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Adult, Review / May 8, 2012
Lover Revealed by J.R. WardLover Revealed
Author: J.R. Ward
Series: Black Dagger Brotherhood #4
Publisher: Piatkus Books
Date: February 2011
480 pages
Source: Purchased
Genres: Urban 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. 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...

I’ve been on a bit of a Black Dagger Brotherhood binge lately. Straight after I finished book 3 I started book 4. This one I don’t think is as good as the others, but I still believe that it’s a good and necessary edition to the series.

This tells the story of Butch and Marissa, whose story originally began in the first book. Nothing much happened with them in books 2 and 3 but in book 4 they are brought to the forefront of the storyline. Butch (or Cop as the brothers refer to him) is human. He is the only human (other than Mary) who is let into the inner circle of the brotherhood. And although he was ok with this for a while, eventually he gets sick of feeling like a ‘pet’ and wants to help them in their eradication of the lessers. However when he gets brutally tortured by the lessers for information on the brotherhood, his wish of becoming involved becomes a nightmarish reality and he gets quite a lot more than he bargained for!

This storyline I liked. It was nice to let Butch have his limelight and show his worth. However, what I didn’t really care for was his love interest, Marissa. Her personality was quite annoying and I became exasperated with her. She would go back and forth between loving Butch and being happy to then falling out with him for the smallest reason and walking out. This happened too much and I got bored with it. This is why I have given Lover Revealed 3.5 stars.

I like how these books always plant the seeds for future books. And that is what it felt like the purpose of this book was for… to plant the beginnings of more storylines to come. I guess you could say this one is a bit of a gap filler. So with that in mind, I think it accomplished this very well. We were given more insight into the mind of Vishous (whose book comes next), with his crazy sex life and his visions of the future and other problems. We got a couple of chapters from Rehvenge’s POV.. And also the story of John Matthews is progressed nicely. Seeing him growing up and learning about the brotherhood and girls and fighting, and also dealing with the tragedy of what happened at the end of book 3, I felt Lover Revealed did a great job progressing his storyline.

Lastly, I feel I need to point out what my favourite thing about this book was. And that was the ‘bromance’. Yes, the bromance. I’m of course speaking of Butch and Vishious. Their relationship is hilarious, clever, loyal and quite lovely. I want to see more of this in future books!

So as I say, not a bad book, in terms of books in general, Lover Revealed is very good, but in comparison to the first three, to me anyway, I found it quite average.

3.5 Stars

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