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4.00001397096833 out of 54.00001397096833 out of 54.00001397096833 out of 54.00001397096833 out of 54.00001397096833 out of 5 4.00 (71,577 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: J. R. Ward Narrator: Jim Frangione Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Black Dagger Brotherhood Series Release Date: September 2006 ISBN: 9781440761492
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Lover Awakened, the New York Times best seller and third installment in the Black Dagger Brotherhood series does not disappoint. Here fans will be once again tantalized by the eros-infused urban vampire fantasy that has made the series so intriguing.

Zsadist, a vampire with a violent past as a slave to blood lust, meets his gorgeous counterpart in Bella. Tempted to think that her love, that of a human, could be the one thing to save him from the darkness of his history, he embarks on a quest to win her heart.

Things go awry when Bella is captured and hidden, yet now Zsadist is determined to see his future with Bella and will let nothing stand in his way. Can Zsadist overcome the emotional trauma of his past in order to find a future with his Bella? The adventures of the brotherhood continue to pose questions such as these, keeping the listeners on the tip of their seats.

J. R. Ward is the pen name for Jessica Rowley Pell Bird for her paranormal romance series. She uses her maiden name Jessica Bird for romance novels. Her relationship with writing began when she was a young girl, scribbling thoughts and musings in her diaries alongside short stories. Before she went to college, she wrote her first romance novel. Continuing to write during school, she majored in art history, concentrating on the medieval period. Later she received a law degree and was employed in healthcare administration. Once married, her husband encouraged her to publish her work. She enjoys writing series novels which tie together characters of previous stories.

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 his only passion—until he rescues a beautiful female from the evil Lessening Society.

Bella is instantly entranced by the seething power Zsadist possesses. But even as their desire for each other begins to overtake them, 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.

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  • “Compelling…Ward pulls no punches in this dark, dangerous and at times tragic series.”

    RT Book Reviews

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Amanda | 1/10/2017

    " Love this book "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jenn Kehl | 2/20/2014

    " My favorite in the Black Dagger series. Couldn't stand Zadist before this book but after...woo boy did my tune change. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 April | 2/9/2014

    " Love the Black Dagger Brotherhood series. I like how has a main couple, but you continue to see what is happening in the life of others. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jennifer Bayles | 1/25/2014

    " I ended up caring so much for Zsadist!!! And Phury! On to book 4 now!! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Pattie | 1/23/2014

    " if you love vampires, you have to read all the books "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Corinna | 1/15/2014

    " While I enjoyed the first 2 books of this series, Lover Awakened is my favourite so far. Learning the story about Zsadist, seeing him slowly break down his walls, stone by stone, the climax when everything seemed to explode, what a fantastic book!!!! The book had me in tears close to the end. Can't wait to read the next book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Becki Miller | 1/14/2014

    " Absolute favorite of the series! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jessica Quinn | 1/11/2014

    " My favorite in the BDB series. I love me some Zsadist! His story had me turning the pages much faster than the others. Don't know what it is about this damaged bad guy, but he got under my skin. In a good way.I recommend this book above all the others in the series. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nicole | 1/5/2014

    " Extraordinary! I was really surprised how much I loved Zsadist. I did not think I would after reading the first two books of the series. So far, each is better than the last. I hope it continues the same way. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Andrea | 1/4/2014

    " Sweet virgin! That was everything I thought it would be an more. This was a painful and beautiful story. It was heartbreaking with a happy ending. But I need to read the rest of the series now I have so many questions an I need answers!!! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Emily Gunderson | 12/4/2013

    " Oh it was amazing!! I never thought I would find a series as much as the sookie stackhouse mysteries! But I did in the black dagger brotherhood "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Malaren | 11/29/2013

    " Its so cool to read "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Amy Parnell | 10/30/2013

    " I've read five books in this series so far and this is the best yet. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Adrienne Scales | 10/21/2013

    " Unbelievable beautiful wow "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Frances Gonzalez | 10/21/2013

    " I have read and listened to this book so many times. By far its my favorite of the series. Zhadist has a very special place in my heart. Amazing love story "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lorena | 8/5/2013

    " Zsadist...I always like him. He always seemed so vulnerable. Happy with his ending. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kelly M | 1/15/2013

    " Possibly my favorite so far, but now I'm just depressed. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sandy | 9/9/2012

    " My favorite of the series. Absolutely my favorite. I can't tell you how much I love Zsadist (and Bella). This is a must read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sara | 5/21/2012

    " This book was one of my favorites! This heart breaking love story is so well written, absolutely amazing! I was really emotionally invested in this book, loved this book!!! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lusitarius | 4/6/2012

    " So far the best of the black dagger brotherhood -books <3 "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Renata John | 3/14/2012

    " for me it was the best in the series "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 4bigmomma | 7/29/2011

    " Sadist and V are my favorites "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dana | 7/18/2011

    " Great story! It will have you hanging on to the very end. Although, there is one part I'm a little confused about that happened towards the end. I'm hoping it's explained more in the next book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 MAGGIE | 5/24/2011

    " THIS BOOK WAS MY AWAKINING TO THE PARANORMAL WORLD.I FELL IN LOVE WITH THE B.D.B. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tara | 5/24/2011

    " This is the best book in the series it pulls you in and never lets you go, if you dont have an emotional tie to the lead characters in this book when your done, then you have to be a cyborg. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sara | 5/22/2011

    " My favorite of the series. I adore Zsadist. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Amanda | 5/21/2011

    " my favorite book in the series! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Thea | 5/17/2011

    " Sweetest ever! Love love love this book? :) "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Aylene | 5/15/2011

    " I don't know about everyone else who read Zsadist book , but OMG I love him. And to know what he went through you just understand more about him and why he is the way he is. I love Bella also , she was just what he needed. By far this is one of my FAVES. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Beckey | 5/15/2011

    " Another recommend series to read if you like paranormal vamp books. It's one of those series that hard to put down! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lily | 5/15/2011

    " My favorite brother. Bella's one lucky female. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sabrinah | 5/15/2011

    " I really love this series!!!! I love each individual story of the brotherhood!!! Z and Bella's story has touched my heart and i cant wait to see how it ends!!! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Heather | 5/14/2011

    " My favorite book in this series, Zhadist's struggle with his own self-worth and Bella's refusal to let him drown in his past demons is awesome to read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Natalie | 5/14/2011

    " My favorite so far! This one hit all the emotions... I laughed out loud, stopped reading in shock, felt sorrow! Wow "

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About the Author

J. R. Ward is a #1 New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of erotic paranormal romance. After graduating from law school, she began working in health care in Boston and spent many years as chief of staff at one of the premier academic medical centers in the nation.

About the Narrator

Jim Frangione is an audiobook narrator who won AudioFile magazine’s 2011 Best Voice in Mystery and Suspense for his reading of Philip Carter’s The Altar of Bones and Spencer Quinn’s To Fetch a Thief. He has won six Earphones Awards and in 2009 was a finalist for the prestigious Audie Award.