Friday, January 7, 2011

Review: Dark Lover (Black Dagger Brotherhood #1) by J.R. Ward

Synopsis (via Goodreads):
The only purebred vampire left on the planet, 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 - orphaning a half-breed daughter unaware of her heritage or her fate - Wrath must usher the beautiful female into the world of the undead...

Racked by a restlessness in her body that wasn't there, Beth Randall is helpless against the dangerously sexy man who comes at night with shadows in his eyes. His tales of brotherhood and blood frighten her. But his touch ignites a dawning hunger that threatens to consume them both...
My Thoughts: Whoa.  I'm tempted to leave this review at that but then I wouldn't get to wax poetic about how fabulous J.R. Ward's characters are.  And I really want to wax poetic about them right now.

I think one of the biggest strengths in J.R. Ward's writing lies in the flawed, interesting, incredibly captivating characters she creates.  In no way are these men perfect.  Every one of the Brothers has something about them that could be characterized as a weakness.  Wrath is nearly blind, for Pete's sake.  He doesn't let this slow him down in the least and he's one of the baddest and best of the warriors in the bunch but he's still nearly blind.  He's also proud and arrogant and he doesn't want to take up the mantle of leadership that he should have claimed centuries ago.  And that's what makes him so interesting.  These books aren't just about two people meeting, falling in love, boning like bunnies, and fighting some bad guys.  Oh, no.  They're about finding the strength to be more.  These books twist those characters up in knots and force them to become stronger because of it.

While I truly, truly thought that Wrath and Beth's story was great I was so in love with the other members of the Brotherhood that it's ridiculous.  Every last one of those guys has me wrapped around their fingers.  It's almost embarrassing how quickly I was under their spell.  I'm going to say that bodes well for the rest of the series.  Don't you think?

Since I'm horribly excited to get to the next book, I'm just going to go on record as saying: Whoa.  Just, whoa.

More books by J.R. Ward

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  1. Glad to see you enjoyed the book. Welcome to the Black Dagger Brotherhood club. ^___^

  2. I bought this one from amazon about a month ago and have yet to read it. You just made me really want to pick it up. Thanks for the reminder!

  3. I took your review to heart and finished reading Dark Lover last night. I think "whoa" pretty much covers it. So much so, I ordered the next 4 this afternoon. Thanks for the tip and the great review.

  4. Creativedeeds: I'm so glad you enjoyed it! Book 3, Lover Awakened, is Zsadist's story and it's my FAVORITE!

  5. Although this is a lot like other series, Laurell K. Hamilton, Chritine Feehan etc. there are some differences I liked. In this book especially I liked the growth of the charachters to acceptance - one being a king and the other a total change in her life as she knows it. The tight bond and closeness of the Brotherhood (so much that they live together) is also something that I enjoyed a lot. Great beach read or just get away after work read.

    1. This series is honestly one of my favorites. I like so very much about it. Thanks for your thoughts.