Title: Dark Lover (Black Dagger Brotherhood #1 Series)
Author: J.R. Ward
Publisher: Signer Eclipse
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.
Dark Lover is the first installment in the BDB series by Ward and it was incredible. I can’t believe I’ve stopped myself too long before reading this series – I am a new fan of Ward and hopefully the other books is as awesome as Dark Lover.
Dark Lover has a whole new vampire concept – Ward wrote BDB with a twist, there were still aspects followed from the usual vampire society/behavior but there are differences. The terms are uniquely for this story so it takes time to get used to but that is also a reason so separate BDB series from the other vampire series out there (and you know there are tons!!)
BDB is fast paced, action packed and intense. This is really not intended for minors or for the wimpy at heart since the book contains a lot of violence and it is very graphic in nature. From my past review, you know I am not a fan of insta-love but when it comes to paranormal books it somewhat works (well sort off, and there are a few writers that can pull this off effectively and Ward is one of them) I love how Ward was taking the time to really open up BDB’s world to the readers yet it doesn’t come out dull or boring.
I am just so glad that I didn’t join the band wagon immediately when the hype was so high – I want to read a series wherein most of the books are already available to relieve myself from stress and anticipation and looking at how much I enjoyed Dark Lover, I can surely predict that I’ll finish the next few books after a couple of days. Definitely a 5 on my list!