Review: Dark Lover by J.R. Ward

Posted March 5, 2012 by Suzanne in Reviews / 8 Comments

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Review: Dark Lover by J.R. Ward
Dark Lover
by J.R. Ward

5 Stars

Released: September 6, 2005
Series: Black Dagger Brotherhood #1
Published by Signet
Genres: Paranormal Romance
Pages: 393

How I love thee Wrath, let me count the ways…

Anyone who has spoken harems, fictional boyfriends, BDB or, hell, even their weeks shopping list with me will know about my slight interest in Wrath and when I say slight I mean rabid take-me-now-baby obsession. I can’t help it, I’m like Pavlovs dogs, hear bell start salivating, hear Wrath…start salivating. He is six foot six inches of muscle bound hot possesive male and king of the vampires, even if he doesn’t want to be. He is also part of the Black Dagger Brotherhood, a group of vampire males dedicated to stopping the Lessening society, a group of soulless humans, from slaughtering vampires. But one of their members have recently died, tipping favour in the lessers direction unless something drastic is done, the vampires need their King.

This is my favourite series. Ever. There is something about these books that hooks you and reels you in encasing you fully in BDB land, you can always tell someone in BDB land, they walk around with a haze in their eyes and a dreamy smile on their face and they all come out kicking and screaming. There are three things I like most about the Black Dagger Brotherhood books:

1. The WARDen’s writing. Her style is so exotic and unique, granted sometimes, especially in future books, you may need an urban dictionairy to understand what the Brothers are saying, but I think her writing really separates her books from PNR crowd, it completely cocoons you in their world. Her way with words can be beautiful as well, she has unusual ways of describing emotions and people that really bring it to vivid relaity to the reader, or atleast it does for me.

2. The Brothers. There are plenty of books out there, some better then others, which at its core has a group of warriors and throughout the series they all get hitched up with their ideal mate, for me BDB is the best of this group. Every single brother is well drawn out, reading these books is like coming back to see old friends. The relationships with eachother, as well as with their shellans gives these books warmth and more emotion then you can shake a stick at.

3. Wrath. Well, I LOVE him, seriously the sexiest character. Ever. Did you know my middle name is Elizabeth, I think that’s a sign.

I haven’t really spoken much about this book in particular, apart from waxing poetic about Wrath ofcourse, but all of the above applies to it, Dark Lover is the start of a truely fantastic series that will leave you panting for more with every page and every book. Welcome to a new obsession.

Why I Love Peaches…

Do you want to know what you taste like?” He said against her breast.

One long finger dipped into her body. As if he wannted her to know he wasn’t talking about her mouth.

She gripped his neck through his silk shirt, scoring him with her nails.

“Peaches,” he said, shifting her body, moving downward with his mouth, kissing the skin of her stomach. “Like eating peaches. Silky flesh on my lips and tongue as I suck. Smooth and sweet down the back of my throat when I swallow.”

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About J.R. Ward

J.R. Ward is a #1 New York Times bestselling author with more than 15 million novels in print published in 25 different countries around the world. The books in her popular Black Dagger Brotherhood series have held the #1 spot on the New York Times hardcover, mass market, eBook, and combined print/eBook fiction bestseller lists and have debuted in the top 5 on the USA Today bestseller list. Prior to her writing career, Ward worked as a lawyer in Boston and spent many years as the Chief of Staff of one of Harvard’s world-renowned academic medical centers. Ward currently lives with her family in Kentucky where she has learned to enjoy and appreciate all things Southern. Connect with her online at,, and

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Gosh, we all seem to be admitting our ages…and I hate that I am at the point in life when admitting my age is a “thing”…whodda thunk it? I was kind of hoping I would remain 21 forever. However, I have moved out of that New Adult stage of my life and am now strictly in the Contemporary Romance age zone of 28. I would prefer to be in an Urban Fantasy arena, but I don’t think I own enough black leather. However, I could probably squeeze into some PNR, I am fully prepared to give a horn job to my favourite demon, or suck on my sexy vamps…fangs and I am definitely up for some heavy petting with some fine looking shifters. Than again their’s always Sci Fi…I am fully prepared to do the right thing and help some poor alien race with more 6 packs than a supermarket repopulate their planet. Not that I am loose woman or anything.

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8 responses to “Review: Dark Lover by J.R. Ward

  1. I Love, love this series!! This is one the few that I first read and then I listen to it.
    I can’t wait for Lover Reborn
    You feel me?
    Fantastic review!

  2. I love the BDB too! I’m with Dalene, I can not wait to read Lover Reborn either. I haven’t started my re-read yet. I will wait another week and read all of the books again to get ready for Lover Reborn!!!

  3. I’m a RHAGEaholic love some Rhage and Zsadist too!!!! I haven’t read Wrath’s book yet but I will, I’m hoping to be caught up on this series this year!!!

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