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Dark Lover: Number 1 in series (Black Dagger Brotherhood Series) [Kindle Edition]

J.R. Ward
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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 also exists a secret band of brothers like no other - six vampire warriors, defenders of their race. Among them, none relishes killing their enemies more than Wrath, the leader of the Black Dagger Brotherhood...

The only pure-bred 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 before, Beth Randall is helpless against the dangerously sexy man who comes to her 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...

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    "'It's not easy to find a new twist on the vampire myth, but Ward succeeds beautifully. This dark and compelling world is filled with enticing romance as well as perilous adventure. With myriad possibilities to choose from, the Black Dagger Brotherhood series promises tons of thrills and chills.' Romantic Times"


    "'It's not easy to find a new twist on the vampire myth, but Ward succeeds beautifully. This dark and compelling world is filled with enticing romance as well as perilous adventure. With myriad possibilities to choose from, the Black Dagger Brotherhood series promises tons of thrills and chills.' Romantic Times"

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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 centres in the nation. She is the author of the Black Dagger Brotherhood and Fallen Angels series.

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    114 of 117 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars BRILLIANT, SUPERB, SPELL BINDING 24 April 2006
    Format:Mass Market Paperback
    I am always on the look out for a good new author and when amazon recommended this book I decided to try it. And I am so glad I did! (Little tip - buy the second book at the same time)

    These books are written exceedingly well, the plots are exciting, breathtaking and nervewracking (don't make any plans to do anything else until you have finished the book!!!), the characters well drawn, with many flaws but likeable, both guys and gals, mortals and otherwise and the baddies are mean but not too smart.

    This first book in the series gives the reader a good background on who the brotherhood is, what and whom they fight, whom they love, starting with Wrath, their reluctant leader. The descriptions of the characters are so vivid, they jump of the page and one immediately feels a bond with them.

    I am often astonished at the versatility of the Vampire novel writer and Ward has a great imagination. I read this book in one sitting (albeit until 3 am in the morning) and can't wait to get my hands on the next installment. I feel the urgent need to find out what happens next and for an author that must be the highest compliment.

    I won't get into the story line, check it out for yourself and let me know if you think I have exaggerated. These books are keepers and you will read them again and again.
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    7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Cant believe i waited so long to read this. 11 July 2013
    Format:Kindle Edition
    I'm almost embarrassed to admit that I have only just read this. I have had the Black Dagger Brotherhood series sitting on my kindle for over a year and until now I haven't so much as looked at them. Being completely honest here, I think the reason I haven't picked them up yet was because I was scared. Every where I look people are talking about BDB, they are recommending it, not once have I seen anyone say anything negative about this series as a whole (until I started reading other reviews after finishing it) and I wasn't sure it would live up to the hype. Dark Lover was chosen as one of the reads for our book club on Goodreads and I decided it was now or never.... well I'm really glad I chose that first option.

    I was supposed to be reading something else, but I fired up my kindle and figured I'd have a quick look at this. Before I knew it I was on chapter 11 and there was no way on this planet anyone was making me put the kindle down until the story was finished. Now that it is I am itching to read the next in the series. I don't know if I could cope with the book hangover I can already feel this series will leave me with.

    I have read lots of vampires stories before now and I continue to be blown away by how unique each author has made them and J.R Ward is no different. Ward's vampires are unique, even amongst themselves. And while this book is clearly about Wrath and Beth, each member of the Brotherhood has become flesh and bone in front of the reader rather than a 2 dimensional side character which will have life breathed into it at a later date.

    Wrath's character development is so cliché that I can't help but love it. At the beginning he is this cold unfeeling badass who keeps everyone at arm's length, even the other members of The Brotherhood.
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    37 of 39 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Ab Fab 12 Feb. 2006
    By A Customer
    Format:Mass Market Paperback
    I came across this book by mistake whilst searching amazon for new books. And i have to say, it was the best mistake i have ever made.
    Not only does this book tell the story of Beth who is a half breed and Wrath who is King of the Vampires, it also incorporates other characters that seduce the reader into the addictive depths of the world created by J R Ward.
    Amazingly this is J R's first book, and it delivers on every level.
    Brilliantly written it is hard not to read this book at break neck speed, the pace is fast yet steady and every page is begging to be turned.
    I lost sleep because i could not put the book down for wanting to know what happened next.
    Beth is a half breed who doesn't know she is about to turn into a vampire and Wrath is a gorgeous, warrior, King vampire who must help her through the transition.
    The attraction is instant and steamy and their story is aided by the adhering characters surrounding them.
    Thankfully there is another installment of the black dagger brotherhood (i have already ordered my copy from Amazon) and i know there is going to be more as i have become so enthralled with this book i joined the fan club.
    I would recmmend this book to anyone who likes a well written, fast paced, page turner. If i could give it a higher star rating, i would.
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    5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
    I admit it; at first I was skeptical. I love anoything on the dark fantasy/paranormal romance ilk, so this series has always intrigued me. Given its great reviews I thought what the hell and bought Dark Lover.

    May the Scribe Virgin take me and make me her little puppet. No, scratch that, may Wrath take me and make me his little puppet.

    Totally convinced it would be cheesey and cringe-worthy, I was wrong, so very very wrong. This series is the sex! I mean seriously, this is not the kind of thing you want to read on the bus, or round your nan's. It has complete seat-wetting potential.

    The sexy bits aside, it's also a fantastic rip roaring read! The storyline is intelligent and is foreward thinking, planting little tiny clues and tid bits that become obvious later.

    Characters are so well concieved that I could quite easily imagine Wrath or one of his Borthers coming through my front door... chances are slim, but a girl can hope, true?

    Without giving too much away, the first in this series follows the story of Wrath and his love interest, Beth. Of course, love is never easy and then there's the lessening society, bent on killing the civillian vamps. The Brotherhood are not only stunning male examples, but they are also totally badass with a whole array of weapons.

    What more can I say? I love it. With a fiery passion. Readers will NOT be disappointed. If you are, however, come see me, I'll change your view, 'cause this series is more than a gem, it's like finding the lost city of Atlantis and all its treasures!

    Buy it. Read it. Fall in love. ^^
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