Dark Lover (Black Dagger Brotherhood #1) – J.R. Ward


42899In 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.


I’ve been itching for another adult series ever since the Women of the Otherworld series by Kelley Armstrong ended last year. It’s not too hard to please me with adult books. I love most that I read. For years, I’ve heard how awesome and popular the Black Dagger Brotherhood series is, so I gave it a shot! The series is about this band of brothers…who aren’t really brothers….who are vampires. This particular book focuses on the King of the brothers, Wrath, and his love interest, Beth. It took me probably about 75 pages to start enjoying the book. Up till then it was bland and boring…and I honestly considered putting down the book. I had to reach out to people on our Facebook page to see if it was worth continuing. Most of them said yes, so I did….I continued the book. I ended up really enjoying it. I didn’t fall in LOVE with it…but I liked it [=

My biggest issue with this book were the main characters. I’m sorry ladies….but Wrath just didn’t cut it for me. I found him oversensitive, overprotective, a bit of a cry baby, unreasonable, and he just wasn’t very attractive by the end of the book. Likewise, I didn’t like Beth either. That probably means they were perfect for each other. It was a bit difficult to thoroughly enjoy a book when I didn’t like either of the characters.

Now here comes the part where all the Black Dagger Brotherhood fans are probably going to want to skin me alive. I skimmed….a little bit. I didn’t skim the parts with Beth and Wrath!….well…..at least not until the end when they’re emotions and annoyingness got amped up. But…I HATED all of the multiple POV’s…and I HATED the characters who were in the POVS. I don’t remember all of characters names, and since I already returned this book I can’t look them up..so here goes. Mr. X’s POV was disturbing and disgusting. He gave me the creeps and I wasn’t reading about him. The cop…Butch? I hated him. He seemed like a creepy serial killer slash rapist. And if he said “baby” one more time in his creepy little voice….uh uh. No. I was NOT reading about him. And then finally there was another girl…who….I can’t remember her name. She belonged to Wrath in the beginning. I didn’t even know WHY she had her own POV? Why the hell was she important? I skimmed through her pages because she didn’t belong in the story. So there were way too many POV’s (5, I think?) and three of them really didn’t need to be in the story. It was like J.R. Ward ran out of things to say and included other POV’s to make it longer…or to meet her deadline. Others are going to disagree, and that’s fine, but it was my one major complaint in this book.

On a more positive note, I did really enjoy the concept of the book. There were some really, really, REALLY hot scenes! Won’t complain about that [; I also really enjoyed some of the other brothers. Not all of them, but some. I really want to read Z’s story! I bet that one is going to be really good. The whole idea behind this book was awesome…and some of the story was really addicting and well written. It wasn’t the best book I’ve ever read, but I did finish it.

When it comes to the other books in the series, I will read them….eventually. I didn’t fall in love with this series, and I don’t think that’s going to change. Some of the writing was very confusing, and I think that’s more to do with J.R. Ward than the actual book itself. But I’ll eventually finish!


Now that you Black Dagger Brotherhood fans are probably itching to smack me….tell me…what is YOUR favorite book in the series? And who’s your favorite brother???


If you like this book, you should read:

Bitten by Kelley Armstrong

Touch the Dark by Karen Chance

Moon Called by Patricia Briggs


Pages: 393

Publisher: Signet Eclipse

Publication Date: September 6th, 2005

Source: Library

Rating: [rating: 3]


Teaser Quote: “Whoa. Fangs. She had fangs.

She leaned in, prodded them a little. Eating with those puppies was going to take some getting used to, she thought.

On impulse, she brought up her hands, turned her fingers into claws. Hissed.