Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Book Review: Dark Lover by JR Ward

Review: Dark Lover
Series: Black Dagger Brotherhood – Book 1
Author: J.R Ward
No. Of Pages: 393
Release Date: 6th September 2005

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 their enemies more than Wrath, the leader of the Black Dagger Brotherhood...

The only purebred vampire left on the planet, Wrath has a score to settle with the slayers who murdered his parent’s centuries ago. But when one of his most trusted fighters is killed – orphaning a half-breed daughter unaware of her heritage or her fate – Wrath must usher the beautiful female into the world of the undead...

Racked by restlessness on 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 brotherhood and blood frighten her. But his touch ignites a dawning hunger that threatens to consume them both...

My Thoughts:

You will definitely need a cold shower after reading this. I was smart enough to read at work and was sitting there blushing for about half an hour after I finished my lunch break.

Wrath is a tormented warrior; Beth is a half-blooded vampire who has no idea what she is exists. Perfect premise for a love story.

Wrath is constantly reliving his shame of not saving his parents centuries before whilst trying to convince Beth of what she is and trying to gently get her through her transition into his world.

I loved reading this book, but it’s not one I would pick up if I needed a good story to take me on a journey. The story for me was a love story, and it was just filler to join the sex scenes. Now I’m not saying that’s a bad thing, when a girl needs something to make her heart beat faster Dark Lover is definitely a very good choice.

But if one would prefer an adventure and interesting crime, I would not point her in this direction. The crime that wound through the story was intriguing, but it was transparent and predictable.

The two main characters were wonderfully fleshed out though, and it was interesting to get into Wrath’s head and have a poke around his thoughts. I think one of my favourite scenes in the entire book was when Beth told him that it wasn’t his fault and a burden of sorts that he had carried for so long was lifted.

There were a few unexpected turns that we came across, but nothing overly dramatic.

Dark Lover kept me enthralled from start to finish, and I can’t wait for the next in the series. I know it seems like I gave it a bad wrap, but for the purposes it was written for, Dark Lover definitely did its job and I am excited to find out what’s in stall for his brothers.

Others in this series:
Lover Eternal
Lover Awakened
Lover Revealed
Lover Unbound
Lover Enshrined
Lover Avenged
Lover Mine

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estereta said...

I love this series! My favourite books are LOVER AWAKENED (Book 3: Zsadist's story) and LOVER ETERNAL (Book 2: Rhage's story). I'm sure you'll enjoy both of them. ;-)

Unknown said...

Sounds like a great book!

Amanda Leigh said...

I enjoyed this book too! It's the only one in the series so far that I've read, but I look forward to reading the rest.

I have an award for you here: Not-Really-Southern Vamp Chick

Sarah said...

I love this series - I think Zsadist has to be my fave brother but they're all hot in their own ways LOL :o)

Juli D. Revezzo said...

I'm looking forward to reading this one. Thanks for the great review! :)

Chizenista said...

I've read every all the books and am now waiting for the 9th book, Lover Unleashed. This is by far the best Vampire romance that I have ever read and I highly recommend it and have done so with the book club I am in. Everyone except one of the members has read the books and by now have gotten the entire series. You cannot just read one, the story continues on with each book and I have to say, I am in love the Black Dagger Brotherhood.


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