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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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    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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    Leslie McFarlane 06-08-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Tried - just couldn't do it"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    I had a hard time with the writing style. It felt like the author was trying to make sure that you know the characters were big and bad, not by showing you that they were. I am not a huge fan of romances anyway so it felt very formulaic to me. Guy meets girl, girl is scared of guy, guy convinces girl he isn't bad, girl falls in love and they have a dream wedding with all of his brotherhood friends pledging loyalty to her. None of them have known each other that long and it just felt phony and forced. I know this review will be unpopular and it is probably because this style of writing is not for me. Sorry to all those that love it.


    Has Dark Lover turned you off from other books in this genre?

    I don't believe that I will continue with this authors work. Just wasn't my style. I like more descriptive writing.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    I am not sure if I read the book before listening if I might have liked it better. I think the narrator did fine, this just isn't my type of story.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Disappointment. After reading so many positive reviews I expected something more.


    16 of 20 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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    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.

    12 of 15 people found this review helpful
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    BluBumbleB 04-18-14
    BluBumbleB 04-18-14 Member Since 2015

    Audible OBSESSED!

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    "Epic"

    Why did I take so long to get this book!?!?! I'd seen the multitude of positive reviews for the series but it just wasn't speaking to me for some reason. Finally, THANKFULLY, I decided to check it out, and what a stunner it turned out to be! Vampire Wrath gets completely turned upside down when he decides to help half-vampire Beth go through her transition to full vampire, and from the moment they meet, it was smoking hot like fire. I was thoroughly enthralled. Maybe it was the narrator, or the sizzling sex scenes between Wrath and Beth that made my ears catch fire--but, right now, all I want is a marathon of back to back BDB!!

    I've listened to several vampire/paranormal romance series and I love them, but, the BDB has got to be like "the Godfather" of this genre. 5 well deserved stars!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    mandi 08-21-13
    mandi 08-21-13 Member Since 2015
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    "Obsessed!"
    What did you love best about Dark Lover?

    I wasn't right away hooked on this series but after the first book I was really wanting more and after the second and then the third I am so hooked. The third book is amazing and I am on 4 now.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Vanessa Mount Airy, MD, United States 04-29-13
    Vanessa Mount Airy, MD, United States 04-29-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Don't believe the negatives"
    Any additional comments?

    I was worried about downloading these books because of all the negative comments about the language and the performance of the narrator. I have to admit that it took me a bit to get over it, but only because I read the negative reviews and could see what they were talking about (the narrator does sound like Bruce Campbell and the language is a bit ridiculous- hearing the main testosterone filled characters say "I'm outtie" is off-putting in how unrealistic it is). With that being said, I think the negative reviews were being too nick-picky. If you don't DWELL on the voice and the occasional language and listen to the story it's pretty f'ing good! I was enrapt and could not stop listening until I hit the end of book 4 (I can't remember which books, but many times I have been holding back tears) and am now waiting for my monthly credits! It's a very well written story with the sex scenes not being too over bearing. DOWNLOAD. IT. You will NOT regret it.

    2 of 2 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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