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Review: Dark Lover by J.R. Ward (Black Dagger Brotherhood #1)

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Dark Lover (Black Dagger Brotherhood #1) by JR WardDark Lover (Black Dagger Brotherhood #1)
J.R. Ward

Published: 2005
Purchase at: Book Depository or Amazon

Rating (out of 5): 5 stars

As of late we’ve read too many paranormal romances where the story is either all character focus and no sex or all steam and no connection to the people involved. And that’s what makes reading J.R. Ward’s first Black Dagger Brotherhood novel Dark Lover so incredibly refreshing.

Dark Lover has characters you can love (even those secondary ones), an interesting world with great mythology, a plot that needs to be devoured and really hot vampire love scenes that are used to move the plot forward and not just for the sake of being dirty.

Beth is a metro reporter at a local newspaper. She’s the one who takes care of the basic police beat, which means she’s on good terms with all the boys on the force. They look out for her, feed her tips on news and are generally friends. She’s also a vampire about to transition into being what we’d typically think of as a vampire. It is going to be brutal — some don’t make it — and she’s going to need a guide with plenty of blood.

Unfortunately, Beth doesn’t know any of this. She never knew her parents, and so she has no idea of her heritage. Wrath knows though. Beth’s father’s last request was that Wrath help his daughter survive the transition.

Wrath can’t imagine him ever being caring or the one to hold someone’s hand through this process. As the king and leader of the Black Dagger Brotherhood, the order of warriors charged to protect vampire kind, he’s hard and ruthless. A warrior through-and-through, he sets out to protect Beth. What he didn’t expect was to fall in love with her.

Both Beth and Wrath have to come to terms with who they are in order to move forward.

All the while the Brotherhood contests with an order of vampire slayers and new police interest in their activities, especially after Beth leaves with the big, evil-looking Wrath.

Bottom line: You need to read Dark Lover. It’s dark. It’s sexy. It has vampires. And a story you won’t want to put down.

One Night More by Mandy Baxter

12 Responses to “Review: Dark Lover by J.R. Ward (Black Dagger Brotherhood #1)”

  1. Kelly Mueller says:

    I FREAKIN love the Brothers!!! HOT HOT HOT!!!!!!!!
    SO can’t wait for Lover Unleashed……..

  2. Carolyn Crane says:

    Great review. I just had to come read it for the walk down memory lane. This is my fave of the BDB books. WHY oh WHY did I sell it to a USB!!! ????

  3. violaceous says:

    I loved this series at first, but it quickly become evident that each book follows the same formula. They’re fun though.

  4. I have this on my TBR shelf. I can’t wait to read it after reading this review!

  5. cindyg says:

    Great review. I love this series. Can’t get enough of the Brothers.

  6. mindy fangedmom says:

    Excellent review. This book series is very cool. I love what JR Ward has done with the Brothers. This series has it all! For a new reading experience, listen to this series on audio books. It is an incredible way to experience their life! thanks

  7. Tracey D says:

    After I read this book, I got hooked on this series. I really like Wrath, too.

  8. Tashy says:

    Gosh this is like the best Adult- Paranormal fiction i have ever read, well of course there is also Storm Born by Richelle Mead which is kick ass. But I really love this review because it made me want to reread the series again!!

  9. So, how many of you are starting re-reads now that you’ve had the Brotherhood take over your mind again. ;)

  10. catherine says:

    i love this book and its my fav of them all… i love j r ward books, read every single one and this is still my fav of them all. i mean the brothers are just damn HOT HOT HOT!!! i mean wrath is my fav b.c he is the king and a badass guy w. a soft heart for beth i love it. i cant wait for the next book to come out next year :(.

  11. Maria says:

    I dont know why i havent started reading this seriously I have it in my ”to read” list for months now and still Thank you for the review! I will def check it out really :)

  12. cindy vinzant says:

    I love the Black Dagger Brotherhood series i have them all i love wrath and Beth and all the guys

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