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 his only passion-until he rescues a beautiful female from the evil Lessening Society. Bella is instantly entranced by the seething power Zsadist possesses. But even as their desire for each other begins to overtake them, 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....
A dark and compelling world. (Romantic Times)
New York Times bestseller Suzanne Brockmann
J.R. Ward's unique band of brothers is to die for. I love this series!
USA Today bestseller Angela Knight
Lover Awakened is utterly absorbing and deliciously erotic. The Brotherhood is the hottest collection of studs in romance, and I can't wait for the next one!
-- PUBLISHERS WEEKLY.
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1 . Great Addition to the Series..
Posted August 07, 2011 by RaeNic , LAEvery book in the BDB series gets better and better. I was always so curious about Z and eagerly awaited his story, so I was very excited when it finally came out. It definitely did not disappoint!! I feel so sad for Z because his past is so dark and troubling, but I love that he ends up with some happiness eventually. I love Bella all the more for loving Z!!
2 . Great Book!
Posted May 19, 2010 by Deborah , SimpsonvilleThis is my 2nd favorite book from the Blackdagger Brotherhood series. (Lover Eternal is my favorite.) Z is a great character and I loved getting to know him. Don't miss this book, it's a great read!
3 . Pretty good
Posted January 25, 2010 by J.L , BelmontI bought this after reading reviews saying how great it was. I was a little bit let down while I actually read it. I did enjoy the story and felt a great deal of sadness for Zsadist. However some of the author's unique descriptive words for ordinary things took me right out of the book. But that was pretty minor. Overall worth a read.
4 . Hot-Blooded
Posted May 12, 2009 by Kathy , Sandy, UtahThis book was both sad, sweet and disturbing. I really liked the drama of this book. The characters had a lot to deal with and work through. Great book. I'm looking forward to the rest of the series.
5 . Best of the Black Dagger Brotherhood
Posted December 30, 2008 by Alison , DallasBy far the best book J.R. Ward has written about the brotherhood. It was set up well with bringing Bella into the story before hand, and The story is the most touching of all the brothers, I cry every time I read the ending.
A must read.
6 . REALLY GOOD STORY!
Posted November 17, 2008 by Cooper , HoustonThis is by far, J. R Wards best work. I LOVED the main characters. I read it in one sitting, could not put it down. Zadist is the ultimate tortured soul, but comes to life when Belle walks into his life.
September 05, 2006
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Excerpt from Lover Awakened by J.R. Ward
"What if I told you I had a fantasy?"
Butch O'Neal put his Scotch down and eyed the blonde who'd spoken to him. Against the backdrop of Zero-Sum's VIP area, she was something else, dressed in white patent leather strips, a cross between Barbie and Barbarella. It was hard to know if she was one of the club's professionals or not. The Reverend only trafficked in the best, but maybe she was a model for FHM or Maxim.
She planted her hands on the marble tabletop and leaned in toward him. Her breasts were perfect, the very best money could buy. And her smile was radiant, a promise of acts done with knee pads. Paid or not, this was a woman who got plenty of vitamin D and liked it.
"Well, daddy?" she said over the trippy techno music. "Want to make my dream come true?"
He shot her a hard smile. Sure as hell, she was going to make someone very happy tonight. Probably a busload of someones. But he wasn't going to be riding that double-decker.
"Sorry, you need to go taste the rainbow somewhere else."
Her total lack of reaction sealed the deal on her professional status. With a vacant smile, she floated over to the next table and pulled the same lean and gleam.
Butch tilted his head back and swallowed the inch of La-gavulin left in his glass. His next move was to flag down a waitress. She didn't come over, just nodded and beat feet for the bar to get him another.
It was almost three A.M., so the rest of the troika were going to show up in a half hour. Vishous and Rhage were out hunting lessers, those soulless bastards that killed their kind, but the two vampires were probably going to come in for a landing dis-appointed. The secret war between their species and the Less-ening Society had been quiet all January and February, with few slayers out and around. This was good news for the race's civilian population. Cause for concern for the Black Dagger Brotherhood.
"Hello, cop." The low male voice came from right behind Butch's head.
Butch smiled. That sound always made him think of night fog, the kind that hides what's going to kill you. Good thing he liked the dark side.
"Evening, Reverend," he said without turning around.
"I knew you were going to turn her down."
"You a mind reader?"
Butch glanced over his shoulder. The Reverend was poised in the shadows, amethyst eyes glowing, mohawk trimmed tight to his skull. His black suit was sweet: Valentino. Butch had one just like it.
Although in the Reverend's case the worsted wool had been bought with the guy's own money. The Reverend, a.k.a. Reh-venge, a.k.a. brother of Z's shellan, Bella, owned ZeroSum and took a cut of everything that went down. Hell, with all the de-pravity for sale in the club, he had a forest worth of green fun-neling into his piggy bank at the end of every night.
"Nah, she just wasn't for you." The Reverend slid into the booth, smoothing his perfectly knotted Versace necktie. "And I know why you said no."
"You don't like blondes."
Not anymore he didn't. "Maybe I just wasn't into her."
"I know what you want."
As Butch's newest Scotch arrived, he gave it a quick vertical workout. "Do you now?"
"It's my job. Trust me."
"No offense, but I'd rather not about this."