Monday, November 14, 2011

Review of Dark Lover by J.R. Ward

Title: Dark Lover
Author: J.R. Ward
Published by: Signet Eclipse
Pages: 393
Source: Bought
Format: Paperback
Rating: ★★★★

Summary from Goodreads: 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

So just to start out I the only person who has not read this series yet?  Just checkin. 

If you are looking for brooding vampires who sparkle in the sun, this is not your novel.  But if you're looking for hot, dangerous, incredibly sexy and loyal vampires then pick up this series.  Wrath, is not the typical prototype when I think of vampires.  He's huge, tough and an incredibly dangerous fighter.  When I picture him I think of a linebacker or a WWE wrestler only sexier and in lots of leather.  At first his brash attitude kind of turned me off.  He really came across as the rough warrior who is out for vengeance.  Then I learned about his background and saw his interactions with Beth and he grew on me.  Don't get me wrong if I ever saw him in real life, I'd probably pee myself, because besides being outrageously attractive, he'd be so scary (that goes for all of the brotherhood).

As for the writing itself, it was a fast-paced, intriguing story.  I love the intricacies of learning about their culture and some of their history.  The Glossary of Terms at the beginning of the novel really helped and I found myself referencing many times throughout the novel.  Plus the bedroom scenes were smoking! 

I really enjoyed Dark Lover and I can't wait to read about the rest of the brotherhood.  If you've read this series which book is your favorite? 


  1. I love this series, Lover Awakened is my favorite. Zsadist's story is really good.

  2. I've been hearing a lot of good things about this book. Great review. =D

  3. I've been wanting to start this series forever but just haven't made the time for it! Excellent review, maybe I'll finally go get a copy for myself!
    Megan @ Read It, See It

  4. I have heard so much about this series on goodreads. I gotta pick this up soon! Good Post! :)

  5. YES!!!

    Ya feel me?! This is a series that starts off much stronger. The latter books were kind of meh for me, but still highly addictive.

  6. oh I really need to read this one, I've the five first books but I'm a little afraid to dislike them...

  7. Ok, you just convinced me to add this to my (ever growing) list. Looking forward to reading about the other books!

  8. I pride myself on reading all there is to read in the vampire/fantasy genre and this is one of the better takes. Dark Lover took one of the oldest legends and breathed new life into it. I was always a little scared to delve into the paranormal romance section but this book was a good introduction to the genre as it has much more to offer than an overly sappy love story.


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