Dark Lover by J.R. Ward
(Black Dagger Brotherhood, Book 1)

70%

15 Critic Reviews

Even if you are so over vamps, think there is no new way to tell a story, or need a break from the same old thing, pick this one up! If you read only one paranormal this year, make it Dark Lover.
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Synopsis

THE FIRST NOVEL OF THE BLACK DAGGER BROTHERHOOD

“Dark fantasy lovers, you just got served” (New York Times Bestselling Author Lynn Viehl). 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. WARD
 

About J.R. Ward

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J. R. Ward lives in the South with her incredibly supportive husband and her beloved golden retriever. After graduating from law school, she began working in health care in Boston and spent many years as chief of staff for one of the premier academic medical centers in the nation.
 
Published September 6, 2005 by Signet. 432 pages
Genres: Romance, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Literature & Fiction, Horror. Fiction
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Critic reviews for Dark Lover
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Below average
Reviewed by Katie T. Buglet on Jan 27 2008

Dark Lover is good but I didn’t like it as much as Lover Unbound. The characters weren’t as interesting to me. Though it is great to finally read about how it all started and how all the characters came to be connected. But Wrath and Beth were not as gripping as I hoped they would be...

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Dear Author

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Reviewed by AJH on Jun 07 2013

...I never quite got that popcorny must-keep-going feeling that I understand a lot of other people have had.

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Reviewed by Lisa Westerfield on Mar 28 2014

I do not recommend Dark Lover unless you already know you like the various genres this book includes; vampires, romance, lots of descriptions of what for the characters was mind blowing sex but for me felt as enticing as being on a blind date with a man with a flatulence problem.

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Reviewed by Elizabeth Provenzano on Apr 09 2013

Ward’s take on vampire lore is refreshing, which is rather difficult to accomplish at this point in the game.

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Examiner

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Reviewed by Judy Serrano on Jun 05 2012

The encounter is very well written and the story is moving. It changes story lines often, and sometimes without notice. There is no doubt that you will want to read it to the end, and you will grow to love each character in the brotherhood as the character development is written with clear depth.

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All About Romance

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Reviewed by Sybil Cook on Jan 30 2013

Even if you are so over vamps, think there is no new way to tell a story, or need a break from the same old thing, pick this one up! If you read only one paranormal this year, make it Dark Lover.

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The Best Reviews

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Reviewed by Harriet Klausner on Aug 30 2005

Though obviously an action-packed vampire romance, DARK LOVER is character driven. Readers will feel vampires and slayers exist especially the former though they are nothing like those found in the Stoker universe.

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Excellent
Reviewed by Jen on Mar 23 2011

The book has a great band of supporting characters. Almost all are destined to have their own books. Ward weaves all their stories together, so as a reader, I feel part of their family. And it IS a family. If you haven’t read this book yet, now is the time. It is amazing.

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Vampire Book Club

Excellent
Reviewed by Chelsea on Nov 26 2010

You need to read Dark Lover. It’s dark. It’s sexy. It has vampires. And a story you won’t want to put down.

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Maryse's Book Blog

Excellent
Reviewed by Maryse on Mar 01 2009

Love, bonding, unusual friendships being forged, and battling evil! What more could a girl want? I loved it, devoured it, and plowed right through to the very end!

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Smart B***s Trashy Books

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Reviewed by Candy on Dec 05 2007

So for those of you who haven’t read this book yet: everybody else loves it. And I mean everyone. Odds are high you’ll love it, too. If, on the other hand, you’ve found that your tastes correlate with mine a lot more closely: approach with caution and a finely-honed sense of high camp, because you’ll need it.

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The Flutterby Room

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Reviewed by beckireads on Jul 17 2014

Overall I really enjoyed DARK LOVER and thought that it made an interesting beginning to the BLACK DAGGER BROTHERHOOD series. I’m not particularly sure that the book adds anything to the genre, but I am looking forward to reading the second book in the series.

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Reviewed by Darlene on Jun 03 2011

One thing that I do like about this book more than I did about Twilight is the strength of the leading female role. Beth Randall is not Bella Swan, and I mean that in a good way.

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Worn Pages and Dusty Shelves

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Reviewed by Mercy on Jul 16 2015

Did I enjoy Dark Lover? Sort of. There are highlight moments that really shine, but really it was just sort of ‘meh’ for me.

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Reviewed by Kathy Ann on Jul 16 2014

Here's how I see it: Dark Lover is a 'good' book in what is shaping up to be a great series. If you are just looking for *a* romance to win your heart, I don't think this is where I wound point you. *But* if you are looking for a world to invest in...the Black Dagger Brotherhood, and be extension Dark Lover, are highly recommended.

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