Review: DARK LOVER (The Black Dagger Brotherhood #1) by J.R. Ward
Release Date: September 6, 2005
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.
Abby’s Review 5 Stars
I’m now a J.R. Ward junkie! Dawn has always talked about this series and The Outlander, neither of which I have read and I realize that I have done my book soul a grave disservice by not indulging.
Readers beware! Indulge you must!
I have been in a bit of a funk, nothing completely grabbing me where I need to get on my computer as soon as I wake up and purge all of my wonderful thoughts down as soon as I can. This does that. So what is all the hype about?
At first I was not sure? The writing style is third person which isn’t my favorite, however this moves from scene to scene in such a unique way it almost felt like reading a script or watching a movie. You fellow book junkies know what I mean when a book reads like a movie!
I also was messaging Dawn, I thought that this seemed like it was written for a man, which is unusual for me to think too.
So the story, Beth is a get to the point, say what’s on my mind female, who is not afraid to lay it out there. She knows what she wants and is not afraid to go for it. I loved her character. Everything about her.
Wrath, is a vampire with a hard exterior. We watch him learn loves worth. GAh I loved him. I loved his strength through his weaknesses. There was something very primal that came off of the way he loved.
Sub-characters, the brothers, Butch… I loved the banter, hilarious! Brilliantly done in a way where you want to find out about every single one.
This is a paranormal that is incredibly unique and addicting. I’m so glad that these went on sale the other day and I swooped some up. I loved it and I can’t wait to move on to the next one. Oh And King is a new one that just came out about Wrath, the indulgent part of me wants to start that right away but the logical side to me knows that there is a whole lot of story to be read first!!
About the Author
AKA Jessica Bird; Jessica Rowley Pell Bird was born on 1969 in Massachusetts, USA. She is the daughter of Maxine F. and W. Gillette Bird, Jr. She began writing as a child, penning her thoughts in diaries as well as inventing short stories. She read her first Harlequin Presents novel in a rose garden when she was in her teens. She was hooked immediately. By the time she went to college, she had boxes and boxes of Harlequins and Silhouettes. Every year, her mother would ask why all those books had to live in the house and Jess would reply that if even one of them disappeared she would know. (She’d catalogued them.)
Jess finished her first romance manuscript the summer before her freshman year of college. She attended Smith College and graduated with a double major in history and art history. She then received a law degree from Albany Law School. Shortly after that, she began working in the healthcare industry in Boston. She spent many years as one of the premier medical center’s Chief of Staff. While working as a lawyer in Boston, she completed two novels more and started a number of partials. In 2001, Bird married John Neville Blakemore III. Both her mother and her new husband kept telling her to send something in to an agent, a publisher, the Tooth Fairy, anyone. She thought they were nuts, but eventually got her nerve up and bought a lot of stamps. Since getting published, she has written contemporary romances as Jessica Bird and paranormal romances as J. R. Ward. She has been a Rita Award finalist, received two Romantic Times Reviewer’s Choice nominations and has been a HOLT medallion finalist.
New England born and bred, Jess is surprised to find herself living south of the Mason Dixon line. (But that’s what happens when you marry a Southern gentleman.) She and her husband live with their golden retriever, who oversees her writing in a supervisory role.