Lover Awakened (Black Dagger Brotherhood, Book 3)

Lover Awakened - J.R. Ward And we have another adventure of the Black Dagger Dudebros in their continued quest to have lots of bar fights, have lots of sex and occasionally killing a lesser if one waves at them. Oh wait, I mean nobly and valourously defending the vampire species from the depredations of the soulless Lessers of the Lessening SocietyThis time it's Zsadist's turn to find his one true love. After escaping the clutch of the Lessers, Bella seeks refuge with the Brotherhood, especially with Zsadist who she feels safe with and feels compelled to seek his presence.Zsadist must face these entirely new feelings he has. After years of abuse as a blood and sex slave, he must learn that a woman's touch does not bring pain – and find something within him that isn't hard and cruel and tortured. Bella restores his hope, hope that both he and his twin Phury had forgotten long ago.But the lesser, O is obsessed with Bella, and refuses to let her go and will fight even his fellow lessers to get to herThere's also a lot of other stuff happening with the lessers, but I don't think you need to pay much attention to that – after all, the Black Dagger Dudebros don't.I am reminded again and again just how ineffective the Black Dagger Dudebros are. Seriously why do the lessers even bother with them? They tend to just hang around bars and hope they trip over a lesser to kill! The only reason vampire kind isn't extinct by now is the lessers' constant infighting and backstabbing.I'm also bemused by Phury. Yes he's sad that his twin's messed up. I get it – but his twin's issues drive Phury to take a vow of celibacy, take drugs and consider taking harder drugs and generally act terribly terribly tortured. Why? Why does this man have no independent existence outside his brother?(In fact I have to risk a spoiler just to GAPE at that whole plot line. A woman is kidnapped, to save her Zsadist accedes to the kidnappers demand to go ENTIRELY alone, to handcuff himself and be murdered. But no, Phury, says NO THIS WILL NOT BE! (actually I say as well, but only because the entire idea is ridiculous. Apart from anything else the Brotherhood represent the ONLY 6 warriors the entire species has to protect themselves from extinction against an army that wants to slaughter every last one of them. You do not offer one of those 6 as a sacrificial lamb for a civilian. If it comes to it, you just say “sorry lady, sucks to be you. We'll kill the bastard who did that to you”). And he disguises himself as Zsadist and sacrifices HIMSELF to certain death to save his twin. The Brotherhood doesn't have a braincell between them.Read more