Review: Dark Lover (BDB, #1) by J.R. Ward [I'm totally OBSESSED!]

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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.

(P.S. I've read this book like 4 times now, but this is the first time I'm reviewing it. My name is: #1 PROCRASTINATOR!)

Dark Lover - scratch that - the ENTIRE Black Dagger Brotherhood series is phenomenal! But in this first installment you meet a stoic, apathetic, tough vampire who goes by the simple yet debonair name of Wrath! *swoons* He is the leader of the Black Dagger Brotherhood, which is an elite clan of vampire warriors, whose sole purpose is to protect the entire vampire race.

Wrath was six feet, six inches of pure terror dressed in leather. His hair was long and black, falling straight from a widow's peak. Wraparound sunglasses hid eyes that no one had ever seen revealed. Shoulders were twice the size of most males'.
Well, alright ;)

In this vampire world, you are either born with the genes of vampirism or you're not. If you have the DNA, then you must survive this horrendously-painful experience called the transition:

transition(n.) Critical moment in a vampire's life when he or she transforms into an adult.

When it becomes one of the brother's dying wish to have Wrath help his only surviving child, 25-year-old Beth Randall, through the transition and into adulthood, Wrath must oblige.


Beth and Wrath... PURE MAGIC TOGETHER! Wrath is such a hard ass (i.e. never smiles, always series, super-comfortable w/ death, kills people for a living) and Beth is just a normal half-human, half-vampire, who had never even KNOWN her father all her life. Ergo, she didn't even know vampires existed!

But Mr. Grumpypants and Beth fall in love, in a believable, dynamic, heartfelt way! (No INSTA-LOVE! You go, J.R. Ward!)

And boy, oh boy was their relationship steamy, and passionate, and just plain swoon-worthy!

"Let me feed you," he murmured. "Please."

Beth tilted forward in her chair, opened her mouth, and put her lips around the strawberry, taking it whole. Wrath's nostrils flared as he watched her bite down. When some of the sweet juice escaped and dripped onto her chin, he hissed.

"I want to lick that off," he muttered under his breath. He reached forward and took hold of her jaw. Lifted his napkin.

She put her hand on his. "Use your mouth."

A low sound, from deep inside his chest, cut through the room.

Yes. Yes, you can. And it's the best, ain't it!!??! (Too far?)

Anyway, I highly recommend this series. I know the whole vampire phenomenon has calm down drastically since the end of Twilight, but I still enjoy them! And this series is epic, whether you are a fan of vamps or not!


Carmen Shaw


Carmen N. Shaw is currently a biology major at Georgia State University. She is the owner and developer of the book blog, Understanding Carmen's Story.


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