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Lover Awakened (Black Dagger Brotherhood #3)

4.46 of 5 stars 4.46  ·  rating details  ·  125,548 ratings  ·  5,209 reviews
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. Of these, Zsadist is the most terrifying member of the Black Dagger Brotherhood.

A former blood slave, the vampire Zsadist still bears the scars from a pas
Mass Market Paperback, 434 pages
Published September 5th 2006 by Signet (first published January 1st 2006)
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Blacky *Romance Addict*

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“I was dead until you found me, though I breathed. I was sightless, though I could see. And then you came… and I was awakened.”

Don't know what more to say about this book.
Amazing and beautiful and those 5 stars don't do it justice.
Z is definitely my favorite BDB Brother <3

"He couldn’t stand to have anyone put their hands to him…though he wished he’d let Bella find a piece of his flesh just once. With her, he might have been able to handle it."

The story

**this will be spoiler


My dear friend Karla and I went on this emotional roller coaster of a ride together. It was so much fun and I enjoyed every minute! Her unique way with words and her humor kept me in stitches. Thank you sweet Karla for reading this with me and to all our friends for their encouragement along the way!

Whew...What a story! There is no way I can do a review and do justice to this book. Zsadist's story was everything and more that I was told. I have fallen hard for another one of JRW's brothers! Be
Opening Line:"Goddamn it, Zsadist! Don't jump--"

This is an amazing book and my favourite in the series. LOVER AWAKENED tells the agonizingly painful story of Zsadist, a former blood slave and most feared member of the Blackdagger Brotherhood. After Zsadist rescues the beautiful, aristocrat Bella from the Lessoning Society's torture facility she refuses to leave his side (or bed.) Craving the strength and security she now finds only with him. And it's with her growing

I've read this book countless times, but this is my first review. Zsadist is my 5th favorite book man ever!!!

...even though his face was harsh, his voice was so soft and beautiful, like the candle flame.

A dark musk with an evergreen spice.

My Zsadist:


Zsadist is a tortured soul, the darkest of the Brothers, the meanest. After spending a hundred years as a blood and sex slave, he has nothing left to give anyone, and he can barely stay alive for himself. He has
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Annie (Under the Covers Book Blog)
Jesus, I hated Zsadist before this book. I thought of him as a ruthless killer, and he is. But there is another side of him that is revealed in this book. With Bella, Zsadist's tortured soul is exposed. You see a much darker side of him that is painful and I feel ashamed to say that I am captivated by him. Knowing him, that is the last thing he would want. Zsadist has no patience for those who show sympathy or pity him. And I respect him more for that.

This is one of the more darker books of the
4 1/2 stars


"Everyone" has already read this book, so I'm just going to rant a bit...

Zsadist had me intrigued since I read Dark Lover, because he was pretty much an outcast within the Brotherhood and I knew there had to be something "good" inside him. I also knew that his story would be "scary" (for lack of a better word) and, boy, I was not mistaken! I thought Sin MacAllister from Kinley MacGregor's Born in Sin was the most tortured hero in Romancelandia but, compared to Z's, Sin's life was a m
Beth F.
Oh, my sweet peas and carrots! I lost count on how many times the bottom on my stomach dropped out and sank somewhere down by my feet only to bungee jump right back up and fly straight through the top of my head in sheer delight. Oh yes, this book was dee-licious!

I got married in July 2008 and brought the first two books in the Black Dagger Brotherhood series to keep myself amused on the honeymoon flight. They were cracktastic and addictive and fun and I eagerly added the next title to my queue
This review contains a lot of spoilers so please read at your own risk. You have been warned. Please don't blame me. :)

When the last laudation had been murmured he switched back into English. “I was dead until you found me, though I breathed. I was sightless, though I could see. And then you came….and I was awakened”.

Best. Book. Ever.

There really are no words to describe how I feel about this book. It was beyond beautiful! Lover Awakened is an amazing tale and is now one of my favourite books
UniquelyMoi ~ 1-Click RockChick

And finally, 04/11/2012, my re-read over.

My favorite scene from the book: (view spoiler)
Never do a review like this, but, this is my fans letter to Zsadist , hero of Lover Awakened :D (okay, Roarke, Raphael, Bones, Eidolon, and all my harem, I'll do love letter for you all. PROMISE!)

Once upon a night , a lonely time in a one single room at Jakarta, Indonesia...

Dear Zsadist,

My heart will always broke for you.
You such an arrogant ass!
Oh yes, but you have a reason because of that...
You hurt Bella's feeling!
Oh yes, but you can't help it even you love her...
You think you not deserve h

When i finally received Lover Awakened in my mail..

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I almost fainted of excitement because as most of you know Zsadist is my favorite brother in the BDB.

Did his book reach my expectations?

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Meet then my Zsadist and Bella...

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He is the most terrifying and scarred member of the black dagger brotherhood.
Zsadist has a lot of demons from his past that just won't let go of him no matter what.
Renowned for his unquenchable fury and sinister deeds, he is a
Lady Gabriella of Awesomeness
ON FREAKIN VIRGIN ! (P.S:It's a book reference...I swear I'm not being weird.. ;) I AM IN LOVE WITH THIS BOOK !! AND THAT TWIST IN THE END !!



Even though it's true....


I STILL think I need Atleast a 24 hour break to recover from reading all THREE books in a sure was one heck of a ride !

I have enjoyed the first 2 books in this series but was highly anticipating this one. Z seemed like such a tortured hero in the previous books.

“I was dead until you found me, though I breathed. I was sightless, though I could see. And then you came...and I was awakened.”

It would take a strong woman to save Zsadist. But then again, I think the women I have met so far are strong – ya hear me, Irene?
“Z: "You know, this was a hell of a lot easier when you were out cold in the back of that truck."
May 22, 2008 Daisiemae rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Everyone needs to read these books
Recommended to Daisiemae by: All of my friends here. They have such great taste!
Amazing. Do these books keep getting better? I was warned by Mom that I would need some tissues with this one. She was right.
I can't say that Zsadist is my favorite brother. I love his tormented soul. He past to finding his way back from the darkness in his soul to the light was a emotional rollercoaster for me. The amount of abuse he endured was heartbreaking. I definately thought that he had found his "shellan" with Bella, they are so well matched.
Bella is another heroine I actually liked. F
Lisa Jayne

If I was choose to drop the F BOMB in any review, this book would be IT ...

I loved this book, if I haven't quite made myself clear yet, then let me just tell you I have an unhealthy Fixation on all things BROTHERHOOD. This is (so far) my favourite book and brother of the series, and if possible I'm more addicted then ever.

Zsadist THE ultimate in the alpha kingdom of vampires ~ Broken, destroyed, scarred, damaged, dark, dangerous and I LOVED him.

Zsadist is my favourite of the brot
Feb 08, 2015 Shawna rated it 5 of 5 stars
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5++ stars - Vampire Romance

Lover Awakened is my top favorite in the BDB series. Zsadist is my most beloved brother/warrior and Bella is a darling BDB heroine. The love story between Zsadist and Bella is touching and heart-wrenching. Zsadist is a tortured soul worthy of redemption, and Bella's fight for him and for their love is ultimately what saves them both. I LOVE this book! I'd give it much higher than a 5 star rating if I could! I wish J.R. Ward would give us more of Zsadist and Bella's sto
Amy (Foxy)
Family portrait!
Zsadist, Phury, Tohrment, Wrath, Rhage, Vishous, Butch

I admire all of you who read BDB when it was first released and had to wait a year between each book. I can only imagine the anticipation as you waited a year for the next book to be released. *thumbs up*

Even though this book is almost a decade old it has all the elements we as romance readers love:
protective alpha male
sexy time
imperfect characters (blind, mute, dark past, etc...)
forbidden romance

The bonding momen
 Danielle The Book Huntress (Self-Proclaimed Book Ninja)
This book is pretty darn awesome. Zsadist is definitely one to seduce a reader if you love tortured, sexy heroes. The only disadvantage is too much Lesser narrative. Otherwise I love it! It is full of passages that wrench at your heart as you read Zsadist's sad but ultimately triumphant story. You really root for Zsadist to accept the unconditional love that Bella has for him, as you see him give all of himself to her because he cannot help but love her, even believing he is far from good enough ...more
5 STARS!!!!!

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And I thought it couldn’t get any better than Rhage’s book... I was wrong!
Z’s story was just beautiful. I loved it!

Reader beware... If you haven’t read the first two books, there may be some small spoilers.
“I'm not broken, I'm ruined. Do you understand the difference? With broken maybe you can fix things. Ruined? All you can do is wait to bury me.”

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(Just add the scar and this is my PERFECT Z)

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Zsadist is the broken warrior of the BDB. He had a different upbringing than the rest
Jxxx  ♥ Pink Lady ♥
'You’re path out of hell is waiting for you.'

So my love affair with the Black Dagger Brotherhood continues with the story of Zsadist and Bella.

I absolutely adore Zsadist, he could be my favourite, just don't tell the brotherhood, because I'd like to try them all!! Oh yes!!

Zsadist is a tortured soul; he feels impure and has a past that is simply heartbreaking. It gets me right in the heart, a big strong man who has troubles to overcome.

A man who wants to please a woman, is very pleasing to r
“I was dead until you found me, though I breathed. I was sightless, though I could see. And then you came...and I was awakened.”
There's really no eloquent way to describe my emotional state after reading this book, which could ever live up to the journey I just went on.

J.R. Ward has a crazy habit of getting under my skin with these books. For all the humor and playfulness of the Brothers, there is never a shortage of hard-hitting plot line. Even though this is the third book I've

5 *I stayed up till 3:17am to finish this fabulousity and have  photo letterzsmall_zps533aac39.jpgero regrets* stars!

Full review to come ...

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Nov 24, 2008 Julianna rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Fans of PNR Romance
Reviewed for

Lover Awakened is an amazing story that takes the reader on an emotional roller coaster ride from start to finish. It is, in my opinion, the best of the Black Dagger Brotherhood series so far. I loved the way that the author took a character who was described by his own twin brother as not merely broken, but ruined, and carefully put him back together piece by piece. This was a powerful story of redemption and unselfish love at it's finest. While I often get emotio
5 Huge Stars - Absolutely the best so far! I'm just saying; Zsadist you gorgeous vampire ...

I'm not going to be long-winded with this review. .. though there is so much to say. This third installment in the series was absolutely enchanting good. I just loved it all. The two main characters were wonderful and Zsadist now tops the list of great men and romance-heroes that I will never forget.

Then there are all the other vampire guys in the brotherhood plus a few more - it's so exciting to follow
Sh3lly (Not all those who wander are lost)
I'm in a serious book slump and they always say to either read something completely different or re-read a favorite. So, I'm going with re-read a favorite. This is Zsadist's book.

Emily May

Plot: 5 stars
Characters: 5 stars
Writing: 5 stars
Sexiness: 4 stars
Ending: 5 stars

Overall: 4.8 stars

I've fallen in love with Zsadist :)
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YEP! I surely did! I really liked the first two BDB books but this one was a thousand times MORE in my eyes.

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I am absolutely one hundred percent in love with Zsadist. I want to marry him, and have his babies. The transition of this man from an abused and broken vampire lashing out at the world and never letting his guard down... to the loving, gentle, I want to be better, but still completely badass vampire was AH-MAZING! The other story lines going on including with Tohr & Wellsie, John,
Well hello Sexy Zsadist

With your come-hither eyes ........

That gorgeous face

And those nipple rings

Damaged and deranged soul

My heart Is filled to the brim. Loved Z 's book

Just when I thought my heart couldn't take anymore......he takes it to a whole other level

For the record. Zsadist belongs to Lisa Jayne. Noted
Mirjana ***Let's Sound It Out - - - Mary-On-A***

***5 Scarred Stars***

"He thought about all the holes in him, the blank places, the voids where others felt things. When it came down to it, he was really just a screen, more empty than solid, his emotions blowing through him, only the anger catching and holding."

Imagine Dragons

I was absolutely obsessed with this book! I knew it was going to be a heartbreaker, but I still wasn't prepared for how deep Zsadist's pain went. I now completely understand why so many say that this book, and Zsadist, is their favor
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Black Dagger Brotherhood (1 - 10 of 14 books)
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  • Lover Eternal (Black Dagger Brotherhood, #2)
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“I was dead until you found me, though I breathed. I was sightless, though I could see. And then you came...and I was awakened.” 2575 likes
“Z: "You know, this was a hell of a lot easier when you were out cold in the back of that truck."

Phury: "That was you?"

Z:"You think it was Santa Claus or some shit?”
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