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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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Dissapointing for this genre

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

Nothing. The basic story was okay and but the dialogue and characters were not.

What was most disappointing about J. R. Ward’s story?

The immature and crass language was just awful. I'm not prissy about these things. I love a good trashy novel as much as the next gal but the dialogue was so basic, repeated use of phrases like "pumped", "bite me" and "you got a point or are you just shooting your lip off" were funny for the first 2 minutes until you realize it's serious, seriously stupid. You'd think since 'The Black Dagger Brotherhood' have lived for hundreds of years that they'd have learned how to speak correctly. I get the writer was trying to create a masculine group of tough guys with the language but it doesn't work at all, rather it just makes them sound basic and stupid like really angry 12 years old with a lot of swearing and violence.Names like Wrath and Mr. X should give you a good idea of what I'm talking about.

You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

I'm a lover of this genre, everything from Anne Rice to A Discovery of Witches to the Twilight Series. With great effort on my part to be positive, the basic plot could have worked. It may appeal to you if the crass language doesn't bother you and the oversexed scenes aren't too much for you.

19 of 19 people found this review helpful

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Pleasantly Unoriginal

This book has a decent storyline but its like the author just plucked things from a few other fantasy series out there and added a new villan race to make the series unique in some way. I fell asleep several times while listening...partly because of the story and mainly because of the narrator. Yea, that's the other thing--'to each his own' and all that but play the sample first. Now imagine that voice with an "OK" but not great great storyline...not awful, just harder to focus.

18 of 18 people found this review helpful

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Juvenile writing quality for adults situations

The character names are ridiculous. The love story is juvenile and one dimensional. There doesn't seem to be any particular plot or story structure. It isn't going anywhere. Overall, rather juvenile in every way. I keep hoping for more, but so far nothing to really excite me. By the end, I did like some of the characters and was kind of curious where things were going to go, but I'm just not sure the writing quality is worth further investment.

The narration was very flat and basic. Hardly any changes between characters or to express emotion.

15 of 15 people found this review helpful

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Really terrible

Couldn't even finished it. Romance novels do not need to play up every possible stereotype of the dark brooding oversized warrior prince sheltering a bruised and tender heart. Oh, and daddy problems. Just too much.

15 of 15 people found this review helpful

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Not my cup of tea!!!!!

What disappointed you about Dark Lover?

With the jumping to different characters, hard to follow what is even going on. There are also long pauses, that I got to the point wondering if it was even still playing. I was agervated and very disappointed. I even redownloaded it, didn't help! my cup of tea! "Best of luck with this book"

Would you ever listen to anything by J.R. Ward again?

Not if they r like this

Would you listen to another book narrated by Jim Frangione?

As long as there are not any long pauses!

You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

I

15 of 15 people found this review helpful

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Horrible... I cant even finish this.

Because the narrator is bad I just can not pay attention long enough to figure out the story line.

15 of 15 people found this review helpful

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Worst thing ever

What would have made Dark Lover better?

Pick a direction - either a love store, a raw sex romp, or a fierce battle

What could J.R. Ward have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

If you are going to add a sex scene to your story, make the reader feel something. It was on the edge of being raw and breathtaking but just fell flat.

Any additional comments?

I was very disappointed with this book. Vampire porn is the only way I can explain what I read, but unfortunately it was hot, seductive, or even remotely intriguing. I will not continue with this series

15 of 15 people found this review helpful

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Good overall but some issues

The story was good overall but there were a few things I had some issues with. For one thing, the names of the male vampires are ludicrous. Wrath, Rage, Torment, Vicious, etc? I think they're spelled differently but I got the audio book. Also, they are supposed to be hundreds of years old but they talk like caricatures of what someone thinks tough guys sound like. Things like "You dig?" and "My brotha!" are eye roll inducing.

Also, the narrator barely breathed between sentences and things just began to run together. Plus, he didn't differentiate between character voices whatsoever, even the female ones, so sometimes it was hard to tell which character was speaking. The story itself was entertaining though so I think it would be worth actually reading but I would recommend passing on the audio version.

11 of 11 people found this review helpful

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eye roll

he's big and hot and she's never had an orgasm before. must be love. there was no depth to any of the characters and the story line was just boring.

17 of 18 people found this review helpful

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  • John
  • Indianapolis, IN, USA
  • 04-19-09

Awsome title even for the Men

I know this is a romance novel, but I will tell you her style is alot closer to Urban Fantasy than Romance. She is an awsome writer and this is my favorite series even though I am a guy. Have read all the books and this kicks the series off in a great way. Very different world of Vampires, much different than the Dracula or Anne Rice visions of Vampires. Check this book out, it is dark and at the same time the character development is AWSOME. check it out.

45 of 50 people found this review helpful