J. R. Ward – Dark Lover (Black Dagger Brotherhood #1) | Review

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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.


Since Black Dagger Brotherhood books make big part of my TBR, I decided it’s time to do something about that. I have actually started this book three years ago and I read half of it, but though I really liked it, I never continued on. Until now. And I really enjoyed it, though I did have some minor problems with it. It was very interesting to read a vampire book now that vampires are not as popular as they were a few years ago, but I can tell you, I still like reading about them if the whole vampire thing is done well.42899

If you odd out the romance, this book still has a plot, which is very rare for vampire books. I love how vampires are portrayed in this book and how everything works out. Brotherhood is so cool and reading about them was very empowering. When it comes to the actual plot, I have mixed feelings about it. I did get into this book right away and I definitely had my attention, but I think that the first part of the book draged a bit, especially compared to the second half when a ton of stuff happened and everything was so fast-paced and exciting. Don’t get me wrong, I did enjoy the beginning with Beth finding out about the entire vampire thing and falling for Wrath (though that hapened FAST!). It’s just that it took me two days for the first half of the book, and then less than a day for the second half. My interest so obviously grew toward the end of the book, when the plot actually picks up. The ending itself was quite expected, though I did not expect for things to go so far, but I do like how it all wrapped up.

When it comes to our main character, Beth, I couldn’t connect with her. I don’t hate her, but she was quite annoying. And stupid at times. Like, who the fuck has sex with a complete stranger who looks like is going to kill her? And like that isn’t enough, she goes after him and trusts him immediately. Quite stupid, don’t you think?
I already said how much I love the Brotherhood. I like every single one of these Warriors, but when they were all together and their relationships with each other were brilliant. It’s hard to say this, but Wrath is probably my least favourite in the Brotherhood. I couldn’t make myself like him. I really tried. I couldn’t. He was pretending to be a tough guy, but he was just too whiny and self-centered for me. I didn’t buy it. Also, I don’t really like his relationship with Beth. Too much insta-love and his change was just way too unrealistic.
As I said, I really like all the other guys, but I don’t feel like I should talk about any of the other characters in this review, since each book is about another character so I’ll talk about them when I actually get to know them better.

The writing.Occasionaly it was just too much. Through most of the book I really enjoyed it and it was fine, but there were just way too many sexual descriptions, to say the least. I don’t mind reading about sex, but Beth and Wrath had sex way too many timed throughout this book. And even when they weren’t having sex, at least one of them was thinking about having sex with the other person. It was just too much for my taste. It’s hard to make me unconfortable while reading, I can really enjoy everything, but this was just… nope. The good thing is, eventually you get used to it so it didn’t really bother me that much at the end. But still…

I have no idea whom to recommend this book. I don’t feel like the right person to put an age range on this book, since I first read it when I was 13. But I guess if this is something you think you’d enjoy, if you’re mature enough and you’re okay with a lot of sex in books, it’s a book for you. I really enjoyed it, it was very fun and entertaining and I will definitely be continuing with the series.


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