can’t wrap his head around why and continuously tries to push her onto his brother (who I felt bad for as well). Zsadist could really piss me off but it was understandable and I loved him.
Bella is by far my favorite so far. I haven’t disliked any of the girls. I loved Beth and Mary but I think I loved Bella even more. The poor thing goes through so much. I loved how she doesn’t let Zsadist intimidate her and stands up to him. She could have easily taken one look at him, been given one push away, and given up because things definitely are not easy when it comes to these two.
By far my favorite book in the BDB series so far! They just keep getting better and better. There was action and suspense right from the beginning and I swear this book was going to give me a panic attack by the end. I fell even more in love with the characters I had already been introduced to and disliked the lessers even more. I didn’t think things could get more horrible. J.R. Ward definitely added more dimensions to the story and made things even more crazy. Also, this book definitely brought on the water works. Just so sad! I almost couldn’t take it all.