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.