Wednesday, May 24, 2017

REVIEW: Dark Lover by JR Ward


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


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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