BOOK SERIES: BLACK DAGGER BROTHERHOOD #BDB


It was inevitable, right? This might only be my third post in this blog series, but you all had to know this one’d come sooner rather than later, didn’t you?

Yep, because I have no will power and can’t hold out any longer, this month’s series up for scrutiny is:

BLACK DAGGER BROTHERHOOD by J.R. WARD

Let me take a moment to introduce you to the Brother’s I’ve met so far: Wrath, Rhage, Vishous, Phury, Zsadist, Tohrment. Not to mention other (just as delish) character’s I’ve met along the way: Butch, Rhevenge, John-Matthew, Quinn, Blay …

Now, I’ll admit, within the first couple of chapters of Dark Lover (book one), once I’d been introduced to the Brother’s, I snorted out loud every time one of them was addressed by name. But by book eight—the last one I read—I was no longer laughing. By book two, in fact, calling the Brother’s by these (admittedly ridiculous) names seemed as natural as summer sunlight.

I began reading this back in July. Why? Because everyone I conversed with on Goodreads spoke of it, talking about the ‘Brothers’ as though they had some kind of possession rights over them, so my curiosity got the better of me and I just couldn’t help myself but delve in and figure out what all the fuss was about.

Too often, I’ve been left disappointed by this curious nature of mine.

That wasn’t the case with the BDB<<as the Goodreads folk like to call them.

No, Dark Lover wasn’t the best thing I’ve ever read. But I was pleasantly surprised by how easily I connected with the characters. And I was pleasantly surprised by how eager I was to read on.

Here’s my (extremely narrowed down) thoughts on where I’ve got to so far:

Dark Lover. Not my favourite. However, I think this has way more to do with the fact that it’s a first in series and Wrath (the male mc) didn’t get his full spotlight as so much of the book was spent introducing the reader to everybody else at the same time. Still, it is deffo a half-decent read.

Lover Eternal. What can I say? When I found out book 2 was all about Rhage I was mega excited. I mean, who wouldn’t love a shot at a masculine vampire with an inner beast just begging to be tamed? And he certainly did not disappoint.

Lover Awakened. Zsadist. I didn’t get it. Not prior to reading this. Loads of folk were raving about Z and how book 3 was their favourite and I was like, huh? Why? By the end of this one, I certainly got it. There’s a lot of tenderness, a whole lot of love, and boy oh boy, this one made me cry and tugged at my toughened heartstrings.

Lover Revealed. Butch. I really like Butch. As a human cop in book 1, he ended up dragged into the Brotherhood and never quite left once there. I don’t want to give too much away, but book 4 is where we discover the relevance of his presence, and it certainly surprised me with how much I enjoyed it as I didn’t expect to with him not being one of the Brother’s I’d come to love.

Lover Unbound. Vishoush. *sigh* I LOVE V. And so was left somewhat disappointed by his book. This was the first one since Dark Lover where I felt Ward had stumbled. There have been a lot of complaints—and I’m very inclined to agree—with her choice of female for V. There have also been a whole other lot of complaints—and I wholeheartedly agree—about just how much suspension of belief she expects from her readers with regards to the ending. The ending pretty much trainwrecked this one. Any avid readers who got so far and gave up on BDB? Chances are this is where they stalled out.

Not me. I decided to give her a chance to redeem herself and continued on to:

Lover Enshrined. Phury’s tale—I’d heard a lot of mixed feelings about this one. Some thought the pacing all off. Some thought it far longer than it needed to be for what it contained. Me? I thought the problem was that she used Phury’s spotlight to focus on way too much around him. Pretty much as had happened to Wrath in book 1, Phury didn’t really get his full chance to shine.

Lover Avenged. Well, boy oh boy, I was in love with the Rhevenge on my UK cover before I’d even opened the pages. And even once I was in there, Rhev did not disappoint. After her slight lapse, her lull, this book proved to her readers that Ward still had it in her to weave a decent tale. I was mucho happy by the end.

Lover Mine. I didn’t really get the appeal of John-Matthew. I think it may have been my age and the knowledge that he was a little young for me, maybe. So I didn’t go into Lover Mine expecting to fall in love with him. Silly me. This is another roller coaster of emotions. I totally adored John-Matthew by the end. And kudos to Ward for writing an entire novel with a mute as male mc, and not once confusing the reader or having a lapse in communications.

That’s as far as I’ve got.

I do have Lover Unleashed on my Kindle, waiting for my attention. But because I know Lover Reborn isn’t due out for months, I’m holding off as best I can because I know I’ll get crabby if I can’t go straight from one to the other.

Ward’s outlook on the species is fresh, and her world building is pretty cool. So if you love vampire novels, but are bored of the same old cardboard cutout characters, then I’d say give this one a chance. I did. And I haven’t regretted a single moment I’ve spent between the pages with these guys. As usual (because I always try to avoid spoilers on my blog), all book title links go direct to my reviews for each if you’re interested in my more detailed opinion.

My rating for this series:

4.5*

Maybe you’ve read it already, have it on your TBR pile, or have heard lots about it but don’t know if it’s for you. Either way, I’d love to hear your thoughts.

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18 thoughts on “BOOK SERIES: BLACK DAGGER BROTHERHOOD #BDB

  1. Honestly, I put down book one after chapter 2. I tried again after how much you said you enjoyed it and stopped again after chapter 3. Too much head-hopping for me. Three times in the first chapter alone. It made me dizzy and I got bored because I had no idea what was going on. I know I’m probably the only lover of this genre who didn’t eat this series up, but I guess it just isn’t for me.

    1. The head hopping didn’t bother me so long as I didn’t get confused by whose pov we were in, which couldn’t have happened, or I’d have out it down, too. Not everything is everyone’s cup of tea though–and the diversity of the genre is what’s so awesome about it, I think. 🙂

  2. Oh dear I’m going to have to stop reading your blogs hahaha. They sound so good, I’m going to have to get this lot also. I must say so far you have been right about the books you have spoken about. I have so many books I have to catch up on now, thanks to you. Good job I love reading lol.

    1. It is a good job you love reading. And perhaps just as well I try and limit these posts to once a month or you’d be in even more trouble. LOL Thanks for stopping by, Julie. 🙂

  3. OMG, RUN, don’t walk and go get Lover Unleased. This is the story of Payne, V’s twin sister. This isn’t just her story though. We get to revisit V and Jane and all the little things that you wished were fixed and/or addressed in Lover Unbound happen (well, at least for me). It helps that this is also the story of Dr. Manny Manello, Jane’s former co-worker.This is probably one of my favorite books so far, right behind Lover Awakened.

    Also, if you get a chance, you definitely need to read the Black Dagger Brotherhood An Insider’s Guide. Honest, the Novella is worth it alone (Continuation of Z’s story), but there is so much more, like the best of from the bdb forum when the Brothers come out to play, deleted scenes, and much, much more.

    1. LOL, Judy. I have Lover Unleashed, I’ve just been saving it. And I’ve read Father Mine, if that’s the novella you speak of. Actually, I may also have the insider’s guide in my Kindle, too, now I think about it <<see? This is what happens when you fill your Kindle with books and have waaaay too many to choose from. 🙂

  4. Ohhhh…..joining the ‘fan’ club, I see 🙂
    Glad you enjoyed the reads…and yes, you pick up the dubious bits very well!! 🙂

    I’m with Judy on the Lover Unleashed book – it is so good (and from a female viewpoint as well) – such a clever twist.

    Keep reading Julie – I’m with you all the way!

    Hugs
    Carole-Ann

      1. Oh, you know. Just a bit. Can’t wait for Lover Reborn in March.

        The Ward-en’s Fallen Angel series is just a good, I think.

        Safe to say, J.R. Ward is on my “must read everything by this author”.

  5. Love the series! But…Lover Unleashed is not a favorite of mine. It was good, all of them are good, but I just didn’t think this one was as good. But I can’t wait to read the next one!

  6. Wai, I have the first two in the fallen angel series but haven’t got around to them yet–though I did hear they weren’t as appealing as the brothers. Doesn’t mean I won’t read them and make up my own mind. 🙂

  7. I disaggree with some thing said about this book in particular phury’s because what is not realised is the things around him affect him more than the othesrs so yes it will include a lot about the other brothers. In my opinion the series is a excellent read and i am almost throught.

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