Dark Lover - J.R. Ward

Dark Lover

By J.R. Ward

  • Release Date: 2005-09-06
  • Genre: Paranormal
Score: 4.5
From 2,341 Ratings

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See where it all began in the first phenomenal novel in the #1 New York Times bestselling Black Dagger Brotherhood series... 

The only purebred vampire left on the planet and the leader of the Black Dagger Brotherhood, Wrath has a score to settle with the slayers who killed his parents centuries ago. But when his most trusted fighter is killed—orphaning a half-breed daughter unaware of her heritage or her fate—Wrath must put down his dagger and usher the beautiful female into another world.

Racked by a restlessness in her body that wasn’t there before, Beth Randall is helpless against the dangerously sexy man who comes to her at night with shadows in his eyes. His tales of the Brotherhood and blood frighten her. Yet his touch ignites a dawning new hunger—one that threatens to consume them both...



  • Hard to get into but when you do, so good!

    By Miabdour
    If you can stick through the beginning and some of the middle than it gets really good. But i have to say, i considered putting it down quite a few times because things just didnt flow right in the beginning stages… but once the story deepened the characters really came alive. So if you have doubts, keeping pushing through because you’ll be glad you did. I’m going to give the second one a chance because of it and hope to not be disappointed!
  • Fabulous

    By Southern Laura
    Good read all the way..
  • I had high hopes!

    By Kierston34
    I really wanted to like this series! I know lots of friends that have read it and I also enjoy fantasy/romance BUT I couldn’t get passed the cliche character names, “Tohrment,” or “Wrath” ugh it killed me. I just couldn’t do it. Despite my cringing at the name, I like where the story was heading, but again, the description of “Wrath” in black leather... so predictable! Moody angst ridden vampire that wears black leather and goes by the name of Wrath.... I got 19% of the way through the first book and I couldn’t do it anymore. I was really looking forward to these, but I was letdown. I would not recommend this for readers who like Charlaine Harrison or Patricia Briggs. I wanted a series like either of their, “Southern Vampire Mysteries,” or “Mercedes Thompson” novels, respectively, but the “Black Dagger Brotherhood,” is not going to be on the same level, not for me anyway.
  • Freaking great book and series

    By Snuffythekitten
    Super great from first book this to continued all of them and continuing plus the newer legacies books! Love black dagger brotherhood can’t go wrong. Some have to have more explanation that takes some chapters but most part it’s a thrill ride and romance you wish you could get out of your fellas lol. Just the devotion they all have w bonding is awesome!
  • BDB ❤️

    By Yvette Br.
    Great start to the series!
  • Moves a bit fast but within good reason.

    By BirdyB.
    What I hate about most romance books is that they move so fast that even as a fiction novel, it’s not believable at all. This book does move a bit fast at first, but it give a good enough reason for it. Aside from that, it’s a perfect vampire romance. I loved every second of it and the sequels are just as good. It’s well worth a read!
  • Got on a whim, fell in love!!

    By Kay-D133
    I got this book on a whim. I've read it probably 5 times back to front. I love this story!!! My favorite vampire love story. Way better than 50 Shades of Grey, or even Twilight!!
  • Loved it!

    By bookgirl20
    Loved it!
  • Addictive

    By Jaymy M.
    The book that started it all. Couldn't put it down. At a dozen+ still can't resist JR ward's BDB and it's engaging characters. Am starting next generation of Brothers with Legacy series. Made me folllow Jim, Ad & Edy down the Fallen Angels rabbit hole too
  • Dark Lover

    By Jasmyn9
    This was my first audio book this year, and my second audio book ever. The Black Dagger Brotherhood is a huge series and I figured it was about time to get started on it. I wasn't disappointed. The story was exciting and really held my interest from start to finish. There's an interesting mix of traditional lore and the author's own little twist. I loved the concept of the Lesser society. It was a new look at vampire slayers and demons that added a nice layer to the world Ward has created. The Brotherhood was a little over the top - and I know they are supposed to be - but they were just too "big" for me. The saving grace was that they each seem to have some serious flaw in their physical-self, personality, or haunted past to help balance out their amazing power and size. Their leader, Wrath, is quite a hard person that is very driven in his task of taking out Lessers, even more so after the one of the Brotherhood is killed. There's quite a bit of suspense and excitement in the story that revolves around this death and the rise of power in the Lessers that takes the Brotherhood by surprise. But this is a romance, and quite a good one. Beth is a unique woman, She's not a vampire, but she's not a human, and Wrath can't seem to stay away from her. I loved her fire and her spunk. She wasn't one to let a big vampire walk all over her and tell her what to do. Her introduction to the vampire world was great. I'm a big fan of the freak-out moment. The moment where someone realizes all those scary stories are real and they just walked into one. Beth's realization was great and it only made me like her more. The narrator of the audiobook took a little getting used to. Partly because it was a male, and the voice in my reading head has always been female. But he told the story well and drew me in quickly. He was quite a nice companion on my daily walks.