Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Dark Lover by J.R. Ward

Title:  Dark Lover
Series:  Black Dagger Brotherhood #1
Author:  J.R. Ward
Published:  September 6/05 by Signet
Length:  393pgs
Format:   paperback
Genre:  paranormal romance
Shelf:  borrowed
Rating: ★★★★

Back Cover Blurb:

In the shadows of the night in Caldwell, New York, there's a deadly turf war going on between vampires and their slayers. There exists a secret band of brothers like no other-six vampire warriors, defenders of their race. Yet none of them relishes killing more than Wrath, the leader of The Black Dagger Brotherhood.

The only purebred vampire left on earth, 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-leaving his half-breed daughter unaware of his existence or her fate-Wrath must usher her into the world of the undead-a world of sensuality beyond her wildest dreams.

My Review:

Ward’s writing style and I just clicked. There’s really no other way to describe it. From the first page of the novel I felt like I was part of it. This well written novel with in-depth development of the storyline and background details was fantastic. The multiple angles to this story give a very broad feel to it, yet you can see how the separate stories & viewpoints do or will intersect. By flipping from scene to scene and perspective to perspective quickly Ward keeps the intensity ramps up. It was a fantastic introduction into the world of the Black Dagger Brotherhood without giving away all its secrets. I feel like I’m just getting my toes wet with these guys and their vividly larger than life world and I can’t wait to read more.

Ward creates some complex and interesting characters that I really wanted to get to know. The Brotherhood’s names had me from the get-go. They’re perfectly unique and fitting for each individual character. The diverse cast kept me on my toes while giving me a great deal to think about. The dialogue is priceless. It lets you get to know the characters just as well as any description could. Also, the college frat house vibe combined with the righteousness of the characters is unmistakeable.

This novel is simply sensational and leaves me wondering why I didn’t start reading this series sooner. It is a fantastic start to a series that I will most definitely be following.

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