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Dark Lover by J.R. Ward
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Jan 15, 2011

did not like it
bookshelves: auckland-library, smut, abandoned
Recommended for: No one. In fact, I'd recommend people avoid it.

I did waver on the 2-star button for a moment, but in all conscience I really can't justify the second star. Not without reading the whole book *shudders*.
If you want to know what's wrong with this book, there are many other one-star reviews that put it more clearly than I could.

But I'll mention a few that particularly bugged me in the 67 pages worth I managed. *grin*

The dopey names for one thing (what makes Darius so special that he doesn't have a dopey name?). Cannot take these guys seriously. And how does one even pronounce "Zsadist"?
The 'characters'. The only one I like so far is one who has only been mentioned, not actually appeared (IIRC, and I'm not going back to check!). Darius was ok too (view spoiler). The rest of the people/vampires in the book seem hollow, like hard shells with nothing inside. *profanity, self moderated* hard shells in the case of the brotherhood.
The sex. I only got as far as the first sex scene, and I found it disturbing and creepy. Most disturbing for me was the effect of the smoke from the red cigarette. Now, I know it was pointed out in the test that it wasn't an aphrodisiac, but it clearly lowered Beth's inhibitions, and I really dislike the idea of anyone being drugged and *profanity, self moderated*, no matter how much they clearly wanted it. Nasty, nasty. It creeps me out that so many of the reviewers describe the sex as "smoking hot". *shudders again*
In summary, I felt like I'd fallen into a porn version of "Blade". It may well be that the series improves, I for one will not be testing that theory.

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Reading Progress

01/18/2011 page 25
01/19/2011 page 38
10.0% "Why have the brotherhood all got such stupid names? Phury? Rhage? Zsadist, ffs??? *glares at whoever's idea it was*"
01/20/2011 page 54
14.0% "Can't for the life of me work out how this has an average rating above 4. So far it's seems pretty stupid. Will give it another couple of chapters, but I think it'll be going back to the library unfinished."
01/20/2011 page 68
17.0% "Right, this is going back to the library. I feel like I've fallen into the porn version of "Blade""

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