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…
Lover Revealed (Black Dagger Brotherhood #4) by J.R. Ward
You know, after rereading Lover Revealed for the first time in years, I think I’m going to revise my statement that book two is my favourite in the series. I think this one is.
As always, I’m in the minority. There’s something about beautiful, feminine and sometimes sheltered heroines that has most readers immediately hating them. I’m the opposite.
What I like about this book is that there’s So Much to the plot. So much happens, so many dramatic and unbelievable things unfold. Whereas other books in the series make use of some utterly ridiculous deus ex machina or another to make it possible for hero and heroine to be together forever, Lover Revealed actually has a brilliant twist to it.
As for that heroine?
In the book before this one, the heroine, Bella, spends the entire book flopping around being a useless damsel in distress, and leading two brothers on. I dislike her immensely, (just like every other Bella in vampire fiction from a few years ago – they all look pretty much the same, too!).
And yet, she is the fan favourite.
While Marissa in this book does some silly things, and is incredibly naïve in many ways (she has no choice in that, coming from the sexist vampire aristocracy and being banned from doing pretty much everything), she grows so much throughout the book.
She works at the clinic and then starts her own shelter for abused women and children of her kind. She is literally thrown out of her old life with not even a place to stay during the dangerous daytime, but finds her way and grows stronger because of it.
However, she is beautiful and traditionally feminine, and apparently this is a real deal-breaker for readers!
Another reason Marissa is disliked is because the author set up an almost homosexual love plot between hero, Butch, and his closest vampire friend. We spend a great deal of time watching Vishous pining, and the story is swayed for the reader to have sympathy for him over Marissa. While I don’t necessarily dislike this subplot, I do dislike that it set readers up to hate the poor heroine!
I prefer my paranormal and fantasy reads to have a tie to the real world. I’m not a big fantasy reader, so I like that connection to the familiar. I think the Black Dagger Brotherhood has that tie for the most part, but there are some aspects (the mystical Scribe Virgin, for example) that I find a little over-the-top for me.
I also REALLY wish these vampires couldn’t dematerialise and magically travel from place to place. If it’s that easy to travel somewhere, then every single dangerous situation the characters face could be easily fixed! Plus, it’s just silly.
As I have been doing with these rereads, I’ve been skipping some of the bad guy parts. Villains called things like Mr O and Mr X are… well, there’re not my idea of cool names!
Rereading this onde reminded me why J.R. Ward got so many people addicted to her books. Even when I’m not a hundred percent in love with something, I can’t put the book down.