Dark Lover by J.R. Ward

Posted November 10, 2017 in Book Review / 10 Comments

Dark Lover by J.R. WardDark Lover by J.R. Ward
Series: Black Dagger Brotherhood #1
Published by Signet on September 6th, 2005
Genres: Paranormal Romance
Pages: 393
Format: eBook
Source: Public Library
Purchase on: Amazon | B&N
Also by this author: Lover Eternal
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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-leaving his half-breed daughter unaware of his existence or her fate-Wrath must usher her into the world of the undead-a world of sensuality beyond her wildest dreams.

I’ve been on a re-reading old favorites like crazy this year, especially since I’m determined to catch up on my series, such as the Black Dagger Brotherhood. I’d just finished Nora Roberts newest release and wanted to lose myself in a familiar, well missed world so I checked out DARK LOVER at the public library. Unsurprisingly, it spawned a BDB binge read that I can’t say I’m unhappy about.

When Darius, close friend, fellow BDB member, and the only other member with a correctly spelled name is murdered, leaving his half-breed daughter clueless about her lineage, Wrath is forced to usher her into the world of vampires or leave her to die a pain-filled death at the tender age of twenty-five.

As far as he was concerned, there were only two good positions for a human. A female on her back. And a male facedown and not breathing.

Meet our tortured hero:

Wrath is King of the dwindling vampire species, leader of the Black Dagger Brotherhood, and strongly believes he’s unqualified for both titles. He’s an almost completely blind, bitter, leather-encased terror whose self-hatred almost rivals Zsadists.

He’s also a major asshole… until he stalks meets Beth.

“You are beautiful,” he whispered. His subtle accent made him roll the R over his tongue, almost as if he were purring.

Well that stands to reason, she thought. When he touched her, she felt beautiful.

Meet our Mary Sue:

Beth is our idealized heroine. Her life as a beat reporter at her small Caldwell newspaper is going nowhere, she has few friends, and zero prospective partners. She stunningly beautiful and the men in her life worship her but she’s got eyes for no one… until she meets Wrath.

*cue eye roll*

Yeah, the tortured hero and the Mary Sue are a dime a dozen in the romance world. And yet, I gave them four stars. Why? It’s hard not to love them. I certainly did. Beth is a strong, take-no-shit heroine and the perfect mate for a vampire like Wrath. She buffs out all his edges in the hottest ways possible. Despite my complaints, they made an excellent beginning for the Black Dagger Brotherhood series.

But my favorite character? Fritz. The butler. He’s so adorable and happy to serve. I want a Fritz.

All-in-all, I enjoyed the hell out of DARK LOVER and that’s really all that matters in my book. It made a wonderful reintroduction into the world of the BDB. If you’re a paranormal romance junkie who likes their characters fanged and haven’t read this series yet, where have you been?!

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About J.R. Ward

J.R. Ward is the author of over twenty novels, including those in her #1 New York Times and USA Today bestselling series, The Black Dagger Brotherhood. There are more than 15 million copies of Ward’s novels in print worldwide and they have been published in 25 different countries around the world.

After graduating from law school, Ward  began working in healthcare in Boston and spent many years as Chief of Staff of one of the premier academic medical centers in the nation. She lives in the south with her incredibly supportive husband and her beloved golden retriever. Writing has always been her passion and her idea of heaven is a whole day of nothing but her computer, her dog and her coffee pot.

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10 responses to “Dark Lover by J.R. Ward

  1. I read this book for the first time this year and I liked it. The only thing that was distracting to me was the heroine’s name! It is exactly the same first and last name as my co-worker who was making trouble at work so it was VERY, VERY distracting… LOL

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