Tuesday, 20 June 2017

Review: Lover Revealed by J. R. Ward

Title: Lover Revealed
Series: Black Dagger Brotherhood #4
Author: J. R. Ward
Publisher: Piatkus
Pages: 544
Genres: Paranormal Romance

In the shadows of the night in Caldwell, New York, there's a deadly war raging between vampires and their slayers. And there exists a secret band of brothers like no other - six vampire warriors, defenders of their race. Now, an ally of the Black Dagger Brotherhood will face the challenge of his life and the evil of the ages.

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 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, found by a miracle, the Brotherhood calls on Marissa to bring him back, though even her love may not be enough to save him...
So it took me four books into the Black Dagger Brotherhood to realise that the romances are very formulaic and almost identical to each other. Unfortunately, I was over it whilst reading this book.

I still liked the romance of Butch and Marissa but the writing is just really bad, I can't ignore it anymore. From the random and unexplained acronyms (could not work out what OPP is), to the designer brand name dropping, references to 'shitkickers' and the over the top machismo, the random H's inserted into words, I just could not stand it! Not to mention this book features one of my most hated tropes of all time, the celebrated virgin. Marissa is the perfect blonde Barbie doll type of character who is laughably 'innocent' and often described as 'pure' and incorruptible. I just hated it so, so much. I wanted to slap her.

Also what I found annoying is that while purity when it's applies to females is the ideal, I'm supposed to like Butch despite his alcoholism and his risky one night stands with randoms. I did not like Butch. I hate how every conflict is solved in a magical way by their goddess, the Scribe Virgin. I was almost rolling my eyes out of their sockets. I was cringing at every dialogue between the characters, and especially the over the top sexual scenes, which were just too much for me. During those scenes you could cut and paste the names of the other characters and it would not make a difference because it's identical to the previous three books. I can't defend this series anymore!

It took me until chapter thirty-eight to realise that I have (thankfully) outgrown this series once and for all. Despite writing that, I may give the next two books a try if the mood strikes me in future. I can't in good conscience recommend this series to anyone, I am sure there are far more superior paranormal romances out there. Maybe I'm being a little harsh because this book annoyed me so much but this series is ridiculous.

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