Dark Lover by J.R. Ward

Dark Lover (book 1 in the Black Dagger Brotherhood), J.R. Ward, 2005

My favorite quote: “Whoa. Fangs. She had fangs. She leaned in, prodded them a little. Eating with those puppies was going to take some getting used to, she thought. On impulse, she brought up her hands, turned her fingers into claws. Hissed. Cool.”

Notable characters: Wrath, the last purebred vampire left; Beth Randall, his ‘shellan’ (it’s complicated)

Most memorable scene: Beth’s transition

Greatest strengths: The chemistry between Wrath and Beth. Smokin’ hot …  

Standout achievements: Its ability to keep me reading even as I wonder why I’m still doing it. As a friend of mine once said about this series: “Am I reading one of those bad romances you find in the grocery store? Yes. Yes, I am, and I’m okay with that.”

Fun Facts: The J.R. in “J.R. Ward” stands for Jessica Rowley Pell Bird Blakemore. Say that 5 times fast

Other media: N/A

What it taught me: That vampires can be sexy. Until the Black Dagger Brotherhood, I kinda had a hard time seeing it. I mean, they ARE dead and all …  

How it inspired me: This is one of the series that, back in my early days as a budding writer, convinced me that a third-person point-of-view was probably the way to go. J.R. Ward, like me, has a LOT of characters, and a third-person POV allows the reader (and the writer) to more deeply explore the inner lives of the various characters 

Additional thoughts: I’m not going to lie. There are a lot of eye-rolling moments in this series. A lot. But somehow, it works. Or at least it did back when I read them (it’s been a long, long time)

Haunt me: alistaircross.com

Published by Alistair Cross

Alistair Cross grew up on horror novels and scary movies, and by the age of eight, began writing his own stories. First published in 2012, he has since co-authored The Cliffhouse Haunting and Mother with Tamara Thorne and is working on several other projects. His debut solo novel, The Crimson Corset, was an Amazon bestseller. The Black Wasp, book 3 in The Vampires of Crimson Cove series is on its way. Find out more about him at: http://alistaircross.com ********************************************************************************************* In collaboration, Thorne and Cross are currently writing several novels, including the next volume in the continuing gothic series, The Ravencrest Saga. Their first novel, The Cliffhouse Haunting, was an immediate bestseller. Together, they hosted the horror-themed radio show Thorne & Cross: Haunted Nights LIVE! which featured such guests as Anne Rice of The Vampire Chronicles, Charlaine Harris of the Southern Vampire Mysteries and basis of the HBO series True Blood, Jeff Lindsay, author of the Dexter novels, Jay Bonansinga of The Walking Dead series, Laurell K. Hamilton of the Anita Blake novels, Peter Atkins, screenwriter of Hellraiser 2, 3, and 4, worldwide bestseller V.C. Andrews, Kim Harrison of the Hollows series, and New York Times best sellers Preston & Child, Christopher Rice, and Christopher Moore. ********************************************************************************************** Currently, Thorne & Cross are hosts of Thorne & Cross: Carnival Macabre, where listeners can discover all manner of demented delights, unearth terrifying treasures, and explore the dark side of the arts.

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