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Dark Lover

Official information

Dark Lover Author: J.R. Ward
Series: Black Dagger Brotherhood

Publisher: Signet

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 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 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...

My review

Dark Lover has its strengths and weaknesses, but I guess it is only natural, since it's the first book in the Black Dagger Brotherhood series. And the first book always means a major world building.

The thing I was struggling with was multiple plotlines and point of views. I have read books with those, sure, but not of such extent. At least five voices (probably even more) to tell their stories, introducing to different aspects of the world. It took time for me to get used to alternating stories. At first I was even annoyed with not getting enough of the lead couple interaction. It seemed all I read were chapters after chapters of the killer contemplating his way to success and power.

After I was through with one third of the Dark Lover, I was so disappointed with Beth, I even thought her a total moron. Something she even called herself. How fitting, I thought. Who else if not a moron would run with a man she knows to be a killer, whom she doesn't trust or believe. Yet, she manages to get locked with him in his bedroom only then questioning her sanity. After all these pages she was yet to prove a strong and smart heroine. Plus, I had to get used to the strange names of the Brothers and the strange characteristics of the lessers (the villains). So I could say it was a shaky start, but once it got rolling, it got rolling.

By the half of the book I was so engrossed in it, I couldn't let it go. I could definitely feel the sizzle in every single page. Few moments with Butch and Marissa alone had me fanning my flushed face and craving for their story (secondary characters providing just as much excitement as the main ones).

For a debut novel Dark Lover is an amazing, thrilling ride you are not going to forget. Wrath and the Brotherhood - an addictive bunch of sexy warriors I am definitely going to follow.

Rating 4

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