Dark Lover by J. R. Ward
“Dark Lover” is the first in the series of 11 books about The Black Dagger Brotherhood by author J. R. Ward. In the Caldwell, NY of all places the last true pure-blood vampire “Wrath” the Blind King has encamped himself and his brotherhood of five other vampires in a half hearted attempt to preserve their race in a turf war with their slayers the “lessers”. The Blind King wants nothing to do with his heritage and doesn’t see himself as strong enough to take up his mantle and lead his race in order to survive. His brotherhood stay faithful in hopes that one day The Blind King will realize his destiny and lead their race into the future so they can prosper again.
The Blind King finds himself suddenly thrust into protecting the daughter Beth Randall of a slain brotherhood member only to find out that Beth is soon to undergo the change and become a vampire herself. Being completely detached from his emotional senses in order to avoid his calling Wrath starts to come to the realization that he is falling in love and understands that he might have something to live for and protect. Fighting against his desires, instincts, calling and his enemies, Wrath finally is forced to grow “up” and face his destiny.
With a possible assassination attempt on his life from one of the brotherhood, an angry female vampire that feels tossed aside and an angry brother of the female vampire, Wrath’s battle come on all fronts. The Blind Kings life jumps from the comfortable solitude of hunt and kill to emotional turmoil, demands from a higher being and learning to trust those around him in a hurry.
Dark Lover is full of cliches such as the tall, muscle bound, sexy, incredibly attractive male character to the hot damsel in distress that he falls in love with and bodies and sex organs that are way beyond the norm and that feed the it’s only hot and sexy if beyond perfect stereotype. While the time frame in which all this happens is extraordinarily fast, the action, the passion and the characters work for the most part once you get past the cliches which are there because the author knows they work.
If you are going to read a book that has that standard comfortable format in which the reader knows basically what to expect, than this book is not a bad read at all. There are variations on the vampire theme so it’s not a traditional vampire but is that a good or bad thing? That is for you to decide as your read a story of love, lust, action and accepting your heritage.
You can find out more about J. R. Ward here: www.jrward.com
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