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Lover Awakened

Black Dagger Brotherhood, Book 3
Written by: J. R. Ward
Narrated by: Jim Frangione
Length: 15 hrs and 12 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (21 ratings)

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Author of the number-one New York Times best-selling Black Dagger Brotherhood novels, J. R. Ward enthralls fans with her erotic urban fantasies.

The third book in the series tells the story of the vampire Zsadist, a former blood slave with a violent past. When he meets Bella, Zsadist thinks her human love could be his path to salvation. Then Bella is kidnapped, and Zsadist will stop at nothing to get her back.

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"This genre-bending third novel in the Black Dagger Brotherhood series...is a perfect fit for those who like fast-paced urban fantasy rich in both fury and poignancy." ( Booklist)

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  • BluBumbleB
  • 2014-04-28

My Favorite!

Hands down, this is one of the most addicting series I've listened to. I'm on a BDB roll these days and I can't get enough. It's like a movie that I don't ever want to end, the books seamlessly transition to the next one, and so far, each one has been enthralling, erotic, funny and for me, emotional. I was so ready to be consumed by book 3 when Bella and Zsadist met in book 2-----I knew his story was going to be a good one, and it totally surpassed my expectations. Loved, Loved, Looooooved this story! Can't wait to hear what happens next!

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  • Cyndi Marie
  • 2018-06-09

🌟🌟 5 Stars 🌟🌟

Oh Zhadist, his story is so heartbreaking but he is a tough guy and he pushes though and come out on top! This series is everything! I could listen to it 100X and still love it. JR Ward is amazing at world building without it being over the top. I love how she writes a story about the world and not just the couple. There were so many things I loved about this book. Zhadist, Bella, John Matthew, Tohr and Welsie :( This book made me laugh and cry and was hot and badass too! Cant't wait to re-listened to Butch next!!


Personally I love Jim Frangione but I know some don't, for me he will always BE the brothers in my heart <3

8 of 8 people found this review helpful

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  • Annette Gingrich
  • 2009-08-14

LOVED IT! WAITING FOR BOOK 4

I love this series but am very disappointed that they do not put them out in order! please, hurry with book 4! There are several series books that I have looked at here in Audible but will not purchase them because the whole series is not available. They go from book 1 then my skip to book 6 or 7. Very annoying!

13 of 14 people found this review helpful

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  • Kimberly
  • 2009-07-21

FINALLY!!!!!

This is the best book of the series, and it is great that it is finally available on audio.

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  • CindiL
  • 2009-11-12

Into the series now!

Lover Awakened is the 3rd Black Dagger Brotherhood books and so far I have to say is my favorite. I couldn't put this one away, walked around with my headphones in my ears for much of my days while I listened. This book started out at a rapid pace and stayed that way. This is mostly about Zsadist and Bella. If you haven't read the first two books I recommend it because I think its a good idea to have an idea of who Zsadist is and where he fits in the brotherhood before starting this book. Have already downloaded Book 4. Really am enjoying this series but its a very unusual take on the whole vampire thing. Be warned these books are highly sexual/erotic reads but I thought of the three so far this one had the most substance in it.

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  • Wendy
  • 2012-06-01

My favorite so far

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This book centers on Z, who is the darkest character of the Bothers (so far). Because of my growing curiosity of Z in the previous books, I was looking forward to getting his story. I was not disappointed. Ward tackled very strong, emotional and physical traumatic subjects very well.

It's a great story - my respect for Ward is growing as a writer because she forces her characters to grow and confront their inner demons. She doesnt chicken out by grazing over obvious serious issues. And she does it very subtlety - no preaching to the reader behind her characters. Very solid series.

Jim is still his stuffy self, but you know what? I like Jim. He *is* the voice now of the brothers for me. I am an out spoken narrator snob, don't let the negative reviews of the narrator (even mine) keep you from downloading. Yes, it's not the very best casting choice, but it's not so bad you can't enjoy it. I don't even mind it now. If you have actually read the paper book, then don't download - you will hate it, but if this is your first read/listen then download book 1 and enjoy! You will. :)

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  • Kimberly
  • 2010-05-16

Wonderful story of overcoming trajedy!!

I love this book...and hearing it on audio was a special treat! J. R. Ward has a way for drawing you in to the lives of her characters...and this story of Zsadist is my favorite of hers. It is a compelling emotional story of victory over enormous abuse. Everyone loves to see the victim rise above the ashes to soar in life. Zadist is that victor!! I loved it!!

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  • Aurelia
  • 2010-02-19

Lover Awakened

I loved this book. The reader did a pretty good job. He was a little flat as a reader, but once I got used to his tone, it worked pretty well. Z has always been my favorite and his book is outstanding. He had so far to come for redemption, it was really well done.

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  • bluebelle
  • 2009-08-03

My favorite in the series!

I was so happy when I saw that Audible chose to include this book in their collection! This has always been my favorite book in the series. I love the eternal hope that you feel. Zadist is so emotionally damaged from severe sexual abuse that he pushes everyone away from him! He is so scary that he won't let anyone get close to him. Even his own twin brother has a hard time connecting with him. But Bella is amazed by him, by his strength! He helps her when everyone else has given up hope and while trying to ease her pain he allows her to help heal him without realizing it was happening! Enjoy! It is worth every cent or credit!

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  • Darkened
  • 2015-08-14

In one word, awesome.

loved it! HBO should have considered the Black Dagger Brotherhood Series instead of True Blood.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful