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Dark Lover (Black Dagger Brotherhood, Book 1) Mass Market Paperback – September 6, 2005

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Editorial Reviews


Praise for Dark Lover

“A dynamite new vampire series—delicious, erotic, and thrilling! J. R. Ward has created a wonderful cast of characters, with a sexy, tormented, to-die-for hero…a fabulous treat for romance readers!”—New York Times bestselling author Nicole Jordan

“You will lose yourself in this world; it is different, creative, dark, violent, and flat-out amazing.”—All About Romance

“Awesome…a midnight whirlwind of dangerous characters and mesmerizing erotic romance.”—New York Times bestselling author Lynn Viehl

“J. R. Ward takes you deep into her intense, dark world of vampires and holds you captive until her last breathless word.…Sure to satisfy lovers of vampire romance everywhere.”—Affaire de Coeur (reviewer pick, 5 stars)

Praise for the novels of the Black Dagger Brotherhood

“J. R. Ward’s urban fantasy romance series is so popular I don’t think there’s a reader today who hasn’t at least heard of the Black Dagger Brotherhood.”—USA Today

“J. R. Ward’s unique band of brothers is to die for. I love this series!” —New York Times bestselling author Suzanne Brockmann

“Utterly absorbing and deliciously erotic.…The Brotherhood is the hottest collection of studs in romance. I can’t wait for the next one!” —New York Times bestselling author Angela Knight

“Best new series I’ve read in years! Tautly written, wickedly sexy and just plain fun.”—New York Times bestselling author Lisa Gardner --This text refers to an alternate Mass Market Paperback edition.

About the Author

J.R. Ward is the author of over twenty previous novels, including those in her #1 New York Times 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. She lives in the South with her family.


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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Signet; Black Dagger Brotherhood, Book 1 edition (September 6, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0451216954
  • ISBN-13: 978-0451216953
  • Product Dimensions: 4.3 x 1.2 x 6.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1,952 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #196,385 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Kristi Ahlers on January 27, 2006
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Wrath is a vampire who prefers to be alone, and work alone. When his good friend Darius asks for Wrath's help with his daughter he is turned down by Wrath. Knowing going into the request it would probably be a negative answer he still attempts to reach Wrath's softer side. Darius's daughter is half human and she is getting ready to change over but will need the help of a strong vampire male. Wrath thinks he has been able to walk away from that commitment and responsibility but then Darius is killed. Now he must look over his friend's daughter. Too bad the human, Beth speaks to the long buried part of him he thought dead. Will he be able to walk away from her after her transition?

Beth has been noticing changes in her body but has been largely ignoring them as she goes about her business as writer for a local newspaper. But one night she thinks she dreams about a dark, large man who has fangs and it scares her. When she realizes it was not a dream but reality she at first wants to freak out...but then she also can't get over how sexy he is. When she finds out the truth about herself and Wrath will Beth be willing to accept what fate has in store or will the Lessers get to her first?

Ms. Ward's new vampire world is a delicious addition to the sub-genre of vampire fiction. Her story is a little dark, and little erotic, and a whole lot entertaining. She has taken the vampire legend and has made it her own. With an eclectic group of secondary characters, her own creatively drawn bad guys the reader will not roll their eyes with boredom. I highly look forward to the next in the series.
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So I'm not going to claim that I am the all knowing of paranormal romance, but I'm pretty damn close. (te-he)

This book was so dreadfully uneventful and dull that I couldn't get past the first half of the book, and that has NEVER happened to me before. I've always finished books I start, even the ones with very very slow beginnings. This however wasn't just a slow beginning, this was just bad writing. Now let me tell you why.

1.) In the first 20% of the book the POV was switching so many times with so many different characters that I spent a large amount of the time wondering what in the world the author was thinking. I believe I saw 6-8 POV's in that first 20%. And I'm SURE it continues through out the story. Maybe some authors can pull this off... this one however can't. It was like she was trying to write a screen play for a TV show, and failing miserably at it.

2.)Let's talk hunky heroes. For one I can't even remember the guys name (2 hours later as I write this) he was so forgettable, I WANTED to forget him. Not only that but the author describes him like some kinda of creepy vampire wanna-be with a "widows peak". Do you guys know what a widows peak looks like! It's not sexy. It what every COMICAL depiction of a vampire has. Also apparently this guy is built like a ogre or something, with abnormally wide shoulders, described to the point where it doesn't even sound sexy, it sounds like a medical condition. Again what in the world was this author thinking?

3.) Every single side character in the "brotherhood" was the EXACT same character with different names! Moody because of this (insert random horrible event), big dark and brooding. Blah blah, boring. There was no drawl to any of them, they were there just to be there!

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What an excellent writer this is! Dark Lover will easily make the best seller lists and win awards. I love paranormal romances (as well as all other kinds of romances - having read hundreds of them) and this is top quality. At first, I was dismayed by the level of violence and cussing in this book, it being even grittier than Kenyon's and Feehan's works. Still, I think Sherrilyn Kenyon fans will love this. The romance was superb - not overboard on the sex but plenty of detailed sensuality - just perfect! We get to meet several lovable(ha!) characters which will make up future books in this series and I will read them all, even if I am flinching a bit at all the blood, gore and language. The romantic line is worth it.
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I have without a doubt The Black Dagger Brotherhood will have a cult following. It's dark, dramatic, and the characters are likable. They all have their own little kinks. The story is decent.

Dark Lover starts off with Darius, an aristocrat vamp, asking Wrath, the blind king, to help his half-breed daughter, Beth through the transition. The transition is similar to puberty. Darius fears his daughter may not survive it and thinks Wrath's pure vampire blood would be strong enough to help her. Wrath declines because he's a loner, prefers to keep to himself, and is an arrogant jerk. Unfortunately, Darius is killed by lessers (soul-less vamp killing humans) and his last wish was for Wrath to find Beth.

I expected Wrath and Beth's first encounter to be interesting. Intsead it was the typical, borderline cheesy, instant sexual attraction scene. Beth wanted Wrath to do her on the spot. "Kiss me. Touch me. moan moan moan" After Wrath realizes how much he loves Beth he becomes very needy. He needs her every second of everyday. He wasn't acting like a male, much less an alpha male warrior.

The brothers are all supposed to be over 100 years old and they have accents which they hide when they speak, yet they sound like OUTDATED thugs. "Straight up. True? My brother. Man. Yo" I smiled every time I read a dialogue between them. I was half expecting them to pronounce all the words that end with an "-er" with an "-a" sound. Like "My Brotha" LOL Another thing I found funny was how manly the brothers liked to act, and when they're spilling their guts out, the tend to clam up quickly, fearing their masculinity would be compromised. Also, pay attention to their names. Rhage (Rage), Phury (Fury), Vishous (Vicious), Zsadist (Sadist), Tohrment (Torment).
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