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#1 New York Times bestselling author J. R. Ward’s “instantly addictive”* novels of the Black Dagger Brotherhood return as an ally of the Brotherhood must face his own dark desires....

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. He’s got nothing to lose. His heart belongs to a female vampire, an aristocratic ...

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#1 New York Times bestselling author J. R. Ward’s “instantly addictive”* novels of the Black Dagger Brotherhood return as an ally of the Brotherhood must face his own dark desires....

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. 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....

*Lynn Viehl

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The Barnes & Noble Review
Ready for your next J. R. Ward adrenaline rush? We're back in Caldwell, New York, home of the Dark Brotherhood, but this time the focus is not on one of J. R. Ward's irresistible big bad vampires but on Butch, the only human allowed in the inner circle. An ex-homicide cop with a number of issues, Butch fell in with the Brotherhood through a bizarre series of events. He has what seems to be a hopeless love for the elegant, aristocratic Marissa, the only unmated female in the glymera, or vampire aristocracy. When Butch goes down in a fight, the lessers try to use him as their own Trojan horse, implanting a piece of evil in his belly, but he is saved by Marissa. The heart of the book is the love story between Marissa and Butch, and the transformation each undergoes, but Ward also offers other characters to follow -- in particular, the ongoing secondary story of the adolescent John. Ginger Curwen
Romantic Times
It's tough to keep raising the bar in a series, but the phenomenal Ward manages to do just that! From book one, human ex-cop, Butch O'Neal has seemed like the odd man out in her vampire brotherhood, but in this amazing novel he definitely comes into his own. The world of the Black Dagger Brotherhood continues to grow and become more layered, ramping up the tension, risk and passion. This is awesome stuff. A Romantic Times Top Pick, 4 stars
Publishers Weekly

Newbies to Ward's Black Dagger Brotherhood may struggle to fill in the backstory, but these erotic paranormals are well worth it, and frighteningly addictive. The six "brothers" are vampires: enormous, tattooed, tormented warriors who protect other vampires from destruction by the "lessers," desouled humans in the evil Omega's Lessening Society. Hero and ex-cop Butch is the only human allowed into the Brotherhood's inner circle, but Butch is no mere human, a fact suspected by one of his vamp colleagues, and confirmed by the sinister plans of the Omega. The book is fully committed to its urban sensibility, the vampires' rarified language (a glossary is provided) and their revved-up sex drives, and it all works to great, page-turning effect (with the notable exception of a chick lit–like attention to designer brands). Though Butch's love interest, the virginal, aristocratic vampire Marissa, initially elicits more annoyance than empathy, she grows a spine as the book progresses and Butch's destiny comes to light. In just two years, the first three books in the series have earned Ward an Anne Rice–style following, deservedly so; this entry should prove no less popular. (Mar.)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780451417176
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 7/2/2013
  • Series: Black Dagger Brotherhood Series , #4
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 512
  • Sales rank: 327,629
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.70 (d)

Meet the Author

J.R. Ward

J. R. Ward is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of numerous novels, including the Black Dagger Brotherhood series. She lives in the South with her family.

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Interviews & Essays

A Message from the Author Dear Reader: Butch O'Neal was a handful from the very first moment I saw him. Then again, hard-drinking homicide cops are not necessarily easygoing! I liked him right off the bat, and I knew that Marissa, a virginal aristocratic vampire, was going to be his perfect match. But the thing was...he wasn't supposed to get his own book. Originally, his story was going to be told along with Rhage's in Lover Eternal. It was a good plan on the surface, but 175 pages into the manuscript, I realized the cop and Marissa were going to take over Rhage, a.k.a. Hollywood, and Mary Luce's book! But then why should this have surprised me? Butch has a way of muscling his way into situations. Part of it was my fault, though. Scenes from the Brotherhood books get downloaded into my head like movies...well, movies with smells and textures and temperatures get what I mean. These flashes come to me in random order, and it's up to me to make sense of what I've been shown and then get it all on paper. Originally, I got all of these scenes with Butch and Marissa and figured I'd put them in with Rhage...but then, I'd only seen half of the cop's love story! In fact, little did I know how much space Butch and Marissa were going to need to do them justice. Lover Revealed is the longest of the Brotherhood books. Yeah, and why is that? Well, the cop's story turned out to be far more involved than I'd assumed, and I have to say I was amazed at what happened to him. It was also the same with Marissa -- she ended up confronting challenges I hadn't predicted or anticipated at all. And this was on top of the issues they needed to deal with when it came to falling in love. When I think about the two of them, I believe what makes Butch and Marissa such a great pair is their contrast. Marissa is the quintessential lady. Butch is brash and tough. On the surface, they are an unlikely couple, but that's what makes them work. Marissa trusts Butch because he has none of the false airs of the glymera (the vampire aristocracy who have shunned her). And to Butch, Marissa is everything he's always wanted and didn't dare think he deserved. I really hope you enjoy Lover Revealed! It was a wild ride to write, I'll tell you that, but what else could you expect from the Brotherhood's favorite human? In closing, I want to thank all the Brotherhood's readers...and I thought I'd share some deets on Butch, just a few questions I was able to get him to answer. Happy Reading! J. R. Ward Random Stats on Butch O'Neal: Favorite TV show: SportsCenter
Favorite movie: The Godfather
Drink of choice: Scotch
Baseball Team: Red Sox
Little-known fact: Failed my driver's test because I parallel parked beautifully... right in front of a fire hydrant. Free Association: The Brother I'm closest to is...Vishous.
The Brother I worry most about is...Vishous. Second would be Phury.
Yesterday I...bought Marissa's birthday present. FYI, it comes in a little pale blue box.
I wish I home with her right now.
The shoes I'm wearing are...Gucci loafers, black.
This morning, I...none of your business.
Last movie I saw was...Ferris Bueller's Day Off (Rhage picked it, OK?)
Last meal I had was...leg of lamb (Wrath's favorite, so we get it a lot at the mansion).
Word I would use to describe me...FIGHTER.
Word others would use...depends on who you ask. Marissa would say HELLREN (husband in the Old Language), and as far as I'm concerned that fits me best.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 16, 2013

    I truly loved this book... it is one of the best in the series!!

    I truly loved this book... it is one of the best in the series!!!

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