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    Anna Campbell’s review of Dark Lover by J.R. Ward
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anna_head4.jpgIt’s always interesting to revisit the birth of a phenomenon. And J.R. Ward’s Brotherhood of the Black Dagger novels definitely qualify as a phenomenon.

I was slow to jump on this particular craze in Romancelandia. I tend to resist reading what’s the latest ‘big’ thing. Don’t know why – maybe I’m just hard to get along with.

It could also be that I feel by the time I’ve read all the hype, I’ve already read the book. The Net was buzzing with how great the BBD books were from the moment they hit the stands, but I’d gone through a vampire story stage in the mid-90s and I was over all that blood-sucking, macho posing.

But a lot of people whose opinion I trusted told me I HAD to read these books.

So largely to shut them up, I bought DARK LOVER, the first BBD book. It sat on the bookshelf for a long time and then Christmas, 2007, I decided to give it a go, absolutely sure I’d give up after the first chapter. But at least then I could tell those nagging people that I’d tried the stories and they just hadn’t been right for me.

ward_darklover.jpgWell, I basically inhaled the first book, then moved on in rapid succession to the next ones. My nagging friends had been right – this was a marvellous, tense, taut, sensual, dramatic, emotional series and I just loved them. I could see why they’d taken the world by storm – believe me, these guys do battle you into submission, no sweet beta heroes to be found in this particular vampire lair!

So it was a pleasure to re-read DARK LOVER for this review, especially in view of seeing the seeds of future developments in the overarching story. Each book has a stand-alone romance but there’s an ongoing plot related to the war for survival between the vampires and a race of soulless killers called the lessers.

In this first book, the central romance is between Wrath, the legendary blind king of the vampires, and a half-human, half-vampire woman called Beth Randall who has no idea of her heritage when the story starts. Wrath is an ultra alpha, a big powerful killing machine with a strong strain of self-hatred and self-mistrust flowing through his vampire veins. Needless to say, he’s sexy as all get-out! But reading the story again, I was impressed with how strong J.R. Ward makes Beth. With such a dynamic leading man, it would have been so easy to make the heroine just a cipher. But Beth is anything but. She’s smart and independent and brave and a true mate to this tormented king. The love scenes between these two are amazingly intense—quite sizzling, in fact! And it’s always a wonderful dynamic to watch Mr. Omnipotent knocked flat when he falls in love.

The other major strength of the book is the bond the unites the members of the Brotherhood. Rhage, Vishous, Tohrment, Zsadist and Phury are such strong and individual characters and the relationship between the warriors gives the story an unbreakable emotional backbone. By the way, the story’s so good, eventually you don’t notice the strange spellings! And the other characters in the story are equally beautifully drawn. J.R. Ward writes like an angel (well, a dark, not particularly angelic angel!) and she knows how to use words to cut to the heart of a character or a situation.

I know most of you have read these books. But honestly, if you’re holding back on them because they don’t sound like your thing, give them a go. J.R. Ward is an incredibly compelling writer and her universe is a fascinating place!

43 Responses to “Anna Campbell’s review of Dark Lover by J.R. Ward”

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  1. Susan
    on Apr 10th, 2009
    @ 1:28 pm

    I bought Dark Lover simply because the local bookstore had it 35 percent off as a “bestseller” the week it came out. I would not have bought it if I had realized it was a vampire book, but, wow! I was never so glad to have my ick factor turned around by fantastic prose along with a compelling gang of characters and fun adventure story. Don’t forget the Butler; he is as finely described as the Brothers and Beth. In a way, JR Ward’s compelling characters compare to Lisa Kleypas’s historical characters. Even if you avoid all other Vampire books out there, this series is like a diamond bracelet found in a cereal box: borrow if you can, then buy them because you’ll read them again and again (and again).


  2. Buffie
    on Apr 10th, 2009
    @ 1:43 pm

    Anna, I am still one of those who have not read a JR book. I think I’m worried I will not like an author who everyone else seems to just love. Maybe one day I’ll give her a try!


  3. Marisa
    on Apr 10th, 2009
    @ 2:28 pm

    Anna, you make me want to read it all over again. And I agree with Susan – this series is like a diamond bracelet. Every book gets deeper and deeper into the finally crafted world J.R. has created as she unveils the secrets behind each of her characters. For me its the blend and rich weave she’s created between form and function – the world and the characters.

    Buffie – you really need to jump on board this train.


  4. Michelle Willingham
    on Apr 10th, 2009
    @ 3:51 pm

    I love JR Ward’s books. The characters are so compelling, but like you, it took me a while to start into the series (my friend Larissa Ione recommended them). Thankfully she had four books out, and I inhaled them like M&Ms. WONDERFUL books! Can’t wait to read the newest one!


  5. Anna Campbell
    on Apr 10th, 2009
    @ 3:56 pm

    Hi guys! I’m definitely up and around by now! Will be back soon.


  6. Maureen McGowan
    on Apr 10th, 2009
    @ 4:22 pm

    I, like you, was a latecomer to this series and POSITIVE I wouldn’t like it. Like you, I inhaled them. In fact, I’ve been known to liken them to crack. Not that I’ve tried crack. Just saying. 🙂 I don’t know if I’ve ever read a series of books so quickly. And in person, JR is so inspirational and supportive of other writers and generous about sharing her process/struggles etc. A class act.


  7. Vanessa Kelly
    on Apr 10th, 2009
    @ 5:17 pm

    Anna, I really resisted this series, too. In fact, I just read Dark Lover a month ago. It is a fantastic book – JR Ward is such a good writer it makes me gnash my teeth with envy! It’s true that the love scenes are so intense between Beth and Wrath, without being overly graphic. Quite a feat. But the sexual tension just leaps off the page. I love the sub-plots, and secondary characters like Butch.


  8. Anna Campbell
    on Apr 10th, 2009
    @ 5:31 pm

    Susan, sounds like your experience of Ward was similar to mine. It wasn’t your sort of thing but then when you actually dipped your toe in, they were absolutely wonderful. The diamond bracelet analogy is just perfect! I think she’s such a powerful writer, she could get me to read anything, I really do. It was interesting reading DL again – you’re right, it really repaid coming back to it. And you’re right about the butler. But I think all the secondary characters are superbly delineated. It really is such a rich, complex world to enter.

    Buffie, seriously, give her a go. I’ve talked a lot of my purely historical loving friends into trying her and they’ve all come out as fans. It’s a really unique world!


  9. Anna Campbell
    on Apr 10th, 2009
    @ 5:45 pm

    Marisa, another wonderful metaphor. It is indeed a rich weave between world and characters. Glad I made you want to read the book again. My work is done 😉

    Hi Michelle! Lovely to see you here. Actually there’s a benefit of coming to a series late – you can read one after the other, which is what I did.


  10. Anna Campbell
    on Apr 10th, 2009
    @ 5:49 pm

    Maureen, that was exactly my experience. I read Dark Lover and got straight online and bought the next three (I think that was as many as were around when I started). I haven’t tried crack either but the strength of the craving makes me think you have a point! 😉 And like you, I was POSITIVE I wouldn’t like them. Nice to be wrong sometimes, isn’t it?

    Goodness me! Vanessa, you’re a latecomer too and another person who resisted the whole idea of the series! Clearly I am among friends. I agree with you – a lot of it comes down to the power of the writing. She’s an amazing craftswoman. I found myself pausing and re-reading sentences this time round. Didn’t do that first time round – was too busy trying to find out what happened next 😉

    Hey, congratulations on the release of MASTERING THE MARQUESS!!! Vanessa’s a debut historical writer whose first book is out this month, everyone.


  11. Becke Martin
    on Apr 10th, 2009
    @ 6:25 pm

    Anna – I was already a fan of Jessica Bird’s category books and was just discovering her single title contemporaries (which are, in fact, mostly series stories, too), when I found out the new book by J.R. Ward was written by Jessica Bird. (Don’t know which is her real name — maybe neither.) I was new to paranormals then, but quickly became addicted to these books. Some people complained about her last couple of books, but I liked them all. My favorites were probably the first book, Zsadist’s story and Butch’s story. I can hardly wait for the next one!


  12. Anna Campbell
    on Apr 10th, 2009
    @ 6:47 pm

    Becke, another fan! I should have known you would be. We seem to share similar tastes in books! I haven’t read any of Jessica Bird’s stories although I know she’s J.R. Ward. I should chase them up. I actually think my favorite of the series is Rhage’s story. I found that incredibly powerful and I loved the way she built on what she’d established in the first book DARK LOVER.


  13. Vanessa Kelly
    on Apr 10th, 2009
    @ 6:54 pm

    Thanks, Anna! I’m still wandering around in a daze!


  14. Vanessa Barneveld
    on Apr 10th, 2009
    @ 9:29 pm

    Okay, Anna, you’ve convinced me to pick Dark Lover up again! I started reading it last year, then failed to finish. But it wasn’t JR Ward’s fault at all. The only time I get to read these days is on the train and I have a very short commute, so reading a novel seven minutes at a time makes for a very disjointed experience! I’m going to schedule an appointment with my couch and read this book!

    ~ Vanessa


  15. orannia
    on Apr 10th, 2009
    @ 9:33 pm

    HI Anna *waves*

    Thank you! My best ‘pimped’ these books to me…and I’m very glad she did. My favourite book in the series is still Lover Eternal – Mary isn’t a vampire, or an emergency medicine surgeon…she’s just Mary, and absolutely perfect for Rhage! *SIGH*


  16. Anna Campbell
    on Apr 10th, 2009
    @ 10:59 pm

    Vanessa (is it just me, or does this comment list seem to be full of Vanessas?), I think this is a book that pays taking some quiet time to read. The world-building is so intense, you need to immerse yourself in the story.

    Orannia, I should have known you’d have the excellent taste to share my selectiin favorite BBD books! Rhage’s story to me was far and away the most touching of the romances yet. Which isn’t to say I didn’t like the others! I certainly did!


  17. Anna Campbell
    on Apr 10th, 2009
    @ 10:59 pm

    Sorry, Orannia, that should have read “selection in” – computer’s going slowly!


  18. Donna Kowalczyk
    on Apr 11th, 2009
    @ 1:09 am

    I absolutely inhaled this series! JR Ward is an amazing talent, and I thank my friend Meagan every day for dragging me kicking and screaming to the dark side…LOL I love Wrath, and I found him even sexier at the end of Butch’s story. 😉 Vanessa, another author who writes a wonderful vampire series (that’s just a tad more romantic and less intense than the BDB) is Lara Adrian’s Breed series. In fact, I tried her because JR Ward recommends her. 🙂


  19. Anna Campbell
    on Apr 11th, 2009
    @ 3:13 am

    Donna, I’ve been really surprised at how many people came at this series reluctantly and then found ourselves absolutely addicted. I think the way she introduces Wrath in this book, when he comes into that crowded nightclub and everybody falls silent with awe, is just amazing. I’ve heard of the Lara Adrians. I’ll have to check them out. Thanks for the recommendation.


  20. Lise
    on Apr 11th, 2009
    @ 5:26 am

    Anna, your last post is exactly how I feel. Kept seeing these BDB series by JRWard (who is that I kept saying), checked out amazon and then checked Lover Awakened and was actually put off by the abundance of H’s in the names of everyone, even though Zsadist doesn’t. But after reading Dark Lover was hooked line and sinker like a crack addict absolutely. I’ve read much Paranormal Romance and whilst much of it has the same themes as the BDB books it doesn’t quite ‘touch the sides’ like these books. The Warden really ‘gets in’ with her writing, it opens up a part of you that has lain dormant and its not just the sex, which btw is very hot. I think the emotions get involved and you really start feeling these characters, loving them, feeling them, more than any other series I’ve read. She writes because there is something greater at work, its not just a quick fix or a flash in the pan with sexy scenes. I thought that with LKH’s Anita books esp the earlier ones. Much as I adore her later ones she’s lost something there I think? Anyways, adore these books and can’t wait for the next one in 2.5 weeks!


  21. Anna Campbell
    on Apr 11th, 2009
    @ 7:12 pm

    Lise, I can see you’re another fan. Isn’t it interesting how many of us were slow to pick up these books and then found ourselves absolutely hooked? I agree with them touching the sides. I found myself thinking about the characters long after I’d finished the book – that’s always a sign of a great read to me. I think there’s an intensity and a reality in these stories that really lifts them out of the realm of the average. Hey, 2.5 weeks? Goodie!!!!


  22. Melissa D.
    on Apr 11th, 2009
    @ 7:36 pm

    Well-I just have to say that Ive bought, borrowed and read tons of books-I own alot as well! I started with historical romances, moved on to a few contemps and then found DARK LOVER at the Goodwill store for 50cents one day——after a lady in her 60’s told me in the Walmart book dept that “these are some great books” (referring to Ward’s books), so-I bought it! It sat on my bookshelf for a month or 2 and then finally one day-I was out of my usual books and desperate for something to read! I picked it up and started reading it-feeling that I wouldnt like it. OK-let me just say….that I am absolutely, positively, without a doubt, 110% in love and obsessed with the brothers now! I went on a mission the next day (that’s how long it took me to read Wrath’s book-not even a full day)….on a mission-I went all over my city looking for the rest of the brothers! I bought some used and some new. I devoured these books (Wrath, Rhage, Zsadist, Butch, Vishous and Phury) in maybe 4 days. When I finished them I MADE my friends read them and then started rereading them. I reread each one and each one was just as good the 2nd time around! They are sitting on my book shelf now ..calling out to me to read them yet once again! LOL

    So-Anna, I am just thrilled to see your review! I am currently on the hunt for UNTOUCHED…Ive heard its an amazing read! To all those who are nervous about reading these books-I urge you to try DARK LOVER -Wrath is awesome!


  23. Laura
    on Apr 11th, 2009
    @ 10:47 pm

    I’m going to go out on a limb here, but I have to tell the truth. I am so happy that when I started the series, I started with Lover Eternal. I read all the books there after in order, then went back to Dark Lover. I am sorry, but I didn’t like Dark Lover, and here’s why: As you read the books, you can see J.R. Ward growing in her talent. I think with the first one, she was learning. I love the series, and for the first time in my life am on the wait list at amazon.com for Lover Avenged. Can’t wait for that one. I have already warned my husband that when that one comes in the mail, I will not be available for 24 hours. I have read them all atleast twice, but probably will not reread Dark Lover. My favorite in the series so far has been Lover Awakened. Z is a powerful character and I absolutley love Bella.


  24. Anna Campbell
    on Apr 12th, 2009
    @ 4:17 am

    Hey, Melissa, great you’ve heard good things about Untouched. Hope you enjoy it! When I first read Dark Lover, I was like you – read it in one sitting and then went off looking for more Wards! Isn’t it fantastic when you find a wonderful new writer you love and that you can nag your friends about reading? I love it when I can spread the word about great new books.

    Laura, how interesting. I love Dark Lover and found it equally compelling on a second reading. But it’s horses for courses with all reading, isn’t it? I loved Z’s story but as I said earlier, my favorite is definitely Rhage’s story. Sounds like you’ve got firm plans to inhale Lover Avenged when it arrives! How fantastic! Actually the bit where Z sings in Dark Lover gave me goosebumps first time round and still did this time – powerful writing indeed. You’re right – Z is a powerful character!


  25. Trish Milburn (aka Tricia Mills)
    on Apr 14th, 2009
    @ 7:32 pm

    I love, love, love these books. And I’ll admit to acting like a bit of a fangirl when I met the lovely and friendly J.R. Ward.


  26. Katherine Optima Maximae
    on Apr 16th, 2009
    @ 9:34 pm

    JR Ward was really my first paranormal read. It was Halloween and I thought I’d read something appropriate for the season. My “what the heck, I’ll try it” ended like many others here. Three books were out so I picked up the other two and have waited breathlessly for each of the succeeding books.

    There are only two or three other authors that write paranormal that I read now, but I wouldn’t have touched them without first reading JR’s books.


  27. Michelle P.
    on Apr 18th, 2009
    @ 4:12 pm

    Have read all the BBBD. Z, Butch and V are my he-men. V is the absolute fav. He is hard because he has had to be but he is good or the Brotherhood wouldn’t have him. I think him and Butch together were marvi! Can’t wait for Rhevenge. He intrigues me.


  28. Barb Sanders
    on Apr 20th, 2009
    @ 3:53 pm

    I am a late started, too. My manicurist turned me on to JR Ward, and now I am an “addict”, too. I inhaled Dark Lover in one day and am half way complete with Rhage’s story. If only I could get an “early out” from work, darn. Anyway, I have the rest of her books on order and have pre-ordered “Lover Avenged”. I’ve always been attracted to paranormal, fantasy, what ever you want to call it, but the BDB series is really the icing on this woman’s cake.


  29. Mandy Morris
    on Apr 20th, 2009
    @ 10:39 pm

    Hello all you like minded fans… I too kind of came late to the series… having moved over from a more ‘historical’ romance genre, but I had fallen into the ‘Twilight’ craze… a la having 4 daughters (thats my story and I’m stickin to it!!) Anyway… I bought the first book and returned the next day and bought the rest of the series after reading the entire book overnight. I went absolutely crazy. I admit it!

    The strength of these characters appeals to me like no other ever have. I don’t know exactly why, but I have been through the books 6 times now and am planning a 7th just now before the newest is due to come out (on my birthday none the less!) For Christmas I bought several sets for my daughters and some friends and have them as hooked as I. I am still working on the husband, but he is a more ‘you read it and then give me an old fashioned book report’ type.

    Now believe it or not… I just wish we could get them ALL in hard back… Anyway… enjoy those of you just starting to read… and the rest of us… lets enjoy again… OH YEAH!!


  30. Shannon Nadeau
    on Apr 21st, 2009
    @ 6:30 pm

    Hi all. I started late as well to paranormal romance. I was turned on to JR Ward from a coworker after loving the Twilight series. I ate them up quickly because they have all the sex, drugs, and rock n roll Twilight didn’t! Can’t wait for the next one (reserved mine) I was wondering if any of you had a suggestion for a new series for me to love. I’m nervous to start one thinking that none will be as good as BDB and I’ll be disappointed. Any suggestions?


  31. Anita Corker
    on Apr 22nd, 2009
    @ 1:26 am

    A coworker turned me on to Dark Lover and Lover Eternal and I loved them instantly. Then proceeded to buy Lover Awakened and each subsequent book. Only recently adding Dark Lover and Lover Eternal to the library when I finally found them at my work. I too have reread them over and over until Lover Awakened is in danger of falling apart. Shannon, JR has a new series coming out in October called Fallen Angels, with Covet being the first book. I think it is a Lassiter tie in type series but am not certain. Also Sherrilyn Kenyon has several Dark Hunter, Dream Hunter, Were Hunter books out and they all read well as stand alones but once you get started you will eventually find the others to get the entire story on the characters. They all cross over from Dark Hunter novel to Dream Hunter novel to Were Hunter novel. They are great too.


  32. Kelly-MommaFreak
    on Apr 22nd, 2009
    @ 11:26 am

    A friend let me borrow Dark Lover and it sat at my desk for a good long while. I finally gave it try and I consumed every page so fast that I had to force myself to slow down. I wanted to ingest all the books a rapid pace, but these books need a saturation pace. I’m on book 4, Lover Revealed (Butch) and I have 2 more to go. The book signing is in L’ville, KY beginning of May, and I do believe i’ll go. Praise to JRWard for her dreams and stories. Keep going, the world awaits.


  33. Anna Campbell
    on Apr 22nd, 2009
    @ 4:01 pm

    Oh, man, sorry, guys! I haven’t been around and there’s a stack of new comments. Thanks so much for popping by! Got distracted, as one does 😉

    Trish, I’d love to meet J.R. I never have. I wonder if she’ll be in Washington for RWA this year. Hey, how cool you’re another fan!

    Katherine, laughed at you reading Halloween-appropriate books! And how fantastic that you got such a wonderful book to read. I actually read DL the first time over a really rotten Christmas (long story). I ended up just taking a few days between Boxing Day and New Year of lying around reading. And it was one of the best reading experiences I’ve ever had. Discovered J.R. Ward, Nalini Singh, and I remember reading fantastic books by Anne Gracie and Madeline Hunter (both of whose work I already knew and loved).


  34. Anna Campbell
    on Apr 22nd, 2009
    @ 4:22 pm

    Michelle, I love V as a character. I found him so compelling – and I agree about the great tension between him and Butch. I can’t say his particular book was my favorite ROMANCE in the series, though. Each to his own, huh?

    Barb, I agree about the J.R. Wards being so fantastic. Fantastic to find a new convert! I’m like you with Dark Lover – I was absolutely mesmerised from the very first page. Your manicurist obviously has amazing taste in books!

    Mandy, how interesting that you came to the BBD books through Twilight. Will you think I’m mad when I say I haven’t read Twilight although I have friends and particularly friends’ daughters who are absolutely crazy about them! Seven times? You’re way ahead of me. Although having re-read Dark Lover for this review, it makes me want to re-read the others to see what I missed first time round when I read them at world-record speed just to find out what happened. It was nice revisiting DL and savoring Ward’s wonderful writing this time round.


  35. Anna Campbell
    on Apr 22nd, 2009
    @ 4:35 pm

    Shannon, I loved the first two Nalini Singh Psy Changeling books. I’ve been distracted since but I’ve noticed people have continued to rave about the ones that came next. I thought Slave to Sensation in particular was really fantastic.

    Anita, we had Sherralyn over in Australia recently as keynote speaker at the Australian Romance Readers Convention in Melbourne. She was amazing and it was more than apparent that people are crazy about her books. Great to meet another J.R. Ward fan. I didn’t know about her new series coming out. I’ll have to keep an eye out for them!

    Kelly, cool that you picked up DL and loved it so much. Lucky you, getting to a book signing with J.R. Ward! I bet she’s swamped with fans!


  36. Shannon Nadeau
    on Apr 22nd, 2009
    @ 7:54 pm

    Thank you all very much for your suggestions. I’ll keep my eyes open for JR’s new series and I’ll try Kenyon next (after Lover Avenged of course). Thanks again. I’ve just been re-reading BDB for the 3rd time biding my time till her new one. I’m envious of those who get to go to her signing. Have fun


  37. Kelly-MommaFreak
    on Apr 23rd, 2009
    @ 3:13 pm

    Back again. thanks for responding. I have been telling so many of my co-workers about the BDB series and they are floating around the office. I will be getting my own set as the ones I have are very used, as we are all trying to take good care of them. As stated in my earlier post, i’m on Lover Revealed (Butch) and i’m having a hard time with it, still enjoying it though. I’m feeling for Butch, being a human and all and being in the mix, almost like being ripped in two (Brotherhood vs. Lessers). I can’t wait to see how it turns out. I could just jump to the end and take care of my curiosity, but i’ll keep it at bay and keep reading. I speed read too, so I will revisit them when I puchase my own set. I’ve been on the internet on the BDB and i’m so excited at all the web-sites dedicated to the Brotherhood. Could you just close your eyes and see movies being made? We are all discussing here at work different actors/actresses for the roles. (lol) Enjoy your site and talking with you. The book signing I believe is May 6th in L’ville, which is about 90 miles away, but will be worth the drive and time. Have a good one!


  38. Anna Campbell
    on Apr 23rd, 2009
    @ 6:52 pm

    Shannon, I’d love to meet her too. Maybe I’ll get luck at RWA in DC this summer! Hope you enjoy the recommendations!

    Kelly, I love it when people pimp books they love. I do that all the time – it’s wonderful when you can recommend a book with complete wholeheartedness, isn’t it? Actually I find with books I absolutely love, I don’t want them to make a movie. The end result never matches what was in my imagination when I read the story and I find the author can always paint much more interesting, complex pictures than even the best film maker. You know, I’ve never seen a Harry Potter film for exactly that reason!


  39. Kelly-MommaFreak
    on Apr 24th, 2009
    @ 8:48 am

    Anna, thanks again for responding. You have a very dawning point about movies from books. Twilight left out so many good things that happened in the book, so perhaps leaving Wrath, V, Z, Phury, Tohr, Rhage, Butch, all of them right where they are, in the books, might be a good thing, but it doesn’t hurt to wonder who would play what role. Just dreaming!!! lol lol The Harry Potter films were very good as well as the books. There is lots of details in the film that was in the books, very well done in my opinion, but yea, they will never match the books. I’d like to meet the panel of people who decides on what goes in and what stays out of movies vs. books. Regarding the BDB, I think my most favorite character is Rhage (Hollywood). There is something about the beast living in among his tattoo, and how they both co-exist. How the beast stays at bay until it’s sparked out of rage….. However, Z’s story touched me the most. I can relate to shutting down and turning your heart off to everyone and everything and who is that special someone who can awaken it? Ummmm, still waiting. Have a fantastic Friday!


  40. Denise
    on Apr 25th, 2009
    @ 12:09 pm

    WELL I HAVE TO BE HONEST, AFTER READING TWILIGHT, I THOUGHT I COULD NEVER FIND A SERIERS THAT COULD COMPELL ME TO CONTINUE TO READ BUT I HAVE A THING FOR VAMPS AND ANYTHING ELSE THAT MAY BE MYTHOLIGICAL AND FOUND THE THE FIRST BOOK OF BDBH, READ IT. FOUND MYSELF OVER WHELMNED WITH WANTING MORE. BY THE TIME I NOTICED I FOUND MYSELF ORDERING THE REST ON-LINE AND READ ALL OF THEM IN JUST A FEW DAY PERIOD. I HAVE TO SAY THAT YES THEY ARE UP THERE WITH TWILIGHT FOR ME. J.R WARD IS AMAZING. I THEN RELIZED THAT ONCE READING THE BOOKS I HAD THE NEED TO WANT TO SEE ON THE SCREEN. I THINK THAT THIS SERIES WOULD BE GOOD AS A T.V SERIES. OF COURSE IT WOULD BE NICE IF HBO WOULD PICK IT UP SO WE THE LOVERS COULD GET AT HALF OF THE EFFECT IT GAVE OFF WHEN WE READ THEM. HAY THEY DID IT WITH TRUE BLOOD THE SOOKIE STACKHOUSE, SO WHY NOT THESE. BUT THEY CAN COME UP WITH SOME REALY HOT MEN TO PLAY THE PARTS …..LOL. WELL IF YOU DID NOT READ THESE BOOKS YOU ARE MISSING OUT. SO TO J.R WARD KEEP UP THE GREAAAT WORK. AND PLEASE KEEP THE BDBH COMEING. THE NEXT BOOK COMES OUT ON THE 04/30/09 AND MINE IS ON ITS WAY.


  41. Anna Campbell
    on Apr 25th, 2009
    @ 4:04 pm

    Kelly, Rhage is my favorite too and I think, just purely as a romance story, his book was my favorite story of the BDB. I think my second favorite is probably either Dark Lover or Z’s story. As you said, that was just such a deeply emotional journey and I love me a wounded hero!

    About the movie/book thing, I had a bit of an epiphany about that when I went to a writing workshop last year by a guy called Michael Hauge who consults on script writing and has lots of wonderful advice. This workshop was about story but I’d say it was mainly aimed towards people doing film writing rather than novels. A film script is only about 120 pages. An average single title romance is 400 pages. Even if you add in extra information you’re getting from the visuals, I still think there’s things you can do in 400 pages that you can’t in 120. No wonder I find a lot of stuff in the books I like just never make it to the screen. Just as an aside, people often ask about my books becoming movies. I think my books would make TERRIBLE films. Nearly everything that happens in my stories is internal – pretty hard to get interesting visuals out of that!


  42. Anna Campbell
    on Apr 25th, 2009
    @ 4:05 pm

    Denise, great you tried these books! They’re great, aren’t they? Thanks for popping over!


  43. kimi
    on Jun 5th, 2009
    @ 8:53 am

    I am the biggest hard core JR Ward fan! i LOVE the brotherhood series and have been a huge fan since the beginning….i cant say which book is my favorite cuz each brother has had such a strong story…plus the on going storyline just gets keeps getting more intense! I turned my stepdaughter onto the series and she became an instant fan too.!…The emotion JR puts in these books is overwhelming…ive CRIED!…while i cant choose a favorite book, i think i can choose a favorite moment…it was in Lover Eternal at the end…when Zadist sang to Phury i cried like a baby!..i cant say more then that cuz it could be a potential spoiler for those who havent read it, but JR’s brotherhood series is full of emotion that so many books are lackin today! and even tho the brothers are vamps, they deal with very human problems…JR also infuses such a perfect blend of humor!…i cant praise her enough!…for anyone who hasnt read it, there is also a Black Dagger Brotherhood handbook…i resisted buyin it cuz it costed alil more but am glad i did now!..it has lots of cool info from JR herself and also a short about Zadists & Bella’s birthing experience and bonding after baby…check it out!