Dark Lover by J.R. Ward is book #1 in her popular Black Dagger Brotherhood series. I’m probably one of the last readers to read about the brothers from the Black Dagger Brotherhood by J.R. Ward. I’ll make my thoughts as brief and concise as possible: I didn’t like it and I didn’t finish it. I don’t think I can read another word of it, honestly. I would describe the writing as sophomoric and uneven. The premise? The Lessening Society as explained by the author, was created by the Omega to eradicate the vampire species and the Brotherhood, led by Wrath, is determined to stop them.
Dark Lover is Wrath’s story and as mentioned above, he is the leader of the Brotherhood. A role he doesn’t care for due to some emotional baggage that he carries around. The Brotherhood includes other leather-clad, sex gods such as Zsadist, Phury, Torhment, Darius, Vishous and Rhage. The Brotherhood is all that stands between the lessers and the vampire civilian population. Besides hunting down lessers, Wrath is on a mission to fulfill a request that involves locating Elizabeth Randall. Beth is a beat reporter who has no idea that she’s half-human. Wrath reluctantly takes on the assignment of helping Beth through her “transition” since he is the only true pure bred vampire left. The “transition” as described by the author, is when a vampire comes into adulthood. It’s a dangerous time and one that many do not survive. Whatever. I quit reading before they could meet.
I stopped at Chapter Seven. It was the weakest chapter written thus far and I couldn’t read another word. The author provides a glossary at the front of the book that I thought was a necessity as I felt thrown right into the mix. I found it a struggle to read for lack of flow, up to the Seventh chapter before calling it quits. The dialogue was stilted. Very stilted. The world building weak. This book read like a first effort but I don’t think this is Ms. Ward’s first published work. All in all, Dark Lover just didn’t work for me. I can’t really even comment on characterization as there are quite a few characters in the story. Even after stopping, the one character that left it’s mark or impression on me was Homicide detective, Butch O’Neal. I did feel that the story was rushed a bit. You know, trying to get everything set up? I felt the lessers were a weak enemy and did not make interesting enemies at that. The centuries old feud used here is not new. Anyway, it’s difficult to put my finger on the one thing that bothered me as there were several things that interrupted my reading. So, let’s just say that I felt it was better that Dark Lover and I should part ways. Unlike me, I’m sure most readers are more interested in the romance regardless of the flaws. The thing of it is: I’ve read better.
This series is wildly popular so, count me in the minority who just didn’t “get it”. The book wasn’t flat out awful, not really and to quote this reviewer from Amazon:
The plot felt like it was thrown together haphazardly. There were no real plans in the fight against the lessers. I think this series has a lot of promise and will possibly be better in the future. Whenever a writer starts something new, they tend to experiment and get a better feel for the story. It’s too bad none of the books are stand alone; every book is connected. I hope when Phury’s story is written, things won’t be as choppy.
Thus, in the end, Dark Lover by J.R. Ward, wasn’t the worst book I’d tried reading but it certainly was the most over-hyped book of 2006. My grade, DNF.
[tags]JR Ward, Black Dagger Brotherhood, Paranormal Suspense[/tags]