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J.R. Ward : Dark Lover: A Novel of the Black Dagger Brotherhood (Signet Eclipse)
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Author: J.R. Ward
Title: Dark Lover: A Novel of the Black Dagger Brotherhood (Signet Eclipse)
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Published in: English
Binding: Mass Market Paperback
Pages: 416
Date: 2005-09-06
ISBN: 0451216954
Publisher: Signet
Weight: 0.6 pounds
Size: 1.16 x 4.3 x 6.86 inches
Edition: Black Dagger Brotherhood, Book 1
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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.

Reviews: Carifaye25 (USA) (2009/08/14):
Fiance' introduced this writer to me, we have since bought the entire series and look forward to more.
Dark, powerful, enticing read. Not for children or the easily offended.




Jeanne (Canada) (2012/01/17):
My rating: B+



Marianne (Australia) (2012/05/15):
Dark Lover is the first of the Black Dagger Brotherhood series by J.R.Ward. The Black Dagger Brotherhood, are the elite of the vampire world in Caldwell, New York. Wrath, Darius, Rhage, Phury, Zsadist, Vishous, and Tohrment (yes, the names are a bit gimmicky) are dedicated to defending civilian vampires from an organisation of de-souled humans, the lessers, who are intent on slaying all vampires. When Darius is murdered, he leaves behind a half-human daughter, journalist Beth Randall, who is unaware of her parentage, her heritage and the fact that she is soon due to transform into a vampire herself. Much as he would like to avoid any involvement with her, Wrath has promised to look after her, but once he meets her, he finds his priorities changing. Add to the mix a human cop who is half in love with Beth, a female vampire who has been Wrath’s blood source for years and a vampire doctor who is trying to find an artificial blood source, and you have an interesting situation. In this different, modern take on vampires, Ward has created an alternate world on which to base her series. Part Mills & Boon, part paranormal/fantasy, this novel has enough plot and character to make it strangely compelling. While the males are, in places, a bit stereotypical, there’s a nice camaraderie between them and the heroine is a strong character; there’s plenty of romance and a few hot sex scenes. This paranormal romance tells Wrath’s story. A further seven books in the series concentrate on the other Brotherhood members, and I look forward to reading each one.



ceecee (USA: CA) (2015/01/07):
This is the first book in the series and I have to say I'm hooked. I just received the next few books in the series and I can't wait to read them.

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.

Wrath is 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.

This book was primarily about Wrath the undisputed King of the vampires and Elizabeth the half human daughter to Darius a now deceased brother to Wrath. The book begins with Darius asking his king, Wrath, for a favor. He requests that he give his blood for his daughters transition. Wrath declines, only to accept when he find out that Darius was killed in a bomb that same evening. He agrees to aid in her transition as payment for the services Darius has given him for centuries.

Upon meeting Beth (Elizabeth) his lust is stirred for the first time since his transition. He wants her and has little to no control over the effect. He has lived for centuries and has no real clue as to how to woo Beth. He tries and feels like a failure. Beth feels like she comes alive with him and no amount of odd behavior or curt manners will push her away. She wants him and she knows he wants her.

This book was written by many points of views and has many story lines that intertwined. It's a fantastic story that kept me on pins and needles most of the way through. I can't see anyone not loving this book. I just hope the rest are just as good.



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