I decided to do a regular feature looking back at some of my favorite comfort reads. The books I go to when I need a guaranteed good book or just to revisit old friends.
First up: Lover Awakened by J.R. WardZsadist was my first tortured hero, and you never forget your first. Poor, poor Z – he was a sex & blood slave to The Mistress before finally being rescued by his twin (multi-colored haired Phury).
This boy is so tortured that he can’t be touched, sleeps huddled on the floor in the corner and carries around the skull of The Mistress just so he can be sure she’s dead. His very first interactions with Bella result in vomiting and excessive scrubbing. Even his fellow brothers are scared shitless of him.
I don’t even remember how many times I’ve re-read this book. The love story is so beautiful and tender (and sexy hot!)
Z is forced into a relationship with Bella because of her needing and you need a plot device like that to push through Z’s barriers because they are so great. He wouldn't have ever touched her on his own.
I love that their relationship doesn’t come easy. Just because they had sex doesn’t mean everything is perfect – he still has a looong way to go. They fight tooth and nail for it to work and the story may be set in the paranormal world but the up’s and down’s parallel real relationships and overcoming abuse.
The series as a whole is either a case of you totally buy into it or you don’t. With names like Wrath, Rhage, Thorment etc….villians that smell like baby powder and a severe overuse of slang like shitkickers, true and verily (verily isn’t slang but it is annoying) this series could be discounted as a joke but Ward infuses real emotions into her characters and makes you care.I admit that the series hasn’t been as good for me lately. I’m sick of the plot retreads – tortured hero not worthy of intended mate so he goes and smokes blunts or has anonymous sex/takes lots of "showers"….The bad guys are seriously lacking evil villain skills, multiple kidnappings, WAY too many plotlines going at one time and I want Qhuay! I don’t give a crap about anyone else (except maybe Thorment). I also wouldn’t mind too much if Layla fell off a cliff either.
So I may not anticipate when each new book comes out anymore but when I need some good romance and yeah – a little smut I always go back to the Lover Awakened.