Reviewed by Susan65
Title: Dark Lover
Author: J.R. Ward
Narrator: Jim Frangione
Series: Black Dagger Brotherhood #1
Genre: MF Paranormal
Length: 13 Hours, 35 Minutes
Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC
Release Date: January 13, 2009
Available at: Amazon and Audible
Add it to your shelf: Goodreads
Blurb: 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.
Review: I’ve read this book a minimum of five times and have never once actually reviewed it. That speaks poorly of me, but highly of the book, as I rarely read a book twice, let alone multiple reads and an audio listen, too. The Black Dagger Brotherhood is a series I read before I migrated to MM romance, but it is still one of the only MF series I always go back to, and then devour the next book as soon as it’s released. I went back and looked at all of my ratings on the entire series and was not surprised that they were all four and five stars. This is a series that resonates within me and one that will sadden me once the final book is released. Let’s hope that’s not for a long time.
Wrath and Beth’s story hooked me from the beginning. The shear size of the male and his fierceness was sexy as hell. Even if it scared the hell out of me, who wouldn’t want a vampire warrior breaking into your room one night? *raises hand* I found him to be the perfect king to the vampire race, the perfect leader of the Brotherhood, and the perfect bonded male for Beth. Beth is a strong woman who, once she recovers from the shock of finding out she is part vampire, is the epitome of strength, compassion, and grace…the future queen is a lovely, sexy woman who will keep Wrath grounded and well satiated.
Probably my favorite parts of this reread is meeting the Brothers all over again. I find things I’ve forgotten about, and parts that I completely missed. Meeting Zsadist, as the still soulless bastard, was heartbreaking because I know his story and seeing him being feared and mistrusted hurt my heart. Knowing that he wasn’t a traitor but no one believing in him, but Phury, killed me. Watching Rhage act all Hollywood sex god, and Vishous attaching himself to Butch made me smile. And meeting Darius for such a short time before he dies is bittersweet. That male is mentioned in every book, and though he’s been “dead” since the first chapter of the first book, it speaks volumes of the author’s finesse as a writer.
I doubt anyone who reads this review has not already read the book, so I wrote this as a reflection on my thoughts and feelings of what we all already know. We each read something different, but I firmly believe the majority of the readers of this series love these Brothers as much as I do. And those who have been living under a rock are missing out on one hell of a ride. As always, I highly recommend this entire series.
Review – Audio: The narrator, Jim Frangione, does an amazing job of bringing the story to life. He adds a lot of emotion and passion into his narration. He performs the story in such a way that I believe the scenes that he sets out before me. Plus, he does a great job of pronouncing words that I could only guess at while reading the book. The only thing I found a little off, but slightly amusing, was his female voices. Makes me wonder if one day narrators will be a duet, with men and women narrators reading the male and female parts to make the story more believable.
Overall Impression: It was amazing
*I purchased my own, personal copy of this book for review.*