Book Review: DARK LOVER by J.R. WARD

Hello Readers, welcome back to my blog.

This is the first book in the black dagger brotherhood series.

Trigger warning – sexual assault, transphobia


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 . . .

Beth Randall is helpless against the dangerously sexy man who comes to her at night with shadows in his yes. His tales of brotherhood and blood frighten her. But his touch ignites a dawning hunger that threatens to consume them both . . .

One question before I dive in. Why am I only discovering the black dagger brotherhood now? Ugh!!! This is totally a book from the 2000s, the language, the ideas and the testosterone that was dripping from the page were all reminiscent of those years and I wish I had read it back then but it’s ok because it’s never too late to enjoy a good book/series.

The language, the structure and the pace of the book was very very good. I could picture the scenes very clearly like I was watching it on screen and I imagine that if there was a screen adaptation in the future it would be very easy, there won’t need to be much tweaking.

The names of the male characters, please – Butch, Vishous, Phury, Zsadist, Wrath, Tohrment, Rhage, Fritz (I had to wrestle with spell check to write these out, fun). All the male characters that had issues had names that gave me issues and the ‘normal’ male characters or rather the emotionally balanced male characters had standard names like Jose and Darius, I wonder if that was a conscious decision by the author.

There were a lot of characters with self-loathing issues especially among the brotherhood, it was so surprising for me because I haven’t read a story like this where a lot of the characters had obvious personal issues and just needed someone to love them so they could love themselves (I obviously need to be more diverse in my reading). It’s so refreshing for the male to be the emotionally insecure one in the relationship which reminds me of Christian Grey because Anna was the emotional support for Christian just like Beth is for Wrath.

Did Wrath do a complete 180 after meeting Beth or what? Truest definition of love changes you I have not seen in a while. I mean seriously, it seemed like his emotional constitution changed like night to day.

Do you know what a widow’s peak hairline is? Tell me in the comment section or on my social media in the Contact Me section. I love it when a book teaches me new things or old things that I didn’t know. I don’t know why I withheld the last star in my ratings because this book could easily have been a five star read but I am looking forward to the rest of the series maybe one of them will get the full five stars. Watch this space for further reviews on the black dagger brotherhood series.

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