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Lover Awakened

(Black Dagger Brotherhood #3)

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4.45  ·  Rating details ·  151,861 ratings  ·  6,428 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
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Mass Market Paperback, 448 pages
Published September 5th 2006 by Signet
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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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Jessica's Totally Over The Top Book Obsession
5 Fuck I love Z Stars

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"I...I can't get clean. I don't want you to get dirty, too." He lifted his wrist and blood oozed down from his forearm. "See? Look at the dirt. It's all over me. Inside of me." -Z

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First read 2014
Reread 3/26/2017

"When I was..." She cleared her throat. "When I was in that hole in the ground, I thought of you. I wanted you to come for me. I knew you could get me out." His brows went down even though his lids were lowered. "I thought of you, too." "You did?" His chin mo
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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.”



Beautiful.
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
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KatLynne

Z

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
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✘✘ 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
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Jennifer
5 THOUSAND BELOVED-NALLA STARS!!!

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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k8inorbit
Jun 11, 2008 rated it did not like it
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Buggy
Opening Line:"Goddamn it, Zsadist! Don't jump--"

~ZSADIST YOU BROKE MY HEART~
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
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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
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P
Mar 17, 2014 rated it it was amazing
“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
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Dina
Feb 03, 2009 rated it really liked it
4 1/2 stars

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"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
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UniquelyMoi ~ BlithelyBookish

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

My favorite scene from the book: (view spoiler)
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Emily May
Mar 02, 2011 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 :)
Beth
Oct 12, 2008 rated it it was amazing
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
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Sh3lly (GrumpyBookGrrrl.com)
$1.99 on September 28, 2017 US Amazon.

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 kn
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warhawke
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Type: Book 3 of Black Dagger Brotherhood series
POV: Third Person
Rating:




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
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Sophia Triad
Zhadist and Bella

“What is your name?" she murmured.
He cocked an eyebrow at her and then went back to staring at his brother. "I'm the evil one, in case you haven't figured it out."
"I wanted your name, not your calling."
"Being a bastard's more of a compulsion, really. And it's Zsadist. I am Zsadist.”
(From Lover Eternal)

This is how Bella and Zhadist were introduced and one thing that you have to learn about the BDB is that all the books are connected somehow. So, when you open Lover Awakened
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Christy
Mar 30, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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
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Mo
Nov 22, 2013 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."
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Lady Gabriella of Awesomeness (On Hiatus)
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 !!

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(view spoiler) I FEEL SO STUPID FOR NOT SEEING THAT COMING...lol...XD


Even though it's true....

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I STILL think I need Atleast a 24 hour break to recover from reading all THREE books in a stretch.Lol...it sure was one heck of a ride !
HFK
Apr 23, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Oh damn.



A longish time ago I read the first installment in Black Dagger Brotherhood series, and I did not give it a high rating because I am hardly ever into this massive world building a super long series will hold. I just do not have patience for it, especially when comes to paranormal romance. I recall I felt it dragging in places but....

...the sex. The damn sex. Steaminess. Hormones, beds rocking like in a soft porn movie....



So, I kind of decided that hell with the story, hell with the world
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Ren Puspita
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
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alyssa
Nov 27, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 5-stars, 2016-reads
Sorry for the late review :/ I was too overwhelmed with happiness when I finished XD

SPOILERS EVERYWHERE! READ AT YOUR OWN RISK!

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.

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Well, in a good way of course.

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

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Okay, let me talk about the en
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Sandra
5 ZSADIST-IS-MINE-AND-MINE-ONLY STARS!

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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Zsadist.
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
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• Lisa •
May 03, 2013 rated it it was amazing
5 ZSADIST STARS.



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
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Amy | Foxy Blogs
Family portrait!
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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
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Kaila
5/5 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.”


Oh. My. Gosh! I am completely speechless, spellbound and unable to think a single coherent thought. It was just so breathtakingly amazing!! It's as if every single great thing about the first two books was made 100 times greater and then put into this single book of pure perfection. This is without a doubt my favourite book of the year so far and definitely
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Karlyflower *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
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Shawna
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
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K
5 Stars!!!

OMG this book was the BEST book in the Black Dagger Brotherhood series yet!!
There was so much drama and angst and it hurt so much to put the book down and continue with life when I had to :(

So...into the details!
This book was about the brother Zsadist! It told the story of Zsadist and why he is so feared and standoffish compared to the other brothers. The book explained Zsadist's past by including flashbacks of when he was essentially kidnapped by this rich cougar "mistress" who feeds
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Dino-Jess ✮ The Book Eating Dinosaur ✮
Jan 26, 2016 rated it it was ok
Recommended to Dino-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
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J.R. Ward is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of numerous novels, including the Black Dagger Brotherhood series. She lives in the South her family.

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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.” 2717 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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