Review: Dark Lover (Black Dagger Brotherhood, #1) by J.R. Ward

Monday, July 25
My rating:
5 Stars… 

What I loved:

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.


I am so warm and fuzzy over this book right now!

This was my attempt at tentatively dipping my toes in the PNR pool, after having said toes rotted off by Twilight. How I despised those books, and - by association - how I despised vampires, werewolves and anything paranormal. 10 years on, I was ready to try again.

What I loved:

- Ward takes the time to build Beth & Wrath's relationship, through their inner dialogue, their conversations, and the time they spend together. I love that I didn't have a WTF moment, wondering why they were suddenly in love.
- I liked the insecurity and vulnerability in Wrath's inner dialogue. I loved how he doubted himself, how he felt unworthy, and how Beth bolstered his confidence. I don't think you could create two better suited people.
- No misunderstandings or teenaged trust issues - YAY! Happy dancing all over that one.
- Do you know, honestly... I would have read this without the romance and still been thrilled with the book. My absolute favourite part of the story was the bond & loyalty within the brotherhood, followed closely by the way they rage out. The way Rhage beasts out - I cannot even. Apparently I was babbling at my kindle when he howled so loud the trees bowed. And then, the way Wrath takes care of him. Sigh.
- Even the peripheral characters had my heart. I cheered when Marissa and Butch met, and I was almost screaming at my kindle when I felt Zsadist was mistreated.
- The way the brothers communicated with Boo. Because, cat lady.

What I didn’t love:

- Mr X was such a wanker. But he was supposed to be, so I guess it's not a bad thing. I couldn't wait for him to get his beans.
- I wish Mr X didn't have pitbulls. I have a pitbull marshmallow, and so it makes me sad when bad things happen to them in books.


Massive thank you hugs to everyone who rec'd this - you were not wrong.
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