Dark Lover by J. R. Ward

Dark Lover

By J. R. Ward

  • Release Date: 2005-09-06
  • Genre: Paranormal
Score: 4.5
From 1,388 Ratings
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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 settle with the slayers who murdered his parents centuries ago. But, when one of his most trusted fighters is killed-leaving his half-breed daughter unaware of his existence or her fate-Wrath must usher her into the world of the undead-a world of sensuality beyond her wildest dreams.


  • Got on a whim, fell in love!!

    By Kittykatmanson
    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.
  • Absolutely love this book.

    By Spunkypup82
    I read Dark Lover about 4 years ago. I devoured it in two days. I have been looking for it ever since. The authors characters have stayed with me all this time. A must read for those who love romance, excitement, and a fast paced suspense. It will stay with you long after you've read it.
  • Buy it!!!!!

    By Sterry3
    Best series EVER!!!!!!!
  • Unexpectedly loved it!

    By Kathleen Thompson
    I will admit that while I wanted to know what all the fuss was about, I did not have high hopes for this book. I was totally wrong about everything! I used part of my iTunes gift card to purchase the ebook on my iPad air and by chapter one, I was sucked into Ward's world and I did not want to leave. I found myself saying " one more chapter. It's only ten pages " and the next thing I know, two more hours of reading has gone by. It is my opinion that anyone can write a sex scene, it is what comes before and after that makes it a great story. While the sex scenes were smokin hot, it was the story I loved the most. Each character had their own voice, and the more I read, the more I felt the author has created a vampire story unlike anything I have read before. This is the first book I have given five stars to as well as a favorite for this year.
  • Must read series

    By Savannah..aka Sav
    Ward does an amazing job!! The way she delivers the characters makes you feel as if you are apart of their world. Great writing, great story lines, amazing series!!
  • :0)

    By Athanasia83
    This might be a great read but you lost me in the first chapter with all of the football scenarios...yawn.
  • Ok knocking off one star, true.

    By PowerLint
    Just coming off the world of Night huntress, I enjoyed the change of scenery. But, I had to knock off a star just for the way the brotherhood talks - it's like, you know, valley girl with a dousing of gangsta (rap kind) - it is very difficult to get past. Enjoyable story , predictable love story of a half blood and a reluctant vampire king. Gotta love the vampire books. Vampires in this world so far : Don't do sun Are bred and born not changed over Don't need much blood , but it's only of the opposite sex and mostly vampire The bad guys are obviously trying to wipe vampires out and always have. There is good vs. evil in this world . I will try book 2 and see how it goes. Not hooked just yet, unlike the Frost books, I gotta get over the bro-talk and might be unable. yo, true? True.