12 April 2010

Blast from the past: Wrath finds his way to me.

Sometimes I get lost in my own folder system on my pc and find things again that has me rolling my eyes at myself, or has me laughing out loud how inexperienced I was. Yes, you may be surprised but even I was a young grasshopper once when it came to the romance genre ;) So today I was scouring my folders to find some info, ended up in my 2008 review folder and found my first experience with a book titled; DARK LOVER...does anyone know it?? It's a vampire novel of some kick ass warriors in case you're wondering *wink*

There was a time when I didn't know of the BDB warriors and it was in the spring of 2006, on a German romance convention, where a fellow romance addict told me; "Girl, if you're a fan of Sherrilyn Kenyon - who ruled my days back then - you should read J.R. Ward's DARK LOVER." So yeah, I got home, and that piece of info got lost in the abyss of my memory.

Until it was time to do some book shopping that fall for a friend back then. I stumbled upon DARK LOVER again and ordered it along with the book presents for my friend. I actually shelved it until I believe it was October, November when I picked up the book, read page one and was whisked away, blown away and left dazzled at the final page. Oh yes, the Black Dagger Brotherhood had made its entrance on my shelves with a very big bang. To this day Wrath still holds my heart ;)

So of course I had to write me a review back then to rally up my sister book-addicts. But today, as I re-read my own review of DARK LOVER, I suddenly remember so crystal clear how much I fell in love with this series, with these vampires, and how far this series has progressed since then. For me it feels like a blast from the past and now I’m all nostalgic about it...LOVER MINE be quick to reach my door. Does anyone remember the shock when Darius got blown up...my heart was in my throat!

Anyway, here is my review of DARK LOVER, of course I had to share this one with you all too *grin*

My Review: Let me introduce you to the Black Dagger Brotherhood of J.R. Ward, we have: Wrath - Phury - Tohrment - Rhage - Vishous and Zhadist. Those names alone entices the fantasy wanting to know more!

This is the story of Wrath and it starts with Darius asking him for a favor. His only living child is nearing her transition and knowing it will be a painful process he asks Wrath to guide her through it. Wrath declines but on that same faithful night Darius' life is taken by a lesser (vampire slayer). <- Yes I had to explain it back then!

As a reader you're drawn into the story from the very first page, eagerly devouring (<- Did anyone do it any different I wonder now?) every shred of information. Although a lot is explained in this book it somehow doesn't take the pace out of the story. Your seduced by six incredible warriors, the vampire world and their rules are stirred up into something new.

Beth has an average life with a normal job, but the last few weeks her hunger can't be sated with food and her eyes become vulnerable to sunlight. Now a ferocious man introduces himself and his world to her when all Beth wants to do is tear the clothes of his body and sate an entirely different hunger. (<- I was so in tune with that kind of hunger, the first time they went at it *shivers* So good!)

Beth as a heroin is a joy to read, her confusion, loneliness, strength and of course the effect she has on Wrath is sizzling form the pages. The passion between the two can light up even the darkest night and the fire of their love destroys everything within their path. (<- uhuh uhuh, yeah, upon re-reading DL I feel this every time)

Of course the lesser are planning their evil plot with Mr.X as their leader, this gives the story a thrilling pace for you only hope that the Black Dagger warriors get their ultimate revenge as they lost an honoured member. But as evil rises and love blossoms it collides into an ending that still leaves me dazzled.

I just couldn't tear myself from this book as a complete new vampire world is introduced. J.R.Ward has placed herself in a league of few like: Sherrilyn Kenyon and Christine Feehan. They have altered the vampire genre and so has J.R.Ward! I can't wait for the other two books to find their way into my hands!

J.R. Ward combines all we want to have in a vampire novel, two thumbs up!!

Quote Wrath:
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.
Quote Beth:
Whoa. Fangs. She had fangs.
She leaned in, prodded them a little. Eating with those puppies was going to take some getting used to, she thought. On impulse, she brought up her hands, turned her fingers into claws. Hissed. Cool. Halloween was going to be real kick in the pants from now on.
Black eyes glittered. The smile on the vampires face was greedy for sin and ready for evil.
And the quote that made me fall head over heels for Wrath:
Wrath was six feet, six inches of pure terror dressed in leather. His hair was long and black, falling straight from a widow's peak. Wraparound sunglasses hid eyes that no one had ever seen revealed. Shoulders were twice the size of most males. With a face that was both aristrocratic and brutal, he looked like the king he was by birthright and the soldier he became by destiny. And the wave of menace rolling ahead of him was one hell of a calling card.

5 stars

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  1. I love this Leontine!!! Thank you fof sharing. Obviously you know my thoughts on this series...but I think it is cool that you still feel the same excitement today - years and many books later.

    ps - I started the Dark Hunters as soon as I discovered Ward ;)

  2. I have to say this is one series that I am addicted to!!! I can't get enough and I am practically drooling for John Michael's story to come out later this month.

    Team Quay all the way!!

  3. I miss re-reading, I really should do it again ;)

  4. It was nice to read your review on this series. I liked the added comments.
    I'm looking forward to the next book.

  5. LOL. I think I'm the reverse. I so loved the series when I first read it and now when I re-read it, I can't help rolling my eyes at everything.

    You know the cheesy trying to be gangster dialouge, the product placement. Yet, at the heart I still love the romance, which is why I'm so disappointed that the focus of the books now isn't on the romance anylonger but the BDB world.

  6. @Mandi - Yes, I vaguely remember your love for this series *wink* and of course for John Matthew ;)

    @Book Junkie - Oh yes, Team Quay has me love too and yes, I wonder what Ward has pulled off with JM in LM.

    @Blodeuedd - I only tend to re-read when I'm sick and in bed but all in all have re-read the first 3books at least once a year ;)

    @Elaing8 - When I re-read the review I just had to insert them :)

    @Lynnette - I don't enjoy the slang, product pimping, or; "I'm outtie" phrases either, but Dark Lover - Lover Eternal & Lover Awakened will always be favorite re-reads due to the outstanding romance & the rituals...so beautiful. The rest I haven't re-read...yet.

  7. Ward got me into reading PNR and vampires, before her I was reading very light paranormal books. Gasp, I know right?

  8. I love this series and this is my favorite of them all. I've reread this book a lot and I have to say that there's been one of the stories I was a little disappointed with. To me this is the strongest story of them all. I have her new book pre-ordered and can't wait for it to get here.


  9. Gawd, I'd love to travel back in time when J.R. Ward was a brand new addiction that couldn't be fed fast enough. I truly miss that exhilaration of racing to the romance section of the bookstore for Ward's new release. Oh and to have that thick book of hunky man meat finally in your hands....sigh....It was good wasn't it. Sadly, I don't feel that same wirlwind of emotions when it comes to Ward and even more sad, I've never felt anything since that has come close to it either...

    Loved your blast from the past, girl.

    Hugs, VFG

  10. Hi Leontine! I'm back finally lol GIRL I loved this post! I remember when I first read this one it was pretty new still but I loved it! I have all the others on my shelf to read still.. yes I am ashamed to say that I got sidetracked after with other books to review etc. and I haven't gotten to read the others yet. *hangs head in shame lol* I have been moving them up and plan on rereading this one and finishing up this series by the end of the year I hope! LOL I don't want to be in the dark anymore and thank you for this post which helped nudge me again to get to them!!!!! :) BIG HUGS

  11. Funny that I've just read this book and though I love it, but not as much as you do. Like Lynette, I didn't quite like some of the dialogue, especially a lot of those "brother" parts. *rolls eyes* Review will be out soon, if you care to look at it then. :)

  12. Thanks for sharing that... I understand the excitement and I too came to them years ago from the SK books and I still think this is one of my favourites, I really need to dig it out and reread it.



  13. Hi Leontine:

    Okay, trying this again. Blogger ate my comment - I hope it's less hungry now. lol

    This is a great post and indeed a Blast from the Past. lol I have to say a couple of scenes that come to memory from Dark Lover is when Wrath initially enters the bar and the "waters part" as it were. Those first books in the series were darn addicting.

    Thanks for sharing.

  14. I remember this book well. I started reading and the first 6 or 7 chapters all I thought was: I don't think this is a serie for me, then it got interesting and then I got hooked and now I'm at the point where I still have to finish reading the previous novel (uhm can't remember the title it was Lover-something mwoahahaha) but anyway, I'm not sure what to think of it. But what I've read so far I've liked. I started reading Rhev's story but for some reason I got stuck at chapter 2 and I never picked it up afterwards :'(

  15. Hey honey, I just wanted to drop in and say HI!!!!!!! It is crazy here and I will be back I promise!
    Hope all is well honey!

  16. oh Leontine, I can totally understand you!! The brothers are one of my favorite series too :)
    I really love Zadist and Bellas story and just reread it at the weekend *g*
    greetings, Ina

  17. I'm with Lynette and anyone else who loved it at first but the slang is just so over used. It's to the point of silly. I still love it but now I find myself giggling more. Dark Lover will always hold a special place in my heart.

  18. @Smokinghotbooks - I read Karen Moning, Sherrilyn Kenyon, Kresley Cole and JR Ward in the time span of a year, perhaps 18 months, I was on such a PNR high back then (Talking 2006/2007)

    @Sherry - My romance lovin heart re-reads the first 3 books the most and after that I still love the world, characters and JR Ward writing, minus slang etc, but I miss the romance that rocked my world in those initial stories.

    @VFG - Each year I'm calm, cool and collective untill the release month of a BDB novel. That's when something inside stirs, hoping, wanting, needing...

    And I'm with ya, I don't have that whirlwind of emotions often either. Even Kenyon doesn't provide that kind of rush anymore :(

    @JennJ - Your friendly nudge person is here to help LOL And somehow I think Rhage and Zadist are going to rock your world hon.

    @Silver - Oh, now you've got me curious and will keep an eye out for your blog!!!

    @Minx - If I'm sick Wrath, Rhage or Zadist always provide the reads I need :)

    @Lea - Oh yes, that is what is described after my description quote of Wrath...getting all mushy here just thinking about it :)

    @Natascha - Sis, I'm so glad you hung in there...if you didn't, you wouldn't have read Rhage's story *gasp* I hope Rhev will one day capture your attention hon, so we can have an old fashioned BDB phone conversation :D

    @Cecile - I know hon, I remember something on your google card saying it is tax season/day/time? Your tribe must spoil you a bit to keep the stress at bay!!

    @Ina - Wan't your heart melting at the end when he gave Bella that note. Can I say; Awwwhhhhhhh.

    @Yesenia - And phrases like: "I'm outtie" doesn't work for me either with larger-then-life vampires. Still there is always still more good than bad and the characters/story arc keep me hooked :)


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