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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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  • Linda
  • Tuscaloosa, AL, United States
  • 06-18-14

I am now a BDB addict!

I finally took the plunge...this is the first in a long series I will be continuing. Unique take on the vampire story, lots of awesome, mysterious characters(and I want to know about all of them!) and a fabulous narrator. Enough said!

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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!

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  • CAROLYN
  • Newark, New Jersey, United States
  • 06-02-12

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.

17 of 22 people found this review helpful

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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!

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  • Rosemary
  • New Haven, CT, United States
  • 03-11-10

yes!

For adults in Twilight withdrawal, look no further. (And if you're not looking for a bona fide cheesy romance novel, you're not really in Twilight withdrawal.)

21 of 28 people found this review helpful

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  • Dale
  • Riverview, New Brunswick, Canada
  • 06-03-09

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.

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  • Tina
  • South Gardiner, ME, United States
  • 04-16-10

Dark Lover

I fell in love with J.R. Ward when I heard Lover Avenged. I searched for the first in the series and was not disappointed - it is captivating, clever and very well woven together. There are a few slow areas, but it still keeps you enthralled from the beginning to the end. The descriptions of the characters, their individual stories and the reader are all excellent and carry the story off very well.
If you love Vamps,intrigue, love and lust, this is a great one to either listen to or read!

9 of 12 people found this review helpful

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Fantastic Author & Fantastic Series

Sometimes a person reads an author and is so captivated by that author a need to devour everything they have ever written arises. This is one of those rare and precious authors. The Black Dagger series is worth a read and a re-read. She crosses boundaries of age, sex and violence with delicate precision. To say this series of books are frantic page turners is not even adequate to express how my friends (and me) were not able to put these books down to do normal life stuff. Enjoy and share with others this fabulous set of books from this extremely talented author.

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I'm Sorry - But Really?

While I am not a die-hard Vampire fantasy fan, I have enjoyed the Sookie Stackhouse series and the Elizabeth Hunter Elemental series. And I love Molly Harper's Vampire books. So I was pretty open minded when I started this series. I knew it had a huge following so I had high hopes. This series is entirely different from those. These vampires are big, hulking testosterone-laden giants who wouldn't know nuance or sophistication if it bit them in the neck. And that would probably be OK. They don't have to be humorous, or brilliant, or classically good looking. I can deal with stories centered on alpha males who don't profess to be mental giants. But then they had to open their mouths.

Seriously? If I take the most positive spin on the dialog I can assume it was tongue in check and that the author intended that her big, giant heroic hulks sounded like an 11 year old boy's version of "cool" when they spoke. But I am afraid that wasn't her intent. I think that they were supposed to sound like ultra-cool heroic hulks. Instead they sound like idiots.

These vampires don't need fangs to be instantly recognizable by humans. As soon as they open their mouths to speak, once everyone around them stops laughing hysterically about how silly they sound, they would instantly know they must be vampires because no one else sounds quite so, well, stupid. And don't even get me started on the vampire's names.

I found one of the vampire's interesting, so I admit I read the next books in the series until I got through Zs. I had to stop then. Either that or I was going to slap the next person I met who uttered the word "True". Even if they used it in the right context. And each book went downhill from the first.

Two other serious flaws with the book - the author does a good job of creating some of the female characters and then barely mentions them again in later books. They were far more interesting than the males, but they just seem to disappear. And finally, most fantasy series I have read spend an enormous amount of time making the alternate universe their characters inhabit plausible. They create rules and give enough details that explain the unexplainable. They let you suspend belief and think that maybe that universe could coexist with ours and we just don't realize it. Ward makes no attempt to explain how these creatures co-exist with humans, how we are unaware of all the carnage they leave in their wake, where the money comes from that they spend on clothes, booze and drugs, which she describes ad naseum or why on earth anyone would consider them remotely heroic.

Just to be a little more perverse from the diehard fans - I thought the narrator did a great job with a lousy text.

10 of 14 people found this review helpful

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Fantastic!

The is nothing like this out there in the vampire world. JR Ward has captured an entirely new world. The Warriors are funny, unique, sensational, strong, and fierce! They are an amazing group of men with the power of honor at their backs. Beth is uniquely strong herself. I feel for the loud of her father, Darius; but I know what is to come. The narrator isn't fabulous, but some of the sarcasm and humor comes through. I think I got more from reading it than hearing it.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful