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Review: Lover Revealed by J.R. Ward (Black Dagger Brotherhood #4)

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Lover Revealed (Black Dagger Brotherhood #4)Lover Revealed (Black Dagger Brotherhood #4)
J.R. Ward

Published: 2007 (Signet)
Purchase at: Book Depository or Amazon

Rating (out of 5): 4 stars

**This review may reference events from earlier BDB novels, and does not recap the world built in book one, Dark Lover. If you haven’t read the earlier books, please check out the reviews of Dark Lover, Lover Eternal and Lover Awakened.**

I went into the fourth Black Dagger Brotherhood novel Lover Revealed knowing that it would be damn hard to follow up Zsadist and Bella’s story from the third novel with something better.  That’s true. With Lover Revealed I was more impressed by Butch’s character development and the integration of The Omega than by the romance in this one.

Butch is a former cop. He’s human, and after meeting up with the Brotherhood in Dark Lover, he’s been inseparable. His police background has been helpful, but because he’s human the guys always keep him out of the fight.

In earlier novels he fell head-over-heels for Marissa, and aristocratic vampire (and former shellan of the king). He thinks she’s not interested. He’s still obsessed with her, but is doing his best to keep it from getting pathetic. (Such a guy thing.) Between his unrequited love for Marissa and being sidelined from all the fighting, Butch is antsy. So, when he gets severely injured after protecting a civilian vampire, everything has to change.

Marissa wants Butch. He’s the first male to ever make her feel. Despite being hundreds of years old, Marissa’s still a virgin. When she was with Wrath, he wouldn’t take her. As a result she’s incredibly self-conscious and convinced she must be defective in some way.

When she’s the one who cares for him after the attack, they’re forced to finally talk. But between their hang-ups and Butch’s fear of what happened to him at the hands of the lessers (vampire slayers), being a couple isn’t simple. If you thought you were frustrated with earlier couples for not being up front with their feelings, prepare to want to throw the damn book when you read how much of a mess Butch and Marissa can make of things.

The romance is tense, as always, but this time out the mythology built into the novel deepens and will make you eager to know what’s around the corner in Lover Unbound.

8 Responses to “Review: Lover Revealed by J.R. Ward (Black Dagger Brotherhood #4)”

  1. Oh Butch! I loved how this felt so different from the others since Butch was human. Love this series..need to catch up

  2. Mandi says:

    BUTCH…I was not looking forward to his book, and then I fell in love with him!! I seriously heart him and Marissa!

  3. MICHELLE says:

    I was told Butch was just gorgeous in this book. I too found Zsadist story the best and quite emotional. Butch , was just a tower of strength in Lover Revealed. I wasn’t sure about Butch’s character until I read Lover Revealed. WOW!!! Vishous and his love for Butch…WOW!! Butch and his love for Marissa and his bit of dirty talk he did with her…my goodness!!!

  4. Cem says:

    Good book, but I’m all for Butch and V together. Even by the end I wasn’t satisfied with Butch/Marissa. Marissa really grew on me though. I didn’t like her before this book but by the end I really liked her. Just not with Butch. Still a good story, but I think Butch/V would have been better 😉

  5. srbastian says:

    I wasn’t prepared for how much I was going to love Butch! I like him and Marissa together, I just like the idea of him and V together more. Maybe the girls will be ok with them having a little something going on on the side!

  6. Dee says:

    I think this book is one that has a better chance of drawing in the male readers ( we know you are out there , secretly sneaking a peek at what has your woman so hot lately !! ) I adore the Butch / V relationship. As complex and confusing as it is they do love each other with a different depth than the other brothers do, except for maybe Quinn and Blay which remains to be “unbaked” as of yet.Butch loves Marissa and even though he knows that V wants him, he continues to tell V “we still ain’t dating”. Poor V, left with his nose pressed against the window pane (or video monitor in this case), …wishing. V wont have to wish for long though. Someone special is just beyond that next deep dark alley he charges headlong into. It’s hard to review a book like this coming off of a Z emotional high. I guess it’s like being given a glass of a fine California wine after drinking a glass of Dom Perignon. Had you not had the Dom Perignon, the wine from California would taste like a 5 star wine. Butch’s book to me is a 4 star read … good but not excellent.

  7. VLover says:

    The best thing about the book are the Vutch parts! They show that V and Butch belong together! Too bad Marissa is in the way. At least at the moment. Accidents happen! *evil laughter*

    V and Butch are the main reason why I’m still reading this series.

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