Wednesday, November 29, 2006
Dark Lover - J. R. Ward
J. R. Ward was the author of the month at HRC recently. I wasn't too tempted to try it, I had heard it was a mix of vampires and erotica which are 2 things that don't really appeal to me. However many of my friends (you know who you are :-)) with whom I share many reading tastes nagged me till I gave in and yesterday I finally decided to pick it up.
At first I was a bit confused by all those terms she mentions at the beginning.I had to go back several times to see what was what. Then there were too many characters and I had some problems identifying who was what (I wont mention all those Hs in the names but I think that was part of my problem).
I didn't have any problems with the story line except for the fact that I think this has been done before, a brotherhood of men, the need to feed and preferably from your mate, converting a human to another form of life... I think those have all been done before... I wont say if better or worse because it probably depends on your tastes. I find here many similarities with Feehan's Carpathians - these males are less arrogant yes but also have a nasty potty mouth the Carpathians didn't have. I don't read Feehan's vampires anymore exactly because of what made me not really enjoy this read - I've read this all before. And although it was a nice enough story I really couldn't care less about Wrath and Beth. The character that really won my sympathy was Marissa and I'm glad there's a happy end in the works for her.
So according to my new book rating system and me trying to be analytical in my opinion I would say this is a solid C for me - didn't love it and didn't hate it.
I wrote this right after I finished the book so it's possible that after a few days I might feel tempet to edit this review. It has happened before...
Now the big question, to pick pick the others in the series or to not pick the others in the series? One knows what to expect but one always has the expectation to find that little something that will make the difference...