With J.R. Ward taking the vampire world by storm, the idea of the undead has inched closer to the adult theme. The 4th book of the Black Dagger Brotherhood series, Lover Revealed, takes a look at bonds forged through love, honor and duty.
Butch didn’t know what he was getting into when he decided to immerse himself in the vampire world. He wanted to follow Beth, his friend and the new vampire Queen, and he had nothing left of his old life, so he waved goodbye to the Caldwell police force and jumped into the Brotherhood with both feet. Problem being, as a human there is only so much Butch can do. Vishous, his best friend and roommate, does his best to keep Butch from feeling like an outsider, but the separation is obvious.
To make matters worse, the love of his life, Marissa, is a vampire who seems to want nothing to do with him. Unsure where he went wrong, Butch tries to keep his distance, but the attachment he feels is too strong…almost inhuman.
When the lessers capture Butch and do unspeakable things during the interrogation, Butch is certain he will die. But instead, the ultimate evil ends up inside of him, making him something different. Desperate to piece together what was done to him, and what he is now, Butch is terrified of losing the only people he’s ever considered family. His fighter personality takes control and his determination leads him somewhere he never thought he’d go.
This book definitely takes a different approach to the Brotherhood. Seeing everything from Butch’s perspective is interesting. He’s not an official part of the Brotherhood, but he’s as close as a human can get. This particular story reminds readers that love isn’t just about sacrifice for your mate, it’s about compromise and letting the other person do what must be done for their sake and for yours. Watching Butch’s struggle and resulting downward spiral is heartbreaking, but Ward has plans for these characters. It’s nice that not everything is neatly tied up in a bow at the end of these books. Things are left unresolved and mysteries still bound tight. It leaves you begging for the next book.
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