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Dark Lover (Black Dagger Brotherhood #1)

4.22  ·  Rating Details  ·  205,820 Ratings  ·  9,485 Reviews
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
Kindle Edition, 393 pages
Published September 6th 2005 by Signet (first published February 19th 2005)
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Tina If its the type of books you like, then finish it, you will fall in love with the Brothers. If you don't like the whole warrior thing then you won't…moreIf its the type of books you like, then finish it, you will fall in love with the Brothers. If you don't like the whole warrior thing then you won't like the series. The first book is a little different from the rest, but they are all basically the same, alpha male falls for female...(less)

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Mar 24, 2010 Mel rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Mel by: Amelia and Stav
Shelves: pnr
*channeling Johnny Cash *

"Six foot six he stood on the ground,
he weighted 235 pounds
But I saw that giant of a man brought down
to his knees by loooove."

A few dear Goodreads-friends pressured me into reading this and I must say: I'm pleasantly surprised (3,5 stars).
An interesting and unpredictable plot? Not really. Cliché? Very. Romance and sex? At times the romance was almost sappy and the sex was good but I actually had expected it to be hotter (it's quality people, not quantity!).
But des
You have got to be kidding me.

What author names her main characters, the members of the incredibly dark and dangerous black dagger brotherhood of vampire warriors....*inhales*
...Wrath, Tohrment, Vishous, Rhage, Phury and Zsadist?

And as if that isn't hilarious enough, Ward just doesn't get enough of superlatives to describe how extremely dangerous her vampires - a bunch of interchangeable Conans the Barbarian - actually are. Allow me to quote:

"Rhage was a towering male, big, powerful, stronger
Oct 30, 2014 Navessa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: gd-mary-sues
How to Write a Paranormal Romance

Step One : Create a Sue

This is a female lead that can either be a Mary Sue, a Jerk Sue or a Sympathetic Sue. Just an FYI, most writers go with a Mary, as the ideal of women remaining virgins until they find “The One” is allegedly still vastly appealing to the masses. I suggest creating a heroine that’s never even been attracted to a man before. It makes it seem more like it's fate when she meets the male lead and less like you’re trying to shove antiquated bel
Blacky *Romance Addict*

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"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 aristocratic and brutal, he looked like the king he was by birthright and the solider he'd become by destiny."


Fantastic start to the Black Dagger Brotherhood series!
We get the world building, the awesome characters,
UPDATE : Thanks for all friends and people who have like this review and commenting. Glad I can make you smile and laugh ^_^.
Black Dagger Brotherhood is masterpiece, and it will always be =)

My feeling right now :


Allright, this is the first book that start my love for BDB series, and when I know this book will be translated a year ago (at February 2010), I'm excited!!

Waiting 2-3 months later, no news...

Waiting 2-3 next months later, still no news...

And then at July, the publisher said that
Kat Kennedy
I originally wrote this review in a more innocent time. A time, if you can imagine, when I was a lot less cynical and a lot more likely to give books a break.

So I did the obligatory drool over the Black Dagger Brotherhood men whilst expressing frustration at the multiple POV's (SO MANY!). I complained about the content and nature of Wrath and Beth's relationship but let it slide because, hey it was just some light-hearted fun.

A couple of years ago I was at my mother's house when a large, terrify
Picture of Wrath...Warning/GIF - Partial Nudity
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Wrath - 6'6" - 270 lb Warrior Vampire - Raw male power - Intense - Aggressive - Tattooed - Deliciously erotic - Protective - Hard, ripped, well muscled body

I am always intrigued with the pictures my GR friends add to their reviews. Wanting to get an image of Wrath in those leather pants, I visited photo bucket and this is what I found. While there are no leather pants, I thought he was perfect:)

This is my first "ad
Jan 01, 2011 Elle rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: The seriously randy
Recommended to Elle by: The general GoodReads population

It's your fault.

All you Goodreaders.

I was sucked in by the high ratings for this series. And the fact that I couldn't go anywhere on GR without this little red paperback popping up and waving at me. 'Read me. Love me. I'm totally worth it' blah blaaahh.


Where were the characters???
Seriously. Where were they? WHY were they?

I could not for the life of me identify who was who and why they were there. And WHY did they fall in love? Are you, J.R.Ward, trying to sell me this idea of love-at-first-
Annie (Under the Covers Book Blog)
God, so that's how the Black Dagger Brotherhood series starts out, huh? I am so bummed that I didn't start with this one. It only makes sense to read the series in order but at the time, I only had the sixth and seventh book on hand. Nevertheless, Dark Lover is as solid as ever.

Wrath, my man. This dude is so fucking hot, it's insane. He's so arrogant and aggressive. He's possesive and passionate. He's the best King in my mind. And Beth, where do I even start with her? She is so strong, even from
Jan 09, 2008 Lorena rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: paranormal
I was disappointed by this book. From the description, it sounded more like dark fantasy, but in practice, it's more like a romance novel of the cheesiest variety, only replace the generic pirate/naughty lord/auto mechanic human hunk with a vampire hunk. The dialogue was overwrought, and the behavior of the man/men in question was extremely stereotypical when it wasn't extremely implausible (even given that we are theoretically talking about men of a different and non-existent-in-reality species ...more
Dec 11, 2009 Heather rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2009, loathed
I should have known by the summary that this book would suck ass, but alas, I was blinded by that s*xy sounding name, Wrath. Curse Ms. Ward for being intelligent enough to make that up. With a name like Wrath, I was expecting some sensual sinning to take place, but all I got was a blind, leather duster wearing vampire thug who introduces us to ridiculous supernatural turf wars, rap music, and the f bomb. Even worse, the supposed world of sensuality began as a cable guy fantasy gone wrong. This b ...more
✘✘ Sarah ✘✘ (former Nefarious Breeder of Murderous Crustaceans)
Disclaimer: I am currently being held hostage by a PNR-loving troll. I therefore cannot be held responsible for the contents of this review. Do you seriously think I'd give a Freaking PNR Novel a 5-star rating of my own free will? *eyeroll*




IT HAPPENED!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!



Oct 18, 2012 Vanessa rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reviewed, fiction
I remember a few years ago, being huddled around a table in the canteen, and talking about books with some of my friends. They were nigh on obsessed with this vampire hunting series, having bought all the books and swapping them between each other. I never got to borrow any copies (but then again I was kind of burnt out on vampires anyway), but the name did stick in my mind.

Some months later, I asked one of these friends about the title of the books she loved, and she said they were part of a se
Nov 01, 2007 Sarai rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This one is not going so well. I am getting sick of the these great fighters that remind me of want to be thugs with their slang and cars and rap music. But to redeem them she tosses in leather? Seriously if I hear bro, what's up and WTF one more time I'm through. Not to mention a blind hero who can smell how the heroine looks????? Anywho I give it 25 more pages. Oh did anyone else skip the parts of Mr. X I just can't stand them... No screw it I'm done.
Laura Marcela ✎・:*:・

BR with the one and only Ash.

"We’re going to build us a civilization, my brother. Or rather, rebuild one.”

Blurb: 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 set
Apr 06, 2013 Christy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: paranormal

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Book one of the Black Dagger Brotherhood series...

The Black Dagger Brotherhood is a group of vampires here to protect the vampire race. Wrath is the leader of this group- their king, by blood.
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Wrath was 6 feet, 9 inches of pure terror dressed in leather.

Wrath is their King, but refuses to lead. He is a loner. A warrior. He doesn’t get too close to anyone. He has his band of brothers, but thats about it. When Wrath’s brother Darius asks him to help his only daughter (who is half human) with her
Yep, I'm reading it again. Buddy (Re)Read with my MacHalo girls starting October 22, 2015.

New thoughts... this still hits all the right notes for me. I think it holds up well for PNR written 10 years ago! There are a couple stereotypes, but you know, not many. The girl gets saved, but so does the guy. The two leads are well-matched and neither is eye-rolling. Wrath and Beth are my favorite couple. It's like comfort food for me. I'm very happy this was still so great for me on my 4th read. Even t
Jun 06, 2013 Anna rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Paranormal romance lovers

Well hello there BROTHERHOOD

Goodbye ovaries !!!!!!

EPIC bestie read with Lisa Jayne ..... nothing to it/just do it <3






fucking awesome

'Fucking Awesome' doesn't quite cover it.


Feels more like it.

Meet my sexy Wrath...

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Wrath is the only true purebred vampire left on earth. He's the leader of the black dagger brotherhood - the 6 strongest vampire warriors who defend their race from slayers.

When one of his most loyal warriors dies, he has to make the last quest his friend gave him - protect his half vampire daughter...

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His touch ignites a dawning hunger that threatens to consume them both.

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This is how i
 ♥  Barb ♥
**5 stars for 6 FEET 6 INCHES of Pure WRATH**

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“You don't know this yet. But YOU. ARE. MINE."

This is the first book in the Black Dagger Brotherhood series. It's the story of Wrath and Beth. I know there are a million reviews of this one (so i won't bore you with I just wanted to say....BUY IT, READ IT, and I guarantee you will LOVE it!!! I wasn't a big fan of PNR books, well until.... NOW!! WOW to the was PHENOMENAL, AWESOME, FAN
Nov 19, 2013 Mo rated it really liked it

He smiled. “Hey, they like you.”
“And thank God for that,” she murmered, looking down at the daggers.

Well, I finally got around to reading about the BDB. Am I suddenly a Vampire Fan? Not totally, but I am fairly intrigued by the story.

“You don't know this yet. But you are Mine
- Wrath”

I think if dear Butch was not present, I may not have continued with the series but I love his story and his banter with V.

I have to wait until Book 4 to get his story.

Think I am going to like “Z” too …

Next in li
Jul 13, 2012 Lisa rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Holy smokes Dark Lover was bloody brilliant!!!!!! Why the hell did I wait so long to jump on the J. R. Ward bandwagon and start reading this series?????? Why?????

This story is action packed, sensuous, and highly addictive. Yes, crack cocaine! I loved it! I was completely enthralled. What I loved about this book is that J.R. Ward doesn't waste anytime and the writing is tight, the romance is not too sappy, her wording and dialogue is so much fun to read, the world-building is epic and everything
Nov 19, 2013 Jennifer rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: lol, paranormal, re-read

My Wrath:

Wrath from the black dagger brotherhood

Wrath is the king who never ascended to the throne. His parents died when he was young, and he blames himself for not being able to save them, so he feels as if he is not fit to be king. He’s a huge vamp with a bad attitude, and I dig every single inch of him. I don’t care how mean he is…I LOVE an asshole!


My Beth:

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Beth thinks her life is normal and boring…nope! Little does she know that she is half-vampire, a rare breed. Beth is a strong character who sh
Jennifer Kyle
I have officially popped my Black Dagger Brotherhood Series cherry! And wow did I LIKE IT!!!!


Why the hell did I wait so long? Why have you? Still kicking this series around on your to read lists. I was just like you the sheer number of books in this series had me holding off starting. What a MISTAKE! The first book was easy reading, fast paced, exciting and fun!

You say you don’t do paranormal? Well these characters of the Black Dagger Brotherhood could be whatever J.R. Ward says they are and be
Amy (Foxy)
**4.5 BITE ME stars**

The Black Dagger Brotherhood series is NOT your teen daughter's Twilight books. The PG version of vampires will NOT be found in the following pages. The Brotherhood is NOT teenager vampires but instead men who aren't afraid to protect what is rightfully theirs. They don't shy away from sex and marking a woman as their own.

DARK LOVER is Wrath's story.

W - warrior
R - ruler
A - alpha
T - the King
H - honor


Cheat sheet for the brotherhood :
Wrath: last pure-blood vampire in existe
Opening Line: "Darius looked around the club, taking in the teeming, half-naked bodies on the dance floor."

This is a beautifully done romance. Wrath is a sexy, tormented, to die for hero and Beth is simply perfect as his Queen. JR Ward has created a fantastic paranormal world with this series and I can guarantee you'll enjoy your time spent with the Black Dagger Brotherhood. DARK LOVER is ultimately addicting, sexy, erotic, funny and brash with an entertaining yet menacing cast of seriously alph
Errr I dunno. It's so hard to avoid the cliches of this genre, either the main female character is totally uptight, bitchy and ass kicking, or she's some limpid virgin whose loins throb at the sight of crazy tall dudes in leather.

I know people love these, and the writings pretty good, not sure I'm hooked though. I'll give it another try.
4,5 Wrath Stars!!

Okay, I’m not going to be long on this because basically everyone knows what these books are about.
The Black Dagger Brotherhood is a group of vampire warriors that fight for the safety of their specie against everyone who wants to eradicate them.


Wrath, one of the members and the vampire is book is focused about, is the King by birthright, but he never claimed his rightful place in the throne.


It all begins with the death of one of his brothers, Darius, and with his death he
Julia Graf
Think of every bad vampire clichee you've ever heard of and now apply that to a book - you've just thought of Dark Lover by JR Ward. I will never understand Goodreads ratings, because this book is just ridiculously eye-roll inducing.

I should have quit while I was ahead - the fact that our female lead protagonist nearly gets raped in a back alley in the first chapter of the book should have been warning enough of what was to come. Then came the most ridiculous scene with our lead male protagnonis
Feb 18, 2012 Dina rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

I had this book sitting on my TBR for a while, but I wasnt too compelled to read it because, quite frankly, vampires were always a bit too creepy for me. Anyway, I was finally convinced to give it a try and, thankfully, I was not disappointed. :)

I confess that the whole bloodsucking stuff is still kinda creepy to me - I know some people find it sexy, but I just dont get it -, so I thank J.R. Ward for toning it down and not making such a big deal out of it. These BDB vampires are completely diff
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