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Amanda Shofner

Grand Mistress of On a Book Bender. On the path of least revision. Wine supplier for grammar pain sufferers. #BecauseWine. Idea wrangler. Wielder of words. Black coffee drinker.

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Jayne Castle
Diana Peterfreund
Bad Behavior
Jennifer Lane
The False Prince
Jennifer A. Nielsen
Light of the Moon (Legend of the Dreamer, Book 1)
David James
Amaryllis (St. Helen's Series #1)

Dark Lover (Black Dagger Brotherhood Series #1)

Dark Lover - J.R. Ward Original review: http://onabookbender.com/2011/08/01/review-dark-lover-by-j-r-ward/A few months ago, I read the first chapter of Dark Lover for free on my computer and was totally lost. When I began reading on my Kindle, I noticed that the “first page” was at 3%. I am curious by nature, so I had to investigate. It is fortunate that I did, because there was a glossary of terms that were ever so useful for keeping up with the story. It made my early confusion disappear, and increased my enjoyment.One aspect of the Dark Lover that I liked — even as it frustrated me at times — was that this was not just a story about Wrath and Beth, although their story is central to the book, but that some side characters played a role that served to enrich the plot. Being that Dark Lover is the beginning of the series, there was the necessary world building, but I was never once lost, and always completely enthralled with the story. If date night with the boyfriend hadn’t intruded on my reading time, I would have easily finished Dark Lover in a day. Beth’s entry into the vampire world and its subsequent effect on Wrath has set the stage for what I can only assume based on its popularity and the strength the first book is a strong series. I am already interested in the stories of the brothers introduced in Dark Lover.If I had any complaint about Dark Lover – and I’m not sure that I do — would be that the romance moved particularly fast. Even then, it seemed to fit; Beth’s transformation and sexual awakening coincided in a way that felt natural and instinctive. Wrath, of course, is helpless against the draw of his leading lady, as all good tough alpha males are. I could do without the repeated lovey words, but I have a feeling that’s me. For me, actions speak louder than words, and there is certainly no shortage of that in Dark Lover.