on September 6th, 2005
Genres: Paranormal, Romance
THE FIRST NOVEL OF THE BLACK DAGGER BROTHERHOOD
Return to where it all began—in the first novel in the phenomenal Black Dagger Brotherhood series by #1 New York Times bestselling author J. R. Ward....
The only purebred vampire left on the planet and the leader of the Black Dagger Brotherhood, Wrath has a score to settle with the slayers who killed his parents centuries ago. But when his most trusted fighter is killed — orphaning a half-breed daughter unaware of her heritage or her fate — Wrath must put down his dagger and usher the beautiful female into another world.
Racked by a restlessness in her body that wasn’t there before, Beth Randall is helpless against the dangerously sexy man who comes to her at night with shadows in his eyes. His tales of the Brotherhood and blood frighten her. Yet his touch ignites a dawning new hunger—one that threatens to consume them both....
Dark Lover is the first book in the Black Dagger Brotherhood (BDB) series and was a perfect pick for this month’s #cleanoffyourkindle review, since this book (and over half of the series) has been sitting on my Kindle for years. Not to mention I have the first ten books in paperback and have been dying to read them. After being in a bit of a book funk and needing a different genre, I decided to finally give Dark Lover my time. Ohhh I think I might now be addicted to the BDB series!!
“The half-human was the hottest thing he’d ever gotten anywhere near. And he’d cozied up to a lightning strike once or twice before.”
The Black Dagger Brotherhood is a group of vampires that are out to protect the entire vampire race. Wrath is the leader of the brotherhood- their king, by blood, but he would rather not be; he prefers to be a loner. When one of Wrath’s “brothers” Darius asks him to help his only daughter (who is half-human) with her transition, Wrath refuses. But when something happens to Darius, Wrath feels it’s his duty to honor his only wish.
Beth is sort of a loner as well; her mother died during childbirth and believing her father to be dead, she grew up in foster care. She has her job, a few work friends, but no one particularly close to her. She doesn’t date and really has never been overly attracted to any one man. That is until Wrath comes into her life and WHOA she has nothing but lust for this man!
“I can smell the sex coming off you right now. I could take you down on this sidewalk and be up that skirt of yours in a heartbeat. And you wouldn’t fight me, would you?”
This book isn’t just about Wrath and Beth. There is a war going on between the Lessers (humans with no soul, who target vampires for extermination) and the BDB. Also, we are introduced to the other members of the brotherhood, which I am assuming will all get their own books.
I will admit that all of the different story lines and point of views (POVs) were a little hard to adjust to at first. The transition from one pov to the next is pretty abrupt and it took me about 30% of the book to finally get use to it. But, by then I was hooked and couldn’t put it down. If you are looking for something different than you have been reading, but that still has some humor, action, a love story, and definitely plenty of sexy alpha-males, then you should read Dark Lover!