October 24, 2020

#BookReview: Lover Revealed (Black Dagger Brotherhood #4) by @JRWard1 @ravenfae625






Synopsis: 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. He's got nothing to lose. His heart belongs to a female vampire, an aristocratic beauty who's way out of his league. If he can't have Marissa, then at least he can fight side by side with the Brothers...

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. But even her love may not be enough to save him...



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Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
My Review: 
Wow. J. R. Ward does it again. From the first page I was hooked and couldn't put the book down. From the beginning we all knew there was something special about Butch O'Neal however I can honestly say I was never expecting the twist in this story. The friendship and closeness Butch shares with Vishous is touching and brings a few tears to the eye, especially once they become Brothers. I do have to say that I'm not all that fond of Marissa however. Throughout the series she's struck me as a weak character. There's been something between her and Butch since book one and I'm happy he has his mate but I think he deserves a slightly stronger woman. 









From Publishers Weekly

Newbies to Ward's Black Dagger Brotherhood may struggle to fill in the backstory, but these erotic paranormals are well worth it, and frighteningly addictive. The six "brothers" are vampires: enormous, tattooed, tormented warriors who protect other vampires from destruction by the "lessers," desouled humans in the evil Omega's Lessening Society. Hero and ex-cop Butch is the only human allowed into the Brotherhood's inner circle, but Butch is no mere human, a fact suspected by one of his vamp colleagues, and confirmed by the sinister plans of the Omega. The book is fully committed to its urban sensibility, the vampires' rarified language (a glossary is provided) and their revved-up sex drives, and it all works to great, page-turning effect (with the notable exception of a chick lit–like attention to designer brands). Though Butch's love interest, the virginal, aristocratic vampire Marissa, initially elicits more annoyance than empathy, she grows a spine as the book progresses and Butch's destiny comes to light. In just two years, the first three books in the series have earned Ward an Anne Rice–style following, deservedly so; this entry should prove no less popular. (Mar.) 
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Review

Dark fantasy lovers, you just got served. -- Lynn Viehl

It's tough to keep raising the bar in a series, but the phenomenal Ward manages to do just that! From book one, human ex-cop, Butch O'Neal has seemed like the odd man out in her vampire brotherhood, but in this amazing novel he definitely comes into his own. The world of the Black Dagger Brotherhood continues to grow and become more layered, ramping up the tension, risk and passion. This is awesome stuff. -- Romantic Times, Top Pick 4 stars

J.R. Ward's unique band of brothers is to die for. I love this series. -- Suzanne Brockmann

The Brotherhood is the hottest collection of studs in romance. -- Angela Knight









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