Review: Lover Awakened (BDB, #3) by J.R. Ward [Get out your tissues, folks! It's so good!]

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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 is his only passion—until he rescues a beautiful aristocrat from the evil Lessening Society.

Bella is instantly entranced by the seething power Zsadist possesses. But even as their desire for one another begins to overtake them both, 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…

Such a beautifully tragic love story...

Lover Awakened centers around a vampire woman named Bella (close friend / former neighbor to Mary, Rhage's mate), who finds herself oddly yet THOROUGHLY attracted to a certain Black Dagger Brotherhood member Zsadist, a former blood and sex slave with the telltale markings to prove it, which consist of black bondage tattoos marring his gaunt skin.

She saw his savage black eyes. The scar that ran down his face and distorted his upper lip. The tattooed blood-slave bands around his throat and wrists. She remembered the whip marks on his back. And the piercings that hung from his nipples. And his muscled, too-lean body.

She thought of his vicious, uncompromising will and all of his high-test hatred. He was terrifying, a horror of her species.

This is the typical "opposites attract" love story, in a way. The aristocratic, high society girl (Bella) falls madly in love with the damaged, malevolent, scarred bad boy (Zsadist), who is too physically and emotionally damaged to understand what real love and adoration is.

Now although the plot line has been done before, please believe that the execution was absolutely unique and spectacular, which is what J.R. Ward does best! This story was so dynamic, so emotionally affecting (Warning: Snot-crying will become a real problem, while reading this book!), so gut-wrenching! It's very special, is what I'm trying to say.

Bella was raised in a high-class, refined family; known as the well-born of their species. All her life she has been forced to only answer to her protective and strict older brother, Rehvenge, who became the head of the household ever since their father passed away.

So imagine this noble, elegant, soft young woman with a mean-spirited Zsadist, who's own brothers wouldn't leave their backs unattended around him because he's THAT dangerous, THAT deadly, THAT unstable!

At first, Zsadist treats Bella with the same hateful, repugnant behavior he treats everyone else. But after a while he finds that he cannot get the brown-haired beauty out of his highly disturbed mind... how sweet :)

He put his hands up to her shoulders, hovering just above her skin. "Yeah, ah, Bella... I've got to go."

"Why?" Closer. She came closer. Her hips moved against his, and he gritted his teeth as their lower bodies made full contact.

Shit, she had to be feeling that thing between his legs. How could she miss it? The stiff was pushing into her belly, and it wasn't like the flipping shorts could hide the bastard.

"Why do you have to go?" she whispered, her breath brushing over his pecs.


When he let the word drift, she murmured, "You know, I like these."

"Like what?"

She touched one of his nipple rings. "These."

He coughed a little. "I, ah... I did them myself."

"They're beautiful on you." She stepped back and dropped the towel.

Z swayed. She was so damned beautiful.
This really was a magnificent love story. It was extremely sad, but had the happily ever after so I could smile at the end. Then, when you close the book (metaphorically, seeing as I read the ebook version) you find yourself thinking: "Bella and Zsadist... they have come full circle." With this wistful grin on your face. *Sighs dreamily* JUST READ IT! IT'S AMAZING!      


Carmen Shaw


Carmen N. Shaw is currently a biology major at Georgia State University. She is the owner and developer of the book blog, Understanding Carmen's Story.


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