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Lover Revealed

Black Dagger Brotherhood, Book 4
Written by: J. R. Ward
Narrated by: Jim Frangione
Length: 16 hrs and 18 mins
Categories: Romance, Fantasy
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Butch O'Neal is a fighter by nature. A hard-living ex-homicide cop, he's the only human ever to be allowed in the inner circle of the Black Dagger Brotherhood. And he wants to go even deeper into the vampire world - to engage in the turf war with the lessers. His heart belongs to a female vampire, Marissa, an aristocratic beauty who's way out of his league. And if he can't have her, then at least he can fight side by side with the Brothers.

But fate curses him with the very thing he wants. When Butch sacrifices himself to save a civilian vampire from the slayers, he falls prey to the darkest force in the war. Left for dead, he's found by a miracle, and the Brotherhood calls on Marissa to bring him back, though even her love may not be enough to save him.

©2007 Jessica Bird (P)2009 Recorded Books, LLC

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it finally happened

it finally happened some storylines I've been waiting for and they were well worth the wait and they sparked so much curiosity for the next story the rest of the vicious storyline I'm very curious about and it is amazing to finally get Bush's tail placed and laid out there this is a good book I would highly recommend it.
and John story just stays exciting man I need the rest of John story.
as usual would highly recommend.

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  • Wendy
  • 2012-06-01

Hmmm... Streeeeeetch!

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My least favorite of the series, but still a worthy listen. My main issue with this book is that up until now, the world Ward has created, and the laws within that world have been established. This book seems to stretch those laws - a lot! I mean, we are reading fiction, so not everything needs to be plausible in real life, but in the world of the books, this book forces the reader to be flexible with what the author wants us to believe. I get why she did it - but... (this is where I have to let it go and give the author authority over her own story).

Having said that, good book! I love, love, love the interaction between Beth and Marissa. So nice to see an author who doesn't make female characters either man-hating BFFs or so catty you want to kill them both. Wards women are beautifully written with true wisdom and stength of character. Both Butch and Marissa are learning how to be who they really are. And like most people, they screw it up along the way. They have a slow start, they fumble the ball a lot - they struggle to understand each other - the first time they have sex, well ... This book is more "human", which in itself made it an interesting read compared the first 3 books.

And of course, as we move through the series the plot thickens and the "big bad" is getting bigger and badder. I can't wait to get to Vs story!!! Jim - I luv ya Jim. (for complete review of Jim, see my previous reviews).

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  • RabidReads
  • 2012-04-10

Impassioned, dramatic and delivers a great story

Butch has been one of my favorite characters of the Black Dagger Brotherhood series since he was introduced. What attracted me the most about him was the fact that he is the only human out of the bunch and yet he still manages to hold his own in the vampire world. This alone makes him the most badass of them all in my opinion! His story is different from those of the brothers in many respects but it’s just as riveting and heartbreaking. Plus, it’s about Marissa too who’s a phenomenal character in her own right. Lover Revealed will make you weep, seethe with anger and then weep some more. It’s a killer ride but the ending makes it all worth while.

Lover Awakened is a hard act to follow but Ward still manages to deliver a solid fourth installment. I particularly enjoyed the friendship between V and Butch in Lover Revealed. It’s not easy to convey brotherly love without having their manhood take a slight hit but this book succeeded. The level of devotion and honesty that comes through in this novel is breath taking. The characters try to play it down with some manly joking which made the emotional elements both moving and funny at the same time. Butch puts up a strong front but on the inside he’s really quite vulnerable. I liked reading about his personal conflicts and his struggle to find a place to belong within the brotherhood.

Marissa is just as troubled as Butch but because she’s a female her emotions are always close to the surface and sometimes make her appear weak. I found that she grew a lot as a character in this book. She finally takes charge of her life and even pulls a few ballsy moves that really impressed me. Oh, and she finally gets laid! Anyone who’s capable of remaining a virgin for over three centuries deserves some credit. As a result, in true Black Dagger Brotherhood fashion, Lover Revealed is as scorching hot as its predecessors. Needless to say that after Marissa discovers what all the fuss is about she is hooked! The fact that she’s getting it on with Butch doesn’t hurt either.

This was my first audio book experience with a male narrator. It definitely took some getting used to and I found the female dialogue a little comical at times but overall Frangione does an excellent job. He has a great tone and accurately portrays the badass attitude that’s prevalent throughout this series. Jim also reads the action-y chapters with enthusiasm and the sex scenes with heat.

The ending sort of wraps up Butch’s humanity “problem” with a nice, neat bow but I think that it was fitting and that he deserves his happily ever after just as much as any of the brothers do. Lover Revealed is impassioned, dramatic and delivers a great story. Lover Awakened retains its top seat among my favorites in this series but all bets are off because Vishous is up next in Lover Unbound!

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  • Antoinette
  • 2010-01-19

My Favorite

Since Butch O'Niel is my favorite character, I have to give this a 5 star rating, after all, I flip through the other BDB books looking for glimpses of his character, but I really wish it was narrated by someone who could capture the characters better and make them more believable. I don't like Jim Frangione.

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  • DaKind
  • 2018-09-25

poor marissa

This is a terrible story but it follows suit for abuse. Coincidental marissa opens a home for battered females or females with children who fell on hard times or have an unsafe living condition. When marissa is a victim herself. Not only did wrath treat her like crap but her brother too so she ends up with a helren who only thinks of himself. all the brothers so far was willing to give up the brotherhood for their female except butch - that’s just wrong. marissa deserves better.

plus i don’t get why the queen had to feed butch when wrath said to john they can call on a chosen instantly. another slap in the face. marissa must let him feed from another but gets all pissy when she had to.

sad cause i like her character and i was anxious to see her get hers but it didn’t happen. Just another story that shows once a victim always a victim - because they don’t believe they deserve more.

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  • RedLilith
  • 2016-04-14

Horrible.

I wish I had known that I had the option to "return" this shortly after purchasing. Oh well. It could've been worse - it could've been 50 shades of gray.

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  • Terri F
  • 2015-05-26

Not my fave

I really thought I would like butch and marissa's story but I got quickly fed up with the misinterpretations and self depreciation it got old fast. They deserved to lose out on each other after all that. I seriously quit rooting for them before half the book was done.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2019-07-02

My least favorite book of the series

I have hated Butch’s character from the start, so I’m not surprised that a book focused on him was so bad. From the awkward sex scenes and the terrible dialogue, and I would just about lose it every time he said “baby”. God!!! The only thing that kept me listening were the interactions with other characters like Zsadist and John. I actually started to fast forward through Butch and Marrissa’s conversations. Just your typical romance novel nonsense: “I love him, but he doesn’t love me anymore. Or, she deserves better, so I’m going to give her up.” Over and over and over again. And thank goodness my life doesn’t depend on The Brothers! They spend most of their time either eating, getting drunk/high, or having sex! How are five distracted guys supposed to protect an entire race from a never-ending stream of enemies?!?

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  • Andrea
  • 2019-03-25

Gahh

My poor Butch x Vishous feels. *heartbroken*
My poor Vishous!! My heart breaks for him
*glares at Marissa*

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  • Zin4kelly
  • 2019-03-05

Not my fav from series

Not my favorite story from series. All about Butch. But understand why Butch is a very important character

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  • R.
  • 2018-12-13

In DIRE Need of a Different Narrator

I pushed through these audiobooks to get to Butch and Marissa’s story.

I bought book 1 in BDB maybe 4 or 5 years ago. It was okay but not enough to keep me coming back at the time. I was more curious about B and M and wanted to read their story but not enough to buy books 2 and 3 to get to it. I signed up for the romance package with audible a few months ago and found this series a couple of weeks ago and decided to give it another try.

I can only guess (particularly from the dates of the reviews) that all the great ratings and praise for Jim Frangione’s performance of this series are because there were way less options for good narrators back then and eventually readers just got used to him? Idk, but he is wrong for the dialog in this series. WRONG. I won’t even go into how ridiculous these characters sound at times. But listening to JF read these lines was cringeworthy at so many points throughout books 1-4 I ended up listening to them at 1.5 speed just to get to (and through) Butch and Marissa faster.

There were sooooo many overused phrases. Hardcore rap, shitkickers, and true-to name a few. I kept waiting to hear him say “yo, yo, yo what up homie” or something equally silly. Mind you, that part is due to the writing and not the narration.

But back to the narrator-if you’re going to use as much slang and all those urban-esque references and idioms then at least get a younger sounding narrator. I’m not an ageist or anything, but JF sounds WAY too old to be reading this kind of dialogue. Seriously, it was almost parodic. Listing to him read the brothers’ parts had me wincing. Often. JF is not a narrator for a romance novel. He doesn’t emote at all. When a character groans, sighs, screams something, he reads all those emotions the same-emphasis on reads. His style may be more suited to a detective novel or such but definitely NOT a romance.

Not that I would go back and relisten since I have looked a little further into the series and didn’t see any women of color starring in any of the books or in any of her other series (that I could find), but if JR Ward were to re-record BDB, I think maybe Sebastian York and/or Jill Redfield or Charlotte Kane would be so much more fitting! I kept waiting to hear someone with a varying degree of NY accent. You have have all these urban characters including cops (and Butch was a cop from a working class neighborhood in Boston) born and raised in NY but not a single character had an accent. There also was 0 distinction between characters. They all sounded the same. JF used basically 3 voices: male, female and narrator, and male and narrator weren’t far apart.

If I had bought/burned a credit for this, I would have requested a refund without a doubt. As it is, I will not continue the series even with being able to listen for free through the romance package. Just too many annoyances to bear.

When Jim read about somebody being “iced out by Jacob the jeweler” (anybody into hip hop 10 years ago will get that reference) I was done. DONE! I finished the story but after that, I was like I just can’t. From the (at times) absurd dialogue to the silly names and ridiculous narration, on top of the lack of diversity... As much as I really REALLY want to know John Mathew’s story I’d rather spend my time seeking out other authors with a diverse cast and read by appropriate narrators.

Shout out to Shelly Laurenston whose stories I have completely fallen in love with. All her series under both pseudonyms. And I LOVE that she doesn’t cheat by making all her female AA leads biracial. *ahem Evangeline Anderson* I just wish Ms. Laurenston would write faster!! In the meantime I’ll check out the Lauren Blakely books in the romance package to see if she is worth spending time and money on. Not sure if she writes multicultural characters but hopefully so. I’ll give her a shot and hope her “dirty talkers” will satisfy since I had to give up on another author known for her hot and dirty talking H’s in NY/NJ and Chicago for the very same reason. Lack of diversity. *Side eye*

Seriously, writers out there. You’re disregarding an entire market! Diversifying your cast is not going to hurt your bottom line. If anything, I think it will only help it. When I read or listen to these novels, especially PNR, and I imagine a movie being made of them, all I can think is here’s another movie NOT featuring any people of color. *Sigh*

Take it with a pinch of salt. I am biased.

Happy..er.. listening!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful