Book Review: Dark Lover by J.R. Ward


Dark Lover by J.R. Ward
Series: Black Dagger Brotherhood #1
Published: 2005
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Format: Kindle/Audio
Pages: 432
Source: Library
Dates Read: June 5-8, 2019
Grade: B
Synopsis: 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. (from Goodreads)



Readability: 4/5

I wanted to drop everything and read this book, so the story was good. But the language of some of the characters — not necessarily profanity or anything, but just the way they spoke — seemed a bit off and unnatural to me.

Characterization: 4/5

While the characters in this novel aren’t ones I would typically hang out with (vampirism aside), I liked their depth and look forward to getting to know them better in the subsequent books. Some of the men in this book could be a bit dense, though.

Setting: 4/5

I haven’t read many novels set in small-town New York, so that was a fresh perspective. Normally books set in New York are all about the city, so I appreciated the change.

Interest Level: 5/5

It didn’t take me long to get hooked on this series, and I’m both glad and apprehensive that there are so many more books in the series. There’s a lot more story, but it’s going to take me forever!

Total = 17/20 = 85% B

Favorite Quotes:

  • “Welcome to the wonderful world of jealousy, he thought. For the price of admission, you get a splitting headache, a nearly irresistible urge to commit murder, and an inferiority complex. Yippee.” (Loc 1800)
  • “He let out a roar that was her name.” (Loc 5131)
  • “I told you, I’ll be fine. Because I refuse to have it any other way.” (Loc 5471)

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