You’ll never be disappointed by J.R. Ward
I’ve been in love with the Black Dagger Brotherhood for at least 15 years now. Lover Arisen is book 20 in this series, and all 20 are must reads! While I’ve devoured this series book after book for years, this is the first time I listened to one of them. I was pleasantly surprised by the audiobook experience.
Jim Fragione is a phenomenal narrator
I would love to see Jim’s face the moment he read “thunder c#nt” ???. That is one of my new favorite sayings! In all seriousness, Jim Fragione is the utmost professional book narrator. Like I mention in my tiktok below, Fragione has a tone reminiscent of Anthony Hopkins. Its a voice of which you truly want to listen. He had a way of reading love scenes that only made you giggle a teeny tiny bit. Also, he hits all the curse words just right. I was able to listen at a 1.5 speed and retain his quality of narration.
Speaking specifically to Lover Arisen, we’re on the path between a human and vampire lover. The Vampire Balthazar is being possessed by pure evil in the form of a woman named Devina. While I like her name, she’s awful. Anytime Bal falls asleep, she gets to him in his mind where she sexually assaults him. The assaults’ are not explicitly described which I can appreciate but this does need to be a content warning for readers. If this wasn’t your first book of the series then you’d already have been warned of Devina’s ways in the previous book.
While Bal falls in love with Erica, he also has to work to rid himself of Devina’s possession and protect Erica from her wrath. As we know and love, the Black Dagger Brotherhood gets involved to help. Every book in the BDB features side stories with characters we have loved from years past. Everyone is so woven into these books that readers feel like they’re getting a long epilogue of sorts. It’s wonderful!
Let me tell you how I really feel…
Kristin lives in the PNW with her husband, and three kids. She loves to read YA fiction, fantasy, and romance. She’s recently entered the world of “Booktok” on Tiktok, and is having way too much fun following the trends of young folks. The only shows she watches are re-runs, and if she’s not reading a book she’s listening to one.