Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Lover Awakened by J. R. Ward


A former blood slave, the vampire Zsadist still bears the scars from a past filled with suffering and humiliation. Renowned for his unquenchable fury and sinister deeds, he is a savage feared by humans and vampires alike. Anger is his only companion, and terror is his only passion—until he rescues a beautiful aristocrat from the evil Lessening Society. 

Bella is instantly entranced by the seething power Zsadist possesses. But even as their desire for one another begins to overtake them both, Zsadist’s thirst for vengeance against Bella’s tormentors drives him to the brink of madness. Now, Bella must help her lover overcome the wounds of his tortured past, and find a future with her…

My Review:

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Zsadist was a blood slave for a long time, but he has been free even longer. Yet he can’t let go of his damaging past. When he and the other Brothers help to rescue Bella, he is driven by his need for revenge against those who hurt Bella.
Bella is recovering from the trama of being kidnapped, and degraded by a lesser. She just doesn’t know how she can survive, except by relying on Zsadist. But will they both survive the battle against the lesser who wants her back?
Of all of the books that I have read this year, I must admit this one was the hardest. I felt so heartbroken for Zsadist and what happened to him as a blood slave. Worse yet, was the anger that was driving him slowly crazy, to the point that he was willing to die. I had to put the book down several times, especially after reading the flashbacks. But his desire to protect Bella seemed to be the one thing that kept him sane.
Bella was an extremely strong female character. Even after be traumatized by the lesser, she still was trying to find a way to survive, to heal. Her desire to be with Zsadist was doubted by everyone, but she stood up for what she saw in him, even when it was against Zsadist himself.
On a whole, this story was absolutely wonderful on showing a growth in characters, even so far as to give time space between one event and another. There are some great funny parts in this one, though there are more of the darker moments than funny parts. Also, we lose some characters that we have loved since the first book, but we also gain some new characters that I’m sure will add to the series.
Personally, my favorite quote is “You are a Female of Worth”…. Yep, new favorite quote.
Over all, this is a good book. I do recommend it, though some of the flashbacks might be difficult for some people to read as it has to do with rape.

**Adult content - Not appropriate for all readers**

Happy Reading!


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