Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Lover Revealed by J.R. Ward

Lover Revealed by J.R. Ward
2009, Signet
Series: Book 4 of Black Dagger Brotherhood

Synopsis: In the shadows of the night in Caldwell, New York, there's a deadly war raging between vampires and their slayers. And there exists a secret band of brothers like no other - six vampire warriors, defenders of their race. Now, an ally of the Black Dagger Brotherhood  will face the challenge of his life and the evil of the ages.

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.

Why read: Reading the series

What impressed me: Butch and Marissa were the major storyline, but luckily there were the rest of the Brotherhood to keep things interesting. I found that I did enjoy much of Butch's story - just the action parts and not so much the romance.

What disappointed me: Predictability. We knew Butch was going to end up with Marissa. We knew she was sort of weak, which continues to annoy. And most will have probably seen Butch's fate coming for quite a while now.

Recommended: Yes, if you're reading the whole series. Maybe not, if you're only going to read a few.

Continue series: Definitely. Butch's story wasn't my favorite, but the series as a whole is amazing.

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