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Dark Lover (Black Dagger Brotherhood, Book 1) by [Ward, J.R.]
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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

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“Dark fantasy lovers, you just got served” (New York Times Bestselling Author Lynn Viehl). Return to where it all began—in the first novel in the phenomenal Black Dagger Brotherhood series by #1 New York Times bestselling author J. R. Ward....

The only purebred vampire left on the planet and the leader of the Black Dagger Brotherhood, Wrath has a score to settle with the slayers who killed his parents centuries ago. But when his most trusted fighter is killed—orphaning a half-breed daughter unaware of her heritage or her fate—Wrath must put down his dagger and usher the beautiful female into another world.

Racked by a restlessness in 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 the Brotherhood and blood frighten her. Yet his touch ignites a dawning new hunger—one that threatens to consume them both....


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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2101 KB
  • Print Length: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Berkley (Sept. 6 2005)
  • Sold by: Penguin Group USA
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B000PDYVU2
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars 34 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #2,062 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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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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When I read this book, I didn't know about reviews. Now that I am re reading the series I think it's about time I get on the ball.

Wrath the vamp is totally one of my most favourite to read, watching him go from being this bad ass warrior to this Hellan. Is truly remarkable.

He is knows he is going blind and that its enviable but he is fight it just like he is fighting his bloodline. His father was King of the race so he now in turn will become King. But he isn't ready to put up his sh*tkickers just yet he has a lot of fight left in him.

Beth just a normal every day human, only she isn't she is in transition. Meaning she is going to become vampire or she will parish in the turning.

Watching these two is beautiful and heart warming. A love story for the age.

Also all the fun characters we meet along the way. Wraths brothers, all show up and they are kick ass fighting machines against the omega and his minions.

FLOVE this book..
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