Review: LOVER ARISEN: Black Dagger Brotherhood Series by J. R. Ward

LOVER ARISEN: Black Dagger Brotherhood Series by J. R. Ward

Publication Date: April 5, 2022

Genre: Paranormal Romance


7DFEE2B2-F7F7-4C1C-9DE6-564522E0EB20True love brings a deadly threat to the Black Dagger Brotherhood in this sizzling new novel in J.R. Ward’s #1 New York Times bestselling series.

Possessed by the demon Devina, Balthazar is once again on the hunt for the Book of Spells—and fighting an undeniable attraction to a woman. As a thief, he has stolen a lot of things…but he never thought his heart would be taken by another. Especially not a human.

As a homicide detective, Erika Saunders knows there is something otherworldly going on in Caldwell, New York. Mutilated bodies that cannot be explained are all over her case list—and then there are her nightmares in which she’s hunted by shadows and captivated by a mysterious man who is both a suspect and a savior.

When Devina’s wish for true love is finally granted, Balthazar and Erika unwittingly become the gateway for the rebirth of an old enemy of the Brothers. Will the very thing that brings them together lead to the ultimate destruction of the Brotherhood? Or will they have to lose everything in order to save the race’s most sacred defenders?



This book had it all. Love triangles, death, good & evil, love, hate, violence, friendship, smiles, and tears. Yet it wasn’t a jumbled mess of storylines. It all wove nicely into an exciting tale that held on to me long after the last page was read. Erika and Balz were perfectly matched. Her intelligence and strength blended so well with his and their conversations flowed easily so you just knew they were meant for each other.  I think she is my favorite shellan so far. She can handle herself and is strong without being cold. She is also not a damsel in distress. I love that he appreciates that in her. From time to time, their connection almost had a “fated” feel about it, but it blossomed nicely into a wonderful love.

I will not divulge any of the storyline because I want you to take this rollercoaster ride for yourselves. So, I will be vague on the following comments. Devina – the demon we love to hate is at it again, only tenfold. This set into motion some situations that made me bark out “WHAT?” a few times. Who am I kidding….I said a few other things as well. The book was full of surprises that make me wish book 21 was coming out tomorrow. I also can’t wait until others read it so I can talk about it all.

*Review copy provided by Gallery Books in exchange for an honest review.



Buy Links

Kindle | Hardback


✦Dark Lover ➢ Kindle
✦Lover Eternal ➢ Kindle
✦Lover Awakened ➢ Kindle
✦Lover Revealed ➢ Kindle
✦Lover Unbound ➢ Kindle
✦Lover Enshrined ➢ Kindle
✦ The Black Dagger Brotherhood: An Insider’s Guide ➢ Kindle
✦ Father Mine: Zsadist and Bella’s Story: A Black Dagger Brotherhood Novella (eBook – the printed version of this story is also found in “The Black Dagger Brotherhood: An Insider’s Guide”
✦Lover Avenged ➢ Kindle
✦Lover Mine ➢ Kindle
✦Lover Unleashed ➢ Kindle
✦Lover Reborn ➢ Kindle
✦Lover At Last ➢ Kindle
✦The King ➢ Review: | Kindle
✦The Shadows ➢ Review 5 Stars: | Kindle
✦BLOOD KISS (Legacy) ➢ Review 5 Stars: | Kindle:
✦The Beast ➢ Review 5 Stars | Kindle
✦BLOOD VOW (Legacy) ➢ Review 5 Stars: | Kindle:
✦The Chosen ➢ Review 5 Stars | Kindle
✦BLOOD FURY (Legacy) ➢ Review 5 Stars | Kindle
✦Dearest Ivie: A Novella Set in the Black Dagger World ➢ Review 5 Stars | Kindle
✦The Thief ➢ Review 4.5 Stars | Kindle
✦Prisoner of Night (Novella) ➢ Review 5 Stars | Kindle
✦The Savior ➢ Review 5 Stars | Kindle
✦BLOOD TRUTH (Legacy) ➢ Kindle
✦THE SINNER ➢ Kindle
✦ THE JACKAL (Black Dagger Brotherhood: Prison Camp Book 1) ➢ Kindle
✦A Warm Heart in Winter (The Black Dagger Brotherhood World) ➢ Kindle
✦LOVER UNVEILED ➢ Review | Kindle
✦CLAIMED (Lair of the Wolven, The Book 1) ➢ Review | Kindle
✦THE WOLF (Black Dagger Brotherhood: Prison Camp Book 2) ➢ Kindle
✦Lover Arisen ➢ Kindle


About the Author

imageJ.R. Ward is the number one New York Times bestselling author of the Black Dagger Brotherhood series of vampire books. She is a winner of the prestigious Romance Writers of America RITA award for Best Paranormal Romance and is a multiple RITA nominee. A graduate of Smith College, she was a double major in History and Art History with a medieval concentration in both and she still longs at times for a return to those days sitting in dark lecture halls, looking at slides of old triptychs and reliquaries. Prior to becoming a full time writer, she was a corporate attorney, serving for many years as the Chief of Staff of one of Harvard Medical Schools premier teaching sites. Her idea of absolute heaven is a day filled with nothing but her computer, her dog and her coffee pot and the Brothers, of course.

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