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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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    3 out of 5 stars
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    3 out of 5 stars

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 16 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 16 people found this review helpful

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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.

22 of 24 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

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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.

14 of 15 people found this review helpful

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Go ahead and get the whole series

Jim Frangione really made this series for me. I had never read any of J R Wards books but decided to give it a try. I was so thoroughly entertained. I hope Jim will continue to narrate any of the Brother Hood series. The language was hilarious, the build up sensuous and the series intriguing.

36 of 40 people found this review helpful

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  • Bookworm
  • RICHFIELD, OH, United States
  • 04-05-13

So disappointing!!

What disappointed you about Dark Lover?

The dialogue was ridiculous. No one talks like this. Also, the narration was horrible. I was really looking forward to this after other great reviews but they must have been on crack!

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

Probably not.

Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Jim Frangione?

Jill Redfield

What character would you cut from Dark Lover?

All of them since it was so poorly written.

Any additional comments?

I love this genre. But everything about this was disappointing.

21 of 23 people found this review helpful

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HIS HEART WAS AS EMPTY AS HER STARE

SMOOTH AS GRAVEL
This has been in the top 50 of Horror for a long time. I had avoided it, believing it was probably not for me. Than it went on sale for a pretty good price. I was right all a long, this was not for me.

WHATEVER HE HAD, SHE WANTED
Had there been some horror, I might have got into it. Ward seems to come up with a complicated society of Vampires, Lessers, Shelots and Doguns (I am sure I misspelled most of those). The vampires had warriors (which are the main characters.) and even had a scientist. I was interested in that part of the story. The writing is very clichéd. The main character is described as BEAUTIFUL WITH LONG DARK HAIR, IMPOSSIBLY BLUE EYES, LONG LEGS, CREAMY SMOOTH SKIN, THIN WAIST, FLAT STOMACH AND PERFECT SHAPED BREASTS. The main male character is 6'6", extremely wide shoulders, arms bigger than most people's legs and a male member to match.

HE HAD TO TASTE HER BEFORE HE INVADED HER.
It is not a bad book, it just is not a great book. I am too impatient to put up with something that is not great.

Narrator
This guy does not help. I put him on 1.25 speed and he was still slow and boring.

102 of 116 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.

19 of 21 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.

18 of 20 people found this review helpful