Review: Dark Lover by J.R. Ward

February 6, 2011 Uncategorized 12

Dark Lover (Black Dagger Brotherhood, #1)

Title: Dark Lover
Author: J. R. Ward
Series: Black Dagger Brotherhood #1
Cover Art: N/A
Genre: Paranormal Romance

Excerpt: Yes
Source: Bought
Reviewed by: Abigail

  • Mass Market Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Signet (September 6, 2005)
  • ISBN-10: 0451216954
  • ISBN-13: 978-0451216953
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Sexual Content:
Several graphic sex scenes. Attempted rape with semi graphic details.


My Rating:

Excellent – Loved it! Buy it now & pre-order the sequel.


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.


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12 Responses to “Review: Dark Lover by J.R. Ward”

  1. Kristen My Bookish Fairy Tale

    OMG!! This series is amazing! I love the brothers! Zsadist is my favorite brother! Heartbreaking story I cannot wait to see what you think of the rest of the series. Glad to have found another Brother Lover!

  2. ladystorm

    Yep, I have people trying to get me to read this series too but I didn't like J.R.Ward's Covet books so I have been leary..I finally got a ebook of the first one that you just read so maybe I will get to it in a few weeks. 🙂 Right now I am reading the Fever series that was also recommended by the same little group of peoople. 🙂

  3. clairlnz

    I just read this book again. For me this is the series that all other are stacked against. I know it's not for everyone but it sure works for me.

  4. Paranormal Haven

    You're just NOW reading this series? Ok, I really shouldn't talk, I still haven't read the Fever series, Kate Daniels and a few other massively popular UF/PNR books. BDB is what got me addicted to this genre. One of my all time favs. I'm glad you like it and I can't wait to see what you think of the rest of the series!

    Stephanie G
    Paranormal Haven

  5. WonderBunny

    I'm glad I'm not the only one just reading this series (or book) for the first time. I finished it Friday. I do see why it gets all the hype but I'm not sure I'm convinced to read the others. I do have another one in the series (#3 or #4) so I'll read that and I'm curious about the Zsadist book so I'll probably check that one out too.

    Good review!

  6. Abigail [All Things Urban Fantasy]

    Kristen – I just started Zsadist's story. What a character! Parts of it have been hard to read about already, but I can't wait to see him transform!

    Ladystorm – A lot BDB fans were very disappointed in the Covet series, so don't let it hold you back from this one. And I love the Fever series, much more UF than the BDB series which is completely PNR.

    Clairlnz – I get the appeal. I'm a sucker for the strong alpha male type and it doesn't get much more alpha than BDB.

    Stephanie – What! Kate Daniels & Fever are probably my top two UF series ever! Go read them immediately.

    WonderBunny – I've been meaning to for years and thought Valentine's day was the perfect time to start them. I've got them loaded up on my Kindle and I'm loving them. Zsadist grabbed my attention too. His story starts in book 2, so make sure you read that first.

    Smash Attack – Me too! I can't believe I waited this long.

  7. Danielle

    Glad you liked this one!
    Hype is right – but it't also well-deserved.
    Awesome review. Can't wait to see what you think of the other books (there's a few to read through!)

  8. Beth Woodward

    I love BDB! It's my favorite paranormal romance series. I honestly think they get better as you keep going, because you get more of an opportunity to know the characters BEFORE their solo books. Plus, the worldbuilding is excellent.

  9. kimscarecrow

    Awesome! Tor is my favorite brother, but Phury's book (Lover Enshrined) is my favorite book. I'm excited for the new one too.

  10. Abigail [All Things Urban Fantasy]

    Danielle – Finally a series that deserves it's rapid fan base. I think that's why I waited so long to start the BDB series. I really didn't expect them to be as good as everyone said.

    Beth – Totally agree. I'm on book 3 right now and can't wait to read more.

    Kimscarecrow – what number is that. I'm trying to squeeze as many in between titles I'm scheduled to review. It's so hard not to just ignore my TBR pile an just devour the whole BDB series 🙂

  11. France

    When I first started reading this series a while back, I was trying to find something that kept my interest like the Twilight series. I read the reviews on these books and thought I would try it out and now I'm like Edward who???? I absolutely LOVE this series. I cannot get enough. I am on my second time reading this series. With every book I fall in love with each brother. I just can't get enough. Wonderful Reading… 🙂 Now I have some friends in Love as well.. A Definate Must Read and Re-Read Series!