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Sunday, September 17, 2006

Dylan's Turn: Lover Awakened by J.R. Ward

Hero: Zsadist
Heroine: Bella
Category: Paranormal Romance
Page Count: 434
Grade: C
Buy It: here, here or here.

Even within the vampire brotherhood, Zsadist is feared. Still bearing the scars from a tortured past, he is renowned for his unquenchable fury. Anger is his only companion, and terror is his only passion-until he rescues a beautiful female from the evil Lessening Society.


Where to begin with this one.

I mean, this book was going so great for me, and then little things started happening in the story and in the book and I was getting just a little more frustrated and a little more frustrated.

Did J.R. Ward forget that she was writing romance novels when she started getting toward the end of this book? Did she skip the part of Romance Writing 101 when they taught the class on THE BAD GUYS GET KILLED, NOT THE GOOD GUYS? Didn't she ever hear the saying, "If it aint broke, don't fix it?"

What in the world would convince her that killing off a perfectly good character would make her a sensational writer?

She already done ruined one of the books in this series for me. How in the world am I going to get through Tohr's book, all the while he's falling in love with ANOTHER WOMAN? I just don't think I've got it in me. She done alienated me, and I had such high hopes for this book.

Not that I didn't like BELLA AND ZSADIST'S story, because I loved their story. Zsadist was less whiny that Zarek and more apologetic than Zarek and he was a fantastic hero. I can't help but compare Zsadist to SK's Zarek, because theyre SO similiar, maybe a little TOO similiar. But, of the two, Zsadist was the less whiny...but they're both hella hot, so I can forgive JRW for copying a character and some other stuff...well not really, but meh whatever.

This book flowed really well, a lot of things happened, a lot of things shouldn't have happened, but above all, the story of Zsadist and Bella was really good. I enjoyed their story a lot.

Did ya'll know who the Reverend was before it was unveiled? I did. So there wasn't much mystery behind that one.

Okay, one other thing that bothered the hell out of me throughout the book. Why in the hell does J.R. Ward keep bringing up the whole gay thing? I mean, if gay people are into the whole guy on guy thing, then by all means, handle your business, but I really don't care to read for it ALL THROUGHOUT a book, especially if these manly men are supposed to love women. If they love women, then quit writing about three grown ass manly men, who love women and what not, waking up in bed together, NAKED! Who the hell does that? Is that supposed to be sexy to me?

Hell EFFING no.

All the gay undertones surrounding the Brothers of the Brotherhood, totally turned me off...the series? I'm not sure. But it sure did make me wonder about V? I mean, Phury insinuating that maybe V was into that shit? Hello???? You are writing for women, women don't like men who like other MEN, or are INTO THAT KIND SHIT...I mean, let's be real now. Even though I know that Phury was into Bella for a little bit, I did get to wondering if he was SURE that he was into girls, because the way she writes these men, she's writing them into a bunch of gay guys and that's fine and dandy if she was writing gay romance, but shit, I like men who LOVE women, I like to read about men who LOVE women, I don't like to wonder if hot and sexy Vishous likes Phury or even Butch for that matter.

Because that scene with Vishous feeding Butch his blood toward the end was just a little too gay for my tastes. There were too many of those "You know how I know you're gay?" moments for me in this book. Even with Phury and Zsadist laying in bed together, spooning it up, was a little TOO GAY for me. If I'm being honest here, what Alpha Male (you know, the kind of males these guys are supposed to be) is going to want to cuddle up next to their damn brother?

Yeah, that's what I thought.


There were a lot of things I HATED about this book, what happened to Wellsie and even what happened to Sarelle, I HATED, wondering where the hell Tohr is and about John's well being, I HATED, I HATED all of the gay shit in here too, but the overall story was really good. I enjoyed seeing Bella win Z over, I enjoyed all of the Z and Bella scenes, I enjoyed getting to know Z even though his character reminds me of too many damn characters from other books, it kinda sucks because he's just not that original for me, I can forgive Z for that, but Im not so sure about JRW.

This book gets a C from me, because though I enjoyed the story, there were too many things that I wanted to rewrite and just flat out HATED.

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Blogger Anne said...

Oh thank God. I've been losing my mind lately with everyone glomming JR Ward and not "seeing" the flaws in these books... are they not seeing them, or are they ignoring them? And how long can one ignore something so blatently WRONG?

I'm so glad someone agrees, FINALLY. What a relief.

April 2, 2007 at 5:30 AM  
Blogger Holly said...

Trust me, Anne, you are so not the only one. I'm so sick and tired of hearing that she's the best thing since sliced bread. These are not literary masterpieces!

Cryin all night in a bucket!


April 2, 2007 at 9:46 AM  
Blogger Nonny said...

"You are writing for women, women don't like men who like other MEN, or are INTO THAT KIND SHIT..."


I'm a woman, and I am into that kind of thing, thank you very much. I know several other women who feel much the same way.

If it's not your thing, that's perfectly fine. Everyone's entitled to their personal preferences. But please don't say that women as a whole aren't into "x," because that's certainly not the case.

April 2, 2007 at 10:25 AM  
Anonymous Danielle said...

"If I'm being honest here, what Alpha Male (you know, the kind of males these guys are supposed to be) is going to want to cuddle up next to their damn brother?

Yeah, that's what I thought.


See, i have issues with this. I mean, sure, there were some pretty serious "gay" undertones that have been slipping out through the series...but i'm with nonny here...i like seeing that.

Not the 'gay-ness' (if that's what you'd call it) but the fact that these guys are man enough to show their feelings and be vulnerable while still, i think, being alpha.

I mean, Z and Phury's 'spooning' was, imo, totally warranted. Phury loved Z but Z always, always shoved him away. And finally Z was able to show some kind of affection for his brother. For the first time ever.

Personally, i thought all of those "gay" moments were either sweet, hilarious or necessary to the storyline.

Sure, what happened with Wellsie sucked. Totally 100% agree with you there. But i don't think JRW did it just 'cos she could. I thought it showed how fragile their world really was. And that even HEA's aren't always sooo happy and daisy flowers and sugar coated.

But i gotta say i liked reading your review. Definitely offers some food for thought. And definitely differs from the usual "JRW is sooo great" type of thing that just ABOUNDS.

July 16, 2007 at 5:22 AM  

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