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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
4.0 out of 5 stars Incredibly Addictive! Nov. 20 2007
Format:Mass Market Paperback
If you like paranormal romance then this author is for you. I've just finished all of the books in this series back-to-back!

This first book is based on Wrath, the king of the vampire race and leader of the Black Dagger Brotherhood along with Darius, Rhage, Vishous, Zsadist and his twin Phury. They are warriors who protect the vampire race from the evil Omega, leader of the Lessening Society, and his army of Lessers. Unbeknownst to Darius' daughter Beth, who believes she is an orphan, she is half-vampire and about to go through her "transition". Upon her transition she will need to drink the blood of a male vampire to survive and Darius makes a plea to Wrath (one of the last purebred vampires) for his help. Wrath refuses but when Darius is suddenly killed he seeks out Beth and is instantly drawn to her...and so the story begins.

Once I got into it I couldn't put this book down. The only thing that was slightly off putting was the acronyms (I had to look many of them up).
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