Dark Lover by J.R. Ward (Black Dagger Brotherhood #1)


42899In 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.


I really wanted to fall head over heels for this book, considering that I keep seeing this series again and again in paranormal “best of” lists.  While the character development is awesome there are too many things that distracted me to warrant a higher rating.

First the little stuff – this book is close to being timeless except for the pop culture references, grah. In my ebook edition one of them was slugger “Sammy Sousa”. Ahem. There were also a couple of phrases that annoyed me, like “weed out… the best”. No, you weed out the worst so the best can survive. Sigh.

The story changes focus quite often, following several characters’ stories until they merge for three minutes at the end. Speaking of – the final fight was over way too fast and had next to no suspense. I mean, the bad guy’s animals were better fighters than the actual bad guy. Disappointing.

Choices come easily to these characters but most are explained. Beth and Butch chose new lives because their previous ones were sad sack. Wrath seems to be driven by fate or what have you, and I can accept that. The rest of the brothers obviously have their own moral codes so we’ll see how their stories pan out in later books.