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Dark Lover: The Black Dagger Brotherhood, Book 1 | [J.R. Ward]

Dark Lover: The Black Dagger Brotherhood, Book 1

The vampire Darius fears for the life of his half-breed daughter, who is unaware of her unusual destiny. To oversee her transformation, Darius seeks help from Wrath, a dangerous loner and the world's only purebred vampire.
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Publisher's Summary

The first novel of J. R. Ward's New York Times best-selling Black Dagger Brotherhood series features a unique take on vampire lore and heavy doses of sensuality.

The vampire Darius fears for the life of his half-breed daughter, who is unaware of her unusual destiny. To oversee her transformation, Darius seeks help from Wrath, a dangerous loner and the world's only purebred vampire.

©2005 J.R. Ward; (P)2009 Recorded Books, LLC

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    Marjo SOUTHFIELD, MI, United States 06-02-13
    Marjo SOUTHFIELD, MI, United States 06-02-13 Member Since 2013

    I LOVE what most consider Young Adult fiction, but I would call it closer to Mature Young Adult. For example, sparkly vampires...not my thing. My favorite Author so far is Karen Marie Moning but I also have favorite books like A Game of Thrones which is EPIC!

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    "I'M NOT A QUITTER, BUT..."
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    A completely different book with no wanna be "urban" vernacular. Also, a COMPLETELY different narrator. This guy was so terrible I couldn't even finish the book between the weak story line and the irregular pauses of the narrator.


    What could J. R. Ward have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Really...Wrath, Torment and all the other ridiculously STUPID names and nonsense that was going on. Why did anyone even like Beth!? She is a weak little idiot! **SPOILER** You ALMOST get raped...ALMOST...escape unscathed and it takes you how long to go to the police? You were embarrassed you got attacked and didn't want to talk to anyone? Suck it up and be a woman. Beth's character is as weak as Bella's. Uninteresting, illogical and overly emotional. All I could think was "Please...someone kill that dumb chick already!"


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Jim Frangione?

    I would subject any good narrator to reading a book like this.


    What character would you cut from Dark Lover?

    ...All of them. This book is an epic fail for me.


    Any additional comments?

    Cheesy, weak and uninteresting book. I can't even return it because I gave up on it and forgot to return the book! I've read fanfictions better than this POS.

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Melinda RICHFIELD, OH, United States 04-05-13
    Melinda RICHFIELD, OH, United States 04-05-13 Member Since 2009
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    "So disappointing!!"
    What disappointed you about Dark Lover?

    The dialogue was ridiculous. No one talks like this. Also, the narration was horrible. I was really looking forward to this after other great reviews but they must have been on crack!


    Would you ever listen to anything by J. R. Ward again?

    Probably not.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Jim Frangione?

    Jill Redfield


    What character would you cut from Dark Lover?

    All of them since it was so poorly written.


    Any additional comments?

    I love this genre. But everything about this was disappointing.

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    CAROLYN newark, New Jersey, United States 06-02-12
    CAROLYN newark, New Jersey, United States 06-02-12 Member Since 2015

    I love being swept away by a new romance and thankfully Audible's ever growing Library means I get to indulge myself over and over again

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    "Just put your life on hold, sit back and enjoy !!"

    Don't waste any more time reading more and more reviews just get downloading the entire series you won't be disappointed.

    I've listened to the whoe series so far and these will absolutely be a re-listen.

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    J. Gerson New Orleans, LA USA 11-06-12
    J. Gerson New Orleans, LA USA 11-06-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Possibly the cheesiest writing ever."
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    A different author.


    Would you ever listen to anything by J. R. Ward again?

    I would rather do laps in sulfuric acid than subject myself to this author again.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    Well, the monotone certainly didn't help anything.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Dark Lover?

    It was a great concept that was appallingly written. The story was not nearly fleshed out enough for the length of the novel, the characters are more like caricatures than real people, and the dialogue is absurd.


    Any additional comments?

    STEER CLEAR. I love this genre, and was looking forward to the book due to the plethora of good reviews, but now I think I was punked. It is not possible that SO many people actually liked this train wreck.

    9 of 11 people found this review helpful
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    Lincoln Maitland, FL, United States 05-22-10
    Lincoln Maitland, FL, United States 05-22-10 Member Since 2012
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    "Ugh."

    Awful, just awful. There was an interesting premise but if I had to listen to one more use of the words "moist" or "throbbing" or "straining" I was going to puke. The charachters are complete cliche..... Never made it to the second half.

    24 of 31 people found this review helpful
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    Nancy Danville, CA, United States 02-09-13
    Nancy Danville, CA, United States 02-09-13 Member Since 2011
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    "True Pulp Fiction"

    What a sorry surprise. Reminded me of a two-bit crime novel purchased off the clearance shelf at the local five & dime--sometime back in the '70s, no less. The vernacular evoked memories of afros, boom boxes and bell bottoms. The narrator added to that strange '70s effect with his oddly monotone yet overly dramatic delivery. Also, he would make these quick little inhalations before just about every sentence. After a while I became obsessive-compulsively distracted by the sound. The plot had all the right components, even the pacing was okay--just okay. It's just that the foul smelling fluff and filler stuffed around a basically solid idea resulted in, well, a stinker. I did finish it, otherwise it would have earned 2 stars, but it was a near thing. Definitely listen to the preview before you purchase. Also, make sure you're into the words, ya dig, brotha?

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer PARKERSBURG, WV, US 11-02-12
    Amazon Customer PARKERSBURG, WV, US 11-02-12 Member Since 2013
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    "Not as good as people have reviewed"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    No, because it is really not a romance SERIES a woman would really love. The first book is quite good and the story line is refreshing in regard to a twist on vampires. The romance, sex and excessive vulgar swearing is a big turn off since the language slowly progressed into an every other word s... or f... as I kept reading the series through book 5. At that point it was just a hard core, male porn book series, with a little bit of action and a lot of hard core sex scenes with no passion. It showed very little regard for the tenderness between a man and woman and just turned towards men being the stronger and woman being weak and brainless. Don't get me wrong, I love sensual sex scenes but I want tenderness between the couple and not domination. I have not looked to see if this was written by a man or a woman, but from the writing, I would have to say it is written by a man and intended for men to read unless there are those woman who like this kind of romance. I am glad I only bought them on sale because even the on sale price was not worth my money even at that lower cost. I bought the books based on a review saying "just buy them all". Be warned! Buy one then number two but NOT all at once.


    What does Jim Frangione bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    He is a very good vocalist and lets the listener easily enjoy the story . . . that is if the story is good. Great voice and narration though.


    Was Dark Lover worth the listening time?

    no


    Any additional comments?

    Warning! Read my review before buying the series.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    bluebelle 06-28-12
    bluebelle 06-28-12 Member Since 2015

    When I clean, drive or exercise I listen to romance. The steamier the better but it must have a great story as well!

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    "What fantasy romance should be!"

    I know this book has been reviewed to death but I have to share my thoughts. I read this book when it first came out several years ago and was instantly addicted. I bought it on CD as soon as it was released (although it was terribly expensive). I decided to get it on Audible for the convenience of downloading through their iphone app. This book is amazing and the series that it begins is mind boggling! JR Ward has a way of writing that is easy to read/listen but filled with slang and her individual style. I have loved this entire series and the beginning is the best! Wrath is the leader of the Black Dagger Brotherhood and although this book does begin with his story, you are introduced to the entire brotherhood. They are a good of amazing men, each unique and special in their own ways. I highly recommend the entire series and am always waiting to read more myself! Happy Listening!

    11 of 14 people found this review helpful
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    Dale Riverview, New Brunswick, Canada 06-03-09
    Dale Riverview, New Brunswick, Canada 06-03-09
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    "A Grand Opening!!!!"

    This is the 1st installment in the Brotherhood Series by J R Ward and what a grand opening it is as it invites you to enter a vampire world unlike any other. Ward's storyline is unique and fresh and lures you into a world that you don't want to leave. This is Wrath (King of the Vampires)& Beth's story and the plot developments leave you wanting more, more, more!!! If you have not experienced J R Ward's vampire world I highly recommend each and every installment of this series. I really like the narrator even though there is not much difference between female and male voices...I hope he continues with the series...have purchased each and every title in series, all are amazing, well worth the credit.

    11 of 14 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer Spokane, WA 02-08-13
    Amazon Customer Spokane, WA 02-08-13 Member Since 2014
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    "Yikes"
    Any additional comments?

    Jim Frangione would be a great narrator for a mystery, or action book - but he is a terrible choice for a romance, lol. With that said I would have continued on past chapter 10 even with the stiff narration if the story was well written. I just didn't like this book.

    Nothing really caught me and hooked me in, and then around chapter nine the first love scene was just ridiculous. It just got worse after that.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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