Thursday, September 10, 2009

Dark Lover (Black Dagger Brotherhood #1)

Ok, I have to admit it. I wasn't too sure that I would enjoy Dark Lover by J. R. Ward. Looking at the cover (I know don't judge, right?) and the title, I thought it would be some cheesy romance novel with a vampire thrown into the mix. Not really my type of book at all. However, I kept reading how people just LOVED this series. So, fine, got a few of the books and picked this one up and started reading.

Here is where I apologize to the author for thinking such a thing. I really enjoyed this book. This is what belongs on a paranormal romance bookshelf. Yes, it is a romance book, but by no means a gushy one (yes, I make words up!). It does contain it's fair share of violence as the brotherhood is a violent bunch. However, the main female character, Beth, is no wilting flower. I, for one, was very happy with that characterization. She was smart, intelligent, and willing to defend what she found important. This is what won over Wrath, the blind king and subsequently allowed him to be vulnerable for the first time in his long life. I will say that the twists and turns in this story were predictable, but it still didn't take away from the story for me.

I very much enjoyed Wrath and Beth's story and I am now looking forward to reading about the rest of the brotherhood. Unfortunately I still feel the same way about the titles and covers. If you are looking for a good vampire romance and don't mind a bit of blood and guts to your story, do pick this book up. You won't be disappointed.


  1. This series is a must read. The characters are incredible! I was hooked from book one and can't wait till book 8 comes out next year!

  2. I love this series! I'm waiting for the next book, Lover Mine, to come out in 2010. It's my favorite character's book.

  3. I really liked Dark Lover, but as with other series that go on (and on, and on, and on...-cough- anita blake -cough-) there is this threshold you hit where it gets kind of repetitive. The thing that tended to bother me was how the guys in the books always talk ghetto. "True 'dat" and what not. If you want to read a hilarious review of the book (that is also very judgmental and ruthless) checkout Smart Bitches, Trashy books:

    It's a really funny review. More like a roast.

  4. Oh I really got into this series. Great review

  5. This is a great series - I also picked up book 1 unsure of whether I'd like it or not, but I read the next books all within a week - I got so sucked in!


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