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"First installment in this spectacular new series"

Unbeknownst to the human population, a war is being waged that will determine the continuation of the vampire species. Only one thing stands between survival and extinction, The Black Dagger Brotherhood. The brotherhood exists as protectors of the civilian vampire population. Their numbers have dwindled and the Lessening Society would see their race eradicated.

The last thing that Wrath, the reluctant leader of the vampire race, wanted was to be responsible for the half- breed daughter of Darius, one of the brothers. Darius' daughter was coming of age and would soon begin her transition; a dangerous time for even a full blood vampire. She needed powerful blood to help her through the transition if there was any hope to save her life. To keep her safe, Darius has never met his daughter, and to complicate matters further, she has no idea about her vampiric heritage. Wrath refuses Darius' request for help but when he is assassinated later that evening by a lesser, a soulless human; he has no choice but to honor his trusted brother's wishes. Wrath intends to fulfill his obligation and be on his way, but his heart has other plans.

Beth Randall, an independent, up and coming reporter has worked hard to get where she is, but feels somehow disconnected from her life. She has had a difficult life and learned at a young age that the only person she can count on is herself. When Beth is attacked on her way home from work, and is visited by a dark and dangerous stranger, her life as she knows it will never be the same. But can she believe his fantastic tales of dark creatures and her heritage of blood or resist the burning passion he ignites?

This is the first installment in what promises to be a spectacular new series. Ms. Ward has created an edgy, dangerous, and sexy band of brothers that will rock your world. Wrath is a dark, emotionally tortured hero. When Beth enters his world, he is changed forever but fights it every step of the way. Beth is a strong heroine that can easily go toe-to-toe with Wrath. The world the author has created is a unique twist on vampire society. If DARK LOVER is any indication of what readers have in store, Ms. Ward will have us begging for more. Lovers of the genre will not want to miss this talented new author!

Review date: September 2005

Reviewed by Dee Gentle
Posted February 15, 2006

SUMMARY

**2005 PEARL HONORABLE MENTION - BEST SHAPESHIFTER**
**2005 PEARL NOMINEE - BEST OVERALL PARANORMAL**

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 their enemies, the lessers, more than Wrath, the leader of the Black Dagger Brotherhood....

The only purebred vampire left on the planet, 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—orphaning a half-breed daughter unaware of her heritage or her fate—Wrath must usher the beautiful female into the world of the undead....

Racked by a restlessness in her body that wasn't there before, Beth Randall is helpless against the dangerously sexy man who comes to her at night with shadows in his eyes. His tales of brotherhood and blood frighten her. But his touch ignites a dawning hunger that threatens to consume them both....

Genre: Paranormal Romance
Theme(s): Vampires

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Dark Lover
(Black Dagger Brotherhood: Book1)
by J. R. Ward

Signet (Eclipse)
September 1, 2005
Available: September 6, 2005
ISBN #0451216954
EAN #9780451216953
448 pages
Paperback
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Other Books by
J. R. Ward

Lover Reborn
Envy
Lover Unleashed
Crave
Lover Mine
Covet
Lover Avenged
Dead After Dark
The Black Dagger Brotherhood: An Insider's Guide
Lover Enshrined
Lover Unbound
Lover Revealed
Lover Awakened
Lover Eternal


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