Saturday, May 4, 2013

Lover Awakened (Black Dagger Brotherhood #3)

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… beautiful beautiful haunted Z.

I knew from book one that Zsadist's story was going to be the one that breaks my heart. And I wasn't wrong. There is so much going on in this story that at times I felt totally lost. I have never cried so much for a character as I did for Z. But my tears weren't just for him. Tohr and Wellsie broke my heart as well.

Z's story starts with him being the bad ass we all know and are used to. But seeing him transform throughout the book and seeing what he had endured was almost like reading 2 different stories simultaneously. I loved his hard persona. But I also found that even as he seem to soften he was still enduring and special to me.

Bella is strong and truth be told the perfect mate for Z. If I had one complaint about this book it was how hard the author tried to push Bella and Phury together. At one point I even caught myself yelling..."she doesn't want him you jerk!" What can I say? I get into my novels...=)

John, Wellsie, Tohr, & Phury all have heartbreaking moments in this book. Complete tears and pain. It took me some time to finish this after what happened to that lovely lady....but I'm glad to see a happy ending for at least one of them. beautiful finally settled Z.

This is my favorite of the series thus far.  I give it 5 lipsticks!  


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