Dark Lover by J.R. Ward

Dark Lover

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...

Title:Dark Lover
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ISBN:0451216954
Edition Language:English
Format Type:Mass Market Paperback
Number of Pages:393 pages

Dark Lover Reviews

  • Mel
    Jul 20, 2009

    *channeling Johnny Cash *

    A few dear Goodreads-friends pressured me into reading this and I must say: I'm pleasantly surprised (3,5 stars).

    An interesting and unpredictable plot? Not really. Cliché? Very. Romance and sex? At times the romance was almost sappy and the sex was good but I actually had expected it to be hotter (it's quality people, not quantity!).

    But des

    *channeling Johnny Cash *

    A few dear Goodreads-friends pressured me into reading this and I must say: I'm pleasantly surprised (3,5 stars).

    An interesting and unpredictable plot? Not really. Cliché? Very. Romance and sex? At times the romance was almost sappy and the sex was good but I actually had expected it to be hotter (it's quality people, not quantity!).

    But despite all of the above: I understand the attraction of the books! I liked this book. I might even be on the verge of loving this book. And I really liked Wrath. And I liked the rest of the boys. And I'm fascinated by Zsadist. And I want to read his book (#3). Fast. So I'm buying book #2 (about Rhage) while I'm at it. And I heard book #4 is about Butch. And I want to read that too.

    Did I get addicted? Maybe. But I think I might know why.

    It's because the Brothers are a girl’s fantasy come true. Cause doesn't every girl grow up fantasizing about a guy who is tough and cool but has a soft spot for you? Everybody's scared of him, except for you. Because he loves you. A lot. And no one else. Snapping somebody's neck while he's buying you flowers. *sigh* Meet the Black Dagger Brotherhood.

  • KatLynne
    Nov 03, 2009

    I am always intrigued with the pictures my GR friends add to their reviews. Wanting to get an image of Wrath in those leather pants, I visited photo bucket and this is what I found. While there are no leather pants, I thought he was perfect:)

    This is my first "ad

    I am always intrigued with the pictures my GR friends add to their reviews. Wanting to get an image of Wrath in those leather pants, I visited photo bucket and this is what I found. While there are no leather pants, I thought he was perfect:)

    This is my first "adult" vampire read. I've stayed away from this genre thinking how on earth could I like a hero who drinks blood?! The thought has never been appealing and actually was kind of a turn off. But with the push from my GR friends I caved and took the plunge.

    All I can say is ...WOW, I have really been missing out! I loved this book! Wrath and Beth’s romantic story is intense and kept me on the edge of my seat along with those hot, sexy love scenes. He was such a loner, guarding his feelings and deeper emotions. But when he fell, he fell hard! I particularly enjoyed his first feelings of jealousy….

    I learned a whole slew of new words along with their unique meanings and now volunteer to be Wrath’s

    anytime! My ultimate goal is to become his

    This man is one of the sexiest I've read! I love alpha warrior heroes and this book is filled with sexy, male testosterone. Some were a little scary; some were a lot scary! But they all were fascinating! I also met the enemy, the

    and hope their entire race will be obliterated !

    Thank you Dhes, Jaynie, Dee & Dorsey for encouraging me to read this! It was an intense; erotic, emotional read with just enough laugh out loud moments to make this near perfect. I am intrigued by this band of brothers and can't wait for more!["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>

  • Kat Kennedy
    Feb 09, 2010

    I originally wrote this review in a more innocent time. A time, if you can imagine, when I was a lot less cynical and a lot more likely to give books a break.

    So I did the obligatory drool over the Black Dagger Brotherhood men whilst expressing frustration at the multiple POV's (SO MANY!). I complained about the content and nature of Wrath and Beth's relationship but let it slide because, hey it was just some light-hearted fun.

    A couple of years ago I was at my mother's house when a large, terrify

    I originally wrote this review in a more innocent time. A time, if you can imagine, when I was a lot less cynical and a lot more likely to give books a break.

    So I did the obligatory drool over the Black Dagger Brotherhood men whilst expressing frustration at the multiple POV's (SO MANY!). I complained about the content and nature of Wrath and Beth's relationship but let it slide because, hey it was just some light-hearted fun.

    A couple of years ago I was at my mother's house when a large, terrifying spider began its battle charge toward me with murderous intent gleaming in its eyes (witness accounts may vary...)

    In case you are unaware, I have a deep and unabidding terror of anything with more than six legs.

    The spider racing toward me looked something like this:

    Because she loves me (presumably) and to put a stop to my earsplitting girlie shrieks of "Kill it! Kill IIIIIIIIITTT!" (less presumably) my mother whacked it triumphantly with a shoe.

    It is at this point that hundreds of small, though equally malevolent spider spawn emerged from the crushed remains of their mother, all equally intent on destroying me one little piece at a time.

    I count this as the most traumatic moment of my life. I find it extremely ironic that it was a vacuum cleaner, the bane of my life, that rescued me that night while I jumped on the couch in a fit of apoplectic terror.

    And it is with equal terror that I look upon the undead spawn that has filled the market since Dark Lover first emerged into the reading sphere.

  • Ren
    May 01, 2010

    :

    Allright, this is the first book that start my love for BDB series, and when I know this book will be translated a year ago (at February 2010), I'm excited!!

    Waiting 2-3 months later, no news...

    Waiting 2-3 next months later, still no news...

    And then at July, the publisher said that

    :

    Allright, this is the first book that start my love for BDB series, and when I know this book will be translated a year ago (at February 2010), I'm excited!!

    Waiting 2-3 months later, no news...

    Waiting 2-3 next months later, still no news...

    And then at July, the publisher said that their try so hard to translated this books! Yeaaah, I'm waitiiiiiing...

    Waiting, and waiting, they said this book wll be published at November, and then they decide to decline until December

    I'm still waiting...

    And then they said again, they decline it until March this year!!

    Alright, still I'm waiting, and then when the cover for translated version is coming up :

    I'm speechless and said :

    What the f*ck with that cover !!!

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    .

    .

    Yeah, right =_="

    I think if J.R.Ward know about this cover, she will go ballistic!!

    For the publisher (in this case, GPU) : Thanks to make our dream ruined! You already destroyed this GREAT series with your awfully cover choice. It doesn't matter if you said that the story is great, the story is good. Yes, I know about that! But what with people that don't know about BDB?

    They always buy a book based it cover!

    Did you know what they're thinking when see this book at bookstore? They will think this is a book with "WTF Cover"!! and leave them!

    Note : There are people said that the model at the cover look alike

    No way, at last Keanu is sooo much better!! (Cut that crappy hair!)

    I'll buy this book to know about the translated version, because my friends said this book lack of romance.. Huh? Really? Then, it make me more curious. Will show you all my "NEW COVER" after I bought this!

    .

    .

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    Which I'm not do it. The cover like a hot poker in my eyes *cries*

  • Elle
    Dec 18, 2010

    All you Goodreaders.

    I was sucked in by the high ratings for this series. And the fact that I couldn't go

    on GR without this little red paperback popping up and waving at me.

    blah blaaahh.

    No.

    were the characters???

    Seriously. Where were they?

    were they?

    I could not for the life of me identify who was who and why they were there. And

    did they fall in love? Are you, J.R.Ward, trying to sell me this idea of love-at-first-

    All you Goodreaders.

    I was sucked in by the high ratings for this series. And the fact that I couldn't go

    on GR without this little red paperback popping up and waving at me.

    blah blaaahh.

    No.

    were the characters???

    Seriously. Where were they?

    were they?

    I could not for the life of me identify who was who and why they were there. And

    did they fall in love? Are you, J.R.Ward, trying to sell me this idea of love-at-first-sight-but-first-I'm-going-to-shag-him-senseless-to-be-sure, again????

    Don't misunderstand me Goodreaders. I'm not adverse to filth on paper. Sex is brilliant. It's fun. I wish I had more of it.

    But surely there has to be more than just sex and filth to a good romance?

    I need suspense. I need the romance to develop. Goddammit I need a

    before the clothes come off.

    I will not continue with this series.

    I will, however, keep this little red book on the bottom shelf should the need for quick filth arise in future.

    But I doubt it.

  • Loederkoningin
    Jun 26, 2011

    You have got to be kidding me.

    What author names her main characters, the members of the incredibly dark and dangerous black dagger brotherhood of vampire warriors....*inhales*

    ...Wrath, Tohrment, Vishous, Rhage, Phury and Zsadist?

    And as if that isn't hilarious enough, Ward just doesn't get enough of superlatives to describe how extremely dangerous her vampires - a bunch of interchangeable Conans the Barbarian - actually are. Allow me to quote:

    You have got to be kidding me.

    What author names her main characters, the members of the incredibly dark and dangerous black dagger brotherhood of vampire warriors....*inhales*

    ...Wrath, Tohrment, Vishous, Rhage, Phury and Zsadist?

    And as if that isn't hilarious enough, Ward just doesn't get enough of superlatives to describe how extremely dangerous her vampires - a bunch of interchangeable Conans the Barbarian - actually are. Allow me to quote:

    You know, I was har-har-harring in both amusement and disbelief when I read that..well..nonsense. BUT when you consider that Rhage is just one of the 6 brothers and there are actually 5 more Chippendales in line, waiting to be introduced in painful flowery language as well, let's just say I wasn't laughing anymore. Realization hit me; I actually paid 11 euro's for this trash, which was exactly what I paid for

    as well. And there you have it; there is no justice in this world.

    The problem with

    is that you might presume this is an entirely different book. You may get lured in by this exciting sounding black dagger brotherhood of vampire warriors, erotically charged dark fantasy stuff and the fact that

    is a big fat Goodreads hype. However, what you see is not what you get; which is a silly written fluffy romance novel with large quantities of your typical fluffy romance novel sex (think; celibate, big, bad and totally handsome vampire king falls head over heels in love with this super-gorgeous 25 year old chick and makes her orgasm a dozen of times for the FIRST TIME in her life. Again, YOU HAVE GOT TO BE KIDDING ME!).

    I can imagine that

    can be fabulous escape-the-daily-grind material. So why don't you test yourself by reading the next part. If Wrath totally turns you on, I suggest you get your paws on this book asap! ^^

    Sooo..peaches anyone?

  • Blacky *Romance Addict*
    Jun 03, 2012

    The Black Dagger Brotherhood is the only force between vampires and the evil lessers. They are here to protect the vampire race, and lead them.

    Wrath is the only pure vampire left, he is their King, although he doesn't want to assume the role.

    After one of his closest friends gets killed by the evil enemy, Wrath decides to honor his friend's request, and protect his daughter, Beth.

    Beth doesn't know who her parents are, or that she is part vampire, but after a scary huge guy enters her apartment, her life completely changes. She is drawn to him sexually (how could she not be), and doesn't know what to believe when one of her cop friends accuses him of being a murderer.

    Wrath wants Beth, even though he doesn't want to, but he needs to protect her, and when her change hits, she will need his blood to up her chances of survival.

    Will he be able to stay away from her? Will he be able to watch her mated with someone else without ripping his throat out? We'll see :DDD

    - Excellent! There is a huge dictionary with everything explained in detail, so it REALLY helps, even though all of it is explained in the book as well, but my suggestion is to read it BEFORE you get to the book, you will understand everything a lot better :)

    - Well this will be explained in the book gradually, but the most important thing you need to know is that they DON'T DRINK FROM HUMANS. They can eat food just like normal people, but need blood to survive and stay strong, and that blood has to be from a vampire.

    They're BIG and BADASS, hmmm maybe HUGE and KICKASS would do better ahahhahahah, anyway, they don't do sunlight, and well, all the other tidbits you can find out for yourself :))))))

    - This is VERY easy to read :) Well, at least for me :) I love the way they talk, and swear, and act. We get both MC POVs, even some from the supporting characters. Love that :DDD

    - We are introduced to a LOT of them in this first book. It's hard to keep up in the beginning, but with them having such unusual names, you'll have no problem remembering who's who :)

    The BDB guys are uber-interesting, and we meet some characters from the vampire nobility, as well as some humans that will appear later :))

    The bad guys, Mr. XYOPMGblablablablabla are pretty irritating :DDD but OK they're the bad guys, I guess it shouldn't be a shock ahahahha :D

    - It's pretty hot, with lots of sex scenes, even though i admit it gets hotter in the next books :D Still, Wrath has that something, mmm mmm mmm <3

    Nearing her 25th birthday, Beth has no idea that she's about to go through the change and become a vampire.

    The first encounter with Wrath was full of terror, but when she saw him again *fans self*

    They both know there is an attraction between them, only Beth doesn't try to fight it like Wrath does.

    She realises how extraordinary he is, and falls in love with the fierce vampire King :))))

    As a human, Beth is pretty weak physically, and has no sex urges, until she sees Wrath :D Oh man and what a way to discover them ahahahhahahah

    Those two can't get enough of each other, even though it isn't rational, but when it comes to mates and their connection... Yep :D

    So, even though she is weak physically, as a characters she is fantastic, strong, willing to fight for Wrath and standing by him when he needed it. Just loved her :)

    And when she comforted Rhage, that was one of my favorite scenes in the book :)

    I forgot how great a relationship Wrath and Beth had, because they are the first couple, but truly, I love them and their story <3

    He is the leader of the Black Dagger Brotherhood and the vampire king. His blood is the strongest, and that's why he was needed to help Beth through her transition.

    The attraction was a surprise, but one Wrath couldn't avoid. He wants Beth like no other before, and even though he fights it all the way, he knows he wants to mark her and make her his leelan.

    He is King, but doesn't feel worthy of the title. He has a sad history, and the way his parents died... But soon he will have to make a choice, because the Brotherhood will not survive without strong leadership, and the lessers are growing more and more powerful by the day.

    I just have to say, Wrath is HUGE and badass and pretty cold at the beginning, but we get to see him "melt" and show more and more of his emotions, and that ending with Beth, OMG! I totally forgot about it and it was so so great to see <3 He just loves her so much and I just love him for it even more!!!!!

    He was a jerk a few times ahahhah but the poor guy's people skills are like ZERO ahahhahhah :DD

    Some of my fav scenes were with Wrath and Fritz :DD so funny, and of course with Beth, the transition, the ending *sigh*

    So perfect for each other <3

  • Navessa
    Apr 13, 2013

    : Create a Sue

    This is a female lead that can either be a Mary Sue, a Jerk Sue or a Sympathetic Sue. Just an FYI, most writers go with a Mary, as the ideal of women remaining virgins until they find “The One” is allegedly still vastly appealing to the masses. I suggest creating a heroine that’s never even been

    to a man before. It makes it seem more like it's fate when she meets the male lead and less like you’re trying to shove antiquated bel

    : Create a Sue

    This is a female lead that can either be a Mary Sue, a Jerk Sue or a Sympathetic Sue. Just an FYI, most writers go with a Mary, as the ideal of women remaining virgins until they find “The One” is allegedly still vastly appealing to the masses. I suggest creating a heroine that’s never even been

    to a man before. It makes it seem more like it's fate when she meets the male lead and less like you’re trying to shove antiquated beliefs down your reader’s throats.

    : Create a Ragebeast

    Your male lead should be over six feet tall, have dark hair, tattoos and so much testosterone-inflated muscle that he has to walk through doors sideways. The less he talks, the better. In every scene that you’re tempted to give him dialogue, instead make him brood over something. You’re going for caveman here, modern women don’t want a partner that can communicate feelings or sympathize with emotions. We just want someone who can bench press twice our body weight.

    If you really want to make us swoon, make him a prince too, or an uber-alpha, or a frigging

    . That will fulfill the Princess Fantasy that half of us are infected with thanks to those assholes over at Disney.

    : Make these two the exception to each other’s rules.

    Emotionally cripple the male. He shouldn’t believe in love. Not until he sees your Mary Sue. When he finally lays eyes on her however, you can take that caveman frown and turn it upside down. I suggest blaring Foreigner’s

    on repeat while writing this scene as it will really help you capture the emotion your readers should be feeling at this point.

    And remember that lack of attraction to the opposite sex you’ve afflicted Mary with? Well, when she lays eyes on your beast of a male lead her va-jay-jay should turn into the river Nile.

    : The shmushing together of squishy bits

    Sex. Add it. Lots of it. On a bed, in the bathroom of a club, a stairwell, an alleyway, you get the drift. Just know that the more you mix it up, the better. Repetition is the bane of the sex scene’s existence. Also, we’d really appreciate it if you could avoid using these phrases:

    1. Slippery juices

    • This brings up safety concerns

    2. Clenching womb

    • She’s having sex, not a baby

    3. Pulsating sausage

    • I like breakfast cooked, thanks

    4. Squelch

    • I shouldn’t have to explain this one

    : Don’t forget the mystery!

    As tempting as it may seem, you can’t just fill up three hundred pages with nothing but relationship angst because if you do

    people may hate you. You’ll want to add in an

    plot line to avoid that. Don’t worry, it’s not as hard as it sounds. Make up a creepy crawly bad guy, have him kill some innocent people and maybe torture a kid or rape someone and your readers will immediately hate him and get behind your MCs and their fight for ‘good’. You don’t even have to get that heavy with it. In fact, you can probably squeeze it in between your gymnastic-inspired sex scenes.

    : Climax, the literary kind

    Have the bad guy kidnap the heroine. Feel free to let him slap her around a little and hint at the terrible things he’s going to do to her but don’t get too carried away here as you may offend those with delicate sensitivities. Just before the villain can carry out these dastardly plans, have the hero save your Mary Sue. What? Well yes that’s a little damsel-in-distress-ish but trust me on this, everyone else is doing it too and no one’s complaining about it yet. You want readers or not, lady?

    : HEAs; they’re not just for fairy tales and contemporary romances

    End your book on a high note. Your readers don’t want cliffhangers or dead male leads. They want to see a white dress or a bad guy with coins on his eyes because your ragebeast eviscerated him before rescuing the heroine and taking her back to his ‘lair’ to bang the hell out of her regardless of her emotional, mental or physical bruises.

    One plus of going light on the plotline (like I suggested) is that it makes it easy to wrap things up in a nice little bow. You’re welcome.

    Okay so this all sounds rather critical, and it is. I'm sure you're wondering "So why the four stars?". Well, in my opinion, this author takes all the themes I've mentioned and does them

    which makes for one entertaining and sexy read.


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