When I asked people what was their favorite Black Dagger Brotherhood novel almost everyone responded that it was Lover Awakened. For some reason the resident bad boy of the brotherhood was the one that melted everyone's hearts. Did I end up agreeing with everyone...YES (though I may be kind unqualified to answer this because I've only read three of the books so far). This novel invoked so many unexpected emotions and had more depth then the usual paranormal romance.
Zsadist flat out scared me in the other novels. Don't get me wrong, I found him extremely sexy and hot as hell, but he was one to look at and not touch. While other novels hinted at his past as a blood slave this novel really told us the down and dirty of what went on. There is no glossing over the horror in this novel and Zsadist's background is one to make you understand his tough exterior. If that doesn't melt your heart on Zsadist than the ending will. Zsadist and Bella's story is one of change and hope.