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Na Sombra do Pecado (Black Dagger Brotherhood #3)

4.45  ·  Rating Details ·  139,267 Ratings  ·  5,754 Reviews
Nas sombras da noite da cidade de Caldwell, em Nova Iorque, trava-se uma guerra territorial entre vampiros e seus caçadores. Ali, existe um bando secreto de irmãos sem igual – seis guerreiros vampiros, defensores da sua raça. De todos eles, Zsadist é o membro mais aterrorizador da Irmandade da Adaga Negra.

Um antigo escravo de sangue, o vampiro Zsadist ainda carrega as cica
438 pages
Published September 2010 by Casa das Letras (first published September 5th 2006)
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Tina you can but if the books are read in order they make more sense. Each one has a lot of things going on not related to the HEA couple
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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
✘✘ Sarah ✘✘ (former Nefarious Breeder of Murderous Crustaceans)

This is where most people would say something like: "warning! Unpopular opinion time!"

This is where I say something like: "this is my opinion! I don't give a damn what you think! Oh, and by the way, I don't like you either!"

Just so you know.

Sooooo. This was ridiculous, stupid and boring. Wait, I think I'm forgetting something here. Oh yeah, it was pretty lame, too. I think it's high time to get my favourite antediluvian beast out of extinction:

Good doggy.

Believe it or not, the main proble
Jun 11, 2008 k8inorbit rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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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
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
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
Feb 03, 2009 Dina rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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
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
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Type: Book 3 of Black Dagger Brotherhood series
POV: Third Person

Zsadist (Z) was a notoriously feared and despised warrior of The Black Dagger Brotherhood. Growing up as a blood slave, his past shaped his persona, repelling him from physical contact and affection.

Bella was born into aristocracy. Despite her bloodline, with beauty and poise, she was attracted to Z’s ruthless recklessness because she could see the goodness within. But breaking in was never as simple
UniquelyMoi ~ BlithelyBookish

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

My favorite scene from the book: (view spoiler)
Nov 22, 2013 Mo rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

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."
Lady Gabriella of Awesomeness
OH 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 !
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
Emily May
Mar 02, 2011 Emily May rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: pnr, paranormal-uf, 2011

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 :)
★ Alyssa ★
Nov 27, 2016 ★ Alyssa ★ rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016-reads, 5-stars
Sorry for the late review :/ I was too overwhelmed with happiness when I finished XD


If I could, I would give this one 1,ooo FUCKING stars!

"'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.'"

I. Am. Utterly. Speechless.


Well, in a good way of course.

"And diamond were eternal, weren't they? They lasted forever. Just like his memories of her."


Okay, let me talk about the en
Sh3lly ✨ Bring on the Weird ✨
This is my second time reading this book. Although there was way too many side-plots and other POVs, I'm still going to keep my original rating.

I loved Z's back story, even though it was sad and horrible. I love the "Beauty and the Beast" aspect. Z is scarred, but he is so sexy and he adores Bella. It's sweet to see him struggle and overcome his issues with physical contact and gentleness. But he ends up being one of the best mates ever. I like Bella. She knows what (or who) she wants and she is
Lisa Jayne
May 03, 2013 Lisa Jayne rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

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
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
♥ conflict
♥ sexy time
♥ imperfect characters (blind, mute, dark past, etc...)
♥ forbidden romance

The bonding
“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.”

This is the best of the series. Zsadist is a real tortured hero. What he has been through shatters my heart. And Bella, she is a savior of this broken man. She has fire in her heart, especially when he tries to push her away, she resists. That's why I love her. That's why I love this book so damn much !

“He knew he was being overbearing as hell, but he couldn't help
Karly *The Vampire Ninja, Luminescent Monster & Wendigo Nerd Goddess of Canada (according to The Hulk)*
If you could only see the way she loves me
Then maybe you would understand
Why I feel this way about our love
And what I must do
If you could only see how blue her eyes can be
When she says
When she says she loves me

(Lyrics from “If you could only see” by Tonic)

Don’t be a tragedy, Bella

I am a woman who loves her contradictory characters. It is my love of such characters that is at the root of my adoration of Zsadist. He is the brother who is, if not the most feared, certainly the most shied away
Dec 14, 2008 Shawna rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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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
Feb 15, 2008 Daisiemae rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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
Future-Jess ✮ The Book Eating Dinosaur ✮
Jan 26, 2016 Future-Jess ✮ The Book Eating Dinosaur ✮ rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Future-Jess ✮ The Book Eating Dinosaur ✮ by: Karly *The Vampire Ninja & Luminescent Monster*
Shelves: y-do-i-do-dis
If I hear someone say "what's doing?" in real life, I'm pretty sure I will punch them in the face.

I'm upset.

I'm back to being on the fence with this series, again.

The problems I had with this were the same as I had with the first book - the lazy writing style! You get a point of view chapter, your second cousin twice removed gets a point of view chapter, EVERYBODY GETS A POINT OF VIEW CHAPTER.

There was goodness in here, I had a severe case of the feels with all the Z backstory and the shit h
 Danielle The Book Huntress (Back to the Books)
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
“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
♥ Jx PinkLady Reviews ♥
'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 t
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Black Dagger Brotherhood (1 - 10 of 15 books)
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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.” 2663 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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