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Saturday, May 15, 2010

Dark Lover by J. R. Ward

Posted by Irish in Uncategorized3 Comments

Publisher: Signet, an imprint of Penguin
Publication Date: 06 Sept 2005
ISBN: 0451216954
Format: Paperback
Pages: 416
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Place(s) Traveled to: Caldwell, New York

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

JR Ward first started writing the Black Dagger Brotherhood series in 2005 and as of this posting there are currently 8 books available. But it wasn’t until a few weeks ago that I even knew they existed. I first heard of them on Twitter when two of my friends, Julie Kagawa and Wastepaperprose were talking about going to a JR Ward signing for her newest release Lover Mine. The two of them were so excited about it that it became a blip on my radar and I added the book to my wishlist. Then around that same time Sarah MacLean posted the third installment of her Read More Romance series for Paranormal Romance. The post was written by MacLean’s sister and her number one choice was Dark Lover. This endorsement prompted me to buy the box set from my good friends at Amazon. But the book became a must read after reading Sarah’s review.

I started Dark Lover that very night and finished it the next day. All 416 pages just flew right by. Although it didn’t happen all at once. The beginning of the book was a slow but then around half way through something happened and before I knew what was happening I was done with the book. Even with the weird WTF moment that was the first sex scene in the story. That made me pause and think for just a moment if I wanted to continue or not. I was really glad that I did though. As I fell in love with all of the characters.

Dark Lover is more then a straight romance told from the POVs of the two main leads, Wrath and Beth. There are different story arcs involving the other members of the brotherhood as well as members of The Lessening Society, the ancient enemy of the vampires in this world. I love this world that Ward created and the new take on Vampire history and lore. With all the vampire stories that are out there, especially with the increased popularity over the last few years, I am always amazed when I run into a story that brings a fresh take to the mythology. And this story is a fresh take and I can’t believe that it took me so long to discover it!

The names are a bit hard to deal with at first….the odd spellings and the like. But you do get used to them. Just as you start to fall for the very diverse and flawed group that makes up the brotherhood. I loved how Ward lets you see all the brothers in some detail in this first book. You get to know them all at the start and I like how Ward deviated from the traditional romance book set up. I liked going off with some of the other characters and learning about them. These little tangents made me look forward to their stories all the more.

Usually a romance book will focus 90% on the 2 mains, and while it may be a series you don’t really see much of the ones who will take over the story in later books. Then in later books the mains that you fell in love with in book one start to fade into the background. But as I said Ward breaks this mold. All the stories start to interweave and build and grow on each other. Which creates a lush and detailed world that one can almost believe is real. I loved this story. Its a book that falls into a category that I call book crack and I am so glad that I bought the box set because after reading the first book I can not wait to dive into book two.

3 Responses to “Dark Lover by J. R. Ward”

  1. Alea

    Hahah when I refreshed my Reading List this was right on top! I like the idea that all the characters are in all the books!

  2. Jess (The Cozy Reader)

    Prepare yourself because it only gets better from here! I finished Lover Mine the other day and I’m so ready for the next book. One of the best series published.