Reviewed by Susan65
Title: Lover Revealed
Author: J.R. Ward
Narrator: Jim Frangione
Series: Black Dagger Brotherhood #4
Genre: MF Paranormal
Length: 16 Hours, 19 Minutes
Publisher: Recorded Books
Release Date: September 24, 2009
Available at: Amazon and Audible
Add it to your shelf: Goodreads
Blurb: 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…
Review – Book: I was so totally surprised when I loved Butch, and his story, as much as I did. He didn’t do much for me in the earlier books, and I just wanted to focus on the bad-ass vampires. What I didn’t realize was that Butch was also bad-ass, probably even more so, and I just needed to see him in a different light. Marissa was a chameleon to me. She was the forgotten and discarded virgin shellen of Wrath, the discarded property of her brother, Havers, and then blamed and shunned by the Glymera all because of the actions of these same males…actions that were out of her control. Until finally she is forced to gather her skirt tails and learn to live her own life. A life with her human, with Butch.
Butch and Marissa are a story of miscommunication and lack of communication. Misdirection and a lack of direction. It’s a wonder they ever found their way to one another because they couldn’t get out of their own way, let alone those conspiring to keep them apart. Vishous is the catalyst that brings them together. He gave up on his misguided attraction for Butch and ensured that they were given a chance. He didn’t dislike Marissa, per se, just that she was what Butch wanted. It was jealousy, not personal. But V put that aside and made sure they found each other. How can you not love Vishous? He is bad-ass vampire extraordinaire, but more than that, he is a worthy, but lonely, male who saw in Butch his first real friend.
We have a lot going on in this installment, but my favorite is the new and improved Butch, the human who is descended from Wrath, son of Wrath. Butch is part vampire…before he transitions into the bad-ass vampire he longed to be. I had forgotten so much from my earlier reading of this book, and the audio book brought so much back to the forefront of my mind. The history of Butch’s human family, the ones who treated him like shit, broke my heart. I needed that reminder because you forget so much as time goes by. Listening to an audio book after you’ve already read the book is an amazing way of reliving the experience.
The Butch transition, his induction into the Brotherhood, and his “friendship” with Vishous, were my favorite parts of this book. His romance with Marissa kind of took a back seat. Not that I disliked her, God knows she deserved to finally be treated like a real person with feelings, but I didn’t love her. I didn’t like that she went from a weak female to one who bossed the Brothers around in their own home. I didn’t like how she stood up to Vishous in his own room. And I especially didn’t like how she ordered Butch around. Does it change? Yes, but it still irked me enough that I could not honestly give this story a complete 5 stars.
As usual, highlights always include having all the Brothers back, even if they are the secondary characters. They play a vital role in every book so secondary might be a little misnomer for these vampires. And for a series that has had multiple reads, I can give no less than a 4.5 stars. In my world, that’s as close to perfect as you can get.
Review – Audio Book: Jim Frangione will forever be the voice of the Brothers in the Black Dagger Brotherhood. He has owned this series from book one, and I do not see him faltering anytime soon. I am just hopeful that he remains the narrator until the series ends. His breathy voice during the sexy moments is porn worthy, and his anger when the Brothers fight is all bad-ass vampire…just like it’s supposed to be. As I’ve mentioned in the first four books, Mr. Frangione nails it every time.
Overall Impression: I loved it
*I purchased my own, personal copy of this book for review.*