Dark Lover

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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.

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  • Paperback | 416 pages
  • 104.14 x 175.26 x 33.02mm | 204.12g
  • 06 Sep 2005
  • Penguin Putnam Inc
  • Signet
  • New York
  • English
  • 0451216954
  • 9780451216953
  • 4,231

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Author Information

J. R. Ward lives in the South with her incredibly supportive husband and her beloved golden retriever. After graduating from law school, she began working in health care in Boston and spent many years as chief of staff for one of the premier academic medical centers in the nation.

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A previous coworker of mine accidentally happened upon the Black Dagger Brotherhood series and became obsessed with it. She gave me the books and told me that I must read them. I started Dark Lover expecting to fall into it instantly. That was no the case, however. At first I didn't really like it. I literally had to push myself through it. After a few chapters though, I got sucked into the story and didn't want to put it down. I finished the book in a day and a half, reading through commercials while my favorite tv shows were on and basically confining myself to the couch. The only thing I really didn't like was the numbed or POV's (point of views) the story had. how many times it switched back and forth. It was important to the storyline though so I suffered through it and I really can't wait to see where the story goes from here.show more
by Rainy Days and Pajamas

strangely compelling

Dark Lover is the first of the Black Dagger Brotherhood series by J.R.Ward. The Black Dagger Brotherhood, are the elite of the vampire world in Caldwell, New York. Wrath, Darius, Rhage, Phury, Zsadist, Vishous, and Tohrment (yes, the names are a bit gimmicky) are dedicated to defending civilian vampires from an organisation of de-souled humans, the lessers, who are intent on slaying all vampires. When Darius is murdered, he leaves behind a half-human daughter, journalist Beth Randall, who is unaware of her parentage, her heritage and the fact that she is soon due to transform into a vampire herself. Much as he would like to avoid any involvement with her, Wrath has promised to look after her, but once he meets her, he finds his priorities changing. Add to the mix a human cop who is half in love with Beth, a female vampire who has been Wrath's blood source for years and a vampire doctor who is trying to find an artificial blood source, and you have an interesting situation. In this different, modern take on vampires, Ward has created an alternate world on which to base her series. Part Mills & Boon, part paranormal/fantasy, this novel has enough plot and character to make it strangely compelling. While the males are, in places, a bit stereotypical, there's a nice camaraderie between them and the heroine is a strong character; there's plenty of romance and a few hot sex scenes. This paranormal romance tells Wrath's story. A further seven books in the series concentrate on the other Brotherhood members, and I look forward to reading each one.show more
by Marianne Vincent


I have a huge goofy grin on my face right now. Seriously. And I feel utterly foolish, ridiculous and silly - all in a great and awesome way. I don't care that there are others saying this series is ridiculous and whatnot but I've never enjoyed an Adult Paranormal Romance like I have with this book and I know I'm tremendously late into starting this series. Nevertheless, better late than never right? The Black Dagger Brotherhood is so kickass awesome and I have Maria Mentzelidi to thank for all her gushings and persuadings. I am now officially a huge fan and convert of the BDB series. Now, on to the review. The most important thing to me in a book is the main character. In order to fully get immerse and fall in love with the book in the process, you gotta have a connection and chemical reaction to the main characters as well as the rest of them who are going to stick around. Dark Lover has it all. I really like Beth and Wrath. They are awesome characters. Beth is perfect for Wrath because Wrath is a king. It is in his blood. He is a warrior and a leader who has a very strong will of his own and Beth has it in her as well to match his and tame him when need be. I didn't really mind the "instant attraction" paradigm used in Wrath's story. He is a vampire after all with animalistic instincts. I have to admit I kinda love the possessiveness and protectiveness they have over their loved ones and to see how much they actually cherish their shellans/hellrens and I simply have a weakness for the endearment leelan. I really enjoyed reading about and connecting with the hero and heroine. The brothers. They are one messed up bunch but oh, so lovable. I love them all. Baggage, curses and all. It is so heartwarming to see them have each other's back, ready to defend and protect. And their banter with each other is very, very, very entertaining and OMG hilarious. I even love the doggen, Fritz. He is such an endearing character and reading his scenes was great. Even Beth's cat Boo is no exception although all it did was purr around the Brothers. Butch was a surprising one. I wasn't all that into him in the beginning. I found him a "hardass" and rather pushy-tough. But I quickly warmed up to him and totally was rooting for him with the rest of the brotherhoood all the way. It was so cute to see V and him buddying up over their fandom for the Red Sox and cozying up with the rest of the brothers. It was great to see them accepting him like one of their own - almost. Readers have reviewed and commented that Marissa was a rather bland character. Yes, she is - in the beginning - but after that I realized I was wrong. Marissa was sheltered and protected all her life. She tries very hard to be presentable and wanting Wrath to actually want her as his true shellan. Her character is the totally opposite of Beth's. While Beth is all fire, Marissa is like a calm ocean. She is docile, elegant, naive and so innocent in so many ways. She has led a miserable life and I truly wish her to have a happy ending with (view spoiler). I really like Marissa. I found her a very sweet character. All in all, I'm glad that I took Maria's advice and picked up this series. Although there were LOTS of things happening all at the same time, I could wrapped my head around it and keep up with all of it. Dark Lover or I can confidently say The Black Dagger Brotherhood Series, has a healthy balance of action, hot sizzling romance, cute and hilarious banters and everything you need. I know there are some cheesiness and I seriously don't care. Now, on to Lover Eternal.....*winks winks* P/S: Thank god for the glossary at the beginning of the book. I would be so lost without it.show more
by Joy Chuah Xin Yee


I enjoyed 'Dark Lover', the first book of the Black Dagger Brotherhood series although at first I thought it was a bit cheesy. They have names such as Wrath, Rhage, Phury etc. and are typical leather clad, tough guy vampires. I was never really into those sort of men but this book has certainly changed that. I grew to love all of the characters and quickly bought the second book of the series, and it was even better. I am now eagerly awaiting the arrival of the remaining books and would recommend this series to people who are interested in reading romance books with lots of sex!show more
by Sim


OMG......I love the whole black dagger brotherhood series the book's are awesome,best series I have read in ages...J R Ward takes you on an adventure with a vampire brotherhood of superior warriors who defend their race againt the lessening society... Along the way they found love,heartbreak and learn about themselves.Dark lover is the first book about the races king Wrath and trust me this book is a great read...show more
by vanessa timar