Author: J.R. Ward
Series: Black Dagger Brotherhood #1
Publisher: Piatkus Books
Date: July 2007
Genres: Urban Fantasy
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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.
Well! I don’t know what I was expecting from this book but what I got certainly wasn’t it! From the title and some reviews I had read I had thought that this would be an adult vampire story where the main focus was on the relationship between the 2 main characters. I had also thought, being an adult vampire book it would have a few sex scenes thrown in for the sake of making it an adult book and that would be that. But I couldn’t have been more wrong!
This is soooooo much more than a meaningless vampire love story. There is an excellent plot, unbelievably well written characters, suspense, realism and a believable romance. I was hooked. Literally from the first page I couldn’t put it down. For three nights in a row I have read into the early hours of the morning completely consumed by this story.
The story is told from several POV’s. I liked this. It worked well for this type of story. It was nice to get inside the head of all the characters. It made me feel like I knew them better and understood the reasons behind things that they did. And each character was so vastly different! Beth, the half vampire (who doesn’t know it yet), Wrath the leader of the Black Dagger Brotherhood, Butch the local police officer, & Mr X, the bad guy. We heard from them all. This was what made Dark Lover better than other adult paranormal books I’ve read. Although ultimately the story is the telling of Beth and Wrath’s relationship and her becoming a vampire, there are also a lot of other things going on. The looming threat of attack from their mortal enemies the Lessers, builds up throughout the story, Wrath’s personal problems with his Leelan, Marissa, causes another threat from her protective brother and the death of one of the brothers means the remaining brothers must find out who killed him and get their revenge. And then all the threads are pulled together nicely at the end. The whole thing was a complete joy to read.
And, just in case the title isn’t a big enough clue for you, yes this book is adult and therefore does contain sex scenes. However I was happily surprised to find that they weren’t thrown in there for the sake of it. They were written nicely into the story and actually helped to develop the relationship between Beth and Wrath (and gave us a rare chance at seeing Wrath’s soft side!).
I’m now thoroughly looking forward to making my way through the rest of this series and finding out what happens next to this wonderful cast of characters!