“You’re mating a worrior…Let him have his honor in front of his brothers. – Wrath is giving his body, himself, to you. All of it is yours now.”

J. R. Ward, Dark Lover, p 332

I had walked into the bookstore in search of a good vampire romance book and it was suggested to me to try the Black Dagger Brotherhood books, so I did. I’ve only read this first book so far (and am halfway through the second) but I am officially hooked. I have always had an obsession with vampires and if you stick romance along with it I’m a goner. And this book did not disappoint.

If you like the dark and surly then Wrath is the vamp for you! He is completely against the thought of taking care of Beth, Darius’s daughter, and making sure she survived her transition to becoming a vampire. However, the more he fought against the situation, the more he continued to fall for her, wanting to do everything he could to protect her, even make her his shellan. From the beginning, their attraction to each other was evident, I mean, they did hook up before either of them really knew each other. But who would really want to pass up a roll in the bed with a hot, muscular, vampire?! Wrath is known as the “blind king” of the vampire world as he has continually lost his site over the years but this doesn’t stop him from being lethal against the lessers, their utmost enemy. He may have found a soft spot within himself when it comes to Beth but this doesn’t stop him from going to defend those of the brotherhood, his race, and his new-found love, Beth. I do like Wrath as the leader of the Brotherhood as he has a strength of leadership even as he believes he is not worthy as he didn’t protect his mother and father from death, but I didn’t feel a strong connection with him. I feel as if he pitied himself too much and that took away from his character a bit. I just kept thinking about how I wanted to tell him to suck it up! There is no taking the past back so I really wish he would have just realized a lot sooner that he should honor his parents by being the king that they had wanted him to be, hoped he would be. Thankfully, by the end, he made the decision to step down from being in the Brotherhood and become the rightful king of their species.

Elizabeth “Beth” Randall is your average woman working to make a living, well, at least somewhat average as she’s half-human, half-vampire. Beth I think is a more likable character than Wrath, but I suppose that makes sense as Wrath is meant to come across as this secretive man who stalks Beth in the night while Beth tries and gets over almost being raped in an alleyway one night on the way home. Of course, she’s attracted to Wrath immediately, who wouldn’t be, but how she also had the natural instinct not to trust him like any normal woman would as he’s a complete stranger to her made it easier to connect with her as a woman. She eventually fell head-over-heels in love with Wrath and I don’t blame her as the more I read the Brotherhood series the more I fall for him as well. Beth is a sweet girl that knows what she wants and fights for it, she makes for the woman anyone would want to be in this world and she doesn’t let Wrath get away with things which brings an additional type of entertainment to the story. I really look forward to reading about them more as I read through the Black Dagger Brotherhood series.

About Dark Lover

The only purebred vampire left on the planet and the leader of the Black Dagger Brotherhood, Wrath has a score to settle with the slayers who killed his parents centuries before he had transitioned over to a vampire himself. But when his most trusted fighter and close friend is killed, orphaning a half-breed daughter who has no idea of her heritage or her fate that comes along with it, Wrath must put aside his dagger and usher the beautiful female into another world.

As Beth Randall fights against the restlessness that has overcome her body recently, she is helpless against the dangerously sexy man who comes to her in the night shadows. His tales of the Brotherhood and the blood frighten her, yet his touch ignites a fire in her that draws a new hunger, one that threatens to consume her.


A list of J.R. Ward’s books can be found on her site here – Book List – The order of the Black Dagger Brotherhood (BDB) books can be found here – BDB List


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