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...My Thoughts: This series just keeps getting better and better. The characters expand book to book, the stakes get raised, the bad guys get worse and worse. It's like a little slice of literary heaven.
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...
I know I've gone on and on about it in previous reviews, but the characters in this series are so freaking amazing. Not a single one of them feels like a filler character to me. They all have their parts to play. They all have something to contribute to the story. They all make me bleed as the heartache they carry inside them gets unleashed. Do you want to know who got to me in this one? Vishous. The guy just ripped me open and kicked me around a bit. I have a feeling that his book is going to hit me as hard as Zsadist's did.
But this is about Butch and Marissa, isn't it? Butch, who's never fit in with anyone. Not his family. Not his cop buddies. He's the guy standing on the outside looking in. Who better for him that Marissa. She's been forced to live her life in the shadows, too. The porcelain noble who has been raised to be gentle and pure. The unwanted, untouched mate of the Blind King. Yeah, those two were meant to be together.
As always, I loved the interactions between the Brothers. I love the way they stand up for one another when ever they're needed. I love that all their lives are so intertwined.
This book definitely propelled the overall arc forward as we're given hints and glimpses of something big that's coming and how the Brotherhood is going to fight it. I loved it. Because, you know, I love when things go totally epic.
Book 5 is ready and waiting.
Other reviews in this series:
Book 1: Dark Lover
Book 2: Lover Eternal
Book 3: Lover Awakened
More books by J.R. Ward
Reading challenges: The Paranormal Romance Challenge, The Vampire Challenge, The Morbid Romantica Challenge