Title: Dark Lover (The Black Dagger Brotherhood #1)
Author: J.R. Ward
Release Date: September 2005
Genre: Paranormal, Romance, Adult
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.
This is very different from the usual vampire books that I’ve read, and I really enjoyed it! I was able to finish this book within two days because I couldn’t put it down because of all the action and sexiness combined in one book! It’s not
Things I loved about this book:
1. We have this whole bad-ass vampire protector group aka the Black Dagger Brotherhood who are all sexy and scary at the same time. I loved the deep bromance and protectiveness surrounding this group.
2. The presence of our alpha male in Wrath and our damsel in distress in Beth, and the good girl had to reform the bad boy who doesn’t believe in love. Obviously, these two were bound to get together in the end, and the chemistry between them was undeniable. While this trope is a cliche, I enjoyed it because it was written differently and much more interestingly compared to other books that I read before. The only problem I had with this one was that it was sort of an insta-love thing, and I never really liked that. Their relationship could have been given much more depth rather than just giving in immediately to their lust.
3. When there are vampires, obviously there are humans. I really liked that even the normal humans, like in the case of Butch, had a huge impact on the story. At first I was confused with what Butch’s role was aside from having a huge crush on Beth, but as the story progressed, we got to see how he had a huge role in the Brotherhood. I can’t wait to see more of him and his character development in the next books!
4. The enemies. I find the antagonists of this book interesting. Instead of having humans try to purge out the vampires and vice versa, we have a society of “undead” (idk how to describe them) humans who are pale af and controlled by a higher being called Omega that aims to get rid of all the vampires in the world. This is what the Brotherhood protects the civilian vampires from. They’re just a really sketchy bunch, and I had to admit that I skipped a few pages when it was about them.
I have a lot more to say about this book, but that would result to a really long review lol. I still have to reserve my thoughts for the rest of the books, since this is a really massive series.
But over-all, I’m just in love with the vampires here! I would totally recommend this to anyone who wants a break from the typical vampires in books and movies.