December 12, 2010

Review : Lover Revealed

Title : Lover Revealed
Author : J. R. Ward
Reading Dates : 11 Nov - 13 Nov 2010
Lover Revealed: A Novel of the Black Dagger Brotherhood
Black Dagger Brotherhood Series.
The Books in the series :
  • Dark Lover
  • Lover Eternal
  • Lover Awakened
  • Lover Revealed
  • Lover Unbound
  • Lover Enshrined
  • Lover Avenged
  • Lover Mine
From goodreads :
In the shadows of the night in Caldwell, New York there's a war raging between vampires and their slayers. There exists a secret band of brothers like no other-six vampire warriors, defender of their race. But now an ally of the Brotherhood is about to encounter his own dark desire...

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, Marissa, an aristocratic beauty who's way out of his league. If he can't have her, 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 Marissa to bring him back. But even her love may not be enough to save him...

Book Review of Lover Revealed.
I couldn’t really get into Butch and Marissa’s story.

In the beginning, their story felt like it was all about Marissa’s sexual explorations and hardly about the pair’s getting to know each other. Furthermore, the contradiction between how obviously eager Marissa was for the experience while being totally ignorant of the mechanics involved seemed not to make any sense.

Later on, it was because of both of their reactions to Marissa’s need to feed from another male. Butch’s arguments when trying to get her to see this from his point of view simply struck me as being wrong. After all, aren’t they in the same situation as Rhage and Mary, only with the gender roles reversed. So, why is it what’s acceptable for Rhage is not acceptable for Marissa. In fact, I couldn’t help wondering why Marissa didn’t ask Butch why he couldn’t see it from her point of view. Would it be alright if she insisted he feed from her even at the risk of Butch’s accidentally killing her ? Why is it okay for him to protect her from himself and not vice versa ?

I also still don’t understand the point of having the story told from the lessers’ view point. It wasn’t as if I felt any lack even though I skipped those sections of the book.

The only bright spot were the parts I got to read about how my favourite characters are getting on in their lifes. When John broke down in front of Wrath, I really felt his pain and wished that he’d find his happy ever after soon.

My conclusion : Borrow for a read.

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1 comment:

  1. Butch is such a strange character in this series because of his connection not only to Marissa but to _____ (I won't say in case someone hasn't read them). I did find it appropriate that he ended up with her because he does have a "hero" complex. I think it is the ex-cop in him. It wasn't my favorite in the series either.


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