Despite the voice of reason in the back of my head saying “You have to work tomorrow,” I went by the store on the way home yesterday on the off chance Ms. Ward’s latest Black Dagger Brotherhood title, Lover Revealed, was out on the shelves a few days early. It was. I bought it. And as a result, I didn’t get to bed until way after my bedtime. I mean WAY after my bedtime.
In all seriousness, there’s not a vampire romance book series I could recommend more than Ms. Ward’s Black Dagger Brotherhood. It is so powerful and each successive volume is better than the previous.
In Lover Revealed, Ms. Ward tells Butch O’Neal’s story. As with all the Brothers and their entourage, there’s more to Butch than his gruff and tough exterior. The former cop, who in Dark Lover ends up befriending the Brotherhood in their battle against the Omega and the Lessers (those are the bad guys), is put through the paces physically, emotionally, mentally … and romantically as he finally hooks up with the lovely vampire aristocrat Marissa.
Ward’s descriptions are so vivid. She has a glorious way with words, frequently turning what could be a mundane observation into a real zinger. She had several lines that made me laugh out loud. As always, the action is crisp, and the sex spicy, loving and incredibly erotic … damned erotic … I-need-a-cold-shower erotic.
Plot twists and turns abound in Lover Revealed as Ms. Ward continues setting the stage for an epic showdown and readying her warriors for what is coming. One by one, she is bringing personal happiness to each of the Brothers, making them whole and equipping them with the unbreakable inner strength they will need in the final battle between good and evil. These fanged warriors will give their all when the time comes and nothing will stop them. They will fight for honor and to protect their race, but I think in the end it will be love that wins the day. Which is exactly how it should be.
If you’ve not read Ms. Ward’s books (Dark Lover, Lover Eternal, Lover Awakened, Lover Revealed), I urge you to give them a try. They are some of the most compelling contemporary books I’ve ever read. In any genre. Period.
Have you read Lover Revealed? If so, please feel free to post a comment and let us know what you think.