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!!
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.
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.