Set in present day Caldwell, New York ‘Dark Lover’ is the first in a series of novels about the Black Dagger Brotherhood. The Black Dagger Brotherhood is an ancient order of warrior vampires who defend their race against the lessers, vampire slayers who have been recruited by the Omega (an evil supernatural being who wants all vampires destroyed.) There are six warriors in the Brotherhood and these warriors are all that stand between the civilian vampires and the extinction of the vampire species at the hands of the lessers.
In the Black Dagger novels the vampires are a separate species to humans, to be a vampire you have to have been born carrying vampire blood. At the start of their lives vampires seem like humans, they have no special strengths and can go out in daylight but they go through a dangerous transition to vampire hood in their mid twenties. Although vampires can drink the blood of humans it has little nutritional value for them and they need to drink the blood of other vampires (of the opposite sex) to survive. A human bitten or drained by a vampire doesn’t rise as a vampire – they are just dead.
The vampires are few in number due to the legions of slayers hunting them down over the centuries, high infant mortality and the rigors of the transition to vampire hood that not all vampires survive.
The story focuses on the romance between Wrath, the only pure blooded vampire left on the planet, and Beth a human/vampire half breed who is about to undergo the transition from human to vampire but isn’t aware of her vampire heritage.
There are a lot of obstacles in their path. Wrath hates humans and doesn’t want a mate. Beth finds it hard to believe in her vampire heritage and doesn’t want to need Wrath. That would make their relationship difficult enough without them being the prime target for the lessers who are hatching a new strategy for wiping the vampires off the face of the earth.
This is the first novel of the Black Dagger Brotherhood, a series paranormal romance books written under the pen name of J. R. Ward. It is not the author’s first novel because she has already written several romance novels under the name of Jessica Bird but I believe it is her first paranormal novel. Either way it’s a great book!
To help the reader understand the vampire words and terms there is a helpful glossary at the start of the book, which is great to fill the reader in on the background, but the book is so well written that you don’t need to keep looking things up in the glossary.
The action in the book is fast and exhilarating making the story a real page turner. The brothers like rap music, fast cars, black leather, knives, guns and martial arts and have this whole alpha male macho thing going on, yet as characters they are all intriguingly flawed and have weaknesses as well as strengths.
Dark Lover has some wonderfully erotic scenes between Wrath and Beth. Unlike some romance (and vampire) novels the sex scenes are not used to prop the story up when poor plotting means that there isn’t much else going on. In Dark Lover the erotic parts are blended seamlessly with the romance, the vampire fantasy world and the action parts of the story making it a book that will satisfy a wide female audience.
I particularly liked Dark Lover because it is the start of a new vampire romance series. It is an exciting, original and well written book. I always get excited when the first book of a new series is this good because it makes me hopefully optimistic that further books on this series will be equally good. I am intrigued to find out whether the vampires win their battle against the Omega and his lessers and how the lives of the other brothers play out. More please!
Во мраке ночи в городе Колдвелл, штат Нью-Йорк, идет смертельная война на выживание, бушующая между вампирами и их убийцами. И существует тайная группа братьев, не похожих ни на кого… шесть воинов-вампиров, защитников своей расы. И никто среди них не наслаждается убийством своих врагов больше Рофа, лидера Братства Черного Кинжала…
У единственного оставшегося на планете чистокровного вампира, Рофа, есть причины расквитаться с убийцами, несколько столетий назад лишившими его родителей. Но когда один из его самых верных воинов погибает, оставив сиротой дочь-полукровку, не ведающую ни о своем наследии, ни и о своей судьбе, перед Рофом встает задача ввести красивую женщину в мир нежити…
Мучимая небывалым доселе беспокойным состоянием свого тела, Бет Рэндалл становится беззащитной перед опасно сексуальным мужчиной, который приходит к ней ночью с тьмой в глазах. Его рассказы о братстве и крови пугают ее. Но его прикосновение разжигает тлеющий голод, угрожающий поглотить их обоих…
Within the brotherhood, Rhage is the vampire with the strongest appetite. He's the best fighter, the quickest to act on his impulses, and the most voracious lover-for inside him burns a ferocious curse cast by the Scribe Virgin.
Possessed by this dark side, Rhage fears the times when his inner dragon is unleashed, making him a danger to everyone around him. When Mary Luce is unwittingly thrown into the vampire world, she must rely on Rhage's protection. Knowing that Mary feels the same intense animal attraction, Rhage must make her his alone…
Even within the vampire brotherhood, Zsadist is feared. Still bearing the scars from a tortured past, he is renowned for his unquenchable fury. Anger is his only companion, and terror is his only passion-until he rescues a beautiful female from the evil Lessening Society.
Butch O'Neal is a fighter by nature. A hard-living ex-homicide cop, he's the only human ever to be allowed in the inner circle of the Black Dagger Brotherhood. And he wants to go even deeper into the vampire world-to engage in the turf war with the lessers. His heart belongs to a female vampire, Marissa, an aristocratic beauty who's way out of his league. And if he can't have her, then at least he can fight side by side with the Brothers.
But fate curses him with the very thing he wants. When Butch sacrifices himself to save a civilian vampire from the slayers, he falls prey to the darkest force in the war. Left for dead, he's found by a miracle, and the Brotherhood calls on Marissa to bring him back, though even her love may not be enough to save him.
Бутч О’Нил — боец по натуре. Ведущий нелегкую жизнь, бывший детектив из отдела по расследованию убийств, он — единственный человек, когда-либо допущенный во внутренний круг Братства. И Бутч хочет пойти ещё дальше — вступить в войну с лессерами. Ему нечего терять. Его сердце принадлежит вампирше, аристократичной красавице, которая абсолютно не его уровня. И если он не может быть с ней, то, по крайней мере, он может драться плечом плечу с Братьями…
Судьба проклинает его во всем, чего бы он ни пожелал. Когда Бутч жертвует собой, спасая вампира-гражданского от лессеров, он становится добычей темнейших сил в этой войне. Оставленный умирать, он был найден по чистой случайности, и Братство просит Мариссу вернуть его назад, хотя даже ее любви может быть недостаточно для его спасения…
Потопете се в тъмния свят на буреносни страсти и спиращо дъха действие, където шестима необикновени воини са призвани да защитят расата на вампирите от тяхното пълно унищожение.
В сенките на нощта в Колдуел, Ню Йорк, бушува ожесточена и смъртоносна война. Последните вампири са безмилостно преследвани и избивани от Обществото на лесърите – организация на лишени от души ловци, които не се спират пред нищо, за да унищожат враговете си. Шестима изключителни воини, най-добрите бойци на вампирите, обединени в Братството на черния кинжал, имат за задача да спасят расата си от гибел.
Ривендж е симпат, наркобарон и собственик на известен нощен клуб, който се посещава от богатите и тежко въоръжените. И именно тъмната му слава е причината да се обърнат към него с предложението да убие Рот, Слепия крал и водач на Братството на черния кинжал. Ривендж винаги е стоял настрана от братята, въпреки че сестра му е омъжена за един от тях, защото той крие смъртоносна тайна. Докато интриги във и извън Братството заплашват да разкрият истината за Ривендж, той се обръща към единствения източник на светлина в неговия мрачен свят – Елена.
Елена е жена вампир, недокосната от покварата на Ривендж, и единственото нещо, което стои между него и пълното му унищожение.
Payne, twin sister of Vishous, is cut from the same dark, warrior cloth as her brother: A fighter by nature, and a maverick when it comes to the traditional role of Chosen females, there is no place for her on the Far Side… and no role for her on the front lines of the war, either.
When she suffers a paralyzing injury, human surgeon Dr. Manuel Manello is called in to treat her as only he can- and he soon gets sucked into her dangerous, secret world. Although he never before believed in things that go bump in the night- like vampires- he finds himself more than willing to be seduced by the powerful female who marks both his body and his soul.
As the two find so much more than an erotic connection, the human and vampire worlds collide … just as a centuries old score catches up with Payne and puts both her love and her life in deadly jeopardy.
In the darkest corners of the night in Caldwell, New York, a conflict like no other rages. The city is home to a band of brothers born to defend their race: the warrior vampires of the Black Dagger Brotherhood.
Now back in the Brotherhood — and unrecognisable as the vampire leader he once was — Tohrment is physically emaciated and heartbroken beyond despair. When he begins to see his beloved in his dreams — trapped in a cold, isolating netherworld — Tohr turns to a self-serving fallen angel in hopes of saving the one he has lost. When he's told he must learn to love another to free his former mate, Tohr knows they are all doomed . . .
Except then a female with a shadowed history begins to get through to him. Against the backdrop of the raging war with the lessers, and with a new clan of vampires vying for the Blind King's throne, Tohr struggles between the buried past, and a very hot, passion-filled future . . . but can his heart let go and set all of them free?
Two brothers bound by more than blood fight to change a brutal destiny in the heart-wrenching new novel of the Black Dagger Brotherhood by Sunday Times bestselling author J. R. Ward.
Trez "Latimer" doesn't really exist. And not just because the identity was created so that a Shadow could function in the underbelly of the human world. Sold by his parents to the Queen of the S'Hsibe as a child, Trez escaped the Territory and has been a pimp and an enforcer in Caldwell, NY for years--all the while on the run from a destiny of sexual servitude. He's never had anyone he could totally rely on ... except for his brother, iAm. iAm's sole goal has always been to keep his brother from self-destructing--and he knows he's failed. It's not until the Chosen Serena enters Trez's life that the male begins to turn things around ... but by then it's too late. The pledge to mate the Queen's daughter comes due and there is nowhere to run, nowhere to hide, and no negotiating. Trapped between his heart and a fate he never volunteered for, Trez must decide whether to endanger himself and others--or forever leave behind the female he's in love with. But then an unimaginable tragedy strikes and changes everything. Staring out over an emotional abyss, Trez must find a reason to go on or risk losing himself and his soul forever. And iAm, in the name of brotherly love, is faced with making the ultimate sacrifice ...
His name is Rhage — the deadliest fighter and most voracious lover of all the Brotherhood, whose inner beast could never be tamed. But Rhage found his eternal love in Mary Luce, a woman who once bore a life-threatening curse, while dreaming of eternity with her vampire warrior and protector. They've made it to hell and back. Now their story continues in a new novel sure to draw fans back into the 'frighteningly addictive' (Publishers Weekly) world of the Black Dagger Brotherhood.