Saturday, August 24, 2013

Lover Revealed (The Black Dagger Brotherhood #4) Review

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. Now, an ally of the Black Dagger Brotherhood 
will face the challenge of his life and the evil of the ages.

Butch O'Neal is a fighter by nature. A hard-living ex-homicide cop, he's the only human ever to be allowed in the inner circle of the Black Dagger Brotherhood. And he wants to go even deeper into the vampire world-to engage in the turf war with the lessers. His heart belongs to a female vampire, Marissa, an aristocratic beauty who's way out of his league. And if he can't have her, then at least he can fight side by side with the Brothers. 

But fate curses him with the very thing he wants. When Butch sacrifices himself to save a civilian vampire from the slayers, he falls prey to the darkest force in the war. Left for dead, he's found by a miracle, and the Brotherhood calls on Marissa to bring him back, though even her love may not be enough to save him.

Being relatively new to this series I have to say that I love the bond of the brothers.  It is one of the biggest draws for me in this series.  That being said, of the 4 stories I have read thus far, this is my least favorite.

Butch O'Neil is your average everyday cop, well ex cop.  He's human and normal and lives a modest life.  Until of course he made new friends with the Black Dagger Brotherhood, now he drives expensive cars, wears expensive clothes, lives on a secret compound and is used as V's companion of sorts.  Vishous is a member of the Brotherhood that has bonded with Butch the most, and in my humble and lowly opinion, should have been his love mate.

Butch meets Marissa in a previous book and falls instantly head over heels in love.  Problem is, he is human and she is vampire, so it makes their love kinda difficult.  Add to this that Marissa, for the first half of the book, is meek and the second half of the book is whiny and you will understand how I am confused as to why these two have mated.  Butch turns out to be very powerful and becomes a brother and somehow Marissa, instead of embracing this new powerful male, decides she can't hack it and tries to back out.

I just felt that we hear so much about Marissa being a female of substance and Butch being unworthy of her that maybe J.R. got confused and accidentally switched them.  Marissa, with all her whining and complaining, is the one who I felt was unworthy.  But enough about our spoiled little aristocrat, let's talk about the awesome that is Butch and V!

Butch becomes crazy powerful after having a rather rough go early in the novel.  V, being his true mate in my opinion, helps him through and guides him through not only a near death experience, but a transition that changes his life.  I LOVED these two.  During his initiation into the Brotherhood, I actually got emotional.  V and his bond is that powerful.

I loved V & Butch.  I loved the story.  I hated and still hate Marissa.

I give it 3.5 lipsticks.  Marissa's character seriously damaged this novel for me.


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