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Dark Lover: The First Novel of the Black Dagger Brotherhood Mass Market Paperback – February 19, 2014
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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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“Dark fantasy lovers, you just got served.”—New York Times bestselling author Lynn Viehl
“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
“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. The Black Dagger Brotherhood series promises tons of thrills and chills.”—RT Book Reviews
“You will lose yourself in this world; it is different, creative, dark, violent, and flat-out amazing.”—All About Romance
“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
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“To die for. I love this series!”—New York Times bestselling author Suzanne Brockmann
“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
“Hold on tight for an intriguing, adrenaline-pumping ride.”—Booklist
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- Publisher : Berkley (February 19, 2014)
- Language : English
- Mass Market Paperback : 432 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0451468104
- ISBN-13 : 978-0451468109
- Item Weight : 7 ounces
- Dimensions : 4.2 x 1.09 x 6.8 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #33,700 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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And that's what happened with this book.
It started out really good, and I was soon encaptured in the story. And the moment came when Wrath was to meet Beth. And they had sex. Wait... what? He comes into her apartment and she is so scared he is going to kill her so she has sex with him? I know that's not why she does but come on! Her lust is so strong that she just has to have him now? And not even 24hours ago she was nearly raped.
This ruined it for me. However I kept reading because... well dammit I spent money on this book so I'm getting my money's worth at least. The rest of the book was good though. I enjoyed the characters (even though I laughed at their names... wrath, lol phury?). There was enough action to keep me entertained and I did enjoy the romance between Wrath and Beth.
The one thing I can't stand is when an author writes about about a woman having sex with a stranger (someone they literally just laid eyes on) because the lust is SO strong, that they just have to. I mean come on. Maybe other people like that or think it's sexy. That's fine I'm not judgmental. But in my eyes ,it just makes the heroine look weak and desperate.
Before I bought this book, like I do with any book I buy, I read the reviews. Good and bad I read them to get an idea of the book and whether it will be good. A lot of the reviews were good and I actually expected better from this book.
1. the Bad Guy is transphobic, misogynistic and on top of being painful, rude, and awful to read its just _lazy_. Villians can do better.
Lots of dead hookers, but that's sort of ok, right? its just part of the plot. :(
2. there is a scene where after _never_ ever seeing or hearing the Bad Guy having dogs, he has pitbulls, and they are set upon the heroine, to attack her / kill her. Another bit of super painful reading because pitbulls don't already have enough bad press we need it to be a _random_ way to allow the heroine to be attacked. Worse is when a line about guards can be set to fight each other is used to set the dogs to fight one another. Its awful and completely irrelevant to the actual scene.
3. others have mentioned the names. They are laughably bad.
The writing, sex, and hero/heroine are actually great. I love Beth a LOT, she puts up with a lot without backing down, and that's pretty awesome.
sadly, wouldnt recommend this
Dark Lover is the first book of the series and we get an introduction to the Brothers of The Black Dagger Brotherhood, who they are and how they are fighting a war with the Lessening Society, which is evil.
Wrath, is the brother who is supposed to be King, but he would rather be out in the streets fighting with his brothers. In a conversation he has with his brother Darius, he has been asked to help Darius with bringing his daughter into the transformation from human to vampire, as she is unaware she is even going to change and Darius doesn't want her to be alone. Wrath says he can't. The same night Darius gets killed when he starts his car and it blows up.
Wrath decides he needs to meet Darius's daughter Beth and when she needs he will be there. Of course Beth can't believe anything he says. What happens and everything else makes this book the awesome first of a series that it is!
I gave this book 5 stars and am rereading all of them!
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So before you skip off trust me on this I've read 100's of book's from erotica to paranormal and this is the first book in an awesome vampire series. Years on from this first one we've got another 11 novels and with quite a few spin off's. Don't get me wrong there are one or two not quite up to 5* but you'll read them because they become part of your life.
Every vampire warrior gets his/her story. The stories will make you laugh and cry and that's only because you get know each individual one along the way.
This first book will forever hold a piece of my heart. It helped me recover from an illness that made me feel numb.
Wrath the king of the vampires and Beth his new wife were what stories were meant to be. A warrior who would kill for the woman he loved while sheltering her from a new life that changed her world completely.
The Brotherhood are a band of alpha male warriors fighting an evil that would kill anything that got in its way.
Loved the whole world of vampires living amongst us and where dreams can and do come true.
Oh! and the sex was hot and passionate ;-)
Ward's rich modern world depicts much of the common vampire lore we know, but also adds some nice twists, such as; class structure, mating practices and a deity. The writing has a great balance of description and action, and unlike so many other PNR stories, the plot doesn't take second place to the romance. Yes, there is plenty of (steamy!) romance through the the book, but there is also an interesting antagonist with a deadly mission and a rich supporting cast with layers and depths of their own.
From the romance angle, another thing that Ward does so well is the strong Female Lead. This is a hard thing to do in an Alphamale romance, where many authors fall into the trap of claiming the women are strong, before turning them into brainless cabbages once a strong pair of shoulders come along. Ward doesn't make the FL butch or cold but maintains her strength of character through the book, and ensure that the relationship with the muscled fearsome alpha male is one of equality. All in all there are so many winning qualities in this book, that I would even be tempted to recommend it to people not familiar with the vampire genre. It has definitely become a firm favourite of mine and an author I will avidly follow.
This series has been recommended to me by a few friends so I'm very happy I've finally read the first book.
The brotherhod vampires are all dark, brooding, hot bad-a$$es (especially Wrath...phew I want more of him!) and I loved that the heroine Beth, was strong but caring. She wasn't afraid to stand up to the very dominant Wrath and say what she thought, she adapted well to the dangerous new world she was forced into because of her previously unknown parentage. There was humour here and I loved the banter between the brothers and Butch, the human cop.
The only thing that let it down for me (hence not 5 stars) were the baddies, the lessers. They weren't bad enough, they were just....lesser! I want to hate the bad guys as much as I want to love the "good" guys, but for me they were a bit flat.
Saying that I did enjoy it a lot and will definitely be reading the next installment.
I had this series recommended to me in Facebook so started last week on book one, and just about to start book 3, and enjoyed them all, and looking forward to the rest of the 18 or so books, plus the other series she has.
A different twist on vampires with romance. If this is a genre you enjoy I strongly urge you to give it a whirl!