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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, Marissa, an aristocratic beauty who's way out of his league. If he can't have her, then at least he can fight side by side with the Brothers... 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 but found by a miracle, the Brotherhood calls on Marissa to bring him back, though even her love may not be enough to save him...
- Lover Revealed!
The fourth novel in the Black Dagger Brotherhood Series, Lover Revealed, focuses on the one person in the group who isn't a vampire--Butch O'Neal, the former cop who is a close, respected friend to the Brotherhood, yet still an outsider. Butch wants to fight lessers like the Brothers, yet he is frustrated that his human-ness leaves him vulnerable in the attacks. The love of his life, Marissa, is off-limits to a non-vampire as well, so basically, life just sucks for Butch, even with the fancy clothes and the good friends.
This story gives us some background on Butch and his outsider status, something he's suffered under most of his life. Butch has great instincts, but when he is captured by the Fore-lesser and tortured, his entire existence changes. In fact, most of this book is about life changes, and not just Butch's; Marissa must come to terms with her independence and her own outsider issues. Though the two suffer many misunderstandings, each learns what he/she is capable of, with Butch nearly losing his life in the process.
I liked this installment very much; I confess I've always had a soft spot for Butch and I liked how Ward developed his story. If there did seem to be a lot of similarities to the other books in the series, I can't complain because honestly, that's what has kept me interested in them in the first place. I loved the growth of both Butch and Marissa throughout this novel, feeling that both overcame circumstances out of their control. My biggest complaint would lie with the lessers, since their story seemed to show them at their weakest without giving many details as to what was happening with them. While I worry that some of the "current" language will be dated quickly, I don't think it's a big obstacle in the overall enjoyment to the series. Filled with lots of sex, violence, and humor, Lover Revealed is my favorite so far. I know what I'm getting with the Brotherhood, and it's all good....more info
- Loving it
What can I say, I'm in love with these vampires. The story is so well written that you feel like you are part of the action, and what action there is!!! The love scenes are so hot, you will read them over and over. The entire series breaks new ground... these aren't my mothers romance novels. I can't say enough about them, but they are an incredible read. The language is very real and the stories vampires are intence. I love the new ideas she has on vampires and how incredibly she describes them. All of the black dagger brotherhood are vampires I wouldn't mind meeting in a back ally somewhere. A apsolutly amazing series, I can't wait for the next one!!! Write one J. R. Ward because I'm addicted....more info
- Worst of the series!
This book is literally the worst of the series. I had to force my way through it so I could get to the next one. Butch is not sexy and Marissa is boring. The two of them have no chemistry.
Enough said....more info
I feel that it's impossible to find a J. R. Ward book that is not worth the read. She's fantastic!...more info
- Wake me up for Book 5
Out of the 4 book in the series this one was the most boring for me. Butch's presence was always too awkward since book 1. I thought this was the most predictable plot thus far and Marissa was even more uninteresting than Butch. The whole lesser side of the book I just skimmed through. This whole book was a yawn fest. I liked alright but it just wasn't as thrilling as the others....more info
Such a incredible book. I would recommend it to anyone that is big into romance novels, even if initially they are turned off by the gothic tone that the book has. Give it a try and you'll be begging to read the other 4 that are in circulation. Trust me!...more info
- Lover Revealed
I have to say I really enjoyed the first 3 books of this series and was a little hesitant to start the 4th after hearing some of the reviews it received. I too was not a big "Butch" fan from the previous books. This book was a little bit of a slow read in the beginning but once I got past the push/shove relationship between him and Marissa it grew on me. I especially liked the ending when it was learned who his real father was - after that a lot of things made sense =)
This book was absolutly amazing!!!! The Black Dagger Brotherhood Series is by far the best series I have ever read. It has a wonderful love story, a suspencful plot, and and you eager to read more....more info
- Not your mothers buffy
The thing I love the most about Ward is that none of her plots follew the same time line, If Wrath falls in love by page 66, Rhage dosent fall intell 242, its refreshing to see a writer that dosent fallow the 1 kiss, 2nd kiss, bedroom guied lines.
She will also give you a healthy dose of heart ache, not everything is roses and love and happly everafter. Ward gives you the good, and bad, and mostly the ugly of a war with vampiers and lessers.
You almost feel sorry for the lessers towards the end, there soul less beings that can never come back form that. Even Z got to come back from his own hell.
I enjoy her writing and her take on the ideas of vamps. This is not your mothers Buffy and it dosnet try to be. ...more info
- BUTCH AND MARISSA'S STORY MY FAVORITE STORY SO FAR!!!
Butch finally gets everything he has dreamed of becoming a part of the Brotherhood and getting the love of his life. Very well written story. A PAGE TRUNER THRILLING AND EROTIC WITH LOTS OF DANGER. A Must read. The only thing I do not like about Wards writting is the SLANGS she uses if you don't know what it means you lose some of the meaning to the story. BUT I STILL LOVED THIS STORY!!!! ...more info
- Butch and Marissa
When Butch was first introduced in the Brotherhood series I hoped that they would just kill him. However, after reading this book I am glad there was an entire book about him. His attraction to Marissa's, Wrath's ex-shellan, is undeniable. Marissa is one of the most beautiful vampires and she comes from a very wealthy line of vampires, aristocrats. She seems so far out of his league, but that doesn't seem to relieve any of the sexual tension between these two; it is unbelievable. This story gives some background into his life, and alludes to why he fits right in with the brotherhood....more info
- Great read and Great fun.
I loved it. Butch is a great character with a lot of heart and it was nice to see him join the brothers. The scene in the tomb with V was touching. BDB is a great series and they are always a fun read....more info
- An Amazing Series!
After reading so many negative reviews about Lover Revealed I thought I should add to the "positive" reviews. This is an AMAZING series, one that will have you sleep deprived because you just can't wait to see what happens next .. keeping you up until the late hours of night (I'm writing this review on 3 hours of sleep!). I have enjoyed all 4 books so far and it's a must to read Butch's story as well. Yes, maybe he is only human and not as exciting or sexy as the rest of the brotherhood but his story just adds more depth to the band of brothers. Don't skip this one .. read on!!...more info
- Best one so far
This was the book I couldn't wait for once I started the series, since I thought Butch and Marissa's interludes were the hottest thing in the first book, even though they only had a few pages in Dark Lover and the two of them never even got close to having actual sex. Butch is the most interesting of the male leads to date, being a human with human vulnerabilities, and a desperate need for acceptance and purpose in his life, a tough outsider who brings in an outsider's slice-of-life perspective. The banter between him and the brothers crackles with offhand humor and the story of his progressive integration into the Brotherhood shines a fresh light on the society.
The openly homoerotic overtones of Butch's relationship with Vishous are an interesting departure from the previous novels and from traditional romantic fiction in general.
Rehvenge develops into a fascinating character in his own right, so his book will be one to watch out for. Meanwhile, one is almost tempted to pity the Omega, who is clearly attracting a very unreliable class of Lesser in recent books.
Having rooted for Butch as the token human in the Brotherhood's circle, I do find it somewhat questionable that in this series (and in paranormal novels in general) being "merely" human is consistently depicted as an inferior state of existence. Does a hero have to be literally superhuman these days to captivate the reader?
Another caveat is that the female characters in the BDB series generally seem to lack the depth and strength of their male counterparts, which is a bit of a shame - but then, some of those heroines are "only" human, so maybe it makes sense after all.
- I'm sorry.......... Not her best.
I'm sorry, but it didn't like this book. I am a major fan of J. R. Ward, I loved book #1, #2, and of course #3. But this one....I found myself flipping through the pages. I could not get into that storyline of Butch "really" being a Vamp, and cousin to Wrath. I thought Marissa was weak and forgettable. I see why Wrath couldn't get into her. This book did pick up around the last few chapters, but for me it was too late. I will continue to be Ms. Ward's fan, but this was not her best....more info
- OMG, favorite series
This is by far my favorite vampire romance series. I just love them ALL!! Cannot wait for the next release. I'd advise anyone that likes vampire romance to buy this series!!
Vishous & Jane and Zsadist's & Bella's books are awesome; I've read Z's book twice!!...more info
- Butch's Story
Book 4 in the Black Dagger Brotherhood series did not disappoint. Butch is an ex-cop that ends up thrown into the life of the brotherhood. You can't help but love him. The strory was great and creative. ...more info
- Lover Revealed J.R. Ward
Great Books! You have to start with book one or you are going to miss to much. The 1st book will set up book 2 and so on.You will be up all night so sorry about that and this book is not for kids. The name said it all. Get all the books you will want to read them one after the other....more info
- Loved Butch!
How awesome was this book?!?!
I have to admit that I never thought much of Butch and was surpriced Ward would give him so much importance so early in her series.
Still, I think it was perfect. A completely unexpected outcome for him and great solution for the Brotherhood!...more info
- Black Dagger Brotherhood series - see my review for all 6 under Dark Lover
See my review of the first six books in the Black Dagger Brotherhood series under the first in the series, Dark Lover....more info
- series is great - book 4 a bump in the road
I love the Black Dagger Brotherhood books. Yes, there may be some repetitions since the book is about one small group of warriors. But it doesn't bother me much. When I read this book I found myself turning the pages to read about V. I can't wait to read his story. Butch is cool, but Marissa was getting on my nerves. She has everything going for her and yet, it takes her the whole book to finally grow a spine.In this book I found that I actually needed to read about the villains, as there were some major tidbits on the brothers.
All in I'd say the book is a good read to stay in the flow of things (especially with John)but it is not my favorite.
- better than most
this black dagger brotherhood book really intrigued me. as usual it had lots of steamy sex, interesting plot lines and believable vampires. what i really loved was Butch finding out that hes Wraths cousin. all in all a good book, not as good as lover awakened my number one favorite. keep em coming J.R.!!!...more info
I really have enjoyed the black dagger brotherhood, and I really enjoyed this book. I love the way J.R. Ward writes. you'll laugh, you'll cry they really are great. give these books a try their GREAT!...more info
- It's the best book ever....
Well what can I say I love J. Ward writting... And I love the stories about vampires and everything that comes to it...
The book is really good , it makes you to read more and more, and I get sad every time when I finish. ...more info
- The series just keep getting better the more it goes
This story is about Butch, the human cop that first tried to protect Beth from Wrath in the first book. Now that he knows so much about the Brotherhood, he has to stay with them or have them kill him. But he wants to do more than sit around protected because he is human. Then there is the attraction to Marrisa. He has wanted her from the first moment, but has been given the cold shoulder and doesn't know what to think.
Marrisa was the one Wrath fed from in the first story. The unwanted wife, more or less, that has had the hots for Butch since she first laid eyes on him. Then he is found tortured by the lessers and their Omega and is brought into Marissa's brother's hospital, and things get a little straighten out from there. But what has happened to Butch has given him powers that are not known if they are good or if he is not a lesser of some sort.
I had to read this book in one sitting. It was sooooo good. I was so wrapped up in the story that I couldn't put it down. I recommend this to those that like the paranormal romances. You have to read this series....more info
- ALL BDB BOOK ARE AMAZING
L O V E I T!!!!!!!!!!! i have always loved Butch. great book really. ...more info
- a humanizing concept
If you have read the previous 3 books then you already know the pattern established in J.R. Ward's writing. This 4th book doesn't let you down and deals with the human cop butch as its main focus. Mayhap it's a bit heavy on the miscommunication between characters, leading me to say " Oh come ON!" several times, but other than that I was not dissapointed with either the imagery ( oh so steamy), or the movement of the overall story arch. We are getting closer and closer to realizing the master plan between the brotherhood and its war on the lessers....more info
- Ruined Butch
The story line:
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 her, 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, found by a miracle, the Brotherhood calls on Marissa to bring him back, though even her love may not be enough to save him...
Oh poor, poor Butch. He was highly likable in all the other books, one of my favorite characters actually in Ward's brotherhood. Sadly, this book turns him into a total baby, who cries, and complains through most of the novel. Marrisa is equally annoying - I know she has lived a secluded life, but man could she be anymore clueless!?!
- Lover Revealed
If you like romance books at all, you have to read the entire "Black Dagger Brotherhood" Series by JR Ward. This series is the "BEST". It comes with strong characters and a never before written back drop. I just reccommend to start with the first in the series and progress from there....more info
- LOVE for the Brothers!!!
J.R Ward has done some amazing work with this series. A friend told me about them and I was skeptical but Iam very VERY Happy I read each and everyone. Waiting till the next one comes along!!! I wish this series was made into movies!! I want to see the Brothers come to life!!!!!...more info
- Black Dagger Brotherhood...Top Notch!
A friend got me hooked on this whole Black Dagger Brotherhood Series. I literally could not put these books down. These vampire "brothers" are the most interesting group of characters you will ever read about. I never though I would like reading about vampires but I was totally sucked in by these alpha male vampires.....and could be literally! LOL I think I read three books of the series in a week. You don't want to put the book down and when you're finished you hate it that it has ended! J.R. Ward is one fantastic writer. I'm now waiting for the 7th book in the series which should be out in paperback soon....more info
- whine, whine, whine
OMG! could anyone whine more than the Butch and Marissa in this story??
Out of all the BDB stories, this one was so not on par with the others. first, there wasn't enough depth to the love story between Butch and Marissa. The love scenes were so forced and uncomfortable to read. Butch was a pathetic drunk who spent 90% of the book feeling sorry for himself. Marissa was self-centered and indulged in a pity-party for herself every chance she got.
the only thing that got me through the book was the vibes bouncing around between V and Butch. I wanted an exploration in that relationship more than I wanted the stilted sex between Marissa and Butch.
The only reason I gave this book 3 stars instead of 1 was because of the other characters in the book. I hope V's story is much better....more info
- I liked it!
This is Butch's story. Butch is a human cop who has befriended the Vamp brothers in Ward's Black Dagger Brotherhood series.
The story starts off with Butch being caught by the Big Lesser, the bad guys in the series, who places a part of himself in Butch to catch the brothers- turning him into a Trojan horse as it were. (The way the Big O does it I found to be idiotic, but whatever).
Of course the scheme doesn't work because the brother who has the other half of Butch's soon to be discovered power- the enigmatic Vishous- cleanses him of the infecting evil ... and continues to do so, as Butch's new found power is to consume the Lessers (by "inhaling" them), leaving Butch with no way to flush them from his system on his own.
In the meantime, he has to settle the conflict within himself over the love he has for the sweetly innocent Marissa- former fiance of Wrath, the King of the Vamps.
What I liked most about Butch and Marissa's story was the fact they knew from the beginning they loved each other and, once they cleared up some previous miscommunications, all they wanted to do was be together. No arguing or snotty attitudes, they wanted to *be together*. Of course outside pressure keeps them apart, but that's the way it should be in my eyes. Star-crossed lovers are way more fun then a whiny heroine who can't make up her mind if she wants him or not!
So in the end it wasn't a bad read, considering Butch's story was the one I cared less to read about. Mark of a good author I suppose.
- Not enough depth
As someone who has already read Sherilyn Kenyon, Lynsay Sands and Christine Feehan books about vampires I find this version not very well written. Each of the authors above created a world that was highly complex but explained it fully to the point that you enjoyed each turn and twist from real life. J. R. Wards style has too many types of species and events that are not explained, characters that are so negative and not fully developed which make it very hard to stay focused and enjoy the experience of this series. I have read 5 books out of this series and still don't feel like I know enough about this world to really look forward to another book, like I do for the authors listed above. Also it seems that the drama of each character is drawn out to the point where I just want to know the end rather than how the story plays out.
- Wonderfull reading!
I had a great time reading this book as well as the others in this serie. The brother in question in this book is actually not a vampire. But he is in love with one, and will do anything to be worthy of her love. Of course it works out in the end, but with a nice twist to it.
I will definently read this book over again and again......more info
Quick turn around. Description mentioned of the item was exactly that. Excellent condition! No surprises. ...more info
- A Man's Destiny Comes Full Circle
I didn't know what to expect with Butch O'Neal's story in the fourth book of the series. He's always been interesting and funny, but how could he measure up to the Brotherhood and find his place? Well, you get answers and then some in Lover Revealed. We've been following Butch's love for Wrath's ex-shellan since Dark Lover, only to have Marissa turn him away at every opportunity. After suffering humiliation after releasing herself from Wrath, Marissa begins to question her life as she's known it. Part of the reason for liking this book so much is her finding her purpose and strengths, and being able to break away. Out of all the BDB heroines, to me, Marissa experiences the most growth of character. She doesn't just give in to Butch; she makes the man work for it. All while he goes through a transformation himself from Butch O'Neal to Dhestroyer, a legend that even the Brotherhood cannot wholly define. It's not an easy ride for the Cop which makes it captivating. Not to mention getting a glimpse into Butch & Vishous's relationship, V proves he is one unique Brother. I was pleasantly surprised I loved this book as much as I did. ...more info
- held my interest
This series of books is different than others I have read and I liked the spin on things. As I read a lot I need books that hold your mind and these do. I like how the brothers stick together and respect each other although some are really messed up. Very good reading, loved The Black dagger brotherhood....more info
- Butchie boy!
I am glad it all worked out for Butch he's a cool guy you know. The books are all pretty formulaic but I still love them. I am still a bit hung up on Zsadist right now though lol. I love the adventures and can't wait to read more. The lessers are evolving and so is their evil plan. When I get the books back from my sis I am going to reread them while I wait for the new one to come out!...more info
I became more interested in John, Rehvenge, and other characters at this point in the series. I mean, Butch's story was okay, but the ending wasn't all that rah-rah, yay-for-women-vamps in my eyes. Maybe if we'd been allowed better glimpses into Butch's past, I'd have more sympathy, but with this and the next installment, I didn't care about the romance, nor the sex, just, "How is John going to develop?"
I have one more installment in me, then I'm off to find another romance genre...the vamp/wolfie thing is getting played out....more info
- Best so far......
I have read each of the Black Dagger books through Lover Revealed and I have got to say that this series is the best I have ever read! I read this particular book in one day. I absolutely couldn't put it down. I am growing so attached to these Brothers....I don't want to finish the last one!...more info
JR WARD is riveting, I started reading the series out of order, I have since obtained every book in the Black Dagger Brotherhood Series, and they continue to escalate , the series is phenomenal, and Butch's story will make you ache for him, Marissa and theres no way to ignore the connection with V...more info
- Simply Delicious
I just stumbled on to JR Ward. I am a die hard Kresley Cole fan and have resisted reading alot of other paranormal authors because they just did not get the job done for me as Ms. Cole. In frustration for waiting for the new Cole book, I picked up Ms. Ward and have not regretted it since. I just finished Butches story Lover Revealed and as with most marks of a great book, snippets of the book just keep popping into my head. Butch is the former cop and a human living among the Black Dagger Brotherhood. More so because he cannot go home because he knows too much about them, but also because in a weird sort of way, he feels extremely connected to the oversized warriors. Especially one brother in particular Vishous. Butch and Vishouse become roomates (in an earlier book) and develop quite a kinship that (without giving away too much) is deep and very connected physically, mentally and emotionally. Vishous has in fact taken quite a shine to Butch and ways that some readers may find a bit unseemly for a "paranormal romance". Butch meets Marissa and his heart is given to her even though it seems as if they can never realize their feelings for each other in the very demonstrative ways that mated and fated couples do in the Brotherhood.
Now while I wont get in to dissecting the entire story, suffice it to say it is a truly wonderful one. The relationship between Butch and Vishous is beautiful to observe as a reader because in today's society where only manly men are considered viable, Ms. Ward has shown an adept hand in crafting the relationship and that adeptness (IMO) transcends the "ick" factor many readers may have when coming to understand the relationship between Butch and Vishous.
My two negative comments are on Marissa and those dang lessers. While ultimately she did quite well in the story demonstrating some backbone, her waffling between being a true mated woman to this wispy, wimpy alarmist got under my skin. However, she is several hundred years old and just recently liberated from her brothers household so I gave her alot of leeway.
As for the lessers, they always seem to crop up in the midst of a story highpoint. But thankfully their parts are limited to short pages.
All in all pick the series up, not one book in the series has disappointed me so far and I don't think the remaining will ...more info
- This book may hold the record for the most conflicts created through vague communication.
I loved the ending and what happened to Butch, but reading the entire book to be able to enjoy the ending was too painful. I kept wishing the book would be over. The author repeatedly used my pet peeve: conflict created through inaccurate assumptions and vague communication between the two main characters, Butch and Marissa. I was so angry that I started writing down page numbers for these conflicts. I counted fourteen. There may have been more. I give some examples in Spoilers below.
Secondly, I don't appreciate the author's cliffhanger style of writing. There are a lot of great ideas in this book: excellent plot, excellent suspense within events, and excellent writing with bad guys. So why must the author stop a scene in the middle of a suspenseful event, go to other characters and events, and then come back to the cliffhanger some pages later? For example on page 393, one man is on a ledge ready to jump off a building while his friend tries to talk him out of it. All of a sudden the first man jumps. Then the author switches to another character and scene for four pages. Finally, on page 397, the author returns to the first scene and tells what happens after the man jumps. She only did these scene interruption cliffhangers a few times in the book, but I would have preferred less of it. A couple of times I found myself skipping ahead to finish the scenes before returning to where I left off.
Some of the conflicts created through inaccurate assumptions and vague communication follow. After their first kiss, Butch goes to Marissa's home to visit her. A servant tells him that she doesn't want to see him. Marissa didn't know he came calling. Her brother told the servant to say that. Now, Butch thinks she doesn't like him and stays away for months. Later, Butch is in intensive care recuperating from injuries. He may be contaminated with something, so everyone wears masks and protective suits. Marissa visits him without wearing a suit, and he yells at her to get out. She thinks he doesn't like her. He is doing it because he sees she is not wearing a suit and fears for her contamination safety. Of course they don't tell each other their true thoughts at the time. Another time, she is weak because she hasn't fed from a vampire for awhile. She is tempted to bite Butch, a human, but fears she wouldn't be able to control herself and might kill him. So she yells at him and tells him to get out. He assumes she doesn't want him anymore, and thinks their relationship is over. Neither one of them told each other their true thoughts at the time. Later, when she loses her virginity to Butch, she cries simply due to the pain of being the first time. Butch then leaves the compound and her, thinking he is no good for her and their relationship is over. Fourteen of these kinds of things? Please, no more.
Sexual language: moderate. Number of sex scenes: eight. Setting: current day Caldwell, NY. Copyright: 2007. Genre: paranormal romantic suspense.
For a list of my reviews of other books by this author, see my 5 star review of "Dark Lover" posted 1/09/08....more info
- LOVE THE SERIES - This one is as good as the last
If you liked any other JR Ward book or are jazzed about really unique vampire stores. You will love this author and this series. This one didn't disappoint....more info
- Butch O'Neal's Story
This is the fourth installment of the Black Dagger Brotherhood, and Ward keeps the story going strong. The book follows Butch's story and reveals so much about he is going to play a major role in following books. Ward keeps the story action packed along with steamy scenes. If you've enjoyed any of the books in this series, this fourth one will definitely not disappoint!...more info
- Lover Revealed
This book was nice stepping stone in introducing the Dhestroyer and revving up the war between the Omega and the vampires. That said, the rest of the book was ugh. I really hate misunderstandings because of miscommunication and assumptions and Marissa and Butch had that sort of relationship. Marissa came across weak and whiney and when she finally did develop a backbone and told everyone in the glymera off, it was underplayed and anticlimatic. I am really confused as to the relationship between V and Butch. It almost came across as sexual but it seems to be more because they are 'light and dark' 'two halves of the same whole'. And why is everyone always drunk or smoking? ...more info
- My favorite of the series so far!
Each of the books in the Black Dagger series is incredibly written, with humor, excitement, and romance. Lover Revealed happens to be my favorite so far as the main character, Butch, went through so much to become a true Brother. I enjoyed the emotional attachment I formed as I rooted for him in his longing for Marissa, and his desire to truly be a part of a family. One interesting and amazing storyline is his relationship to Vishous. Overall, Lover Revealed is a wonderful book....more info
- I really wanted to love it.....
Butch and Marissa have no chemistry. The continuation of the storyline was fantastic except Butch and Marissa. I really wanted Butch to explore his feelings for V and Marissa to hook-up with Rhev. Marissa seems too frail to handle the Brotherhood and offers no real support to Butch. He is always comforting and reassuring her when she should be able to offer him strength. V is always looking out for Butch and vice versa. Their unique situation and deep understanding of each other transcends friendship. They get each other on several different levels. More Butch and V ...more info
- Not the best...
I didn't like this one as much as the others.
The story of Butch just didn't hold my interest. Plus after Zsadist's amazing story in the last novel, I was craving some more of him.
But I'm still eager to read the next.
This series is proving to be difficult to put down....more info
- My least favorite of the series -- Spoilers
WARNING -- SPOILERS
Couples who are pulled apart more than once by misunderstanding should not be together. Butch and Marissa had the worst communication throughout the entire book. They would get together and then he or she would think the other didn't want him/her and then they'd part and be miserable and then they'd figure it out for a few pages and then they'd misunderstand again ... just TALK TO EACH OTHER!!!
The aspect I liked the most was the action/adventure in this book. Butch's transformation was great and finding out that V would be able to heal him every time he contaminated himself with a lesser was a great pay-off to V's visions about him. It was very understandable that Butch would be discontented with his role in the group so this whole twist was very satisfying.
One thing that bugged me throughout though was Butch's willingness to get Marissa to feed from him and to 'finish' inside of her. After he had the experience of his blood and other liquids turning black, one would think he'd be a little reticent until he was absolutely, 100% certain of his cleanliness. I couldn't stop thinking about his sooty secretions every time they would get together. Especially when she fed from him after he'd consumed 3 lessers. He may have been zotted by V, but who knows how much of the evil could be still swimming around in his blood-stream? I don't know if this bothered anyone else, and obviously it wasn't supposed to bother me or it would have been addressed in the book but ... ick. Marissa actually brought up the fact they didn't know how it would affect him long-term and yet it never seemed to occur to her that her own suggestion was a good reason for the two of them to be chaste for a while -- at least until they knew a little more.
Technically Marissa and Butch have a lot in common (rescuers, rejected and uncomfortable in their own worlds, lonely), but somehow I didn't feel the chemistry upon reading their story. I am not a proponent of the V/Butch pairing so that's not what got in the way. I guess I felt like they spent so little time in accord that I couldn't see what had attracted them. This goes back to Dark Lover. I thought the whole 'ship was a bit precipitant and I'd hoped to be brought around in this book but unfortunately wasn't.
I give it 2 stars because Ward has set the bar pretty high with all the other books and I thought the romance portion especially could have been handled with a lot more finesse. It breaks my heart to leave a not-so-good review but ... here it is. :(...more info
- A Decent Addition to a Wonderful Series
This is the fourth installment of J.R Ward's Black Dagger Brotherhood series, and it is a fairly fulfilling read.
Once human cop Butch O'neal struggles to find his place in the vampire world, and to win the heart of aristocrat Marissa. There romance is complicated by Butch's haunted past as well as a more recently acquired curse, courtesy of the Omega.
The Best Parts:
Butch is a seriously cool, every-guy kind of character. He's funny, friendly, and loyal. He is also strong and spiritual. Watching him find his place in the world is engaging.
Marissa goes from being weak and pitiable, to strong and compassionate. She becomes far more likable than she was in the earlier books, and she is easy to relate to.
The romance is beautiful. The action is entertaining and serves the plot well. Theres never a boring moment....more info
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