"Alpha doesn't even begin to describe these powerfully sexy vampires!"

Wrath, the last pure blood vampire is asked by one of his closest friends, Darius to please watch over his daughter should anything happen to him. Wrath is more than surprised at the news of Darius having a daughter and the fact he was able to keep it secret for more than 20 years. This requests comes barely soon enough as the Lessers, who are vampire hunters managed to kill Darius.

Wrath filled with anger and frustration at the loss of his good friend and member of the brotherhood, decides to honor his last request and seek out Darius daughter, Beth Randall. While the request doesn't seem too extraordinary, you have to understand a couple things. While Darius is a vampire the mother was a human. That makes Beth half vampire. And to top it off Wrath is not your simple sexy easy on the eyes vampire. He is one tortured man with a HUGE chip on his shoulder because he saw his parents killed by the Lessers which left him the last pure vampire in the world. And to top it off the guys vision is severely impaired.

Enter Beth Randall, who never knew her "real" parents, is having another frustrating day at work. Her boss continues to hit on her and she has deadlines she has to meet with the newspaper and not enough time to do it in. All she wants to do is pick up some dinner and head home to hang out with her cat in front of the fan as it is another hot day in Caldwell, New York.

Little does Beth know she has reached the age when her vampire blood, which she is unaware of, starts to assert itself in order to transform her completely. So it is safe to say that Wrath is stumbling into her life, right on time! As her body prepares for the transformation it makes Beth incredibly uninhibited and in that state of mind she is not threatened by Wrath.

While enjoying the storyline of these two powerfully created characters coming together, Ms. Ward kicks it up another notch with some great secondary vampire and human characters as well as a villain that will make your skin crawl!! I truly could not read this book fast enough. The vampires are unique in that they are born and not created by sharing blood. The Lessers although mostly human and move about the world easily are completely creepy in their tactics and thinking.

Without a doubt, Ms. Ward has created a well balanced super awesome vampire series that I cannot recommend enough. And yes I have the next book on order and I wish it would get here faster!!

Reviewed by Mindy Lobaugh
Posted November 2, 2006



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
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J. R. Ward

Lover Reborn
Lover Unleashed
Lover Mine
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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