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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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Can wait to read more

Would you listen to Dark Lover again? Why?

Yes, the story would hold up to being listened to again. There is a large cast but everyone has their own quirks and if I took a break I would re-listen to re-familiarize myself with the Brotherhood and their family.

What about Jim Frangione’s performance did you like?

His voice set the tone for the book. This may be another vampire romance type book but it is more masculine and the Brotherhood is the main focus. They are large, gruff and often violent men. There is no sparking skin here.

If you could take any character from Dark Lover out to dinner, who would it be and why?

Butch and Vihous because I'm a Boston Red Sox fan too. Rhage because he's beautiful to look at. Beth and Wellsie for a girls night out.

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  • elizabeth
  • OXNARD, CALIFORNIA, United States
  • 02-09-14

was hoping for a dark romance. I got lady porn.

Would you try another book from J. R. Ward and/or Jim Frangione?

Nope

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

Not reading any books in this genre. The word choice "shit kickers" instead of saying boots kills me.

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

no

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

the "she tasted like peaches" scene. made me nauseous

Any additional comments?

read if you are lonely, horny woman. Not for me

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  • Tenesha
  • Ocala, FL, United States
  • 01-07-14

Officially one of my favorite series.....

I LOVE ... LOVE ... LOVE ... this series! I am hooked and cannot wait to read the other books. Great narrator...well written... just plain wonderful.

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Can't stop listening

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

Yes.

What did you like best about this story?

Lots of action, romance, suspense.

If you could take any character from Dark Lover out to dinner, who would it be and why?

The king of course

Any additional comments?

This is my second time with these books. Once you start, you can't stop. Keeps your attention level high. I love audio better then reading, I listen while working.

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Fabulous Storyline

If you could sum up Dark Lover in three words, what would they be?

Oh My Gosh

Who was your favorite character and why?

All of them. This is the first book in the series. It lays the foundation for the series. You fall in love with each character and can't wait to see how they are developed in the storyline. Even though each character is different, they are family.The storyline is strong with lots of action, lots of loving and fighting and all you would expect from a storyline you can read over and over again.

What about Jim Frangione’s performance did you like?

Mr. Frangione's voice is hypnotic. They couldn't have picked a better narrator. Sometime you can't decide if you like the story because of the storyline or because of Mr. Frangion's voice

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

They are strong, passionate, and vishous. They live among us and we never knew.

Any additional comments?

Start the story with the first book and you will be hooked. Each book gets better and better and better. You will so want to because part of the family.

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Excellent start for a strong series!

If you could sum up Dark Lover in three words, what would they be?

Fantastic Vampire Listen!

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

The most memorable moment was when the brotherhood met Beth, they all kneeled, put their swords into the floor and pledged their allegiance to her.

Did Jim Frangione do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

Not really - his tone never changed from one character to another. But he read it in a smooth, easy to listen to voice - he just didn't differentiate between the characters.

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

Wrath by far - 6ft 6" of pure muscle and a very strong main character in the book.

Any additional comments?

This is the first book in the series - I've already purchased book 2. If it's anything like the first book, I'll be thrilled and will continue purchasing the entire series (I believe it's 11 books).

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awesome series

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

Yes definitely! It is wrote in depth and the story is good.

Who was your favorite character and why?

All of them.

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

He keeps you interested in the book and story line.

Any additional comments?

Fury who.wouldn't?

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Great Alternate Vampire Universe

What did you like best about this story?

I was glad you didn't know what was going to happen unlike some stories. It went back and forth within the different characters' voices. Happy to read/listen to the whole series!

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

I did laugh and cry , quite unexpected!! Great writing!

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  • Regina
  • SOUTHINGTON, CONNECTICUT, United States
  • 05-15-13

The beginning of a great series

Would you listen to Dark Lover again? Why?

Yes, I have already listened to this audiobook a couple of times. This story introduce a lot of the future books and relationships. J.R. Ward is wonderful at complex story lines and every romantic entanglement is fantastic.

Would you be willing to try another book from J. R. Ward? Why or why not?

I have tried the Angel series, but it was to depressing for me to continue, but the BDB is the best series of the vampire series. The stories are very grownup and delve into a lot of human vulnerabilities and addictions. J.R. Ward is wonderful at intertwining how each character comes together.

What about Jim Frangione’s performance did you like?

Yes, I love Frangione's performance. His performance allows me to imagine what these characters look like and who they are.

If you could rename Dark Lover, what would you call it?

A world revealed

Any additional comments?

Best of the Vampires Genre.

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AWESOME

What made the experience of listening to Dark Lover the most enjoyable?

I FELT LIKE AS IF I WAS THERE I LOVED THE PLOT I LOVED EVERYTHING OF THE BOOK

What did you like best about this story?

HOW SHE STOOD UP TO HIM

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

WRATH

If you could take any character from Dark Lover out to dinner, who would it be and why?

V

Any additional comments?

AWESOME