Book Review: Dark Lover by J.R. Ward

Rating: StarStarStar

In the shadows of the night in Caldwell, New York, there’s a deadly turf war going 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 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, Beth Randall is helpless against the dangerously sexy man who comes 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….

(Black Dagger Brotherhood #1)

I’m not crazy over Dark Lover but i liked it enough to continue the series.

The idea of male vampires feeding off female vampires (and vice versa) is new to me, but very effective for my taste. i had enough of those bloodsucking vamps whose only intent are to hunt humans.

Wrath is considered the King of Vampires, having the pure blood of a true vamp. Beth is a half-human, half-vamp who unknowingly is nearing her transition to vampirism. Wrath doesn’t want to help Darius (Beth’s vamp dad) because of reasons of his own but he felt guilty over Darius’ death so he had no choice but to take Beth in. From there, Beth was thrown into the middle of a world that she never would’ve imagined exists.

The 2nd time Wrath and Beth met was almost laughable. well, a person visits you in the middle of the night, then suddenly you have this urge to have sex with him?!?! i don’t blame Beth, maybe Rhage is that gorgeous? or maybe it’s the vamp thing in her that made their relationship that charged with lust.

After Beth transitioned, the story kinda scattered. What happens now that she has successfully embraced her vamp heritage? and she transitioned in the middle of the book. that left me hanging, the story was almost finished, but what could the author possibly fill in the next half of the book?… i dunno. i just felt lost after the conflict of the story was resolved (Beth’s transition).

Still, i love the concept of the Black Dagger Brotherhood. Their names were fancy derivatives of negative emotions: Wrath, Rhage, Vishous, Phury, Zhadist. it was fun. and then there’s the coined terms shellan (feed/fuck buddy), leelan (beloved wife), hellan (beloved husband). These things made me liked the book.

My fave part: the bonding (marriage) rites of Wrath and Beth. The ceremony includes an affliction of pain to Wrath over and over again to remind him of his commitment and love to Beth. i kinda love it!

but Wrath’s and Beth’s love story is simple, nothing new there.

i wanna know about Rhage and Zhadist! they are far more interesting (i think) than Wrath.

that’s why i will add the Black Dagger Brotherhood series on my TBR series pile. 😀



.: maria :.

“giving up is the ultimate tragedy.”