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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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    Cristina United States 06-26-12
    Cristina United States 06-26-12
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    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


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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

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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.

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    ~AudioBookaHolic~ 10-19-11 Member Since 2011

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    "I AM "SO" TOTALLY HOOKED ON THIS SERIES!!"

    Well, what Can I Say........I LOVE This Book!! I am So HOOKED! I don't have a Favorite Brother as of "YET" I LIKE them All, Well Wait So Far I Really LIKE Wrath! I Really like the way Wrath & Beth Are Together, The way they Take CARE of Each other. You Can FEEL The LOVE they Feel for each other They DON'T Hesitate to do ANYTHING for each other!! They would KILL to Protect Each other.

    BRAVO, J.R.Ward BRAVO!!!!

    I LOVE "The Black Dagger Brotherhood"!!!!!

    This is the 4th Novel that I've Read By J.R.Ward I've Also Read "The Fallen Angels Series" And I LOVEEEE that Series AS WELL!!!

    Can't Wait For the Book After "Envy" 3rd in the Series!

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    Tracy United States 09-26-11
    Tracy United States 09-26-11 Member Since 2010

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    "Intriguing story, awful narrator"

    The book was really cool. I liked reading a non YA vampire novel. I also enjoyed the plot. Definitely kept me interested the entire time.

    Narration: I could not distinguish any voice in this book except for Marissa. The narrator applied no difference in vocal characteristics to the different characters. If the author didn't preface a sentence with the name of the character speaking, I would have to figure it out by context.

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    Sidney YPSILANTI, MICHIGAN, United States 07-17-11
    Sidney YPSILANTI, MICHIGAN, United States 07-17-11 Member Since 2010
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    "Very interesting"

    I'm always looking for new story lines. This is the first of the series and I loved it. If you like a good love story mixed with intrigue, danger, laughter and supernatural characters, this is the series. I couldn't stop listening.

    Squid

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    KIA melbourne, Australia 07-14-11
    KIA melbourne, Australia 07-14-11
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    "Main male with a twist."

    I love that the main male character is perfect even with imperfections. I love that, so sick of beautiful men and women in these vampire books. Makes them more believable. Also love and enjoy the world that Ward had created, want more on audible.

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    Greg Huntington Beach, CA, United States 06-09-11
    Greg Huntington Beach, CA, United States 06-09-11 Member Since 2011

    The Perfect Storm! Audible, a great Audiobooks Reader and an adventure/romance in my little green iPod...

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    "Moral Jewel"

    These books are like a "romance" version of Twilight with an R rating! A tad "cheesy" but still with a plot! I recommend them.

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    Lucy SAN PABLO, CA, United States 04-12-11
    Lucy SAN PABLO, CA, United States 04-12-11 Member Since 2010

    Goose

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    "Narrator ruined it for me"

    Love the books ~ bought them to read to myself after this. Was hard to get the narrator out of my head at first, though. He is awful and I had to keep repeating lines from the book to myself as he read so that I could take it seriously. Great books, just not as read here.

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    Chria NEW BERN, NC, United States 03-03-11
    Chria NEW BERN, NC, United States 03-03-11 Listener Since 2010
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    "What was I thinking???"

    I have wanted to check out this book ever since I've had to direct sheepish-looking men in my bookstore to the Romance section for the next one out in the series (which they swear does NOT belong in romance -- it's a manly vampire series, ahem). But why I didn't check out the reviews, which DID warn me (maybe I thought I had?) or, at the very least, listen to a preview is beyond me and why I deserve the waste of a credit.
    I have no idea if these books are any good. I am relieved that JR Ward does not constantly refer to genitals in conversation as "your sex" as other romances I've tried tend to do. But she does, and it makes me cringe. But there is evidently some hot sex going on, full of passion and arousal and dark heat -- but what I can't get past is that THIS 'HOT' ROMANCE IS BEING READ BY MY GRANDPA.
    Okay? Everyone sounds like they're pushing eighty and have a varying degree of a regional Pennsylvania Dutch accent. So I guess that means that this "hot" romance is being read by my Amish grandpa. He needs to stick to articles by the likes of Art Buchwald and maybe Paul Harvey. Whose brilliant idea was this?
    If I thought I could get my credit back I would, but I suppose I will consider it a lesson learned. Now I will be going to my local library to see if I can check out the book rather than pay for it, in case it just sucks overall, as the reviews are saying. The whole convenient degrees of blindness does bother me a bit.

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    Amanda e lpaso, TX, United States 02-21-11
    Amanda e lpaso, TX, United States 02-21-11
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    "Ok I like it"

    Yes it is good. If u like Christine Feehan, Sherilyn Kenyon, and books in that genre u will love this. I had read J.R. Ward b4 and didn't like the book but it was a different series full of gangs and slang and rap music references bleh .....This has those but not in excess.

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