Dark Lover (Black Dagger Brotherhood #1) - J. R. Ward 8.28   431

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

The only purebred vampire left on the planet, 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 – orphaning a half-breed daughter unaware of her heritage or her fate – Wrath must usher the beautiful female into the world of the undead...

Racked by a restlessness in her body that wasn't there before, Beth Randall is helpless against the dangerously sexy man who comes to her at night with shadows in his eyes. His tales of brotherhood and blood frighten her. But his touch ignites a dawning hunger that threatens to consume them both...

Rate this book
Choose a shelf for this book

Release date 2005
Details updated August 23, 2022

Black Dagger Brotherhood :: Series

Series contains 21 primary works and has 27 total works.

The Black Dagger Brotherhood is an ongoing series of paranormal romance books by author J. R. Ward. The series focuses on a society (the "Black Dagger Brotherhood") of vampire warriors who live together and defend their race against de-souled humans called lessers. The first book in the series was published in 2005.

Related series Black Dagger Legacy
Related series Black Dagger Brotherhood: Prison Camp
Related series The Lair of the Wolven

Darius (Black Dagger Brotherhood #0.5) 8.20   5
Dark Lover (Black Dagger Brotherhood #1) 8.28   431
Lover Eternal (Black Dagger Brotherhood #2) 8.14   324
Lover Awakened (Black Dagger Brotherhood #3) 8.48   296
Lover Revealed (Black Dagger Brotherhood #4) 7.66   257
Lover Unbound (Black Dagger Brotherhood #5) 8.02   246
Lover Enshrined (Black Dagger Brotherhood #6) 7.34   216
The Black Dagger Brotherhood: An Insider's Guide (Black Dagger Brotherhood #6.5) 6.94   66
Lover Avenged (Black Dagger Brotherhood #7) 7.90   195
Lover Mine (Black Dagger Brotherhood #8) 8.06   186
Lover Unleashed (Black Dagger Brotherhood #9) 7.82   171
Lover Reborn (Black Dagger Brotherhood #10) 7.76   165
Lover at Last (Black Dagger Brotherhood #11) 8.32   140
The King (Black Dagger Brotherhood #12) 8.04   93
The Shadows (Black Dagger Brotherhood #13) 7.98   68
The Beast (Black Dagger Brotherhood #14) 7.46   56
The Chosen (Black Dagger Brotherhood #15) 7.10   11
Dearest Ivie (Black Dagger Brotherhood #15.5) 7.34   3
The Thief (Black Dagger Brotherhood #16) 7.16   6
Prisoner of Night (Black Dagger Brotherhood #16.5) 6.26   4
The Savior (Black Dagger Brotherhood #17) 7.42   7
Where Winter Finds You: A Caldwell Christmas (Black Dagger Brotherhood #17.5) 6.50   4
The Sinner (Black Dagger Brotherhood #18) 7.34   3
A Warm Heart in Winter (Black Dagger Brotherhood #18.5) 8.00   2
Lover Unveiled (Black Dagger Brotherhood #19) 8.00   2
Lover Arisen (Black Dagger Brotherhood #20) 8.00   1
Lassiter (Black Dagger Brotherhood #21) 8.12   8

Community Reviews & Rates

746 ratings
17 reviews
34 posts
August 5, 2009
8 / 10

This review is counterbalance for Seregil of Rhiminee's review. It's not just about how the writer writes, or how beautifully the writer has made the characters or how "good quality" the book has. It's about what you're looking for. I can believe that some people don't like Dark Lover and it's sequels. But I'm sure that there are many people who like. If you have read hundreds of books and while reading you look specifically for quality, skillfully made characters and extraordinary storyboard, you probably don't think this book is very good. Or you think (like he does) that this is "definitely the worst book he've read this year". When I read, I want to enjoy. Sometimes it's very nice to have those complicated storylines and intense characters hanging around, but sometimes you want something more... light? Easy? Entertaining? All of those. And the characters are enough good to be entertaining. I'm not looking for philosophising or the ultimate questions. Dark Lover is not for young (adults) like Twilight-saga is. This is more for adults, and much more... rough. I could write reveral lines of text more about this, but I won't do so. I think my opinion is clear enough by this. I simply say that If you are looking something like this, read this. If you [b]know[/b] that you won't like it, that you don't like books like that, don't read. It's useless. If you do like romantic books, I think you'll like this. But I like books like this, and I like this. And that's enough for me. This is not c*ap. ;)

Seregil of Rhiminee
3518 ratings
260 reviews
3601 posts
July 1, 2009
2 / 10

In my opinion J. R. Ward's Dark Lover is one of the worst vampire books I've ever read (and it's definitely the worst book I've read this year). I usually like vampire books, but I didn't like this book at all. Although this book can be called horror fantasy, it's much closer to paranormal romance than genuine horror fantasy, which is a bad thing. This kind of romantic horror fantasy may appeal to some readers, but I don't like it (if somebody wants to read good horror fantasy, I can recommend Anne Rice's first vampire books - they're excellent books). In my opinion Dark Lover is a good example of how not to write horror fantasy books. The writing was below average, the character development was horrible, the plot was almost non-existent etc... I could write several lines of text about the badness and low quality of this book, but I won't do so. I simply say that do yourself a favour and don't read this book.

May 8, 2021
Gave 10 / 10 rating to this book
September 25, 2019
Gave 7 / 10 rating to this book
May 24, 2019
Gave 6 / 10 rating to this book
April 2, 2019
Gave 10 / 10 rating to this book
February 22, 2018
Gave 8 / 10 rating to this book
June 27, 2017
Gave 3 / 10 rating to this book
February 25, 2017
Gave 10 / 10 rating to this book
April 23, 2016
Gave 8 / 10 rating to this book