Dark Lover by J.R. Ward

(Black Dagger Brotherhood, #1)
Paranormal Romance

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.

  “You don't know this yet. But you are Mine."

I did not love the book as much as my 'paranormal romance friends', it had too much in the terms of traditional paranormal romance subplot for me....BUT did enjoy it quite a bit.

Wrath is a king of sorts among his kind, followed by a band of loyal brothers, all powerful and all troubled in their own way. He must lead them against a war of vampire hunters, while honoring his promise to protect a friends daughter as she "transforms." Apparently the transformation for her type can be tricky and usually goes south fast. She was half-blood and didn't know about her father until the beginning of the story.  Ward developed her own version of vampire; here they do not feed off of people, but off others vampires instead for nourishment as human blood is too weak for them.

The writer is talented and does make it easy to keep reading. She employs the shifting third-person point of view instead of the traditional first-person that's used in most Urban Fantasies and some Paranormal Romances. I prefer the first-person point of view more but she makes it work here. The book was at it's best especially at the beginning when everything tragic was happening, it was all getting established and there were plenty of obstacles. It started losing my interest a little as it went from an extraordinary beginning to a typical paranormal-romance center. Thought the sex scenes were a little too numerous sometimes but for the most part the passion part was hot enough.

 I dug most of the characters. I didn't like the change for Darius at the very end, and from the description I just didn't see Wrath as attractive and he didn't do anything for me. Some of the brothers were fun though, and my favorites were - surprisingly, the human Butch and the butler Fritch (sp?) I think the characters DO hold a lot of potential for becoming as addicting as many of the fans state, they just didn't make it in my heart yet with this book. Not bad characters but I didn't fall in love with anyone so far.

Wish to continue the series to see how everything progresses, it's a creatively structured world. I may grow more into it with continuing books. Just have to get my hands on the second and see. With how easily I become addicted to series, this is a strong possibility.

   Book Quotes:

“Welcome to the wonderful world of jealousy. For the price of admission, you get a splitting headache, a nearly irresistable urge to commit murder, and an inferiority complex. Yippee.”

“Some bridges you crossed on your own, no matter who drove you to the edge”  

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