Lover Revealed (Black Dagger Brotherhood, Book 4)

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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. 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. "

Customer Reviews:

  • 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
  • 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
  • Flawed before written
    Let me just start by saying, I've always hated Butch. His character has always come across as immature, annoying, and quite frankly he doesn't fit. Then there is our leading lady, Marissa, she is the personification of the blonde sterotype. The author put the two weakest characters together and bam..... a writing catastrophe. If I could have skipped this book I would have, but that would ruin all future story line. But, prejudice aside, this was seriously the worst book to date. It took me over a year to get as far as I've gotten because it was sooo ridiculous. I mean really....


    Being lesser/vampire/human ????...ejaculating black stuff..... being related to Wrath ... licking up her bloody ummm stuff and then saying "oh how did he know our men did that" ewww

    and I couldn't even finish it! That occurance has only happened 3 times in my life and I read at least 3 novels a week.

    Seriously, I'm not one to pick over books or look for flaws. Usually I read a book and enjoy it for what it is. But, in this case I found I could not.
    I've loved all of Wards previous books to date ( Zadist is amazing) Wrath, Rhage, and Zadist are interesting characters. Of course the novels all follow the same story line, but that didn't take away from the allure for me. I'm finally starting to think though that I'm not going to continue much further. L. J Lewis said it best in her review for this book and I highly recommend that anyone considering buying this book read "How Butch got his groove back" review. That woman nailed it! If nothing else get a good laugh at what she has to say. ...more info
  • Can JR Ward do no wrong?
    First things this book and for that matter all of the Black Dagger Brotherhood books. They are just that good. Don't waste another minute..okay maybe read this review first:)!

    This is the one I had doubts about. It involves Butch...the "human". I am so much more interested in the vampires that I wasn't as interested in Butch and Marissa's story. How wrong I was. Butch and Marissa's story is as engaging as the rest, and this book includes some vital information that will be relevant in future books. These books build on one another and should be read in order to fully understand the depth of what is happening.

    Some of the things that I love about this book (and the whole series):
    1. All of these guys have "Issues"! They are all tormented by different things, but they all have internal struggles that threaten to destroy them. Butch is no exception. He has major family issues, and some pretty self damaging behaviors. The reader "hurts" for him.

    2. These same guys have INTENSELY emotional connections and loyalties to eachother, the women they love, and the women their brothers love. One of the greatest parts of this series is seeing how much these vampires love and protect their women and their brothers. Butch and Vishous's relationship is rare among men and one of the closest and most intimate male friendships that I've ever's beautiful. Butch loves Marissa with an intensity that is abnormal for most romance hero's, but common for the brotherhood. When these vampires/humans "bond", they do it with their whole to see what I mean!

    3. The world that Ward has created is one of great danger and mystery. Think "Matrix with Vampires". I love how she is weaving all these books together to create an extremely deep and epic tale of good and evil.

    Lover Revealed is Great..... "un-put-downable great"! Oh if this was real...what I wouldn't give to have a "Brother" for myself....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
  • 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
  • Standout series, slightly underperforms
    After raging through the first three Black Dagger Brotherhood novels, this one slowed the momentum down, just a little. I liked Butch from book one, and I was looking forward to his story. I even kinda like Marissa, the long suffering, innocent, ditched by the king, aristocrat. I was completely involved in the Butch/V storyline as well as the ongoing changes that Butch was involved in. What he does with the lessers is great stuff! I just found the sex parts of this book much less involving than the previous three stories. I can buy the two fell in love, but the love scenes were so blah. So cheesy. I got to those all too frequent scenes, and had to rush through them to get to more exciting things. I loved the total package in the first three books so much that I was a little surprised to be so underwhelmed. But enough of that. The rest of this book was just as steller and fabulous as the previous. The lesser storyline was exciting, as was the Butch transformation. I ate up any scenes featuring John or Rehvenge. I really am drawn to V and his personal hell. I am more than ready to read on to his story. Is it wrong of me to have found the V/Butch storylines to have more fizz than those between Butch and Marissa? Any mention of Tor or Wellsie had me emotional. This is such a great series that I can't imagine what I will do in a couple of books when I am caught up on the series! This series is a STANDOUT!...more info
  • 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
  • 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
  • What happened here?
    I loved, loved, loved the first three books, but I WANTED TO SHOOT BOTH BUTCH AND MARISSA in book 4. Must be the most annoying hero and heroine I have ever encountered in a romance novel. It was difficult for me to understand his intense attraction to her, despite her physical beauty. I found her naivete to be unattractive and irritating.

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  • Great book
    J.R. Ward with his Black Dagger Brotherhood is always a must read. It makes you wanting more... Highly Recommended......more info
  • 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
  • Lover Revealed (Black Dagger Brotherhood)
    This is one of the best series out there. J.R. Ward is an excellent author. Can't wait for the next one!...more info
  • Probably my favorite in the series
    I didn't expect to like this book as much as the former books in the series because Butch, the hero, is a human. I was pleasantly surprised. This book rivals Zsadist's story as my favorite of the 5 books I've read. I have to agree with others who have commented on the lack of character of the heroines. To me its more that the heroines are not strong enough for the macho male heroes, not that they lack character. I think I would enjoy the series even more (6 stars!!) if the heroines were more worthy of these alpha males....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
  • Lover Revealed
    Excellent vampire series, especially if you're into Vampire Erotica, sounds a little Harlequine Romancy but this line of books has a very strong continuous story with a wonderful devotion amongst it characters and their mates. I found myself getting emotionally attached to each brother and their different personality traits. I can't wait for the next chapter to come out!...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
  • 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
  • Brotherhood
    I feel that it's impossible to find a J. R. Ward book that is not worth the read. She's fantastic!...more info
  • 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
  • My favorite in the series!
    I was really prepared to NOT like this book. First of all, Butch was a mere human - how BORING (at least in a series about vampires). Secondly, I felt I knew him the least so I didn't really care about him.

    However, this book really sucked me in. Not only because of all that happened between Butch & Marissa, but also because of all the other things in this book with the other characters. I literally finished reading it one night, and then picked it up the next day to reread much of it.

    The Lessers are still boring to me, but it's neat to see them evolve & see how they interact with BDB....more info
  • Another sizzling success for J.R. Ward
    In my opinion J. R Ward has surpassed Kennyon and many of the other popular paranormal authors of today. This is the forth book in her series about the Vampires of Caldwell, New York. All of the male leads in her books are the definition of an alpha male and Butch in this book is no exception. He was a tough cop in book one and the series has slowly been developing his character until he was ready for his own story in this book. The plot is one that will keep you on the edge of your seat and the sex scenes will send you running for a cold drink to help you cool off.

    Butch has always felt as if he doesn't quite fit in anywhere and this book will finally reveal why. Marissa, the woman he fell head over heals for in book one comes into her own becoming a strong self sufficient woman ready to demand what she wants and needs in a man.

    This book is a winner and I recommend it and all of the series to anyone who loves paranormal romance....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
  • My least favorite of the series -- 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
    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
  • 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!?!
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  • 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
  • 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
  • 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.
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  • A turning point for the series.
    The fourth installment marks a dramatic change, not only in narrative but the scope of the series itself.

    Butch, a.k.a. Brian O'Neal, ex-cop, ex-occupant of the human world, pretty much ex-everything, has been living it up with the Brotherhood and enjoying every vice and luxury available, especially his new found family. But when his obsession over an aristocrat, Marissa, goes nowhere, he begins see himself for the loser he's always believed himself to be.

    The one thing that's constantly thrown into his face is that he's fragile, not safe for fighting because he's human. End of story. So no going out and endangering himself. Until one night, after drowning his sorrow with shots of excellent whiskey, he stumbles upon a cadre of lessers after a civilian. Saving the civi and risking his own pathetic life, the s**t really begins to hit the fan. AND Butch's true Destiny. Taken by the lessers and beaten to a godly pulp, the Omega appears, to infect Butch, thus initiating a prophecy in the lessor's history. V, Butch's wingman, goes berserk with worry, desperate to save the only friend he's ever had. With the eerie help of the Scribe Virgin, V manages to keep the evil sweltering inside at bay, as things go from bad to worse. To really bad, and some kind of happy ending, the price unclear.

    Talk about action packed. Full of mysteries, surprises and revelations. I had to admit, my mouth was gaping. At last, we get a more detailed look at the Brotherhood, their ways, as well as the lessers. In-between all the action is John's POV and V's struggle with himself and loss of visions, which helps to break up the intensity of Butch and his tumultuous relationship with Marissa, and his interesting shift of emotional and spiritual ties to V. The overall tone of this book is handled differently--as it should--and psychologically, done very well because Butch isn't a vamp and shouldn't really be considered as one while reading it, and it didn't. Butch felt human, as he's always maintained through the others. Ward gave book 4 the layering and texturing it needed and deserved for this character. And it's magical.

    For me, this book marks a change, a real shift from the other three, which not only established the characters, environment and tone, but allowed readers to feel comfortable with the world, style and language, as well as the FEEL of the series. It goes from somewhat obscure details to full on descriptions. And holy god is it strange to learn more. It's moving from basic to almost dramatic epic-like proportions, which is at times, startling and hard to get used to. With Butch as the focal point, a transition story, it fits that the change happens with him, when the need to expand is really appropriate in order to propel the series forward.

    To be honest, I'm not a great fan of Butch, though he's witty and funny, nor Marissa. Who I found somewhat bland, predictable and, to be honest, a somewhat useless character other than for the sex. Butch's progression with her, was at times, cringe-worthy with its very forced and awkward love scenes and the typical, less creative rendering. It was like Ward was either too close to this or falling into the sappy trap train, for whatever reasons. She's so much better than that; and I grimaced, at least twice. It just wasn't on par with the emotional relationships that she's written in the other three, which were all very dramatic, balanced and well developed, utterly romantic, so wonderfully rendered and rich in scope. Also, the short snippets of his family was a somewhat random and not satisfying, though the purpose is to explain Butch and why he turns his back on them completely.

    Despite that, the setup for the future of the vampire race and the war to come was shocking, unexpected and completely had my attention. Because we knew so little before, Ward went all out and introduced a lot of different things that will be interesting to read, as it develops and unfolds. I just hope she keeps things as methodical and careful as she's been as this world widens. The dark edge, language and modern references are still clever and witty, and the character rendering of V was both luscious and emotionally vivid. And, man, slap me silly, but that trade-mark soul wrenching hero skill of Ward's, makes me want go out right this very second, buy some chocolate and Riesling, so that I can hunker down and read all about V already......more info
  • Love Revealed
    I ran across this J.R Ward when I was waiting for a Anita Blake book to come out. I was very surprise, because I'm sorry to say now days my favorite author's are writing very short books. This is very disappointing when you have to wait a very long time.I find the Brotherhood series a wonderful read. The people are very complex and that alway a great story. Now that I have all the books, I can not wait to read them. Well gotta go book's waiting. ...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.

    The Plot:

    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
  • 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
    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
  • 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
    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
  • 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
  • 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
  • Great read!
    This a really great book and I will definitely recommend this book as well as the others in this series! It is a real page turner, I had a hard time putting it down!! ...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
  • J R Ward is the best
    Great Series - Can't wait until #6 is out - I have read all of the other 5 since Christmas. ...more info
  • And so a destroyer was born
    When I first read about Butch and Marissa in the first book, I wasn't quite taken by either of them. My impression of her was spineless, and him annoying. I wasn't certain what to expect from this book, but I knew I had to read it as I immensely enjoyed the first three. And J. R. Ward once again delivers!

    Butch O'Neal is an ex-homicide detective who has earned the privilege of being welcomed into the dark and dangerous world of the Black Dagger Brotherhood. But after months of living off their generosity, Butch is ready to delve deeper into the vampire world - that means joining the Brotherhood's fight against the Lessening Society. Thus when he stumbles upon a civilian vampire being attacked by a group of lesser, the inner cop in him prevails much to his detriment. Butch falls prey to the power of the Omega who infects him with his evil. The Brotherhood discovered him hanging on by a thread, to realize that the only one who could possibly save him is the woman he could never have.

    Orphaned, unmated and shunned. This is how Marissa has lived her life for as long as she could remember. She should have been queen had their king felt even an ounce of passion for her. And because of this, she has been ostracized by the glymera. Just when she has finally found the person that would bring meaning to her lonely existence, he turns out to be human. But now Butch needs her help. And only Marissa's love can save his life and his soul.

    Wow! Did Ward just set up the stage for the future of this series?! With Butch's transition comes the revelation of something extraordinary. While he thought himself ordinary and alone in the world, his bloodline will reveal a power greater than anything he could ever have imagined. We learn about Butch's family and the nature of his conception. A prophecy is revealed and the Brotherhood now has the most powerful weapon in their hands to fight the Lessening Society. Marissa gets a backbone and a whole new family. And let us not forget John Matthew whose own story holds a lot of promise for more great reading. LOVER REVEALED was a great read....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
  • 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
  • Another winner for the Brotherhood
    Just finished this book and my overall reaction is that I loved it. Not as much as Lover Awakened, but I think everyone will agree that is by the best. I didn't read the spoilers beforehand so I was pleasantly surprised with where the story went. I really felt for Marissa in the first book and have been waiting to hear her story, which to me is what this book was about, as much as it was also about Butch and Vishous and developing the war plot line with the lessers. I didn't find her to be a weak heroine in the least; she grew throughout the story. Butch was actually annoying to me in the first three books so I didn't know how I felt about him having his own book, but Ward pulled it off and by the end of it I really liked him. The funny part was that two of my favorite scenes in the book had nothing to do with the main characters-- there was a brief little scene involving Zsadist and Bella where he is chasing her through the house that had me grinning like a dummy, and later a scene with John Matthew and Wrath that actually made me cry. I am enjoying seeing the introduction of new characters and learning more about their world. The author has brought them so far since the first book and I can't wait to read the next two books in the series. She did a great job of keeping V involved in the story line in an interesting and pivotal way so that she could segue into his own book. So far this series totally rocks. ...more info
  • The Best since Wrath....Butch's Story
    Ok, so don't start this story before you've read the will NOT understand most of the story....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
    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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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


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