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Dark Lover: The First Novel of the Black Dagger Brotherhood Mass Market Paperback – February 19, 2014
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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
About the Author
J. R. Ward is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of numerous novels, including the Black Dagger Brotherhood series and the Fallen Angels series. Writing as Jessica Bird, Ms. Ward is also the author of Leaping Hearts and Heart of Gold. She lives in the South with her family.
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Top Customer Reviews
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.
Wrath is not a typical vampire,not in the sense of traditional story vampires. They don't instant heal like other vampire lore, they can materialize just about anywhere, they do not need humans to sustain themselves. I love how unique the world building is. I love that there is just enough alpha maleness without being over the top eye rolling. All the characters introduced in this novel have their own distinct voices.
I will be continuing the series with Lover Eternal next. I just can't put them down now
He is very subtle in his tonal changes for different characters, but he does a good job at pacing and bringing through the underlying emotional tone of the storyline.
The humour in these books are often quite dry and dark, and Jim handles this with perfection. He handles deep and awkward emotional conversations and scenes just as well.
Also the action and erotic scenes are told with equal perfection of pacing and tone.
I could see some people finding his voice slightly dull and unemotional, but I think it adds to the tone of story. These guys are dark, strong and distant. Until their women turn their lives upside down. And that is when Jims voice changes, is much more emotive. Utterly perfect!
It would be lovely to be able to get this through Audible, but it's fantastic to be able to buy it and have a way of uploading it into my iTunes library :) Then my phone.
As for the storyline itself?
Dark, Erotic, Vampires with a twist (and they don't sparkle). Action, romance. Drama.
These Vampires are born. They age and live as a human until they transist into being vampire.
They can mate with humans. But they only feed from vampires of the opposite sex.
It's a whole new world of vampires, they don't die during the day, but the sun will kill them.
The Black Dagger Brotherhood refers to group of elite fighters that are assigned to protect the King Vampire.
Vampires have a natural enemy, again, something new. Lessers are incredibly hard to kill. They were once human, until they were turned. But they have another advantage over vampires, they don't need to stay out of the sunlight. And there are more and more of them, whereas the birth rates of vampires are diminishing. And the number of elite Vampires warriors born to be in the Brotherhood... the news isn't good.
To top it off, the Vampire meant to be King, hasn't taken the throne.
The series of books follows the fight between Vampires and Slayers. It looks at the Vampire society and the Brotherhood's fight to try and help the society survive. And each and every book focuses on a main couple and their romance as they conquer obstacles to be together.
This book is about Wrath and Beth. Wrath is a pure blood Vampire. Beth is a half-human who never knew vampires existed, and now she's about to become one.
Wrath has to battle with his own prejudices against humans as he is drawn to Beth. And Beth has to find her way in a whole new world!
And the King has to overcome his reticence of taking the throne and finally lead his people.