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Review: Dark Lover by J.R. Ward

Hey all, Dani here.

I love when book reading friends recommend books to me. I have found a number of new favorite books and/or series based on people suggesting I check something out. So when my friend David mentioned his favorite series several time, I had to check it out. Yes, I know it’s probably odd that I had never tried to read the Black Dagger Brotherhood before, but I’m happy to say that I am now a fan.



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.

My Thoughts

Rating: 4.5 stars

I guess I should also probably admit that I bought the e-book bundle from Barnes & Noble so this was in a collection of books 1-4, and I’ll be jumping into book two very soon. This is not my first foray into steamy paranormal romance. I rather enjoyed reading the Lords of the Underworld series by Gena Showalter, and the Demonica series by Larissa Ione, and the Goddess Summoning series by P.C. Cast.

Basically what I’m saying with all of this is that these types of books are rather formulaic, and yet that doesn’t detract from my enjoyment of the books in the slightest. I mean the summary alone is enough to tell you that Wrath and Beth are going to meet, connect intimately, and go through some turmoil, before settling into their happily for now at the end. And yet, I still enjoy meeting the characters and following the journey.

I will admit that I read stories like this one and dream of meeting that person who I just connect with immediately, and having some sort of storybook romance life. And I usually find these to be quick reads.

I rather enjoyed meeting the Brotherhood. I am excited for the prospect of future books just so I can get more with all of them. My real surprise from this book was how much I grew to like Butch. He was a gruff cop who didn’t exactly follow procedure in the beginning, and by the end I was really rooting for him and his potential romantic future.

There was also an interesting take on vampires in this book, so I actually found myself liking that too.

So my slightly lowered rating was simply because of the predictability factor. But I’m glad I read this, and I’m looking forward to the next installment, which apparently follows Rhage aka Hollywood.

Where to Buy

You can pick Dark Lover up from Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Books-a-million, Book Depository, or your local indie bookstore.

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