Posted by: Jennifer | June 25, 2008

Lover Revealed – J.R. Ward

Ward, J.R. Lover Revealed. (New York: Signet, 2007). ISBN – 9780451412355.

Main Characters: Butch O’Neal and Marissa

Related Works: This is part of J.R. Ward’s Black Dagger Brotherhood series. Dark Lover  (Wrath and Beth Randall’s story) is the first in the series. Lover Eternal  (the story of Rhage and Mary Luce) is the second. Zsadist and Bella’s story is the third in the series, Lover Awakened. Lover Revealed, Butch O’Neal and Marissa’s story is fourth. Lover Unbound (the story of Vishous and Dr. Jane Whitcomb) is the fifth in the series. The latest book published in the series is Lover Enshrined (the story of Phury and Cormia).

Description from book:

In the shadows of the night in Caldwell, New York, there’s a war raging between vampires and their slayers. There exists a secret band of brothers like no other – six vampire warriors, defenders of their race. But now an ally of the Brotherhood is about to encounter his own dark desires.

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. If he can’t have Marissa, then at least he can fight side by side with the Brothers . . .

Fate curses him with the very thing he wants. When Butch sacrifices himself to save a civilian vampire from the slayers, he falls prey to the darkest force in the war. Left for dead, he’s found by a miracle, and the Brotherhood calls on Marissa to bring him back. But even her love may not be enough to save him . . .

My Thoughts:

I really found Butch to be a fascinating character. In Dark Lover, he was deeply interested in Beth – Beth who turned out to be Wrath’s mate. Honestly, I wasn’t terribly fond of Butch at this point and was a bit perplexed when it became apparent that he would become an integral part of the Brotherhood and their fight. I did think that he was a good complement for Marissa. Additionally, I loved the relationships he was developing with Rhage and Vishous. By the time, I got to this story (reading all of the books in order), I was fascinated by the character of Butch. I had no clue where he would fit into the overall storyline, but was anxious to find out – and to see how things with Marissa would progress. Overall, I loved the Butch/Marissa romance. But, I was totally blown away by the integration of Butch into the Brotherhood. There is no way that I would ever have been able to foresee the events that occurred that make him a vampire and that make him a part of the Brotherhood. I was glued to the pages of the book from start to finish – and very happy with the way it ended.

Read first June 2008

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  1. […] Mary Luce) is the second. Zsadist and Bella’s story is the third in the series, Lover Awakened. Lover Revealed, Butch O’Neal and Marissa’s story is fourth. Lover Unbound (the story of Vishous and Dr. Jane […]

  2. […] Luce) is the second. Zsadist and Bella’s story is the third in the series, Lover Awakened. Lover Revealed, Butch O’Neal and Marissa’s story is fourth. Lover Unbound (the story of Vishous […]

  3. […] Mary Luce) is the second. Zsadist and Bella’s story is the third in the series, Lover Awakened. Lover Revealed, Butch O’Neal and Marissa’s story is fourth. Lover Unbound (the story of Vishous and Dr. Jane […]

  4. […] Lover Revealed – Butch O’Neal and Marissa’s story […]


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