And she held his attention like a marching band. I loved his unwavering loyalty to the Brotherhood and the lengths he would go to for Mary. Lucky for me that I have the whole series on my Kindle! All the praise to J. Ward for writing a very different and very memorable paranormal romance. More than ten years ago, I read this book and loved it from the start. Two days ago I bought the Kindie edition, and it's even better than I remembered.
When I went to the reviews, I noticed that they are all ten years old. I think that this new edition deserves a fresh review - what do you think? The Brothers are heroes larger than life, and yet each one of them is flawed in some way. The King, Wrath, is blind.
This story is about Rhage, who once lacked control over himself, and who was cursed by the Scribe Virgin for causing the death of her sacred white owl. He's spent almost a hundred years sharing his body with a dragon, and every time he fails to control his rage, the dragon is set free to destroy everyone around him. The only leash that restrains the creature is fighting or sex, and as much as he loves to fight his race's enemies, having sex with strangers and never finding his mate torments him. Then he meets Mary, a human woman, dying of cancer. And even though he should only bond with a vampire, this fragile woman with the courage of a warrior, is the mate that his heart wants.
This is the love story that proves the rare talent that Ward has for amazing adventures is equaled by her gift for giving us a pair of miss-matched lovers - lovers who bring us as many tears as they do fits of laugher, and an adventure you will never forget. If you can, read Dark Lover first to get all of the back-story, but don't miss out on this one.
I promise you will never forget it. Met Z in book 2, she is from an aristocratic family. She was taken by the lessers in book 2. After one night of trying to seduce Z and being shut down quickly, she has pined for him. She is now the captive of a crazed lesser that is in love with her. She is beaten and kept in a cage. Z rescues her and takes care of her at the brother's house. Z is a tortured soul. He was kidnapped as a child, forced into slavery and became a blood and sex slave after his transition.
He has never recoved, until Bella came into his life. After servicing her during her needing, Z realizes that he has fallen in love but rejects love and Bella. After pushing her away, he decides to change himself to be the man she deserves. John Matthew is now immersed in the lives of Tor and Welsie. He is training with the brothers and getting accosted by Lash. But that doesn't last. Phury is in love with Bella and rejected by Bella. He has no idea how to cope with his feelings, so he just gets HIGH all the time on red smoke.
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Back to home page See more details about "Lover Awakened by J. Ward Paperback, " Return to top. Number 3 in series Black Dagger Brothe Buy it now - Add to Watch list Added to your Watch list. Dagger , j r ward books , j r ward fallen angels , J. Ward Numbered Hardback Fantasy Books. Add to Watch list Email to friends Share on Facebook - opens in a new window or tab Share on Twitter - opens in a new window or tab Share on Pinterest - opens in a new window or tab. Back to home page. Add to Watch list Watching Watch list is full. Prepare to meet vampires with attitude He simply broke me and my heart shattered continuously while reading his story.
His deep feelings of un-worth and self-hatred tore me to shreds! Despite his hardness and complete lack of regard for those around him including Bella at times , I could not help but fall for him and when his vulnerability came through his rough demeanor I was even more of a goner. I found the moments where Z let himself be vulnerable the most heartbreaking to read about.
Even writing this review, my heart still aches for him! As she carefully dried off his ragged flesh, she said, "You are clean. I am so very dirty. I am dirty, dirty I see it everywhere. It seals me in Phury was a big part of why I will forever love Lover Awakened. We get more of his back story with Z and there is so much more to him than we can possibly imagine. I loved the healing that took place between Z and Phury at the end. Every day Phury slept alone, if he slept at all. Food gave him little pleasure.
Females were out because of his celibacy. And every second he was worried about what Zsadist would pull next and who would get hurt in the process. He felt like he was dying from a thousand cuts, slowly bleeding out. A target by proxy for all his twin's murderous intent. If you die I have nothing I'm utterly lost. But it just keeps going doesn't it? I loved reading more about the connection between the Brothers. It is real, intense and they truly are a deep rooted family. Even though I am sure the Brothers have a hard time with Z, they are there for him and fight with him and for him.
And he the oddest thought that if he were to let himself go limp and fall backward I am unable to give Lover Awakened enough accolades.
If you have not read this series I have to end with my favourite scene in Lover Awakened. I will go as far as saying this is one of the best scenes ever. He glanced back down at the pencil in his hand and then turned to the table. Flipping the spiral notebook to a new page, he bent way over and labored on top of the paper for quite a while. Then he ripped the sheet free. His hand was shaking as he held it out.
In a child's uneven block letters there were three words: The handwriting got wavy and then disappeared. I mean… I know that you don't… feel that for me anymore. But I wanted you to know. It's important that you knew. And if there's any chance we could be together… I can't stop my job with the Brotherhood. But I can promise that I'll be so much more careful with myself—" He frowned and stopped talking.
What am I saying? I promised myself I wouldn't put you in this position—" She crushed the paper to her heart, then launched herself at him, hitting his chest so hard he stumbled back. As his arms came around her with hesitation, as if he didn't have any idea what she was doing or why, she wept openly. In all her preparations for this meeting, the one thing she had never considered was that the two of them might have some sort of future. When he tilted up her chin and looked down at her she tried to smile, but the crazy hope she felt was too heavy and joyous a burden.
Holding Bella tight, burying his face in her hair, he gave thanks with such eloquence she started to weep all over again. This has to be the first book where I wished I was a vampire. After Ward's description of the "needing", who wouldn't want to be a vampire. View all 50 comments. Feb 03, Dina rated it really liked it Shelves: Zsadist had me intrigued since I read Dark Lover , because he was pretty much an outcast within the Brotherhood and I knew there had to be something "good" inside him. I also knew that his story would be "scary" for lack of a better word and, boy, I was not mistaken!
Z's mind was so twisted that, for a moment, I doubted the possibility of a believable HEA for him. I shouldn't have, though. Can I just say I loved the epilogue? Bella was everything Z needed. She had been attracted to him since they first met in Lover Eternal and, for reasons he couldn't understand, he also felt a strong connection to her.
When presented with the chance to be with Z, Bella was honest and direct about it - and I congratulated her for it. But then, view spoiler [Z told her to go away in the end and, instead of fighting for them, she just complied!?! Call me insensitive but, at this point, I almost despise him. Get a life, my brother! Why, oh why did Ms.
Ward feel the need to do that to him? Didn't we have enough wild and wrecked Brothers? Couldn't we have at least one "normal" guy among them? Based on some comments I'd heard before reading this book, I knew view spoiler [Wellsie was going to die, hide spoiler ] but that didn't make me less unhappy when the time came. As it happened in the previous book, Lover Eternal , I didn't care for the scenes with the lessers in this book either and I wish Ms.
Ward stopped giving them so much "screen time". I know I don't stand a chance of seeing this happening, so I guess this series will never get a 5-star rating for me. Oh well, it isn't like that would make any difference, because these books have already a gazillion rabid fans and I won't be missed, LOL. View all 46 comments. Oct 12, Beth F.
Oh, my sweet peas and carrots! I lost count on how many times the bottom on my stomach dropped out and sank somewhere down by my feet only to bungee jump right back up and fly straight through the top of my head in sheer delight. Oh yes, this book was dee-licious! I got married in July and brought the first two books in the Black Dagger Brotherhood series to keep myself amused on the honeymoon flight.
They were cracktastic and addictive and fun and I eagerly added the next title to my queue Oh, my sweet peas and carrots! They were cracktastic and addictive and fun and I eagerly added the next title to my queue on booksfree. The availability of this book has never been on track for the rate that I have returned books and others were repeatedly bumped to the top and sent out instead.
Things were getting serious and I was going into some major BDB withdrawal but I lucked out recently when a friend graciously offered to lend me not only this book, but also the fourth, fifth and sixth in the series thanks Jen! This book is beyond hot! Personally, I think it was a success. Zsadist was a perfect blend of anger, dementia, anger , anger, terror, anger, confusion…and…and…timid tenderness? Which, wow, totally floored me. But in Lover Eternal, the fact that Bella had been kidnapped by a bad guy and had not yet been recovered is not even mentioned at the very end.
Fortunately this one was totally different. Bella was messed up. Bella had a freaky new tattoo. Zsadist had complete meltdowns on numerous occasions and when Bella finally leaned in and kissed him for the very first time, I almost fell off the couch. It was that good. Overall, I think this book was a complete success and I need to own a copy I can love and cherish forever. I love crack laced with rat poison! View all 7 comments. My favorite scene from the book: But it just keeps going, doesn't it? He is, by far, my favorite brother.
Tormented, he has given up on finding love, believing himself both unworthy and unlovable. View all 41 comments. This is my second time reading this book. Although there was way too many side-plots and other POVs, I'm still going to keep my original rating. I loved Z's back story, even though it was sad and horrible. I love the "Beauty and the Beast" aspect. Z is scarred, but he is so sexy and he adores Bella. It's sweet to see him struggle and overcome his issues with physical contact and gentleness. But he ends up being one of the best mates ever.
Lover Awakened has ratings and reviews. And there exists a secret band of brothers like no other - six vampire warriors, two books in the Black Dagger Brotherhood series to keep myself amused on the honeymoon flight. Editorial Reviews. From Booklist. Deeply scarred without and within, vampire warrior Zsadist believes that he is unworthy of either compassion or true love.
She knows what or who she wants and she isn't timid. Wrath and Beth are still my favorite BDB couple, though. Followed by Rhage and Mary. I think all the side plots took something away from this, but I guess I understand why. Set up for the following books. We have more John Matthew and Tohr and Wellsie. Phury is getting set up for his book. There's lots of small scenes with the Lessers, which is nothing new.
Rhevenge even has his first POV. And Z and Bella's story is still great.
I'm in a serious book slump and they always say to either read something completely different or re-read a favorite. So, I'm going with re-read a favorite. This is Zsadist's book.
View all 8 comments. Growing up as a blood slave, his past shaped his persona, repelling him from physical contact and affection. Bella was born into aristocracy. But breaking in was never as simple Genre: But breaking in was never as simple as it seemed. Even though the books are long, they certainly worth every words. I can't be trusted.
But very quickly I was intrigued by his nature and I wanted to know more about him. This book certainly brought justice to this misunderstood character. Outwardly, they were like day and night. But inside they were more similar than anyone would guess. Your pain is mine. Their bond, conflicts and sacrifices was heartbreaking, yet heartwarming. And this book, they took it to the next level. I also love John Matthew. His story was a prominent secondary story chronicling his growing pains.
Lover Awakened unsheathed a different side of Zsadist while actively including several secondary stories making it an exciting and engaging story. Books in the series: View all 43 comments. Aug 21, Sophia Triad rated it it was amazing Shelves: He cocked an eyebrow at her and then went back to staring at his brother. So, when you open Lover Awakened, you will realize that the two main characters have already started their love fairytale in the previous book and in Lover Awakened, they will be finally together. It will not be easy for them to be together, because Bella is missing.
Someone has stolen Bella and Zhadist is going mad trying to discover where she is and if she is alive. When Zhadist finally saves Bella, their relationship will have another major problem which is Zhadist himself. Although born a warrior, Zhadist had spent the majority of his previous life as a sex slave of a ruthless, sadistic mistress. It was the only thing that he knew until he was saved by his brother Phury. Now, he mainly uses females for feeding — not for loving. On the other hand Bella has grown up as a pampered princess.
She would most probably have been already married to a male of aristocracy, but she liked her loneliness. The tortured scarred inside and outside male has nothing in common with astonishingly beautiful Bella. And this fact does not really matter. And he will be more than willing. Zhadist and Bella is one the favorite couples in Black Dagger Brotherhood. Their love story will not be an easy ride. Nevertheless, Zhadist and Bella have one of the strongest bonds in comparison to the other couples.
View all 14 comments. I have enjoyed the first 2 books in this series but was highly anticipating this one. Z seemed like such a tortured hero in the previous books. But then again, I think the women I have met so far are strong — ya hear me, Irene? Some parts of the story were so sad. You just felt so bad for him and what he had been through. I worry about you. Or the beat of a nanosecond. Or the knock on a door. Not so sure about Marissa. Will have to wait and see. View all 66 comments. Mar 30, Christy rated it it was amazing. Do you understand the difference? With broken maybe you can fix things.
All you can do is wait to bury me. He had a different upbringing than the rest of the brotherhood. As an infant, he was taken from his family. When he was a child, he became a blood slave. He was abused in more than one way, and he never really got over it. The only person who can usually get to him is his brother Phury.
Z is the way he is for a reason. He seems like a cold blooded scary killer, but underneath his hard exterior, there is so much more. He is sad, scared, tortured, and self loathing. Then there is Bella Bella comes from an aristocratic vampire family. She is a woman of worth. She had a connection with Z in the last book, and he felt it too. But he felt unworthy of her, so he pushed her away.
Now she has been missing for months. Z makes it his personal mission to save her. He tries to get Phury to take care of her, but she wants no one but Z. Bella wants him, needs him, but he pushes her away. No matter what she says or does, he still feels unworthy, unclean.
It seals me in. His story crushed me. He keeps pushing, and eventually, he pushed Bella too far.
I felt so bad for that poor soul. But he tries to do better for Bella and for himself. Then when he finds out view spoiler [Bella is with his child: D hide spoiler ] he knows he has to do even more. The transformation he makes is incredible. So many happy tears at the end of this one! For her, you are the one. I cried a good bit at that part Probably my favorite PNR ever. The epilogue was just wonderful! View all 51 comments. It's a book reference I swear I'm not being weird.. XD Even though it's true View all 35 comments.
May 03, Ren rated it it was amazing Shelves: Never do a review like this, but, this is my fans letter to Zsadist , hero of Lover Awakened: Once upon a night , a lonely time in a one single room at Jakarta, Indonesia Dear Zsadist, My heart will always broke for you. You such an arrogant ass! Oh yes, but you have a reason because of that You hurt Bella's feeling! Oh yes, but you can't help it even you love her You think you not deserve h Never do a review like this, but, this is my fans letter to Zsadist , hero of Lover Awakened: You think you not deserve her!
But hey, who are you to decide like that? Bella still love you. Its you who fulfill her special needs And you are father of her child, Nalla. You have a book and story with so many heartbreaking moment I'm still crying when know about your horrible past with Mistress I'm still crying when reading about Tohr and Wellsie.. I know how devastated John Matthew after that I know how Phury's feeling to you. Why he must love woman who his twin's mate, while he doesn't want to hurt you because you are his one and only family?
You seems can't be redeemable Your last action at the club make Bella angry. And yeah, me too But, your effort to make it up, learn reading and writing, it really make me cry again. I was dead until you found me, though I breathed. One of the best epilogue I've read!
Dear Zsadist, You will always be my favorite Brothers beside Vishous, of course. I'm glad you find your own happiness, to have family at your own. Well, not always happily ever after, but life is good,right? I might be crazy to love you so bad. But really, you are one of heroes that always be in my heart From your 1 Fans Ren Note: And thanks to J. Ward to write the best book of BDB series. I think I will always miss her early writing at the first 3 books. Indonesian Publisher learn from their fault and well, this is the Indonesian cover of Lover Awakened Never know why they used man titty abs, but ehm, that's not bad.
And I'm not complaining, tho. End of the Letter View all 23 comments. Aug 06, Sandra rated it it was amazing Shelves: When i finally received Lover Awakened in my mail.. I almost fainted of excitement because as most of you know Zsadist is my favorite brother in the BDB. Did his book reach my expectations? Meet then my Zsadist and Bella He is the most terrifying and scarred member of the black dagger brotherhood. Zsadist has a lot of demons from his past that just won't let go of him no matter what. Anger is his only companion, and terror is his only passion.
Until he meets Bella. She is a beautiful and lost vampire, and is instantly entranced by the seething power Zsadist possesses.
Bella knows there is much more to him than ugly scars and violence he is so well known for. But can she make him see that? Can they find a future together before Zsadist's thirst for vengeance ruins it all? Sorry, saw it and couldn't help myself. What i thought of Zsadist and Bella?: They were very realistic and unique characters to read about. Bella didn't annoy me and i understood Zsadist perfectly. I had a connection with them. There were a few complications to their relationship - like Zsadist pushing Bella away. And even though he changed, i though he could do it without her if someone would show him a bit of love and support.
My heart was clenching in pain everytime i read about how mean, and unfair everyone was to Zsadist. I wanted to lock them in a disgusting hole and let them rot there. They were blaming him for all the bad stuff without getting all the facts and evidence. They just automatically thought it was him. The ending was the reason this book didn't go to my 'favorites' shelf i was very tempted to do so at the start, but then i was like no way.
It felt too rushed and cheesy to be realistic and satisfactionary enough, but i still found it a sweet HEA. Lover Awakened was full of action , heartbreak , suspense , angst and hot scenes. It was a book about moving on , love , forgiveness and trusting again. Great plo t too, really enjoyable. I would recommend this to all BDB fans who haven't read this yet, and for those who have to re-read it. And for those who haven't read this series at all i would recommend you pick it up immediately , especially if you're a fan of Larrisa Ione and her Demonica series! View all 52 comments.
May 03, Lisa Jayne rated it it was amazing.