Review: Dark Lover by J.R. Ward
Monday April 23, 2012 at 12:00 am |

Publisher: Signet
Copyright: 2005
Published: September 6, 2005
Pages: 393
Form: Paperback
Series: The Black Dagger Brotherhood (1)
Find the Author: J.R. Ward
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In the shadows of the night in Caldwell, New York, there’s a deadly turf war going on between vampires and their slayers. There exists a secret band of brothers like no other–six vampire warriors, defenders of their race. Yet none of them relishes killing more than Wrath, the leader of The Black Dagger Brotherhood….

The only purebred vampire left on earth, Wrath has a score to settle with the slayers who murdered his parents centuries ago. But, when one of his most trusted fighters is killed–orphaning a half-breed daughter unaware of her heritage of her fate–Wrath must usher the beautiful female into the world of the undead….

Racked by a restlessness in her body that wasn’t there before, Beth Randall is helpless against the dangerously sexy man who comes to her at night with shadows in his eyes.  His tales of brotherhood and blood frighten her.  But his touch ignites a dawning hunger what threatens to consume them both….

My Thoughts:

First off I have to say a big thank you to Missie of The Unread Reader for urging me to try this series out.  I had a blast reading this book, so much so that I immediately went out and purchased the second in the series and will be reading it sooner rather than later.  I have to say, this book doesn’t even have an out of this world kind of story, but what made me fall head over heels for it were the characters!  And now I cannot get enough of them.

When Wrath’s fellow warrior and brother Darius is killed, he feels compelled to honor his last request, which is for Wrath to see his half-human half-vampire daughter through the change.  Beth has no idea her life is about to change drastically,  (or that she’s a vampire) but her body is already giving indications that she is on the cusp of a brand new world and adventure.  When Wrath comes to her she is afraid yet extremely attracted and drawn to him.  As Wrath tries to protect her and see her through the change, The fierce blind vampire King begins to lower his defenses and is in serious danger of losing his hardened heart to the dark haired beauty.  With Lessers hunting the Vampires down, Wrath will go to the ends of the earth to protect what’s his.

This fierce blind Vampire King stole my heart along with his Vampire Warrior cohorts.  The Black Dagger Brotherhood is more than just a band of Vampires fighting for the well-being of their race.  They are a tight-knit family with real flaws, issues, and problems.  I love that despite their VAST differences, they are able to come together for the good of the Vampire race and work together.  And they really do relate to each other like brothers.  The relationships between these brothers had me laughing out loud and sporting a stupid grin on my face the whole time.  And I especially like how they reluctantly embraced Butch, Beth’s human friend and ex-cop.  I mean he really fits right in with them.

Beth was my kind of heroine.  Up for an adventure and mentally strong.  She’s not someone you expect to be able to defend herself, but Beth always finds a way to muster up the strength to protect herself, and those that she loves.  She’s daring, and not afraid to confront the formidable Wrath when he’s being silly or acting an ass.  And Wrath was perfect for her.  I loved that he is this big gigantic warrior who was not afraid to be vulnerable with Beth once he realized he was a goner.  He was always down with the affection and didn’t hesitate to claim Beth in front of his brothers.  He’s the kind of guy that makes you feel safe and protected and loved, and is a force to be reckoned with when it comes to his wife and his brothers.  OMG when he stopped that truck with his bare hands….ooooweee!

Overall, LOVED this book.  The characters were spectacularly written with layers and depth.  I can’t wait to get to know each one of the brothers on a more intimate level.  Even the secondary characters were awesome, with their own flaws, and issues.  I will most definitely be continuing this series and recommend this to anyone who loves romance or the paranormal!

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15 Responses to “Review: Dark Lover by J.R. Ward”

  1. I read the first one and bought a couple more. I’ve been meaning to read them. Your review reminds me to hop to it.


    LOL I love it when a fellow blogger recommends a book to you that you end up loving completely! The covers aren’t the most eye-catching for me (because they’re a toss up between sensual and vampirish) but I LOVE that idea of a vampire and a king all mixed into one — that’s double the awesomeness 😉 Being up for an adventure and mentally strong makes Beth my kind of heroine too!

    Awesome review, Jade! You’re kind of passing on the recommendation, you know that? LOL <3

  3. Oh God these books are like my drug. I discovered them back before book 4 came out and got so freaking hooked. Your right, it’s the characters. They’re fascinating in this really dark, bizarre way. I’m glad you liked it!

  4. This series is new to me, but it’s always a good sign when you can’t wait to get the next one. I’m happy you found these books.

  5. I feel like the only one who hasn’t read these books. They always seem to get high praise though, so maybe I should hurry up and give it a try. I hope you enjoy the rest of the series!

    • Jade Jade says:

      LOL, I felt the same way Jessica until I finally finished Dark Lover. I can definitely say the hype is well worth it…so go get the first one and tell me how you like it!

  6. *cries tears of joy*

    YES! Jade. I’m so happy right now. Like you don’t even know. I just finished Lover Unleased over the weekend and could have kicked myself to taking so long to read it! It’s just a fun world to get lost in. I love the characters too.

    And yes, thanks for reminding me about why I loved Beth as a heroine too. That last scene where she is willing to fight to the death for Wrath. Wow! I can still see it in my head.

    • Jade Jade says:

      OMG how she crouched over him and was ready to take them out! I was feeling that scene and her fierce protectiveness of him just endeared me more to her. I can’t wait to continue!

  7. Brie says:

    I remember when I first started this series, it was like crack, I went through the first four book in two days, could not stop reading. I have no idea why I like it, it’s so over the top, but very compelling. Then I lost interest and I haven’t read the past few books. I think what I love the most is the relationship between the brothers, the male characters make that series and I’m a sucker for bromance. 😉 Great review Jade, wait until you read Zsadist’s book, *swoons*

    • Jade Jade says:

      Brie I already want to know more about Zsadist. I mean when they said he sings like an angel my heart went out to him (before then even), and I knew I wanted to know more about him. I can’t wait to read his story.

  8. Oh! I’m sooo glad you liked it. 😀 I absolutely loved this one and even though I only got to book three (I really have to get back to it!) they just got better and better. Can’t wait to hear what you think of the rest of them!