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Dark Lover (Black Dagger Brotherhood #1) by J.R. Ward


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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.


“Some bridges you crossed on your own, no matter who drove you to the edge”

I loved this book. The plot was fast paced and constantly had my attention. I didn’t want to put it down! The vampires were so different from usual and their backstories were well thought out and unique. I liked that the vampires were the ‘good guys’ and the vampire hunters were the ‘bad guys’. I thought that that brought an interesting dynamic to the story.

The different points of view were intriguing. Each character had a unique and distinct voice. I don’t usually enjoy that many different point of views but I liked it here and thought it was done well.

The characters were great. I loved each of the members of the Black Dagger Brotherhood (even Zsadist). I just want to take a moment to say I loved their names. Wrath, Zsadist, Phury, Rhage, Tohrment, and Vishous. While some people might think that they have cheesy names, I absolutely loved them. They were so unique and different from normal male names. I applaud J.R. Ward for making that decision. They were each funny and unique. They’re personalities were so different from normal male protagonists. I liked that each of them had a weakness/curse. I felt like that that aspect humanized them in a way. I can’t wait to read each of their stories.

Beth was great as well. For this giant change in her life to happen suddenly, she held her own. I was shocked at her strength and her bravery. Wrath was such a doll. I loved him. He was so intimidating and scary on the outside but actually a puppy on the inside. Once Beth got to know him, he was sweet and caring. I loved his character and his backstory.

You know when you are reading a book and the characters will say something stupid or won’t speak up when you want them to leading you to mentally admonish them? Well this is probably the first book I have ever read where that didn’t happen. I thought a few times got close but J.R. Ward would change direction and I would be so grateful. I’ve never had that happen and I was really surprised. Once again, I have to applaud J.R. Ward. I loved her writing and I can’t wait to read the next book!

Other Books in the Series:

4.25 🍁s ~ Lover Eternal (Black Dagger Brotherhood #2) by J.R. Ward

5 🍁s ~ Lover Awakened (Black Dagger Brotherhood #3) by J.R. Ward

4.75 🍁s ~ Lover Unbound (Black Dagger Brotherhood #5) by J.R. Ward

4 🍁s ~ Lover Enshrined (Black Dagger Brotherhood #6) by J.R. Ward

4.25 🍁s ~ Lover Avenged (Black Dagger Brotherhood #7) by J.R. Ward

4 🍁s ~ Lover Mine (Black Dagger Brotherhood #8) by J.R. Ward

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