| BOOK REVIEW | DARK LOVER BY J. R. WARD

dark loverDark Lover
Author : J. R. Ward
Series : Black Dagger BrotherhoodGenres : fantasy, paranormal, erotica

Goodreads’ summary : In the shadows of the night in Caldwell, New York, there’s a deadly turf war going on between vampires and their slayers. There exists a secret band of brothers like no other-six vampire warriors, defenders of their race. Yet none of them relishes killing more than Wrath, the leader of The Black Dagger Brotherhood.

The only purebred vampire left on earth, Wrath has a score to settle with the slayers who murdered his parents centuries ago. But, when one of his most trusted fighters is killed-leaving his half-breed daughter unaware of his existence or her fate-Wrath must usher her into the world of the undead-a world of sensuality beyond her wildest dreams.

Beth is a normal young woman or at least was until Wrath came into her life.
Wrath is the vampire King. He was friend with Beth’s father so he decided to protect her and help her with the transition. Because there’s something Beth doesn’t know : she is half human and half vampire.

I really enjoyed this book. The vampire society is different from all the other vampire stories. They are not human. It’s another species tracked down by the lessers. The lessers are a society whose goal is to destroy all the vampires.
I really liked how the vampire hierarchy is built in this book.
– Doggen : a vampire who is working for a high ranked vampire
– Hellren : it’s a male vampire engaged to a female vampire
– Shellane : the same thing for a female vampire
– Princeps : high ranked vampire

Wrath is the head of the black dagger brotherhood. This brotherhood exists to protect all the vampires. In this brotherhood, all the vampires are the finest warriors, and all seem to have their own demons to deal with. That’s really interesting and intriguing.
In a certain way, it reminds me of the ghostwalker series :
– a brotherhood with its problem
– a couple meant to be, with two really different people
Beth is a half human. She’s a sweet woman, kind and generous.
Wrath is used to violence, fight and death.

I really liked the character’s development in this book. Especially for Wrath. From a soulless and cold hearted warrior to a loving husband. A little too overprotective.
I also appreciated how the story is built, the vampire universe and all that jazz. Plus it’s action packed which means it was such a page turner for me.

but there are things I didn’t like, too :
– the obvious plot twist
– the instant attraction, such a cliché in this genre of books.

Funny fact : I read it in french and they had to change the character’s name : Wrath means colère in French. But they called the character Kohler (same pronunciation ).

4 stars

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