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Uc Sam Dark Lover (Sam's Club Edition): A Novel of the Black Dagger Brotherhood [Paperback]

J. R. Ward
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October 2007

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-the lessers-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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"'It's not easy to find a new twist on the vampire myth, but Ward succeeds beautifully. This dark and compelling world is filled with enticing romance as well as perilous adventure. With myriad possibilities to choose from, the Black Dagger Brotherhood series promises tons of thrills and chills.' Romantic Times" --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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J.R. Ward is the author of over twenty previous novels, including those in her #1 New York Times bestselling series, The Black Dagger Brotherhood. There are more than 15 million copies of Ward�s novels in print worldwide and they have been published in 25 different countries around the world. She lives in the South with her family.


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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wow! Dec 22 2005
By A Customer
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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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
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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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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Vampires and cheese Sept. 20 2008
By ocelott
Format:Mass Market Paperback
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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars I love the strong female leading character! July 27 2011
By Darlene TOP 50 REVIEWER
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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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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
2nd fav of the Brother books
Published 1 month ago by Joc
5.0 out of 5 stars awesome
I could not put this book down. It kept my interest from begging to end. Can't wait for book two
Published 1 month ago by Debbie Mcallister
5.0 out of 5 stars I loved ever word of it
This book, blew me away. I loved ever word of it. I read it from cover to cover and then had to read it again. It was so intense and well written.
Published 2 months ago by Angelina
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic
The beginning of these novels grabbed me from start to finish. I bought these books to gift to my daughter for her Birthday and Christmas. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Denise McBain
5.0 out of 5 stars loves these books
Great character development and great story. After this book I read the rest of the series although this was one of the best.
Published 10 months ago by C. Glover
5.0 out of 5 stars This series will blow you away!!!
5 star series from start to finish!!! I have read and thoroughly enjoyed all of the books in this Black Dagger Brotherhood series. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Bookworm*
5.0 out of 5 stars Love sand lives of the Vampire Clan- Black Brotherhood.
I have loved the Anita Blake series by Laurel Hamilton. This series initiated me into Vampire/ Romance/ Erotic books. Read more
Published 16 months ago by Prem Pape
5.0 out of 5 stars Sexy vampire romance!
I kept eyeing these books in the local bookstore and final caved into buying one. Thank goodness I did!! Such a great read. Read more
Published on Sept. 6 2011 by HloKitty
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome
This entire series by jr ward is awesome. You really fall in love with the men. Wishing you could have one. Terrific read anyone who loves romance would love these books. Read more
Published on Jan. 10 2011 by Ashley Oostenbrink
4.0 out of 5 stars Great read!
Beth used to be a normal girl, ok a stunningly beautiful normal girl. She don't know her parents and she's working as a journalist for Caldwell's paper, bored and dreaming for... Read more
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