by J.R. Ward
Series: Black Dagger Brotherhood #4
Genres: Paranormal Romance
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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. He's got nothing to lose. His heart belongs to a female vampire, an aristocratic beauty who's way out of his league. If he can't have Marissa, then at least he can fight side by side with the Brothers...
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. But even her love may not be enough to save him...
Lover Revealed by J.R. Ward is the fourth book in the paranormal romance series the Black Dagger Brotherhood. Each time I open one of these books, I quickly become lost in its characters and world. While Lover Revealed had a calmer tone to it, Ward still packed plenty of punch.
For those unfamiliar with the Black Dagger Brotherhood world vampires live unknown amongst humans. Within the vampire race, the Brotherhood are sworn to protect humans and vampires from the Omega and his group of vampires known as the Lessers. Few people know about the vampires, and ex-homicide detective Butch O’Neal is one of them. In fact, he lives with them. Butch has been in love with Marissa, a vampire aristocrat since almost the beginning, but interference and miscommunication have kept them apart. In Lover Revealed we finally get their story.
Ward once again gives us multiple perspectives from those of the Lessers, Butch, Marissa, John a deaf young man born with the mark, and from others in the brotherhood. While the heart of the story is the romance, we still get plenty of plot advancement in their fight against evil. The Omega is searching for the “one of prophecy” and causes some series problems for Butch and the brothers. We get to know Vishous better, and I wanted to give this dark vampire a hug. Despite his internal struggles, he is there for Butch making him a stand-up guy even if at times he made me shiver. I am looking forward to his story.
Both Marissa and Butch transform, as we witness growth, acceptance and discovery for both. Marissa comes into her own with a little help from the King and Queen. Butch who struggles with alcohol and a sense of not belonging finally puts down some roots. Their romance and developments provided plenty of emotions as I read. Which included anger, fear, laughter and a few swoons. I did want to slap them both on the back of the head a time or two, but friends intervened.
Lover Revealed was another stellar edition to the series, and I had fun being back in their midst. I look forward to devouring Lover Unbound, the next book in the series.Lover Revealed by J.R. Ward was another exciting edition of the Black Dagger Brotherhood Click To Tweet