“Darkness will never take me… because I have you. Light of my life, Marissa. That’s what you are.”

J. R. Ward, Lover Revealed, p 449

Oh, Butch my boy, what have you gotten yourself into? There is a lot of happenings in this story and quite a bit of it focuses around that of Brian “Butch” O’Neal; the Black Dagger Brotherhood’s secret weapon (well now he is at least). You first come across Butch back in Dark Lover when he was a homicide detective but then he decides to go all crazy and think he can go save Beth from Wrath, well, at least tries to save Beth from Wrath, and he gets himself wrapped up in the vampire world as a result. He has no plans of going back to his old, pathetic life as a worn-out cop (even though the brothers still refer to him as cop all the time). He has finally found his home, the place where he has always been meant to be.

In the first few books, Dark Lover, Lover Eternal, and Lover Awakened, I couldn’t really associate with Butch. I could see the well-meaning in him, especially when he broke the nose of the guy who tried to rape Beth, but I really couldn’t get to know him until his story, Lover Revealed. And damn did a lot happen to him in this book! All Butch has wanted since he left his world for that of the vampires is to fit in with those he now considers his family, but since he is still a human there are limits as to what he’s brought in on. However, I love how that all changes for him. I did think for a while that maybe he was going to end up a lesser considering he was left for dead after being tortured by the fore-lesser and had a pice of The Omega put into his stomach. Yup, that’s right, The Omega cut off part of one of his fingers and put it inside of Butch’s stomach. Gross! Thankfully, thanks to V giving him some of his blood (without telling Butch what it was at first of course) he was able to track Butch to the woods he was abandoned in and save his life with that awesome, glowing hand of his. Vishous has to use that dealthy hand to give Butch a shot at living but it seems to work. Granted, he does have to constantly pull the evil from Butch so it doesn’t overcome him, but what are friends for, right?

From that moment Marissa was by Butch’s side and I can really feel the love she has for him, no matter how much he tries to push her away. Damn men, always thinking they’re right. Just because Marissa’s a vampire and he’s a human, Butch doesn’t believe that they can have a life together, causing so much pain to come between them that they do eventually go their separate ways. But that doesn’t last for long (thank the Gods!). I mean, can you really see yourself staying away from the one you believe to be your shellan/hellren (female/male mate)? I’m really excited for Marissa though, as she has finally sprung from the glymera (aristocracy) cage that she has been in for centuries, finally doing as she sees fit to live her life as she wants. It does take her being pushed out of the home she has always known by her brother, Havers, but it’s definitely a blessing in disguise. The best part for her is when she finally stands up for herself at the council meeting and claimed what was rightfully hers as the head of the household, she is the oldest of the two siblings afterall, instead of letting Havers decide everything for her. You rock, Marissa!

And then Butch finds out something magnificent about himself, too. He’s from the blood of Wrath! That’s right, he has vampire blood within him! Throughout Butch’s story I got a sense of him having some vampire traits, as he gets the mating sent when he’s with Marissa and then there is the occasion thirst for her blood, but I was thinking maybe that was just a side-effect of him drinking V’s blood. Nope, he’s got that vampire blood coursing through his veins, it’s just buried down deep so he didn’t go through the usual transition as the others do. And that changes as well for him. I was so excited to find out that he was going to go through the change, nonetheless, I was worried just as Marissa was that he wasn’t going to survive the ordeal as they had to drain him of blood and then pump that of Wrath and others into him to force the change to happen. Remember, now all stories have a happy ending and I thought this may be one of those. Thanks to those loving friends of his though, as well as his mate, he was able to pull through (happy dance).

After the transition he’s actually able to fight with the brotherhood, be a part of the brotherhood, but that also makes Marissa back away from him once again. I can understand why she’ss afraid for him as he’s now fighting the lessers alongside his brothers, as well as, thanks to what The Omega did to him, has a connection to the lessers. That’s also how Butch became the brotherhood’s secret weapon as instead of killing them with the dagger to their chest, Butch would suck what was left of them into himself making it so they couldn’t go back to The Omega and be recreated. Yup, shocked the hell out of me too for what he’s able to do. Also found out via the Scribe Virgin that he and Vishous were always meant to find each other just like Butch and Marissa are always meant to be, as Butch, now also known as Dehstroyer, and Vishous are two halves of one, the Dark and the Light. Thanks to Beth, Mary, and Bella, Marissa also comes to her senses at the end and makes her way back to Butch so they could finally become the mates they are meant to be for each other.

In the epilogue, you also get to find out a fun little tidbit about his mama, but I won’t give that away as I gave too much away as it is. I also think that you should always read the book for yourself as you get so much more detail than you do just from reading someone else’s words about it.

About Lover Revealed

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 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…


A list of J.R. Ward’s books can be found on her site here – Book List – The order of the Black Dagger Brotherhood (BDB) books can be found here – BDB List


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