Review – Dark Lover by J.R. Ward

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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.

 

Review:  4/5 Stars ****

I was seriously in the mood for some hard-core paranormal romance when I picked up this book, so it was perfect for what I needed. I really enjoyed the characters (except for Beth…but in all fairness, it’s got to be really tough to write a female protagonist who stands a chance against the backdrop of all those fascinating males). Honestly, Marissa intrigued me more.

I HATED the lessers, which is great, because that’s the way I’m supposed to feel. So dang skeevy and nasty. Loved Wrath and also Rhage (although it’s tough to get past the names). The character dynamics work really well. I give it four stars, because I found it a bit too sudden how Wrath and Beth are suddenly madly, deeply in love. There wasn’t quite enough of the slow sizzle (and yes, I get that with them it’s more chemical, but i still wanted to see the build-up).

Definitely going for the next book in this series.

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