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Buddy Read: Lover Revealed by J.R Ward

Lover Revealed by J.R Ward 
Series: Black Dagger Brotherhood, #4
Genre: Fantasy | Romance | Paranormal
Age Range: Adult Audience
Format: Paperback, 455 pages
Source: Library
Published on March 6th 2007 by Onyx
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Read in Finnish and might contain some spoilers

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…

I love Black Dagger Brotherhood but I didn’t think I’d get this invested in my buddy read with Ruby @ Bookishly Ruby especially since the last time I read Butch’s book I remember being very disappointed. Marissa and Butch were cute in earlier books but I remember thinking this one lacked something. You can read her review of this book here.

“Darkness will never take me… because I have you. Light of my life, Marissa. That’s what you are.”

Butch is a human cop who never felt like he fit in his life and in my opinion the whole reason his family hated him was just plain stupid. He lived an empty life but then he met Marissa and the brotherhood and suddenly his life made sense and not only be redoing his wardrobe.

Marissa might be my least favorite female character so far. I wouldn’t call her selfish and I do like her but she often puts her needs before Butch’s. She’s used to everyone putting themselves first, so she’s trying to voice her opinions but she often says things she doesn’t mean when she gets mad and doesn’t even hear Butch out when he told her what he was going to do to be more worthy of her.

During every read I forget she’s actually eleven years older than her brother.

Butch and Marissa were both insecure as hell, so it’s a miracle they even got together. Marissa got used to men not wanting to touch her when she was Wrath’s “Shellan”. It all made her feel damned, unwanted and faulted while Butch didn’t feel like he was good enough for her.

I got why Marissa didn’t want Butch fighting but I didn’t get her as well as Ruby did. Her actions were pretty annoying to me while she fed from another male even if it was to keep Butch safe. I just really hated how she wanted to live her own life but still wanted to tell Butch what he couldn’t do. On top of that she was Wrath’s shellan for hundreds of years and patiently waited for him but then when Butch didn’t do something right away she was ready to leave him right away.

That said I while these two could drive me mad at times I also found them cute and loved the fact that they were trying their best to meet each other midway. Butch tried his best not to be too controlling and let her do her thing and she was trying to be more confident with herself. She needed few people to push her a little but thankfully in the end she saw the light and realized she couldn’t loose him and had to trust in him.

“I liked you, cop. From the moment I met you. No… not the first moment. I wanted to kill you when I first met you. But then I liked you. A lot.”

I enjoyed these two but my favorite thing in the book had to be that Butch found a family with the brotherhood. Vishous was always protective of Butch but we also got to see other brothers have his back and Butch’s scenes with Wrath were so great. Vishous actually often acts like he’s in love with Butch which I would’ve been totally fine with if he didn’t end up with Marissa.

This is a romance book but I think one of the things that prevents me from liking Marissa is that Butch couldn’t feel full without Marissa when he finally got a real family.

I’m starting to dislike John Matthew slowly. I could care less about his point of view and there’s not really interesting going on with him either. He still acts like he’s a teenager instead of someone in their twenties. I did laugh when he was interacting with Layla. I love Layla but I’m starting to wonder if they don’t know any other chosen ones.

3.5 stars
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