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Lover Awakened

(Black Dagger Brotherhood #3)

4.44  ·  Rating details ·  163,936 ratings  ·  7,032 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
Kindle Edition, 468 pages
Published September 5th 2006 by Signet
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April Yes, You can follow without reading the other books but each book features one of the Warriors and his story so you will come to see that the bonds be…moreYes, You can follow without reading the other books but each book features one of the Warriors and his story so you will come to see that the bonds between characters are interlinked
Maria Mr O went to the Omega and bargained to take Mr X’s place.
It was where Mr O stabbed himself back to the Omega in Mr X’s farmhouse. When Mr O returned…more
Mr O went to the Omega and bargained to take Mr X’s place.
It was where Mr O stabbed himself back to the Omega in Mr X’s farmhouse. When Mr O returned to the farmhouse he saw where Mr X was recalled. It was in Z and Bella’s book. (less)

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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


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
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 wi


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!
✘✘ Sarah ✘✘ (former Nefarious Breeder of Murderous Crustaceans)
Feb 20, 2015 rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: Suicidal nitwits like me
Recommended to ✘✘ Sarah ✘✘ (former Nefarious Breeder of Murderous Crustaceans) by: Sh3lly (Not all those who wander are lost)
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 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here.

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
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 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 h
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 :)
Jun 03, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: J.R Ward fans and paranormal romance fans
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 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
Edit 2020 - the Kindle version of this book effing suuucks. I'm annoyed that I paid for it. There are multiple scene breaks in every/almost every chapter and none of them are delineated from each other so it goes from one scene/character to the next without any additional spaces to give an expected and needed visual indication that you've just hopped from Zsadist's freezing bedroom to the locker room with John Matthew being bullied by Lash.

It almost makes me think I could/would/should threaten
UniquelyMoi ~ BlithelyBookish

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

My favorite scene from the book: (view spoiler)
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
Val ⚓️ Shameless Non-Snowflake ⚓️
In my opinion, this is THE best of the BDB series, not to mention one of my favorite books of ALL time overall. I absolutely LOVED Zadist. His tortured, scarred soul creates such an amazing character and the way he falls in love with Bella is beautiful.

For me, this was one of those books that sucks you in and makes you forget and/or ignore everything else around you. I was absolutely enthralled and literally saddened when it was over.
Mar 30, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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 th
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
Debra Johnson
Lover Awakened by J.R. Ward
Genres: Adult, Paranormal, Romance, Suspense
5 Stars! 8/29/19 Reread!
4.5 Stars 1st Read rating

Loved it more the 2nd time around.
More thoughts later. (I'm at work right now)

If you have read Rhage & Mary's story & thought that was emotional, in this one, Zsadist & Bella's story, you will get an all new concept and experience of what emotional truly is.
Zsadist history will make you gasp in horror and break your heart. I loved him.
While I liked Bella a lot, I can't say I c
Nov 22, 2013 rated it it was amazing

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 tru
Princess under cover
This is my favorite story out of all of JR Ward's Black Dagger Brotherhood series. Bella is OK, but I always fall for the Hero of any romance book. Have to. Or what's the point of reading romances??

Zsadist is the ultimate tortured-hero-badass-turned-good romance fantasy guy. And can I please rent him when I'm "in heat" next time? Cuz the sex scenes when Bella has her needing?...DAMN!
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
Lady Gabriella of Awesomeness (SLOW)
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 ! ["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>
Nov 27, 2016 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
• Lisa •
May 03, 2013 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
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 definitel

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 dee
Amy | Foxy Blogs
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
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
 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
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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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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Black Dagger Brotherhood (1 - 10 of 19 books)
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  • Lover Eternal (Black Dagger Brotherhood, #2)
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  • Lover Unbound (Black Dagger Brotherhood, #5)
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