Dark Lover

Dark Lover : The First Novel of the Black Dagger Brotherhood

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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... INCLUDES A NEW LETTER FROM J. R. WARDshow more

Product details

  • Paperback | 408 pages
  • 106 x 172 x 36mm | 200g
  • Penguin Putnam Inc
  • Signet
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 0451468104
  • 9780451468109
  • 88,733

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Praise for Dark Lover -A dynamite new vampire series--delicious, erotic, and thrilling! J. R. Ward has created a wonderful cast of characters, with a sexy, tormented, to-die-for hero...a fabulous treat for romance readers!---New York Times bestselling author Nicole Jordan -You will lose yourself in this world; it is different, creative, dark, violent, and flat-out amazing.---All About Romance -Awesome...a midnight whirlwind of dangerous characters and mesmerizing erotic romance.---New York Times bestselling author Lynn Viehl -J. R. Ward takes you deep into her intense, dark world of vampires and holds you captive until her last breathless word....Sure to satisfy lovers of vampire romance everywhere.---Affaire de Coeur (reviewer pick, 5 stars) Praise for the novels of the Black Dagger Brotherhood -J. R. Ward's urban fantasy romance series is so popular I don't think there's a reader today who hasn't at least heard of the Black Dagger Brotherhood.---USA Today -J. R. Ward's unique band of brothers is to die for. I love this series!- --New York Times bestselling author Suzanne Brockmann -Utterly absorbing and deliciously erotic....The Brotherhood is the hottest collection of studs in romance. I can't wait for the next one!- --New York Times bestselling author Angela Knight -Best new series I've read in years! Tautly written, wickedly sexy and just plain fun.---New York Times bestselling author Lisa Gardnershow more

About J R Ward

J. R. Ward is the author of more than thirty novels, including those in her #1 New York Times bestselling Black Dagger Brotherhood series. She is also the author of the Black Dagger Legacy series and the Bourbon Kings series. There are more than fifteen million copies of her novels in print worldwide, and they have been published in twenty-six different countries around the world. She lives in the South with her family.show more

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Review Courtesy of April Hollingworth This is the first book in The Black Dagger Brotherhood and it is brilliant. Filled with danger and wonderful characters Dark Lover is a fantastic book and a great start to this series. Opening Scene: Darius looked around the club, taking in the teeming, half-naked bodies on the dance floor. The Review: Wrath is the only purebred vampire left on earth, and he has a score to settle with the slayers who murdered his parents centuries ago, and continue to hunt his race into extinction. When his fellow warrior and friend is murdered leaving behind a half-breed daughter who knows nothing about him or her fate, it's up to Wrath to keep her safe and teach her everything she needs to know about her new world. After leaving work late, journalist Beth is attacked on her way home. Managing to escape she is later shocked when a gorgeous giant of a man claims that he knew her father. With a killer on the street, Detective Butch O'Neill trying is positive that Wrath has something to do with the murders and is determined to keep Beth out of his way. But Wrath needs to protect Beth at all costs, for soon she will turn into a vampire and he needs to ease her into it otherwise she will die without his blood. And with the slayers closing in, life is becoming complicated and dangerous. Notable Scene: Her core bloomed for him. It was chemistry, she thought numbly. Pure, raw, animal chemistry. Whatever he had, she wanted. "I thought we'd try this again," he said. His voice was low, a deep rumble in his solid chest. He had the sliver of an accent, but she couldn't place it. "Who are you?" she breathed in a whisper. "I'm here for you." Dizziness made her reach out for the wall. "For me? Where-" Confusion closed her mouth. "Where are you going to take me?" To the bridge? Where he'd toss her body into the river? His hand crossed the distance between their bodies, and he took her chin between his forefinger and thumb. He tilted her face to one side. "Are you going to kill me fast?" she mumbled. "Or slow?" "No killing. Protection." As his head bent down, she told herself she should fight him off in spite of his words. She needed to get those arms of hers working, her legs too. Trouble was, she didn't really want to push him away. She took a deep breath. Good heavens, he smelled fantastic. Fresh, clean sweat. A dark, masculine musk. That smoke. His lips touched her neck, and she heard him inhale. The leather of his jacket creaked as his lungs were filled and his chest expanded. "You're almost ready," he said softly. "And it's coming fast."show more
by April Hollingworth
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