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Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Dark Lover by J.R. Ward

“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 their enemies 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-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 before. Beth Randall is helpless against the dangerously sexy man who comes to her 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…” –book cover
Beth used to be a normal girl, ok a stunningly beautiful normal girl. She don’t know her parents and she’s working as a journalist for Caldwell’s paper, bored and dreaming for adventure. They say be careful what you wish for, and in Beth’s case it turned out to be true. When an immense dark man made his way into her life, claiming to know her father, life as she always known it is about to change drastically, for better or for worst?
It took me quite a while, and a lot of pressure from my pairs, to finally pick up that series because those romance-y covers just didn’t make it for me. Yes, yes I am evil judging book by their covers, I know it. But I was really scared this would be filled with sex scenes and in that department, I appreciate moderation. And I would like to thank everyone who pushed me to read the series, because I was NOT disappointed.
I loved the dangerous yet easy-going (most of the time) relation between the brothers. The strong alpha male vibes emanating from them all, but especially from Wrath. I loved Beth’s attitude, her fears but her strong character made her real. She might look like a runway model, but she could stand up for herself and I liked that.
I found my favorite moments of the book were when Wrath and Beth were together, and I was nicely surprised that even though there are quite a couple sex scenes they blend in perfectly and didn’t slow down the plot.
I really liked how Wrath wanted Beth, yet he didn’t think he was good enough for her and wanted to push her away, but he just couldn’t bring himself to do it. I really loved a specific scene when one of the brothers was hurt and Beth stepped in to help, Wrath’s reaction was priceless.
I liked every single one of the brothers, ok maybe not Zsadist so much, but I can feel there is something more to him than eyes can see, and I can’t wait to find out more about him. They each have their own curse, but they are fighting together for their own race. They are strong, fierce, dedicated but they are also vulnerable and I appreciate that.
The idea of lessers, soulless humans hunting the vampires was colorful and original. I enjoyed hating them and I hope the Brotherhood gets the best out of them.
Overall this is a great adult series, if you haven’t started this series yet, don’t make the mistake I did by waiting any longer before reading it. It’s a  great world with a perfect balance of darkness and love. Original, fast-paced, action-packed, with the right touch of humor. Speaking of which, here’s a quote for you. It’s the very last sentences of the book, but fear not, not spoilers in it!
There was a rolling swell of laughter. Someone pitched a napkin.
Fritz brought in desert.
“Please. if you would,” the butler said, “no throwing the linens. Peaches,anyone?”
Read an Excerpt

Black Brotherhood Series:
Dark Lover
Lover Eternal
Lover Awakened
Lover Revealed
Lover Unbound
Lover Enshrined
Lover Avenged
Lover Mine

Book Stats:

Mass Market Paperback: 416 pages
Publisher: Signet (MM); 9th edition (Sep 6 2005)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0451216954 
ISBN-13: 978-0451216953

Book Source: Personal Shelf.

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9 People left their mark' :

  1. I have been holding out on this one as well, despite peer pressure! I have also given in and ordered it from the library. Glad you enjoyed it and hope I do to!

  2. WooHoo welcome to the i heart BDB club! Wrath is such an awesome Brother and King, i love the dynamics of the brothers together. One of my all time favourite series, hope you get to love them as i do hun (psst..Z's book is heart warmingly awesome too :D )

  3. Nice review :) ,looks interesting actually,and I've been wanting to give this book a try,so maybe I will!

  4. Great review, this is one of my favorite series and they only get better from here, glad you enjoyed!

  5. Bwahaha...Welcome to the Dark Side ;)

    Love this series, I didn't want to read it at first either b/c it didn't sound like something I would enjoy. Boy was I wrong!!!

  6. I love this series!

    Welcome to the BDB club, once you are in there is no leaving. Lucky thing is unlike fight club we do talk about it :)

  7. Exactly! Enjoy the ride of the Brotherhood. This series is EPIC. Can't wait for more. :)

  8. As you know, I wasn't terribly thrilled with my venture into this series. I have heard, though, that the earlier books are better. Glad you enjoyed it!