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Lover Awakened

Official information

Lover Awakened Author: J.R. Ward
Series: Black Dagger Brotherhood

Publisher: Signet

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...

My review

Lover Awakened is probably the best book I have ever read. And the darkest one to be sure. It has everything: love, friendship, compassion, hatred, agony, frustration, betrayal, revenge and devotion. It's raw and it's gut-wrenching. Able to put the reader through the emotional roller-coaster with the lowest of lows and highest of highs. And certainly it is not for the faint of heart.

The book has such a passionate intensity; I could feel it to the marrow of my bones. My skin practically going on fire as I read Bella and Zsadist's story. Was fascinates by the characters, by how real and vivid every small detail was.

My heart was in my throat the whole time as I devoured page after page as quickly as I could. And when it was over, was desperate to feel it again.

If you thought you knew what a tortured hero was all about, you knew nothing. Zsadist redefines the conception entirely. And I loved the fact that the hero was not healed miraculously after the night with the heroine, as it always happens in other books.

Lover Awakened has uniqueness. Dedication to follow through with what the characters set their mind on, thus (sometimes) breaking the rules of romance world. Pushing the boundaries. But that was what I loved about the book. The ugly, not sugar-coated reality to rock the world.

Rating 5.5

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