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… 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 but found by a miracle, the Brotherhood calls on Marissa to bring him back, though even her love may not be enough to save him…
“Now the new era in the war begins.”
Lover Revealed is the 4th book of the Black Dagger Brotherhood series, the story of Butch and Marissa.
Butch and Marissa met in the first book of the series, and the attraction between them was instant and undeniable.
It is the most action-packed story in the series so far, with many fights, twists and turns, surprises. Butch’s problem is solved brilliantly. Lover Revealed also provides insight into the world of the Lessening Society: the Fore-lesser’s motivation was a big surprise to me. Really shocking.
The main conflict is that Marissa is a vampire, and Butch is a human. So Marissa is practically immortal, while Butch’s life span is definitely shorter. Furthermore, at the beginning of the story, both of them think that they have no chance with the other. When their relationship settles, and their true feelings for each other are revealed, it doesn’t mean their problems are solved magically. They have to work on their relationship, communicate a lot, and handle conflits. But it’s not an easy ride.
At first, Marissa is very self-centered. She doesn’t seem to be interested in Butch’s past, family, problems, plans, and dreams. She is engaged in her reputation, virginity, the difficulties of her feeding, and only her own happiness. She totally ignores the very real threat to the vampire race, and demands Butch not to fight. Her behavior in erotic situations is absolutely unbelievable. Marissa needs to find self-confidence and self-esteem. She also has to find her place outside the aristocracy, to figure out what is important and what isn’t. As the story progresses, she establishes a project to help abused women and children, she becomes able to stand up for herself and outbrave her brother and the Princeps Council, and finally she realizes and accepts her and Butch’s role in the Brotherhood.
Though Marissa’s development is spectacular, and she becomes a strong character by the end of the story, she’ll never be my favorite heroines.
Lover Revealed is not only a romance, but also the individual development of Butch and Marissa.
Butch is a very complex character. He has many thoughts and desires, many scars on his soul. His relationship with Vishous is very special, and hopefully it will always be. It is just so great to see them together. I love the bond, the understanding between them.
His fate is to fulfill an ancient prophecy, and with that he’ll never be an outsider again. This part of the story was done brilliantly, I loved it.
Secondary characters. I’m really not sure if they can be called secondary characters, as all of them become more and more important, and each has a significant role in the book: Vishous, Rehvenge, Xhex, John, Quinn, Blay, Lash.
All in all. It is a great book of the series, considering the action-line, Butch’s character development, the friendship between him and Vishous, but I’m not fully satisfied with the romance, and the character of Marissa.
Favorite one-line quotes (okay, sometimes two…):
“Sometimes fate takes you in fucked-up directions.”
“Hollywood expressed his inner Godzilla again. I need a car.”
Curses were never a party.
Secrets could be so expensive to keep.
“I don’t… I don’t want to lose him. I, ah… yeah, don’t know what I would do if he—” V coughed a little. “Fuck.”
“You are my only friend. Never my enemy.”
“Any chance you were adopted?”
“I’m the queen, so I can do anything I want.”
“I can’t decide whether you have serious balls or a death wish.”
“I don’t want to lose you.”
“I don’t want to be lost.”
“V?” Butch said. “Don’t leave, okay?”
More quotes on my Tumblr page,
Daily Quotes by Exina.