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Review: Dark Lover by J.R. Ward

Dark Lover by J.R. Ward
(Black Dagger Brotherhood #1)

5 out of 5 stars
Published by Signet Eclipse
416 pages

Black Dagger Brotherhood, where have you been all my life?!

When Beth suddenly finds a leather-clad mountain of a man in her apartment, her life takes an unexpected twist. He tells her she is the daughter of a vampire warrior, and will change into a vampire herself. He is the leader of a band of brothers, The Black Dagger Brotherhood, that protects civilian vampires from extinction. Should she believe him?

Dark Lover takes some time to get in to. The point of view shifts repeatedly from Beth, to Wrath, to the Lessers (the bad guys). This made it harder to connect with the main characters. There are also a lot of brothers to get to know; and with names like Phury and Vishous, I had a hard time telling them all apart. I did appreciate their different appearances and personalities, making it easier to remember which one is who.

When the romance started building, I instantly became hooked and couldn’t put this book down any more. J.R. Ward’s writing is so awesome. She is one of the first authors that make me actually believe that the main characters truly love each other. Not mere lust, but that they will do anything for the other. And I have a huge soft spot for the big bad-ass guy in leather pants that on the inside is loving and protective and so incredibly cute. He made me go “aawwww” all the time, which is quite an achievement.

The lessers point of view didn’t interest me that much, but their story gave the book some action and made sure Dark Lover isn’t only about the lover part. I loved how the brothers fight, with each their own technique and style.

I can’t wait to read more from this series, and get to know the other brothers some more. I really loved Thorment because he’s actually a nice guy. Phury is pretty interesting, and so is Rhage. I’m curious to see which one of the brothers will find his true love in the next book in the series, Eternal Lover.


In the shadows of the night in Caldwell, New York, there’s a deadly turf war going on between vampires and their slayers. There exists a secret band of brothers like no other-six vampire warriors, defenders of their race. Yet none of them relishes killing more than Wrath, the leader of The Black Dagger Brotherhood.

The only purebred vampire left on earth, Wrath has a score to settle with the slayers who murdered his parents centuries ago. But, when one of his most trusted fighters is killed-leaving his half-breed daughter unaware of his existence or her fate-Wrath must usher her into the world of the undead-a world of sensuality beyond her wildest dreams.

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