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Lover Revealed by J.R. Ward
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The more I read these books, the more "into" the Brotherhood I get. I really adored Wrath in book #1. I really liked Rhage in book #2 (although, I'm still on the fence about Mary). I was captured by Zsadist and Bella in book #3 - it was probably one of the more difficult books to get through, partly because Z's and Phury's story unfolded so slowly, and I'd waited so long for it.

But book #4 with Butch and Marissa... I've always been a Butch fan. I wasn't expecting him to be absorbed into the Brotherhood family - he's an unlikely candidate, or so it seems; an ex-cop, an alcoholic and former drug addict, a loner... oh, yeah, guess he fits into the Brotherhood after all. *wink* Other than Wrath, it seems each of the Brotherhood has an addiction; it seems unfair to say that Beth is Wrath's, since each of the brothers with a shellan is addicted.

ANYWAY... I've always wanted to see Marissa and Butch get together, but I couldn't see how. Would it be the opposite of Rhage and Mary? If I didn't love Butch so much and want him with Marissa so much, I might have said the author jumped the shark with this one. And yet... she's already shocked us somewhat in each book; how is this any different?

Well, I guess because it was downright convenient. SPOILER SECTION AHEAD, but I'm marking it. (view spoiler)

NOW, am I saying that I couldn't handle this? There are times when it's impossible to suspend the necessary disbelief, which breaks the story's hold on you when you're done with it. NOPE. I'm way into this series enough to confess that, despite the convenience of it all, it was logical, and it fit. And it's Butch. And Marissa. And the weirdness of this wasn't any weirder, for me, than Mary and Rhage's Beast.

Butch got what he wanted and needed: a true family. A family that he can take a true place in. He's not the "pet" of the Brotherhood any longer; he's a full-fledged member with a true shellan and a purpose. All the freaky stuff from the Omega had a purpose. As did the closeness between V and Butch.

Some might take issue with the homoerotic bit between V and Butch. The author's been playing that up through the books, so it's not new. And frankly, I think she was testing the waters for incorporating such a relationship into the books, maybe even the Brotherhood, later. (Yeah, I've kinda picked up on this possibility from seeing the blurbs about the latter books in this series. So I can't claim to be V and read minds - LOL! (view spoiler) But IMO, it's just a case of overwhelming love and acceptance. Neither of these guys has felt it in his life. Each has yearned for it, almost more than life, which is why each is so destructive in his own way. So to finally find another who "gets" him - who accepts him for exactly who he is, without judgement... wow! It's heady stuff.

And their symbiotic relationship is explained. There's a reason for their "need" for one another. There's a reason for what seems like curses and chaos and evil. As always, in this world that the author has created, it's about BALANCE. And V and Butch create balance - for one another and for the world. Just as Butch and Marissa create balance for one another and for the world. (view spoiler)

The drama of Butch's transition is awesome. Breathtaking, suspenseful drama at its best. Well done.

On other fronts, the John Matthews story continues... deepens... intrigues. I just wonder if anyone will ever realize... nope, won't say it.

I have to also say that I appreciated that the females made more of an appearance in this book. Marissa showed true strength and backbone, when she could easily have been lost in the annoying "woe is me" that she's been mired in for so long. Sometimes you have to lose your lifeboat, get kicked out of your comfort zone, to discover your own life... your own will. And Marissa does this in spades.

We're also treated to much more of Beth than we've seen forever - more than just a sentence or two. We even get to see Bella and Mary, and see the gals bonding in their own way.

Yeah, I get that JR writes the Brotherhood and the guy stuff better. But it warms a reader's heart to know that the author does *care* about her readers. I can only assume that she spent a bit more time on the gals here in response to the criticism. And to her credit, she didn't sell herself to do it. The scenes with the gals aren't the main story (except for Marissa), but they add the richness, the robustness, the completeness that seems to have been missing from the books up until now.

I finally saw Wrath act kingly - something I've been longing for. Although, in retrospect, I guess it's still only months that have passed.

We also got to know more about the lessers and the Omega - more about their legends and their story. Yes, I realize these guys aren't the focus, either. But one of my main complaints to now has been that if the author is going to spend so much time on them, she should at least let us "in" on what's really going on in their world. It's as if she assumes that we're in her head with her... that we understand their customs and rules, too. And for once, she peels back a layer or two. Again, she doesn't violate her writing or the integrity of the story or characters to do it. She did a great job of weaving it all in, which also adds to the completeness of the story, IMO. (Or perhaps she got a really kickin' new editor who's responsible. Either way - YAY!)

I think because so many of my issues/questions were at least addressed in this book, that I was willing to overlook the "convenience" of so much of what happened to Butch. I was willing to embrace it and accept it and go with it. Because, again, I love me some Butch and Marissa.

Can't wait for V's story.
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Quotes Lori McD Liked

J.R. Ward
“Man" Rhage muttered, "someone hit this place with the Hallmark stick."

Until it broke.”
J.R. Ward, Lover Revealed

J.R. Ward
“I liked you, cop. From the moment I met you. No… not the first moment. I wanted to kill you when I first met you. But then I liked you. A lot.”
J.R. Ward, Lover Revealed

Reading Progress

June 28, 2012 – Started Reading
June 28, 2012 – Shelved
June 29, 2012 –
page 22
4.67% "Still waiting for Wrath to act kingly and not just fade into the background. I realize there's trouble in "Gotham", but now seems to be the time for him to step up. Creepy what Butch is going through - hoping it'll be better explained as we go; including whatever V is doing. I know the Scribe Virgin told him to, but..."
June 29, 2012 – Finished Reading
June 30, 2012 – Shelved as: action
June 30, 2012 – Shelved as: 2012_read
June 30, 2012 – Shelved as: adventure
June 30, 2012 – Shelved as: dark
June 30, 2012 – Shelved as: drama
June 30, 2012 – Shelved as: fantasy
June 30, 2012 – Shelved as: guilty-pleasure
June 30, 2012 – Shelved as: kindle-book
June 30, 2012 – Shelved as: contemporary
June 30, 2012 – Shelved as: own
June 30, 2012 – Shelved as: paranormal
June 30, 2012 – Shelved as: romance
June 30, 2012 – Shelved as: series
June 30, 2012 – Shelved as: some-steam
June 30, 2012 – Shelved as: suspense
June 30, 2012 – Shelved as: tear-jerker
June 30, 2012 – Shelved as: tough-subject-matter
June 30, 2012 – Shelved as: vampires
April 29, 2013 – Shelved as: favorite-author
April 29, 2013 – Shelved as: favorites
April 29, 2013 – Shelved as: bdb

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Wendy F A few things, as I read your review. Just for conversation, because I love talking about these books.

I actually think Ward did a lot of foreshadowing the whole 'Butch surprise'. There was (view spoiler) I have a few frustrations with her writing, but usually with the brothers I always felt like her outlining and foreshadowing wasn't bad.

Also, the Wrath connection, (view spoiler).

About V and Butch, (view spoiler).

Lori McD After reading your response, I realized that, yeah, there was foreshadowing - especially V's vision. I'd forgotten about Butch's "mine" moments... I guess I thought they were a response to V's drink offering.

The Wrath thing - that helps. That particular naming convention really screws with following the blood line. Thanks! Makes much more sense.

Glad you see V and Butch the same way. I'm really pleased, as a reader, with what the author did.

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