Wednesday, May 24, 2017

REVIEW: Dark Lover by JR Ward

Summary:

The only purebred vampire left on the planet and the leader of the Black Dagger Brotherhood, Wrath has a score to settle with the slayers who killed his parents centuries ago. But when his most trusted fighter is killed—orphaning a half-breed daughter unaware of her heritage or her fate—Wrath must put down his dagger and usher the beautiful female into another world.

Racked by a restlessness in her body that wasn’t there before, Beth Randall is helpless against the dangerously sexy man who comes to her at night with shadows in his eyes. His tales of the Brotherhood and blood frighten her. Yet his touch ignites a dawning new hunger—one that threatens to consume them both...

Title:  Dark Lover
Series:  Black Dagger Brotherhood
Book #: 1
Author:  JR Ward
Approximate Book Length:  416 Pages
Recommended Reader Age:  18+
Sexual Content:  Moderate

Thoughts:

I bought this book on the recommendation of a cashier when she saw me buying the Twilight Saga. Beyond knowing it was about vampires, I didn't really know what to expect. For the record, it's really nothing like the sparkly guys, so don't let that sway you in any way. My first impression was that it was a little hardcore, but as I kept reading, I fell in love with the brotherhood and the vampire race.

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.

Bottom Line:

Dark Lover is a tantalizing introduction to the Black Dagger Brotherhood that left me wanting more in all the right ways.

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Wednesday, May 17, 2017

REVIEW: Up from the Grave by Jeaniene Frost

Summary:

The Grave Ends Here.

Lately, life has been unnaturally calm for vampires Cat Crawfield and her husband Bones. They should have known better than to relax their guard, because a shocking revelation sends them back into action to stop an all-out war...

A rogue CIA agent is involved in horrifying secret activities that threaten to raise tensions between humans and the undead to dangerous heights. Now Cat and Bones are in a race against time to save their friends from a fate worse than death...because the more secrets they unravel, the deadlier the consequences. And if they fail, their lives--and those of everyone they hold dear-- will be hovering on the edge of the grave.

Final novel in the Night Huntress series.

Title:  Up from the Grave
Series:  Night Huntress
Book #: 7
Author:  Jeaniene Frost
Approximate Book Length:  389 Pages
Recommended Reader Age:  18+
Sexual Content:  Explicit

Thoughts:

The stakes have never been higher. Everyone Cat loves is at risk and the war they narrowly avoided before could break out anyway if Cat can’t deal with Madigan’s nefarious activities.

What Madigan did in his secret facility is horrifying and makes my heart hurt. The one creature of his that escapes must be found at all costs and not just for the obvious reasons.

I’ve been emotionally invested in every book throughout this series, but none more this book. Many intricate plans had to come together to save as many lives as possible.

Everybody we’ve come to love shows up in this book except Vlad, but he’s got his own series by this point, so that’s ok. It’s a nice wrap to everything while still leaving potential for spinoffs.

Bottom Line:

Up from the Grave is a satisfying finale to Cat and Bones, but I still want more. Good thing Vlad has a few books with cameos from his good friend Cat.

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