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Dark Lover by J. R. Ward
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Dark Lover

by J. R. Ward

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Series: Black Dagger Brotherhood (1)

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3,8861751,323 (4.03)79
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    Kiss of Midnight by Lara Adrian (AngelLocke)
    AngelLocke: These are almost as good as The Black Dagger Brotherhood. I loved them.
  2. 30
    Jacob by Jacquelyn Frank (OmaRoses)
    OmaRoses: Hot & Steamy with the same "mate"/obsessive type of relationships & hot male characters
  3. 30
    The Darkest Night by Gena Showalter (Mumugrrl, SunnySD)
    Mumugrrl: Similar in tone, plot and characterization.
  4. 10
    If Angels Burn by Lynn Viehl (The_Holy_Terror)
  5. 00
    Pleasure Unbound by Larissa Ione (Vonini)
    Vonini: Both books feature paranormal romance and an urban setting.
  6. 00
    Darkness Dawns by Dianne Duvall (BookLizard)
    BookLizard: Steamy romances between "damaged" alpha males and strong females, with an overarching plot connecting each book.
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    Night Pleasures by Sherrilyn Kenyon (al.vick)
  8. 00
    My Wicked Enemy by Carolyn Jewel (TheBooknerd)
  9. 01
    When Twilight Burns by Colleen Gleason (The_Holy_Terror)
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Oh my! Make sure you have a cool cloth on hand to pat your brow down when the book gets over heated! LOL

I'm not a romance novel kind of person. I usually hate them because the female characters always seem like damsels in distress and I've always been more of a Ripley Gonna Kick Some Alien Ass kind of chick. So when a friend suggested I read this I was hesitant.

I thought the universe of the vampires and the "lessers" was considered and written well. I think JR Ward did a pretty good job of creating a world of vampires, they're own history and spiritual paths outside of the human race. Yes, they're still not completely bad guys but they're not sparkling diamonds either.

If you want all the stuff that Twilight was missing, like sex and real vampires, this is the book for you. Oh yes, there is lots of sex in this book. It's not 50 Shades of Grey sex but it is hot and steamy nonetheless.

So yeah, if you want some literary lovin' and vampires and a pretty good worked out 'verse, this is good choice for you. I'm not sure if I'm going to continue reading the series or not. I liked the main characters in this novel and it seems that the second novel picks up with two different characters. I'd much rather read about the two characters from this novel. ( )
  wendithegray | May 1, 2017 |
Review originally posted on Goodreads.

It took me the longest time to really get into this book because I could not get over what the author decided to name the brothers. Seriously? As soon as I was able to get past that (and some cheesy, cliched descriptions), I absorbed the book in one sitting and can't wait to read more! Another guilty pleasure added to the reading list~ ( )
  apollymipanthos | Feb 25, 2017 |
Wow. I was really surprised with the story between Wrath and Beth as well as the closeness of the "brotherhood." I don't read para normal or sci fi, because it is easier, for me, just to read contemporary. This was contemporary, romantic, sexy, and hot. The writing is flawless.

Will I continue to read more para normal and sci fi... Maybe... Probably... I know that i will continue reading the Black Dagger Brotherhood series. I half way though #2... Lover Eternal ( )
  Sunshine22222 | Feb 19, 2017 |
Wow. I was really surprised with the story between Wrath and Beth as well as the closeness of the "brotherhood." I don't read para normal or sci fi, because it is easier, for me, just to read contemporary. This was contemporary, romantic, sexy, and hot. The writing is flawless.

Will I continue to read more para normal and sci fi... Maybe... Probably... I know that i will continue reading the Black Dagger Brotherhood series. I half way though #2... Lover Eternal ( )
  Sunshine22222 | Feb 19, 2017 |
Dark Lover
3 Stars

Synopsis
As the half-human daughter of a vampire warrior, Beth Randall is one the verge of huge changes in her life. In order to survive her transition, Beth will require the help, and blood, of a vampire male. Wrath, the fierce leader of the Black Dagger Brotherhood and the last pure-blood vampire is the perfect candidate and as a result of his debt to Beth's father finds himself in the unwanted position of helping Beth. However, when the two come together sparks fly and they are irresistibly drawn to one another.

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This is my second attempt at starting Dark Lover as I was initially unable to suspend my disbelief in order to complete the book. Things went more smoothly this time perhaps because I have read more PNR since then. Even though the first sex scene between Beth & Wrath made absolutely no sense to me,(what woman who has just been the victim of a sexual assault has sex with a complete stranger), I was able to get past it.

Let's begin with the most problematic aspects of the book - the plot and the dialogue. The story is mediocre to say the least. The villain is completely one dimensional and his plan to destroy the vampires overly simplistic. Moreover, his name, Mr. X, kept reminding me of Steven Williams' more ominous character in The X-Files, and as such, his failure to deliver is even more disappointing. In addition, the Satanic-like cult, whose members smell like baby powder, cannot possibly be considered a serious threat and are merely slightly annoying.

The dialogue is truly awful. The male characters sound like overgrown teenagers making a lame attempt at "gangster speak". Seriously? What rational adult uses words like "bro", "deal", what's up", "zip it" etc.?

On a more positive note, the vampire mythos is interesting and well developed. The fact that the vampires eat food is particularly appealing as the lack of food consumption is the one thing that bothers me about vampires in other series such as Lara Adrian's Midnight Breed and Tina Folsom's Scanguard's Vampires.

The romance between Beth and Wrath is enjoyable and they make a cute couple, especially at the end. Their fight scene with the Lessers is also entertaining.

While it is difficult at first to distinguish between the various members of the brotherhood, they ultimately develop singular personality traits and become very intriguing, especially Rhage (can't wait to find out more about his curse), Zsadist (can't resist a tortured hero) and Butch (his relationship with Marissa has definite potential).

In conclusion, despite my issues with this book, I will give the next one a try as I've heard that the series does improve in later installments. ( )
  Lauren2013 | Nov 19, 2016 |
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Author nameRoleType of authorWork?Status
Ward, J. R.primary authorall editionsconfirmed
Frangione, JimReadermain authorsome editionsconfirmed
Ahonen, Markesecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Esener, Turhansecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Lukács, Lászlónésecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Richard, LaurenceTraductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Dedicated to: / You, with awe and love. / Thank you for coming and finding me. / And for showing me the way. / It was the ride of a lifetime, / the best I've ever had.
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Darius looked around the club, taking in the teeming, half-naked bodies on the dance floor. Screamer's was packed tonight, full of women wearing leather and men who looked like they had advanced degrees in violent crime.
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"No one has ever spoken to me as you just did."

Shit.

"I'm really sorry. I just can't understand why --"

Wrath dragged her into his arms and hugged her hard, talking in that other language again. When he pulled back, he ended the monologue with something that sounded like leelan.

"Is that vampire talk for bitch?" she asked.

(p.248, chapter 31)
"Now tell me something. What's your word for husband?"

"Hellren, I suppose. The short version is just Hell."

She laughed softly. "Go figure."

(p.347, chapter 47)
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Wrath, the leader of a Brotherhood of warrior vampires is entrusted with assisting the half-human daughter of one of his comrades with her "transition" -- the physical and sexual maturation of vampires, in which they need the blood of a fellow vampire of the opposite sex. He is prepared to do his duty and then send her away, but finds himself inexplicably drawn to her. The only problem is that he and his warrior brethren are fighting an army of undead slayers, who are aiming to turn up the heat on the brethren, and Beth isn't the only destiny he's been dodging.
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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.

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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.… (more)

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