In the shadows of the night in Caldwell, New York, there’s a deadly turf war going 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 more than Wrath, the leader of the Black Dagger Brotherhood…
The only purebred vampire left on the planet, 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 – orphaning a half-breed daughter unaware of her heritage or her fate – Wrath must usher the beautiful female into the world of the undead…
Racked by a restlessness in her body that wasn’t there, Beth Randall is helpless against the dangerously sexy man who comes at night with shadows in his eyes. His tales of brotherhood and blood frighten her. But his touch ignites a dawning hunger that threatens to consume them both….
I get more recommendations from other bloggers to read the Black Dagger Brotherhood series than all other books combined. I was promised brutally hot vampires, fascinating mythology, classic romance, and a keep you up all night story. It was a lot to live up to, and DARK LOVER didn’t disappoint.
The Black Dagger Brotherhood are a group of lethal vampires who protect their kind from lessers, humans who have traded their souls to Omega in exchange for immortality. Humans don’t really enter into the equation usually except as collateral damage, and contrary to popular myth, vampires only feed from each other.
The leader of the BDB is Wrath. He’s big, bad, and ruthless. He cares about no one except his brothers, until he meets Beth, a half human about to go through her Transition into a vampire. She awakens a protective side of himself he never knew. I honestly was expecting Wrath to be actually a little evil. Despite all his threats and everyone else’s warnings, I found him to be more bark than bite. I was a little let down by that (I’m hoping some of the other brothers will prove to be more wicked—at least initially). And I would have preferred a more gradual romance, but as far as instant attraction goes, the futon scene when Wrath and Beth first meet is crazy hot.
For once the hype was right. The BDB series looks to become a new favorite for me. We meet all the Black Dagger Brothers in DARK LOVER, some more briefly than others, but underneath all the smoldering sexuality and gruff exterior, they each hold the promise of redemption. I already know I’m dying to read Zsadist’s story (#3 LOVER AWAKENED). I plan to be fully caught up by the time the ninth book in this series, LOVER UNLEASHED, comes out on March 29, 2011.