The first book in J. R. Ward's Black Dagger Brotherhood, this book is the story of Wrath, vampire king. It sets up the story arcs that will continue throughout the series, and it is awesome. Ward's vampire mythology is original (hard to do nowadays with vamps), her men are hot and uber-alpha, her heroines are likeable and interesting. Love this book--well, love all her books, but start with this one, you won't regret it.
After having this series recommended to me for nearly a month by a friend, I finally managed to get my hands on "Dark Lover" from this website. It took me a short time to fly through this book and I loved every moment of it! It's dark, intense and perfectly sexy. I like to consider this book to be an R-rated version of Stephenie Meyer's "Twilight".
Wrath is the leader of the Black Dagger Brotherhood, a mysterious group of warrior vampires that roam amongst the living. When one of the brothers, Darius, is suddenly killed, Wrath is left with the knowledge that Darius had a daughter, Beth, who will soon be going through the change to become a vampire. As a last request to Darius, Wrath watches and guards Beth with the intention to help her through her transition when it comes. But of course, it's never that easy or uncomplicated. :D
My sister recommended this book to me, but it sat in a desk draw for 6 months before I finally ran out of things to read and picked it up.
WOW!! FABULOUS!! The story line is unique, and the characters leap off the page. The dialogue keeps the story moving along and I finished this book quickly. The synopsis does not do justice to this story.
If you like Vampire/paranormal romances with Alpha males, you will Love this book. J.R. Ward has included excerpts from the books as well as interviews with the main characters on her web site, if you are waffling, check it out.
Probably the BEST vampire/paranormal romance stories out there. This is a great read! JR Ward writes great characters... especially strong females. This is on my keeper shelf.
Good world building with interesting characters. I thought the end was a tad bit sappy, but otherwise I enjoyed the book throughly.