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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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    Hotstuff Glendale, CA, United States 09-20-12
    Hotstuff Glendale, CA, United States 09-20-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Amazing"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Dark Lover to be better than the print version?

    It's just as good!


    What did you like best about this story?

    All of it.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    When Beth was protecting Wrath from the rabid dogs.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    It made me swoon and I became a die hard fan of JR Ward!


    Any additional comments?

    I've always like the narrator. I enjoy listening to his voice.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Robin M Hicks 09-11-12 Member Since 2006
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    "Wow and wow again"
    What did you love best about Dark Lover?

    I can't pick just one thing. I was searching for a new series after reading the Anita Blake series and this one was suprisingly refreshing. I have read a lot of other paranormal romance series and the main characters are usually female, bad ass females true but what I really love about this series is that you get both points of view - female and male and the primary one is male. The thought process is still there but it is much quicker and to the point. It is a nice change. I love the strength of the characters - their loyalty, fierceness, repect for each other, their mates and their race and history. The story does a great job of balancing the drama of war/violence and romance without either one taking the stage for too long or being drawn out in any way. The action keeps the story moving and you just feel for all the characters and want to know where they all end up. You not only get both the male and female perspective but also the perspective from the brotherhood and their enemies. They are warriors and the author does a fanstastic job of introducing you to the warrior mentality and it is fierce and Hot! The narrator is also great. Some of the reviews made me weary but I think he nails the voices perfectly.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Dark Lover?

    Wrath and Beth's first meeting. The author does such a good job of putting you in their heads, it is too good to give too much away~


    Which character – as performed by Jim Frangione – was your favorite?

    I thought he did a fantastic job with them all - I guess it would be a toss up between wrath and butch. wrath is the ultimate warrior king and butch is the strong comic relief seeing this world for the first time.


    Any additional comments?

    A great start to the series. I can't wait to see where the series takes all the brothers.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Monika Mission Hills, CA, United States 09-07-12
    Monika Mission Hills, CA, United States 09-07-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Freggin Hooked"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, its a combo of 50 shades meets True Blood!


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Dark Lover?

    The hot passion between The King and his Beth!


    Which scene was your favorite?

    When the King went to see her again after he scared her half to death the first time! The way she reacted to him was so intense!


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    50 shades meets True Blood


    Any additional comments?

    Cant wait to listen to all 11 books in the series!

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Brenda RIFLE, CO, United States 08-14-12
    Brenda RIFLE, CO, United States 08-14-12 Member Since 2012
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    "I am hooked..."
    Would you listen to Dark Lover again? Why?

    Yes, great story line, dark and romantic


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Wrath, I liked his tough guy attitude, but when he was with Beth gentle and carrying


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Dana Marcel Metairie, LA, United States 07-31-12
    Dana Marcel Metairie, LA, United States 07-31-12 Member Since 2012

    Never trust anyone who doesn't enjoy reading.

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    "YEESSSSSS!!!!!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Absolutely! J.R. Ward's series are incredible!


    What other book might you compare Dark Lover to and why?

    J. R. Ward's Fallen Series. The men are the same type of men... big, strong, manly, sexy and loveable.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Wanda Ruston, LA, United States 07-15-12
    Wanda Ruston, LA, United States 07-15-12
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    "GREAT SERIES--EVERY BOOK!!! Best Vampire story!!!!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Dark Lover to be better than the print version?

    I LOVE the narrator! Hope JIM F. NEVER stops narrating the series! Can't imagine anyone else but Jim, for the series!


    What did you like best about this story?

    I love EVERY book & every aspect of each book!


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    I can't tear myself away from any book in this series! Once I begin listening, I can't stop!


    Any additional comments?

    I've never enjoyed a series as much as the Black Dagger Brotherhood (BDB)..The author can't keep up with my eagerness for the next book...Can hardly wait for another BDB 'fix'
    I'm addicted! So well written, I can see everything in my mind! Ms.Ward, just write the books as fast as you can, for all of us who enjoy everything about this series!!!

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Connor North Carolina 07-04-12
    Connor North Carolina 07-04-12 Member Since 2011

    Enjoy the adventure

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    "Queen of the Vampires"

    Realized that I was clueless on Vampires, and gave J. R. Ward a ride. Decided that part of the popularity for Vampire Books is because good girls like bad boys.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Karen CA, United States 07-02-12
    Karen CA, United States 07-02-12 Member Since 2011

    Sassy dialogue, humor, and a great reader are important to me.

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    "Whoa Addictionville!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Dark Lover to be better than the print version?

    long hours in this 10 book series. If you do not like long stories, do not start this series. Reading pace is not fast so listen to a few samples before buying book #1.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Butch, tough, caring and sexy. Book #4 is his story.


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

    reader brings all these warriors to life. His female voice is Ok, which many male reader can not do a good job.


    Who was the most memorable character of Dark Lover and why?

    Our hero, W. when he eats a chicken leg and rice, will just grab your heart.


    Any additional comments?

    Beware, if you tend to be addictive, this author reels you in on every book for the next
    story in line. Normally you do not need to start with book 1, but a person should in this series as the author sets it up and does not write books independent of each other as other authors generally do.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Cristina United States 06-26-12
    Cristina United States 06-26-12
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    "Loved it!"
    What did you love best about Dark Lover?

    Usually I don't ready fantasy novels set in modern times but for this book it made some of the characters more relatable.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    My favorite character... well its a tie between Wrath and Beth.


    Have you listened to any of Jim Frangione’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    This was the first audio book that I listened to that Jim Frangione narrated.I am listening right now to the second book.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    J. La Red Wing, MN United States 01-09-12
    J. La Red Wing, MN United States 01-09-12 Member Since 2003

    Me in MN

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    "Juvenile."
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    The dialogue was juvenile, the love story under-developed and the plot thin and basically without suspense. This was painful to listen to and disappointing in every way.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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