Lover Revealed

Lover Revealed

Butch O'Neal is a fighter by nature. A hard-living ex-homicide cop, he's the only human ever to be allowed in the inner circle of the Black Dagger Brotherhood. And he wants to go even deeper into the vampire world—to engage in the turf war with the lessers. He's got nothing to lose. His heart belongs to a female vampire, an aristocratic beauty who's way out of his league....

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Title:Lover Revealed
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Lover Revealed Reviews

  • Alex is The Romance Fox

    It's crazy, I know that...but I can't help myself!!! I keep rereading this series over and over again and never get tired or bored with the books. It's become my book addiction...truly!!

    Just as before...I love this couple. Butch & Marisa are just so well-suited (right,...what an old-fashioned word that is..but just so true!!)

    I love this

    One of my fav couples in this series.

    And yes...I will read this book again...and again!!!!

    Rereading due to my BDB SERIES CRAZE.....each waking hou

    It's crazy, I know that...but I can't help myself!!! I keep rereading this series over and over again and never get tired or bored with the books. It's become my book addiction...truly!!

    Just as before...I love this couple. Butch & Marisa are just so well-suited (right,...what an old-fashioned word that is..but just so true!!)

    I love this

    One of my fav couples in this series.

    And yes...I will read this book again...and again!!!!

    Rereading due to my BDB SERIES CRAZE.....each waking hour of my day is filled with the world of the BDB.....and finishing this book I was even more crazy for these two...Butch and Marissa....and V's little obsession for B and his kinky sex life didn't irritate me as much....still love the guy though....he's such a BADASS.....I have rated this book 5 stars because I found myself enthralled by this story than before...

    so onto the next book........

    After meeting Butch O’Neil, a tired, hard drinking, burnt-out cop and Marissa, an aristocratic vampire in the first book of this series, Dark Lover, I was looking forward to reading their story.

    I love Butch….his love for designer clothes, his relationship with the Brotherhood – he has given up his old life and since discovering their secret when he helped Wrath and his wife Beth, is living with the warriors. I like the interaction between human and vampire. He becomes very close to Vishous…..whilst I liked the bond the two had I really didn’t want them to become lovers…I became a bit irritated by the romantic feelings Vishous displayed towards Butch….I wanted Butch to finally get the girl he craved for…Marissa. Thankfully he does…although I do like Vishous….don’t get me wrong.

    Butch and Marissa have to overcome so many obstacles before the finally get together…..the interference by her brother, his capture and torture by the Lessers, his turning into a vampire not knowing if he would survive it. Marissa is a kind, innocent woman who finally meets the man who changes her life.

    Their story is tender and warm….at times I did want to feel more passion and intensity between the two….I mean….the scenes between Butch and Vishous…geez …hot and sexy………..but as I said before…..I am glad the author changed her mind….and we did not have a Butch & Vishous couple!!!!!! I am sure we will get a story about two warriors in love in the future.

    And wow ….the characters…Omega, The Scribe Virgin…. I liked reading more about John, Revhenge…what a fab guy….bad and gorgeous…Xhex…what an amazing character…was reminded of Xenia, the woman warrior……can’t wait to read their stories!!!!

  • Blacky *Romance Addict*

    Butch is getting sick and tired of being on the outside when it came to the Brotherhood, and he jumps in the opportunity to save a civilian from the lessers.

    That only gets him taken by the bad guys

    Butch is getting sick and tired of being on the outside when it came to the Brotherhood, and he jumps in the opportunity to save a civilian from the lessers.

    That only gets him taken by the bad guys, tortured and eventually infected with evil by the Omega himself.

    The Brothers get him to Havers' hospital, even though there seems to be little chance of him surviving.

    Marissa finds out that Butch is sick and rushes in to see him, which gets her quarantined with him.

    Her presence helps Butch recover, and they finally realise they both have feelings for each other.

    But the evil is still inside him, and first he has to find a way to deal with it, and his life.

    - It was very interesting, lots of cryptic things through the book that kept me guessing, and the ending was just amazing :))

    Butch and the evil thing inside him was the main part of the story and it was very dark but I still loved it (more now than in my first read though).

    - There is a lot of John Matthew in this book, him dealing with

    Rehv and Xhex get some page time, and we learn some more about them, but mostly Rehv because of his involvement with Marissa.

    - even though it's not really a triangle, it's more of Butch and Marissa, with Vishous watching on the outside.

    Just have to say, the chemistry and intensity of emotion was more pronounced from V's side, and I wanted them together :((((

    I liked Marissa, don't get me wrong, even her relationship with Butch was great at some points, they were a good couple, but I still wanted V/B more.

    She is from the vampire aristocracy and doesn't know much about humans, or males for that matter.

    Marissa was mated to Wrath for centuries, even though they never consummated their relationship, and she always though it was her problem that he didn't want her.

    After Butch pushed her away, she blamed it on herself as well, thinking there is something wrong with her.

    Now the glymera has basically outcast Marissa, and even her brother is ashamed of her.

    After catching her and Butch in a compromising position, Havers throws her out, and she seeks refuge with the Brotherhood.

    That, of course means seeing Butch all the time, and finally starting something between them.

    The first thing that comes to mind when I think of Marissa is... delicate. I don't know, From book 1 she just seemed that way to me :) Even though she got a little tough in this book, she is still a fragile female, not that I didn't like it or that it got on my nerves, that's just the way she seemed to me.

    Her self-esteem is very low, for ages she thought there is something wrong with her, and she keeps thinking it every time Butch pushes her away.

    About the no-fighting thing. Marissa doesn't want Butch to fight because she's afraid he'll get hurt or die when he's with the Brothers hunting.

    I think she's the first female that feels this way and I'm glad cause it makes the whole thing very realistic. The fact is, he really could get hurt and die, every single night. It's OK to be proud of your warrior but come on, with what they deal in their lives... I could totally understand her.

    I really liked the fact that she supported him later on, and was with him in the big event.

    The ending, kinda didn't like the fact that she basically

    . But oh well.

    So even though my heart went for Butch and Vishous, I really liked Marissa and her relationship with Butch. She didn't get on my nerves and I guess that's the great thing :DDD

    He is a human. He's a former cop. He isn't a part of the Brotherhood, but they treat him like he is, except when they fight.

    He's been getting more and more frustrated by his life, he can'd do anything anymore, and he wants out, even though that means they'll probably have to kill him for it.

    After the Omega infects him, he doesn't trust himself anymore, because there is evil inside of him, and he doesn't want to endanger the Brothers or Marissa until he finds out what that is.

    To stop him from leaving, Vishous proposes doing something very dangerous, but what could make him stay with the Brotherhood.

    The first time I read this series, Butch got on my nerves. A lot. But when I read this book I kinda loved him, and later on he was great :D

    So, when I got to my re-read, I started the first book with Butch NOT getting on my nerves, and by the time I got to this book again and finished it, I ended up loving him totally :DDD

    Anyway, he's got an awesome sense of humor that we see through all of the books, especially here :D

    He's in love with Marissa but thinks himself unworthy of such a woman, she is perfect in his eyes, and he's only a human without a goal in his life, well, without a life in general.

    He pushes her away after the infection thing, but can't stay away from her long because he loves her :)

    Him agreeing to do the dangerous thing... Yep totally get it, especially as his life had no purpose before he met the Brothers. Great scene and I'm glad for him :))))

    Although, there was always this thing between him and Vishous, I loved it and wanted those two to have more than they did, but I guess it wasn't meant to be :((((((

    He's had a special connection with Butch, especially after that scene from the last book

    Bit by bit we see more of his feelings toward Butch, his jealousy and sadness.

    V is having problems with his visions, and nightmares too. He's on the edge, and everyone is worried about him.

    He finds out that he's the only one that can help Butch with the evil thing, and proposes something to make him stay.

    Well, I always loved V, now more than ever <3

    He was the tortured one in this book, on the outside looking at Butch and Marissa, wanting the warmth and love for himself...

    He knew there was something about Butch right from the start, something that connected them, and he's the only person V's ever felt something about.

    I'm just sorry this book didn't go in that direction because, like I said, the Butch/Vishous connection was much more intense than Butch/Marissa.

    Anyway, the scene on the balcony :( I teared up there, really did.

    And the ending in the cave! OMG! More, I wanted more!!!!!!

    I wish JR Ward wrote an alternate universe book where Butch and V end up together :DDDD *sigh*

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  • Lisa Jayne

    5 STARS, TRUE?

    Opening line of this book, and opening line of my review. Yes you guessed it, my book fantasy stopped right here with the black dagger boys, and I am still on the biggest book roll ever with this series. The five star fun run hasn't stopped yet, and my prediction is that it may not ever.

    So now that I'm an established BDB fan, what did this book have to offer you may well ask ... Well it certainly pushed my 5 star rating buttons and I have o

    5 STARS, TRUE?

    Opening line of this book, and opening line of my review. Yes you guessed it, my book fantasy stopped right here with the black dagger boys, and I am still on the biggest book roll ever with this series. The five star fun run hasn't stopped yet, and my prediction is that it may not ever.

    So now that I'm an established BDB fan, what did this book have to offer you may well ask ... Well it certainly pushed my 5 star rating buttons and I have once again fallen for these addictive brothers and here's why ...

    Unrequited love, Miscommunication between Star crossed lovers. A Bromance that I'm sure could not be rivealed between Butch and Vischous. The story also speaks a message of fresh beginnings and the hope of having a new start. As with the previous books in the series the novel highlights the strength of family within the Brotherhood, and yes once again I was sold by the whole package.

    Beautiful, wealthy and pure Marissa is both trapped and defined by her status as an aristocrat of the vampire kingdom. Feeling rejected and alone 'lover revealed' demonstrates a passionate liaison between two species that should never come to pass. yet they share pain, broken lives and a twisted past that leads them to love.

    We are also treated by getting to know Butch the resident human involved with the BDB. His life story was heart breaking and I felt fully invested in seeing this brother reach for his happily ever after.

    This story is not only about Butch and Marissa, as always the authors intertwines the rest of the brotherhood into the mix, and we get to learn more about vishous, rehvenge and John Matthew. The story lines are perfect and engaging. All in all an interesting plot coupled with out and out romance.

    I simply can't put into words how much I'm enjoying this series, thanks Anna for joining me on the BDB BESTIE BUDDY read, love you TRUE?❤

    I'm giving this book 5 stars, you feel me?

  • Mo

    There are so many images of Butch that I want to put in but I will stick with this sexy guy

    I didn’t like when Butch turned all GQ on me. Is that even an expression, “GQ” - you know what I mean, designer suits, cufflinks (although maybe the cufflinks would work). I wanted him in faded, jeans, tight t-shirts and scruffy boots. Naked would be good too!

    Butch, an ex-co

    There are so many images of Butch that I want to put in but I will stick with this sexy guy

    I didn’t like when Butch turned all GQ on me. Is that even an expression, “GQ” - you know what I mean, designer suits, cufflinks (although maybe the cufflinks would work). I wanted him in faded, jeans, tight t-shirts and scruffy boots. Naked would be good too!

    Butch, an ex-cop, who now lives with the Brotherhood. He and Vishous share a house and boy oh boy do we have fun with them. Seriously, I just wanted them to get down to business once and for all and it ain’t the type of business that is studied at the Harvard Business School that I am talking about. KWIM??

    So much happened in this book. There were so many twists and turns that I did not see coming.

    Stayed up until 1.45 this morning and so wanted to finish it but you really need to concentrate on all the ins and outs and who is who and what is what that I decided to wait until this morning.

    Marissa sort of annoyed me in previous books. Did she redeem herself? Well, I suppose she did. But she still is not the perfect person that I would have picked for Butch. That would be ME, of course. She dressed too perfectly, she looked too perfect – JEALOUS MUCH, MAURA?? I sort of wanted a more down to earth girl for him. Someone like me, who is happier in jeans and shirts… Dream on!

    I absolutely loved Vishous. Cannot wait to read his story, there were a couple of scenes with him and Butch that we so moving, I felt like crying.

    I haven’t picked my V yet but this guy will do for now

    Will you be on your knees, praying, Butch?

    Cos I can get down on my knees too - but it won't be praying I will be doing!!

    Yes, the sex scenes were pretty explosive!

    Butch was tough guy from Southie, Boston. He loved to drink his Scotch – actually he should have been drinking Irish Whiskey, now that I come to think of it but as Himself is partial to an odd dram of Scotch, we shall let the author off, this time

    Oh, I could go on and on and on and on about this book and about Butch and how much I loved him but I am afraid that if I post too many quotes and reference I will spoil it

    You should go and discover how good this book is for yourselves. How good the whole series is. Well I presume the whole series is good. I will read Book 5, as that is about dear Vishous and then take a little break I think.

    Even, herself, the Scribe Virgin, is starting to grow on me

    Off to read the next one but I really don’t think anyone can top BUTCH O’NEAL

    And as the old Irish saying goes …..

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  • Jessica's Totally Over The Top Book Obsession

    First read 2014

    Reread 3/28/2017

    J.R. Ward did it again. Lover Revealed is another riveting book in the Black Dagger Brotherhood Series. It has it all, a bumpy but beautiful love story, a damaged hero finding his way, a naive sheltered heroine fin

    First read 2014

    Reread 3/28/2017

    J.R. Ward did it again. Lover Revealed is another riveting book in the Black Dagger Brotherhood Series. It has it all, a bumpy but beautiful love story, a damaged hero finding his way, a naive sheltered heroine finding herself, and loyal friends so close they're family. Butch/Dhestroyer and Marissa's book had so much going on, so many unexpected twists in it I never got bored. Butch was such a sweetheart. He was so gentle and tender with Marissa. Protective, loyal, brave, charming, and strong Butch was everything a hero should be. I loved his special friendship with V. Loved the fact that he would have died before betraying the brothers and their shellans. Butch had a sad backstory and I was so glad that he found his home with the brothers. Marissa grew a lot in this book. She started out timid, very naive, and insecure. I loved how she found her backbone. She found her true calling helping others and she stood up for herself. What I didn't like was there was a few times she wasn't very supportive of Butch's role in the Brotherhood. I know she was scared of losing him but she could have stood by her man more. Of course she turns it around and redeems herself, but I just wish she would have had his back from the start.

    Butch and Marissa were so cute together. Butch was so nurturing with Marissa. Always telling how much he wanted her and how beautiful she was. Which Marissa really needed to hear because everyone treated her so badly. Marissa loved Butch and saw his worth and strength when he felt weak because he was human for half the book. I loved the way Beth befriended Marissa in this book and how her and Wrath were there for Marissa when her worthless brother Havers threw her out 30 mins before dawn. There was a lot of Z in this book and that always makes me happy. There was this part with Z and Bella where Z is chasing Bella through the Mansion playfully, catching her, biting her and dragging her off to make love. It was so cute I totally melted. Qhuinn was in this book, and the Qhuinn, Blay, and John friendship is formed. Butch becomes a vampire in this book in a freaking scary ass way and becomes a true Brother. Xhen, John Matthews' future shellan is in this book, but she hooked up with Butch which I really didn't like. There was also some more Rehv in this book and I like me some Rehv. There was too much time spent with the Lessers which is why instead of 5 stars I gave this book 4.5 stars but still a great book. Below my favorite moment in this book and yes it's from my Z!

  • Sophia Triad

    Butch and Marissa met in the first book of the series.

    Butch fell i

    Butch and Marissa met in the first book of the series.

    Butch fell in lust with her straight away. Marissa was mostly curious about Butch, but she was not allowed to touch because she belonged to the King. If she expressed any interest, Butch would have been skinned alive. That’s what she thought.

    On the other hand, Wrath did not really care for Marissa’s love interests. He hated that he depended on her for feeding and had already started falling in love with Beth.

    A few books later Wrath is happily mated to Beth and Butch has quit trying being a better person for Marissa. It is about time for aristocratic, sheltered Marissa to pursue her happiness and fight for it.

    Butch and Marissa have to overcome many complications before they mate.

    - First of all Butch is human and Marissa is vampire.

    -Secondly Marissa is part of the vampires’ aristocracy, while Butch is just a poor cop.

    -Thirdly, Marissa’s family , i.e. her brother Havers, is not really happy that Marissa is no longer the King’s mate.

    I have to admit that I don’t like Marissa. I think she is a very weak and annoying character and basically in this book and all the following books she tries to prove herself all the time.

    Maybe the problem is that I have always imagined Butch as Vishous’ mate. These two have been always the opposite sides of the same coin.

    Apparently Ward wanted the same thing (as she has mentioned), but those years it was hard for the fans to accept a relationship between two males.

    Butch is one of the strongest characters in the series. He knows what he wants and he does not hesitate to almost die in order to achieve it.

  • Jennifer

    This was the 4th book in The Black Dagger Brotherhood and the story focused on Butch and Marissa. I think it could be subtitled

    - primarily because Butch has pampered pet syndrome and Marissa has sort of the same thing going on with her sudden ejection from the glymera.

    Here is my shortened version of the book:

    Butch: “My name is Butch and I feel like a cheap whore wearing clothes I didn’t buy and not paying rent and having no purpose in my life. My birth family hat

    This was the 4th book in The Black Dagger Brotherhood and the story focused on Butch and Marissa. I think it could be subtitled

    - primarily because Butch has pampered pet syndrome and Marissa has sort of the same thing going on with her sudden ejection from the glymera.

    Here is my shortened version of the book:

    Butch: “My name is Butch and I feel like a cheap whore wearing clothes I didn’t buy and not paying rent and having no purpose in my life. My birth family hates me and my new-found family (the Brotherhood) can’t really except me because I am human and fragile. I think I will drink a lot and feel bad.”

    Marissa: ”Hi Butch - My name is Marissa. I have been a virgin for 300 years and was rejected by the King as a lover - but thats ok. I was brought up in the elite aristocracy so I have really good manners - although I have panic attacks and feel really confined and trapped. I too am an outsider. Hey Butch - what’s that black crap coming out of you when you bleed?”

    Butch: ”Well Marissa, I was taken by the lessers and tortured. Then the Omega showed up and cut me open and sealed a chunk of his finger in me so that now I am a freak that bleeds black goo. Lucky for me I have a weird vaguely homosexual bond with my roommate who has a glowing golden hand of power (uh hu) and when he touches me with it I feel a LOT better. Hey I know - Lets fool around! Ewwwww - my junk is black!“

    Marissa: “It’s ok! I am a virgin so I don’t know how gross that is. Oh No! My brother saw us fooling around and now he is kicking me out! Where shall I go?!?! Oh I know - I will go live in the same complex as you so our relationship can develop.”

    Butch: “Great idea! Then I can feel like a weak human when I can’t feed you but we can finally get rid of that pesky virginity you have been plagued with. When I perceive you rejecting me because nobody in these books can actually talk to each other honestly and openly until the last couple of chapters - then I will go kick some ass in the field to prove my loyalty to the Brotherhood. I learned this neat new trick where I suck the soul out of a lesser and then I go to my roommate for some quality time with his golden hand for healing.”

    Vishous: “I am the tortured roommate. I am sad and mysterious and I have strange feelings for my roommate and his chicka Marissa. I also like long walks in dark alleys and kinky sex in my secret apartment that everyone knows about. I used to have visions but I don’t now - I just have a bad dream every night and I am going a little crazy....Butch - Are you sure you are a human?”

    Butch: “ Well I think I am but lately I have been acting kind of vampy. Maybe I am Wrath’s cousin and you guys could turn me into a Vampire and then I could join the Brotherhood and feel like my life has purpose and meaning?”

    Marissa: ”But I find that frightening! What if you die?!?! Oh wait. I can’t ask you to live a shallow half life like I did. Ok - You can be a vampire and a Brother.”

    Butch: “Cool. And we eventually worked everything out so now we are good!”

    John: “And my life is mentioned here and there and it still sucks really bad but at least they still pay a little attention to me. Maybe once they get through all the Brothers they will devote a book to me too. I have this great secret that I sometimes vaguely remember.....”

  • Dina

    Considering how late to the BDB party I am, I'm not going to write a review on this book. This is just a "collection of my random thoughts" so I can keep the story straight in my mind, and therefore it's bound to be

    . If you haven't read this book yet and don't like being spoiled, stop reading this "review" now. I'm not kidding!

    Okay, here I go...

    When I finished

    , the previous book in the series, I didn't feel much compelled to keep going with the BDB books. I mean,

    Considering how late to the BDB party I am, I'm not going to write a review on this book. This is just a "collection of my random thoughts" so I can keep the story straight in my mind, and therefore it's bound to be

    . If you haven't read this book yet and don't like being spoiled, stop reading this "review" now. I'm not kidding!

    Okay, here I go...

    When I finished

    , the previous book in the series, I didn't feel much compelled to keep going with the BDB books. I mean, I really liked the 1st 3 books, but I didn't think that Butch and Marissa belonged together and wasn't that interested in reading about them. Eventually, my curiosity couldn't stand it any longer and I had to find out how Butch, Marissa and, well, Vishous would "untangle the web" of their messed up lives.

    Now that I read

    , am I happy with Butch and Marissa's bonding? Yes, absolutely! Ms. Ward changed my mind about them and I ended up being very glad to see them together. I so wanted them together that I started disliking V for his "crush" on Butch. I already had to suffer Phury pining for Bella in

    , and I wasn't in the mood for a repeat performance featuring V and Butch. At one point, I started to think that V was just pathetic, and that isn't a good thing considering his book is the next one in the series.

    Anyway, back to Butch and Marissa... I loved Butch and the way he was completely devoted to Marissa. I never doubted his love for her. When I thought they didn't belong together, it was only because I didn't think she was worthy of him. In this book, Ms. Ward did a good job redeeming Marissa. Even though Marissa grated on my nerves a couple of times, especially when she resorted to her cowardice due to her inability to deal with Butch's joining the Brotherhood's fight against the

    , she came a long way from the wimpy spineless doormat she'd been in the 1st books. So I ended up liking her, but she was far from becoming a favorite heroine of mine.

    As for having Butch turned into a vampire and being inducted into the Brotherhood, I loved it! Halfway through the story, I began to worry about his future as I thought Ms. Ward was going to turn him into a "good"

    but, thankfully, that didn't happen. It was nice to see Butch with a new purpose in life because, frankly, he deserved being more than a BDB

    whose sole job was to drive the Brothers around. I have to say that I'm a bit wary of Butch's future, though. All that "inhaling business" left the door opened for bad things to happen, and I don't trust Ms. Ward not to pull something "nasty" unexpectedly. After all, this is the same author who didn't hesitate to kill Wellsie in

    ...

    A BDB book isn't only about the main H/h, so

    wasn't only about Butch and Marissa. As usual, there were other storylines running along the main love story and, even though I don't particularly like it, I'm getting used to it. I still can't stand the scenes with the

    , mainly because they all seem pretty much the same: the

    (pick any letter from the alphabet) hatches an evil plan to kill the Brothers, recruits a new "apprentice", the evil plan fails, the Omega gets p!ssed, and the

    is killed. Lather, rinse, repeat, and you're ready for the next book.

    As for the other storylines, V had some major scenes in this book - as expected - and I can't say I was happy with them. Besides his pining for Butch, which I already said it was annoying, his kinky side was a bit disturbing because I'm not into BDSM. I'd better brace myself for a bumpy ride next...

    On the bright side, I enjoyed getting updates on John and I'm looking forward to his

    , even though I feel it isn't going to be an easy one. If only Tohr was around to help the boy get his act together... Thankfully, Wrath and Z stepped up to the plate and knocked some sense into him.

    All things considered, I enjoyed this read better than I had expected. I haven't become a die-hard fan of this series yet, but I'll keep reading it... Well, I'm going to read

    and see how it goes.

  • Emily May

    I'm more than a little embarassed to say that it took four whole 500+ page books of this series to get me to see them for what they really are. It was mr sweet, troubled loner (Zsadist) that screwed with my head and had me hoping this series would blow my mind in a similar way to the

    (I know how surprised you must be seeing as I rarely mention Mac Lane, Barrons or Karen Marie Moning ¬_¬ ).

    I'll just explain what I mean by the Zsadist thingy. So I read

    and really liked it,

    I'm more than a little embarassed to say that it took four whole 500+ page books of this series to get me to see them for what they really are. It was mr sweet, troubled loner (Zsadist) that screwed with my head and had me hoping this series would blow my mind in a similar way to the

    (I know how surprised you must be seeing as I rarely mention Mac Lane, Barrons or Karen Marie Moning ¬_¬ ).

    I'll just explain what I mean by the Zsadist thingy. So I read

    and really liked it, the novel had all the necessary components of good urban fantasy and paranormal romance: strong heroine, hot supernatural guy (even if he was called Wrath and liked to wear biker leathers) and just generally dark paranormal mystery goodness. So, naturally, I then read

    and got a whole lot of the same... in

    the same way... with a guy (Rhage) who's character was nothing but a pretty, blond version of Wrath. But, hey, Ward is a good writer and the series is so popular that I was blinded into thinking that either a)

    is an excusable one-off, or b) The problem was my own for not 'getting' the awesomeness. And, of course, Ward held my attention with some slight hints at Zsadist's past. Now, this is what I mean about Zsadist screwing with my mind... he is the one character of the Brotherhood who is completely different, unique and interesting. I gave

    5 stars because of him and I rarely give 5 stars. I stand by it too, because I still think he is J.R.Ward's greatest achievement of this series.

    So... my point? Zsadist threw me off-guard and gave me false hope, twice as much false hope as the unbelievably high ratings gave me. Books 1 + 2 = written well but practically the same plot, hot male, mystery story, etc, etc. Book 3 = blew my mind. Then *sigh* book 4 = written well but practically the same plot, hot male, mystery story, etc, etc. as the first two. Damn you, Ward, for making me read so far and keeping my hopes up. Damn you for managing to convince me that your novels were more than just carbon copies of one another (with the obvious exception of

    ).

    Why are all your characters and storylines just clones of one another? You are obviously a talented writer, surely you could come up with something better? And, even more troubling a question, why the hell does everyone rave so much about this series? Hasn't something like number 9 just been released, god I couldn't imagine reading another 5 versions of the same book. Is it just me? Is this another

    scenario where I feel like I'm reading something different from everyone else? It's not as if I didn't want to like it, I really honestly did, but I couldn't - They. Are. All. The. Same.

    I'll tell you what else seems to be the same: the romance story. All this stupid denial and obsession-at-first-sight (god, do I hate that!), why the hell can't two people actually build up a romance/love/relationship like they do in other books instead of having to take one look at each other and know it's meant to be - sorry, I'm not buying it.

    I know I'm part of a ridculously small minority that doesn't like this series and I'm not blind to the many reasons why others might like it: hot men, smut, vamps in general... and so on. But I'm not taking it any further, I've had enough of this tiresome jumping from brother to brother and playing matchmaker, that isn't what I come to get out of urban fantasy. I'll leave my ratings for the others as they are because I can't be bothered editing the reviews to explain but I'm definitely done here.

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