Dark Lover by J.R. Ward
(Black Dagger Brotherhood #1)
I’ve read this entire series but have shamefully only written a real review for Lover Reborn (BDB #10). I just could not let that stand any longer. The Black Dagger Brotherhood series is just too good and is my favorite paranormal romance series ever. So I’m going to do a review of each book starting with Dark Lover.
I was drawn into this book right away by JR Ward’s writing style. It’s just so...hardcore and grabbed me from the jump. I wasn’t too sure I was going to like this book when I read the synopsis, but after I got a feel for Ward’s way with words, I was like, oh hell yeah.
I liked Wrath, the vampire king, right away. I liked that he was blind, I liked that he wore sunglasses ALL the time because of it, and I liked most of all, that he absolutely refused to act like a king. He wanted nothing to do with the throne and that complicated just about everything in the vampire world.
Beth, the woman he ends up falling for, is the daughter of his best friend Darius and a half-breed vampire. She just doesn’t know it yet. I only kind of liked her at the beginning and it only improves a little bit as the book goes on. I don’t know what it was, but I’ll tell you that there is only one female that I actually like (love) in this series. Xhex. But I’m jumping way ahead. I liked Wrath and Beth together, and though their romance is hot, it was the Brothers themselves that sealed the deal for me.
We get to meet all of them in this book, of course. Rhage, Zsadist, Phury, Vishous, and Tohrment. I LOVED their names. Zsadist is an instant favorite for me. The first time he opened his mouth in the book, I cheered. It was epic and I often quote what he said to my friends in hopes that it will sell them on the series (It’s worked on a few of them already). But if you want to know, you’ll have to read it.
The Brothers are sexy, dangerous, wealthy, and downright gangsta. They listen to rap music, wear leather pants and shitkickers, and hunt their enemies, the lessers, with a ruthless ferocity that makes it impossible to put this book (or any of them) down. I loved every second of it. Dark Lover was a fantastic start to a series that I hope never ends.