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“A former blood slave, the vampire Zsadist still bears the scars from a past filled with suffering and humiliation. Renowned for his unquenchable fury and sinister deeds, he is a savage feared by humans and vampires alike. Anger is his only companion and terror his only passion—until he rescues a beautiful female from the evil Lessening Society.

Bella is instantly entranced by the seething power Zsadist possesses. But even as their desire for each other begins to overtake them, Zsadist’s thirst for vengeance against Bella’s tormentors drives him to the brink of madness. Now Bella must help her lover overcome the wounds of his tortured past and find a future with her….”

So this is number three of the Black Dagger Brotherhood. This one is about Zsadist (have you noticed the ridiculous names yet?), Zsadist was a captured as a child and kept as a slave by another vampire. She used him sexually for years, which is why Zsadist has issues being touched and taking blood from females. This is one of the first times I have seen a male being the victim of sexual assault in a book. I am proud of the author for allowing this to be a plot for her characters.

That is pretty much the  great parts of this book. Bella was kidnapped last book to set up the plot for this book. Bella really isn’t a person at the beginning of this book or the end of last book. She is just a plot device, like most of the women in this series. This series focuses on the males.

I would like to point of that survivors of sexual assault, rape, and slavery do not magically get healed when they fall in love. Zsadist wasn’t magically healed, but he was doing a million times better once he accepted his love of Bella. If a guy has for hundreds of years slept on the floor because he doesn’t trust beds, he won’t instantly be able to handle sleeping in a bed just because a female asks him to. Love and women don’t cure all of the issues in a man’s life.

I did however like that his back story had a lot of guilt for his twin, had a less flat character design for both of the brothers, and allowed for Zsadist to be more than a crazy guy that everyone was afraid of. However this book keeps the bad guys as completely one dimensional and doesn’t allow the reader to really have anything to go on besides hatred for Zsadist’s past. The author does better later in the series with allowing a “villain” to be more than just a flat character used to drive plots.

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3 out of 5 stars. I wouldn’t recommend this book.

You can buy this book here.

~Isaiah

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