Dark Lover (Black Dagger Brotherhood #1)

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     A while back a friend of mine recommended that I read the Black Dagger Brotherhood series because of my love of paranormal books.  I put it on my to read shelf and it’s been sitting there for the past 3 months.  I finally broke it out this weekend and I can’t believe what I’ve been missing! 

     Dark Lover by J. R. Ward is the first book in the Black Dagger Brotherhood series.  The book opens up by introducing a secret band of vampires who single handedly take on the lessers, humans who have given their souls in order to live longer lives while trying to destroy the vampires,  in order to defend the vampire society.  Darius is asking for help from Wrath, the enormous, vicious, warrior leader of the group.  Darius has a daughter who is half human and is ready to change into a vampire and only the blood of Wrath will give her a chance to survive.  Wrath turns Darius down because he is a loner who has no need for a woman in his life. 

    Then everything changes when Darius is killed by one of the lessers.  Wrath’s guilt drives him to look for Beth, the half human who is ready to transition into a vampire.  On their first meeting the attraction is undeniable and the two fall into a night of passion.  Only Beth doesn’t know that Wrath is a vampire and he doesn’t know how she’s going to react when she finds out.

     Things get worse when Butch, a cop that knows Beth, thinks that Wrath is the serial killer he’s been looking for.  Beth is confused about who to trust and where to go.  She is drawn to Wrath by a force she’s never felt but she trusts the cops that are her friends.  In the midst of all the confusion the lesser’s are planning an attack on the Brotherhood that could kill them all.

      In a series of murder, sex, love, romance, betrayal, and fights, Beth learns about her father and the world of vampires she has never know.  This book has a great mix of action and fighting mixed with the love and romance.  Wrath and his brothers ooze sex and badass.  The brothers are unpredictable which keeps the story moving.  This is a great series for any paranormal romance lover and I can’t wait to read the rest of the books in the series.

I give this book 4 1/2  out of 5 stars.

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