Lover Revealed - J.R. Ward "United by their clasped hands, they became again the two halves, the light and the dark. The Destroyer and the Savior. A whole."I admit, the first time I read this book I gave it 4 stars. But after my re-read, I loved it so much that I had to change my rating to 5. Just an awesome book :)The storyButch is getting sick and tired of being on the outside when it came to the Brotherhood, and he jumps in the opportunity to save a civilian from the lessers.That only gets him taken by the bad guys, tortured and eventually infected with evil by the Omega himself.The Brothers get him to Havers' hospital, even though there seems to be little chance of him surviving.Marissa finds out that Butch is sick and rushes in to see him, which gets her quarantined with him.Her presence helps Butch recover, and they finally realise they both have feelings for each other.But the evil is still inside him, and first he has to find a way to deal with it, and his life.At the air lock, he looked back over his shoulder. “Don’t think I was the only reason he healed. You’re his light, Marissa. Don’t ever forget that.” The Brother’s eyes narrowed. “But here’s something to keep in mind. You ever hurt him on purpose and I will consider you my enemy.”The story - It was very interesting, lots of cryptic things through the book that kept me guessing, and the ending was just amazing :))Butch and the evil thing inside him was the main part of the story and it was very dark but I still loved it (more now than in my first read though).The characters - There is a lot of John Matthew in this book, him dealing with Thor and Wellsie and everything :((((Rehv and Xhex get some page time, and we learn some more about them, but mostly Rehv because of his involvement with Marissa.The triangle - even though it's not really a triangle, it's more of Butch and Marissa, with Vishous watching on the outside. Just have to say, the chemistry and intensity of emotion was more pronounced from V's side, and I wanted them together :((((I liked Marissa, don't get me wrong, even her relationship with Butch was great at some points, they were a good couple, but I still wanted V/B more. “Butch, let me help you.”He cursed. “What if—”“What ifs don’t cut it.” She took a deep breath. “I won’t lie. I’m scared. But I don’t want to turn my back on you and you’re a fool to try and make me.”She is from the vampire aristocracy and doesn't know much about humans, or males for that matter. Marissa was mated to Wrath for centuries, even though they never consummated their relationship, and she always though it was her problem that he didn't want her.After Butch pushed her away, she blamed it on herself as well, thinking there is something wrong with her.Now the glymera has basically outcast Marissa, and even her brother is ashamed of her.After catching her and Butch in a compromising position, Havers throws her out, and she seeks refuge with the Brotherhood.That, of course means seeing Butch all the time, and finally starting something between them.“Baby…it’s going to be all right.” Thank God, she let him put his arms around her. “Baby—”“I am so angry at you right now,” she said into his chest. “You’re an arrogant, prideful fool who’s breaking my heart.”“I’m a man who wants to take care of his woman.”“Like I said…a goddamned fool.”The first thing that comes to mind when I think of Marissa is... delicate. I don't know, From book 1 she just seemed that way to me :) Even though she got a little tough in this book, she is still a fragile female, not that I didn't like it or that it got on my nerves, that's just the way she seemed to me.Her self-esteem is very low, for ages she thought there is something wrong with her, and she keeps thinking it every time Butch pushes her away.About the no-fighting thing. Marissa doesn't want Butch to fight because she's afraid he'll get hurt or die when he's with the Brothers hunting.I think she's the first female that feels this way and I'm glad cause it makes the whole thing very realistic. The fact is, he really could get hurt and die, every single night. It's OK to be proud of your warrior but come on, with what they deal in their lives... I could totally understand her.I really liked the fact that she supported him later on, and was with him in the big event.The ending, kinda didn't like the fact that she basically begged for his forgiveness. But oh well.So even though my heart went for Butch and Vishous, I really liked Marissa and her relationship with Butch. She didn't get on my nerves and I guess that's the great thing :DDDShe wanted him. Was it true?Felt true. Felt good. Felt…He let incautious, desperate words fly. “I am pathetic over you, Marissa. Yeah, totally fuc—er…really pathetic. Over you.”Her pale blue eyes teared up. “Me…too. For you.”He is a human. He's a former cop. He isn't a part of the Brotherhood, but they treat him like he is, except when they fight.He's been getting more and more frustrated by his life, he can'd do anything anymore, and he wants out, even though that means they'll probably have to kill him for it.After the Omega infects him, he doesn't trust himself anymore, because there is evil inside of him, and he doesn't want to endanger the Brothers or Marissa until he finds out what that is.To stop him from leaving, Vishous proposes doing something very dangerous, but what could make him stay with the Brotherhood."He seemed to hesitate before turning to Butch. Then he pivoted and their eyes met. As candlelight flickered over V’s hard face and got caught in his diamond irises, Butch felt his breath get tight: At that moment, his roommate looked as powerful as a god…and maybe even as beautiful."The first time I read this series, Butch got on my nerves. A lot. But when I read this book I kinda loved him, and later on he was great :DSo, when I got to my re-read, I started the first book with Butch NOT getting on my nerves, and by the time I got to this book again and finished it, I ended up loving him totally :DDDAnyway, he's got an awesome sense of humor that we see through all of the books, especially here :DHe's in love with Marissa but thinks himself unworthy of such a woman, she is perfect in his eyes, and he's only a human without a goal in his life, well, without a life in general.He pushes her away after the infection thing, but can't stay away from her long because he loves her :)Him agreeing to do the dangerous thing... Yep totally get it, especially as his life had no purpose before he met the Brothers. Great scene and I'm glad for him :))))Although, there was always this thing between him and Vishous, I loved it and wanted those two to have more than they did, but I guess it wasn't meant to be :((((((“I liked you, cop. From the moment I met you. No…not the first moment. I wanted to kill you when I first met you. But then I liked you. A lot.” God, V’s expression was nothing Butch had ever seen before. Sad…affectionate…but most of all…yearning.“I have him. I have”—V eyed the bloody mess that was his roommate—“Jesus, I need a pickup. Oh, shit, Rhage—” V put his hand to his eyes and started to shake. “Rhage—what they did to him…”He's had a special connection with Butch, especially after that scene from the last book when he gave him his blood.Bit by bit we see more of his feelings toward Butch, his jealousy and sadness.V is having problems with his visions, and nightmares too. He's on the edge, and everyone is worried about him. He finds out that he's the only one that can help Butch with the evil thing, and proposes something to make him stay.Those undead bastards had taken his—well, he didn’t know what Butch was to him specifically. But it ran deeper than anything he’d felt in a long time.Well, I always loved V, now more than ever