Monday, April 13, 2009

Lover Revealed - J.R. Ward

Lover Revealed
J.R. Ward
Signet Eclipse
Copyright: 2007

From the cover of the book:
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. 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 her, 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, found by a miracle, the Brotherhood calls on Marissa to bring him back, though even her love may not be enough to save him...

Lover Revealed is the fourth, and my favorite of the Black Dagger Brotherhood books that I've read to date.

Butch really is the odd one out among the Brotherhood. Or is he? He's human, but otherwise he has the same attitudes and lives just the same way, and has been the only human to get this close to the Brotherhood.

From the outset of the first book Butch has been an interesting character and one of my favorites. Finding out more of his background and watching his interactions with the others has made this my favorite book in the series to date. The Brotherhood is protective of the human, but he wants to fight the lessers that have made themselves into such a problem.

At the same time, the lessers are getting themselves involved in a prophecy that they think will give them a huge advantage. However, they're not as creepy this time around as they were in the previous couple of books. The stalker aspect has disappeared.

John's scenes are filled with little hints about the future and his past, and are leading up to something big in some future book.

Aside from Wrath and Beth, who still make small appearances through the series, the rest of the (surviving) Brotherhood all play important roles as the books progress, something that I really appreciate, as I like to see how their lives continue after the happy ending of their particular stories.

Lover Revealed is filled with twists and turns in the plot that made it impossible to put down, with plenty of plot. This was more than worth the money I paid for it, in fact, I suspect that if I hadn't bought all of the books to date, that I'd be willing to pay hardcover prices for more of this series.

Highly, highly recommended to all lovers of paranormal romance/urban fantasy books.

The other books in the series are:
Dark Lover
Lover Eternal
Lover Awakened
Lover Unbound
Lover Enshrined
Lover Avenged

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