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

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.

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The pounding beat of Ludacris faded into old school Cypress Hill. This was going to be good. Darius was a real straight-shooter who knew Wrath couldn’t stand having his time wasted. If there was silence, something was up. Darius tipped back his beer then let out a deep breath. “My lord-” “If you want something from me, don’t lead with that,” Wrath drawled, sensing a waitress approaching them. He had the impression of big breasts and a strip of flesh between her tight shirt and her short skirt. “You need a drink?” she asked slowly. He was tempted to suggest she lay herself on the table and let him go to work on her carotid. Human blood wouldn’t keep him alive for long, but it sure as hell tasted better than watered-down alcohol. “Not right now,” he said. His tight smile spiked her anxiety and gave her a shot of lust at the same time. He took her scent into his lungs. Not interested, he thought. The waitress nodded, but didn’t move away. She kept staring at him, her short blonde hair a halo in the darkness around her face. Spellbound, she seemed to have forgotten her own name, much less her job. And how annoying was that. Darius shifted impatiently.

“That’s all,” he muttered. “We’re good.”

The Black Dagger Brotherhood has for some time been on my to-read list and I just never got to it, even through I’ve been so curious about all the buzz surrounding it. Anyhoo… so as a new years resolution, I declared this was the series I was going to read and complete. (Because honestly I have really wanted to read it, but I was nervous about getting into a long entire series again, since they always end up disappointing me at one point or another) Well at this point, I’m not yet disappointed. In fact I’m really excited to move onto the next book in this series, Lover Eternal, because even thought the first book received good response, it was the followup books that really received high praises. Let me break down my thoughts on this book: I liked the approached taken… with Vampires. It’s unique and totally captures your attention. I really like Wrath. And I loved Beth even more. The fact that their relationship moves along at a pretty rapid pace is wonderful. Their romance is raw and hot as all Hades. The fact that Wrath is supposedly this hard-core warrior, but is able to be soft and emotional with Beth is nothing short of beautiful. I didn’t like… that there were too many additional scenes in this book. I understand that they were relevant to the story, but they did bore me and I found that I was skimming through some of the parts. And even with all the skimming, I still knew what was going on… so there… relevant but unnecessary. Dark Lover is written in the third person POV… not my favorite writing style… so that was a downer for me. It took me quite some time to actually get into this book. I had to force my way through. But then… once it got to about 50% it became un-put-downable. Other than that… I enjoyed this first book enough to want to read the next. In fact I’m really excited to start it. But I have other commitments that I need to get through first, so it’s going to have to wait for a couple of days 🙂

Rating: 4 Stars

RELEASE DATE: September 6th, 2005

GENRE: Adult Paranormal Romance


Also Available In:

Bulgarian: Братството на Черния Кинжал

Croatian: Bratstvo crnog bodeža

Czech: Bratrstvo černé dýky

Finnish: Mustan Tikarin veljeskunta

French: La Confrérie de la dague noire

Galician: Irmandade da Adaga Negra

German: Black Dagger

Greece: Η Αδελφότητα του Μαύρου Στιλέτου

Hungarian: Fekete Tőr Testvériség

Italian: La confraternita del pugnale nero

Norwegian: Den sorte dolks Brorskap

Polish: Bractwo Czarnego Sztyletu

Portuguese: Irmandade da Adaga Negra

Romanian:Frăția Pumnalului Negru

Russian: Братство Чёрного Кинжала

Spanish: La Hermandad de la Daga Negra

Turkish: Kara Hançer Kardeşliği


PUBLISHER: Signet (Penguin Group)

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