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Product Details

  • Paperback: 448 pages
  • Publisher: Signet Book (October 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0451223764
  • ISBN-13: 978-0451223760
  • Shipping Weight: 454 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars 29 customer reviews
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Praise for Dark Lover

“A dynamite new vampire series—delicious, erotic, and thrilling! J. R. Ward has created a wonderful cast of characters, with a sexy, tormented, to-die-for hero…a fabulous treat for romance readers!”—New York Times bestselling author Nicole Jordan

“You will lose yourself in this world; it is different, creative, dark, violent, and flat-out amazing.”—All About Romance

“Awesome…a midnight whirlwind of dangerous characters and mesmerizing erotic romance.”—New York Times bestselling author Lynn Viehl

“J. R. Ward takes you deep into her intense, dark world of vampires and holds you captive until her last breathless word.…Sure to satisfy lovers of vampire romance everywhere.”—Affaire de Coeur (reviewer pick, 5 stars)

Praise for the novels of the Black Dagger Brotherhood

“J. R. Ward’s urban fantasy romance series is so popular I don’t think there’s a reader today who hasn’t at least heard of the Black Dagger Brotherhood.”—USA Today

“J. R. Ward’s unique band of brothers is to die for. I love this series!” —New York Times bestselling author Suzanne Brockmann

“Utterly absorbing and deliciously erotic.…The Brotherhood is the hottest collection of studs in romance. I can’t wait for the next one!” —New York Times bestselling author Angela Knight

“Best new series I’ve read in years! Tautly written, wickedly sexy and just plain fun.”—New York Times bestselling author Lisa Gardner --This text refers to the Mass Market Paperback edition.

About the Author

J.R. Ward lives in the American South. Visit her and the Black Dagger Brotherhood at --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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By A Customer on Dec 22 2005
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Move over Sherrilyn Kenyon, Dark Hunter series author. J.R. Ward has written an addictive debut novel in the Black Dagger Brotherhood series.
I am a recent convert to the 'paranormal romance' genre, and have read many. This novel comes close to being the best I have read. Don't be put off by the glossary at the front of the book, I actually appreciated the gesture of the author to include it as a start to her series. Not only are the main characters filled out nicely, but glimpses at the secondary characters leave the reader wanting more. I want Zsadist's book.
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Rhage, Phury, Zsadist, Mr. X, The Omega....No, these are not comic book characters, but they are characters from an alternate reality in "Dark Lover" by J. R. Ward. I found this book to be, at times, both profoundly good as well as profoundly lacking. Did I find this first book in The Black Dagger Brotherhood series as refreshing and "new" as some others? Not really. Did I still like some aspects of the book? Yes, but not enough to warrant a five star rating. Here's why:

Wrath, our hero of the moment is the king (and the oldest living), so to speak, of the vampires and head of the Black Dagger Brotherhood, a small group of elite vampire warriors that protects civilian vamps from The Lessening Society. Lessers are soulless humans that have turned over their lives to The Omega, their deity for lack of better terms, in exchange for unique powers. All they have to do is dedicate their existence to destroying the vampire race. Wrath has been petitioned by a fellow Black Dagger brother, Darius, to help his daughter with her transition, or turning from a human to a full fledged vamp. So enters Beth, reporter for a small town newspaper. Pretty much just living day to day, no real joys or even a life to call her own, she feels restless and ready for something new. Little does she know she's about to get her wish. Wrath has his eye on her and his sudden appearance in her life throws it into complete and utter chaos. With a mysterious character by the ambiguous name of Mr. X, who comes into power as leader of the Lessening Society, Wrath's and Beth's lives become even more difficult. There's plenty of action in a plot that doesn't slow down from start to finish.
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I had a really hard time taking this book seriously, because it is made of velveeta, there is so much cheese going on. Allow me to introduce you to the members of the Brotherhood. Aside from Wrath, we have Rhage, Tohrment, Vishous, Phury, Zsadist... and Darius. Guess which one is dead by the end of chapter two.

Once you get past the unfortunate nhames, the prose is full of lines that made me go back and read it again, just to make sure it really said what I thought it did. And it always did. Things like "If sex were food, Rhage would have been morbidly obese." "The guy was like lint in food: an irritation that made you want to spit." "He wanted to give her what females liked: a little TLC." Needless to say, I spent a lot of time laughing while I was reading this book, and I don't think I was supposed to.

The Bhrothers spent so very much time convincing themselves and each other they were bad bad very bad men, it ultimately left me unconvinced. You know how Eminem gets himself all tattooed and then uses gangster colloquisms, curses and insults people, trying so hard to look cool and edgy and mostly comes across as insecure and grasping for attention through cheap shock tactics? Yeah. That pretty much sums up the Bhrotherhood. Their attempts at gangster speak are just awkward enough to add to the overall cheese factor of the book, because you know it totally needed more of that, you feel me? True.

Ok, all of that aside, I can see why this book series has a devout following. It's fast-paced, it's sexy, and Ward has done some really creative things with vampire lore and worldbuilding.
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This book was hard for me to get into. I loved Twilight, and I expected that I would love this book as well. When it still wasn't doing it for me after a quarter of the way through the book, I wondered whether my expectations were too high after seeing all of the amazing reviews for this series!

It was hard for me to keep all of the characters straight in the beginning of the book. I think that was one of the issues that made it difficult for me to become engrossed in the story. It wasn't until halfway through the book when the main characters, Wrath and Beth, started to show some vulnerability that I began to connect with them. Once this happened, then I was hooked and I really began to enjoy the story. As we learned more about each member of the Black Dagger Brotherhood, we began to see their weaknesses which made them seem more "human" and discovered that there really is much more to each one than just what we see on the surface.

One thing that I do like about this book more than I did about Twilight is the strength of the leading female role. Beth Randall is not Bella Swan, and I mean that in a good way. I did not care for Bella's utter dependence on Edward. Beth is a strong, tell-it-like-it-is, I'm-not-going-to-take-any-of-your-bull kind of woman. She is great!

It would have been handy to have a glossary with this book that laid out all of the odd terminology used such as "doggen" (servant), "Hellren" (a male vampire that has been mated to a female), "Lesser" (a de-souled human who hunts vampires), and "Shellen" (a female vampire that has been mated to a male).

My favourite quote from the book was from Fritz to the Brotherhood with reference to Butch: "If you're going to bloody the human, would you be good enough to do it in the backyard?
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