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Dark Lover (Black Dagger Brotherhood) by J. R. Ward (2011-02-01) Paperback – 1777
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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
I may not like all their customs and rituals, but I love their devotion - to their mates, their brothers, and their beliefs (whatever they may be for each individual). I thought the world building was really solid and the story was a wonderfully complex web that leaves so much room for more.
The romance itself was both sweet and very sexy. They certainly had some obstacles and their ups and downs, but they got through it and they just work so well together. Wrath is a little hot headed, but also very realistic and practical. I love the way he thinks, for the most part anyway. Beth is level headed and has an incredible inner strength. They balance each other really well.
The drama at the end had me riveted and seemed to bring everyone together. There are some changes in store for everyone and I like the direction those changes are going. I also adore the last line.
I don't like the various perspectives, especially not the "villain's", but I understand it was part of the world building. It just made reading a little slow at times.
Ultimately, regardless of how much I do or don't like anything from this book - or series even - or how much I love things I've read since, Dark Lover will always hold a very special place in my heart. It was my very first adult romance book - my gateway so to speak. I've been hooked ever since.
Dark Lover is a tantalizing introduction to the Black Dagger Brotherhood that left me wanting more in all the right ways.
**I received a complimentary copy of the book in exchange for an honest review.**
One of Your Greatest Fans,
I read another of JR Wards novels and it was too convoluted for me. The back story/ the explanations for the species was just too complex. The "foreign" language was difficult to remember and not catchy. I felt the same way about this novel.
I thought this would be better because it didn't involve Greek mythology but it wasn't. I have the same complaints. Also, there is way too much detail. Every little thing is overly described and explained. From the setting to the character thoughts to the backstory of the minor characters. I skipped whole chapters.
What made reading this even worse was that the sex scenes were blah!
And I paid over $5.00!
I will not be reading anything else by this author. Not my cup of tea!