I didn’t expect to like Butch’s book as much as I did. I enjoyed him as a secondary characters in the other books and had really wanted him and Marissa to get together, but at the same time I wasn’t sure that Lover Revealed would be as good as it was.
Butch is such a likeable character, he doesn’t quite have the darkness of the heroes we have read so far, but has plenty of ghosts and insecurities. The opening chapters will have you gasping. You kind of know Butch is going to survive, it is his book after all, but you are left wondering for a while. And then will he ever be the same again? Oh my heart broke for him.
“I have him. I have” – V eyed the bloody mess that was his roommate- “Jesus, I need a pickup. Oh, shit, Rhage-” V put his hand to his eyes and started to shake. “Rhage- what they did to him…”
Oh that scene just gave me goosebumps. Butch is in such a poor state, then there’s the emotions V is feeling and what will Marissa do when she finds out? I could not put it down.
Understandably, his injuries change his life forever. But Ward demonstrates her clever plotting ability as she adeptly pulls together some threads that only now become apparent to us the reader.
The Lessers have a new Forelesser, Mr. X is back. He’s like a cat with nine lives. The Omega catapults to uber evil status, he give me the chills much more so than normal in this book. Even though I do think the baby powder smelling baddies are a slightly odd bunch, they are growing in my super baddy list and they certainly get an ‘A’ for originality.
I’ve wanted Marissa and Butch to get together for ages. But Marissa did regularly annoy me. She wasn’t always my favourite person. Her need to protect Butch and make him promise he would not go and fight with the Brothers irritated me. It was like she was emasculating him. He’s a warrior let him fight! But, I admired how she grew in this book from sheltered member of vampire aristocracy to women’s ambassador.
But perhaps the most surprising development for me was the blossoming bromance between V (Vishous) and Butch. Bromance I hear you say, yes it was a little odd, but also strangely compelling. Their relationship seemed to cross that border of friend, without quite making it to anything more. We had scenes where V watched Butch and Marissa making love, ok they weren’t aware but… and a naked hug, it was all a little surreal.
V stopped dead.
On the glowing screen closest to him, he saw Marissa lying on the bed on top of Butch. [...]. V rubbed his jaw, dimly aware that under his weapons and his leathers, his skin had grown hot. [...] As she scored him with her nails, Butch’s head lifted, no doubt to let out a moan. Jesus, V could just hear the sound … Yeah… he could hear it. And from out of nowhere an odd yearning feeling flickered through him.
V’s hair felt soft of his jaw, the slide of a powerful male arm as it slipped around his waist. On their own accord, Butch’s hands left the pegs and came to rest on V’s hips, squeezing that hard flesh bringing them together from head to foot, a tremor went through one of them. Or maybe… shit, it was more like they both shuddered.
You see what I mean? I wasn’t quite sure what to make of it. I did wonder if they were going to dump Marissa and head off into the sunset together! I also wondered if maybe I would have preferred that!
John Matthew continues to grow, there is angst, misery and bewilderment for him. Although he does get to new friends Blay and Quinn. Looking forward to learning more about them. Rhev, Bella’s brother ups the cool factor showing he’s a bad-ass in more ways than one. The subplots in the novels are without a doubt equally as entertaining as the main story.
I really enjoyed Butch’s story and how he seriously grew in Lover Revealed. It took me to places I didn’t expect it to and his part in the bigger series now is going to be very interesting to watch. Marissa is perhaps my least favourite heroine of the series, but I was still glad they got their happy ending, even if I’m not quite sure it should have been with V instead
Rating: 4 Stars
Lover Revealed by J.R. Ward
(Black Dagger Brotherhood #4)
Piatkus Books (2007)
Ebook: 416 pages