Sunday, September 12, 2010

Pimpin' The Black Dagger Brotherhood Series by J.R. Ward

WARNING – Ahead, there may be gushing, fanaticism, run on sentences, tangents & fan girly squealing. You have been warned!

Back Cover of Dark Lover by J.R. Ward - Black Dagger Brotherhood (BDB) Novel #1

In the shadows of the night in Caldwell, New York, there's a deadly turf war going on between vampires and their slayers. There also exists a secret band of brothers like no other - six vampire warriors, defenders of their race. Among them, none relishes killing their enemies more than Wrath, the leader of the Black Dagger Brotherhood...

The only purebred vampire left on the planet, Wrath has a score to settle with the slayers who murdered his parents centuries ago. But when one of his most trusted fighters is killed- orphaning a half-breed daughter unaware of her heritage or her fate - Wrath must usher the beautiful female into the world of the undead…

Racked by a restlessness in her body that wasn't there before, Beth Randall is helpless against the dangerously sexy man who comes to her at night with shadows in his eyes. His tales of brotherhood and blood frighten her. But his touch ignites a dawning hunger that threatens to consume them both…

And so began the series that kicked my lifelong pimpage of books to a whole new level! The Black Dagger Brotherhood by J.R. Ward is one of my favorite book series EVER! I became aware of the series from a mention at the back of another book that I was reading (which, unfortunately, I can’t even remember now! That book was BB or "Before BDB" and a lot of books read back then have since dropped out of the forefront of my mind!). I ordered the first book, Dark Lover, received it, settled in to read it, made it about 42 pages in before I calmly put the book down, walked over to my computer, ordered all of the other books in the series (at that time, there were three other books to order) and requested EXPEDITED delivery before I settled right back in to read some more! That same day, I started the pimping! I called my sisters, I texted my girlfriends, I told co-workers…..even folks that weren’t regular readers! I told fellow readers who don’t read romance or paranormal. The more into the series I got, the more my pimping grew. I told cousins, random folks on the internet, strangers that I met at OTHER author’s book signings, passerby’s in the bookstore, people in the waiting room at the doctor’s office, that nosy chick at the grocery store that asked about the book I was carrying in my purse….it didn’t matter! If someone looked like they COULD read, I told them about the BDB! I have always been one to share my opinions about a book, or a series of books or a TV show or a song, etc, if I really loved it, but the way I became with the BDB was even new to me! It was as if I couldn’t NOT tell people about the books!

And, please understand, my BDB adoration was not limited to pimpage of the books. Oh no….it goes MUCH further than that! I have named my car after one of the Brothers. I use variations of the Brothers names for all of my passwords at work. I have bought at least two of the books multiple times because I loan them out to other people to read…and then find that I can’t be without them and NEED to have them in my possession! I have called in to work to finish a book (I don’t work there anymore but it doesn’t have anything to do with that incident….I DON’T THINK….heh heh…). I've started to distrust anyone that smells like baby powder (if you haven't read the books, you won't understand that one yet but if you're read them...YOU KNOW!). I’m obsessed, plain and simple. And I have NO shame about it. NONE. The series ROCKS.

Enough about me and my feelings, though! Let me give you a bit about the books in a well thought out intelligent manner, just in case you aren’t acquainted with them yet. THE BOOKS ARE MADE OF AWESOMENESS! Oh…sorry….that slipped out. What I meant to say is that there are currently eight full length novels in the series plus an Insider’s Guide.



The newest book in the series, published in April of this year is Lover Mine:


Each book is considered paranormal romance and has a Happily Ever After (HEA) although some of have thought that the romance has been a little thin in a couple of the books. I have a slight preference for urban fantasy books over paranormal romance books so I’m most interested in the overall story being told about the struggle between good and evil in the books but the romance aspect is something to tune in for, as well. There are some eyeball sweatin type sex scenes, so…gird your loins. For real.  If you're reading out in public, some of the scenes will have obsessively checking to make sure no one is looking at the book over your shoulder...and they might have you looking at perfect strangers with a certain gleam in your eye!  Don't say I didn't give you a heads up!  The writing is sharp and includes a lot of American pop culture references but even if you don’t get them, I still think you’ll enjoy the stories as a whole. You don’t HAVE to read the books in order but I highly recommend it. You will laugh, you might cry, you’ll be shocked, you’ll be pleased and you’ll always want for more! Crave for more. NEED more. The series is like a drug. Seriously. I feel I should put that disclaimer out there; you WILL get addicted so just be ready.

So there you have it! For those of you that have read them, have you also had the inability to stop pimping the series? Have you given in to obsession as well? Comment and let us all know! And, if you haven’t read them yet and do, let me know because I’m ALWAYS up to discuss these books! ALWAYS!

Thanks for stopping by! Happy Reading! True.  :-)

11 comments:

  1. How do I love thee, Black Dagger Brotherhood?! It's too funny that I posted the Dark Lover snippet today and you are pimping BDB! Dark Lover was my FIRST romance book ever and I haven't turned back. Wrath will always hold a special place in my heart!

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  2. I feel the same way you do about this series! I loves it so! :D

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  3. Oh Penny i heart on you fiercely right now!!!!!!

    I am swooning, SWOONING over your BDB post, one of my all time favourite series. EVER! this is one of the series if people love paranormal and haven't read them yet i nag and pester and prod them to go go go read them!! People who haven't read them just don't understand the pull and addiction to these books and characters, i swear WARD jumps right into my head and delivers my ideal men. true. ;)

    My Boys! Love them all, and Lover Mine is by far my favourite book of 2010. it tore out my heart, i sobbed happy, sad and happy tears again throughout the whole thing.

    BDB FOREVER!!!

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  4. It's funny when I first started reading the books, I didn't understand what all the fuss was about. I thought they were, good but not gush-worthy.

    Then something happened...before I knew what happened, I got suckered into the series hook, line and sinker. I'm now a fangirl! I just regret I didn't discover this series until recently.

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  5. I luvs me some BDB, too! I have the entire series including the companion. Although all books aren't my favs, I will never part with any of them.

    Luv all brothers but Rhage and Rhev are my absolute favs.

    The comment about the baby powder-priceless! I laughed until I cried.

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  6. Welcome to the cult of BDB!! :) I discovered the series last year and pimped to my girlfiend. Now she is as sucked in as I am. LOL I purchased all the paperback books. Then when they became available and just before I got my kindles, I re-purchased all of them in eBook format. And THEN I signed up for an Audible acct and re-purchased all of the audio books!! OMG you NEED to listen to them. I'm currently listening/re-listening to them. I'm listening to Butch's book right now. :) They are made of awesomesauce. Last year I signed up for the virtual J.R. Ward signing and got Lover Mine sighed by her. But I couldn't wait to get it, so I ended buying another hard copy at Borders so I could read it on release day. Now I have two hardback copies. lol
    AND while I was looking on AMZ early this a.m. I found the you can PRE-ORDER LOVER UNLEASHED! *squees*

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  7. @Twimom - BDB love must be in the air today! I just woke up and decided I wanted to write about them!

    @Bells - meeee tooooo!!

    @Sparklybearsy - I heart on you fiercely EVERY day, doll!! The BDB is just one more thing we have in common!! WOOT!

    @Buckeyegirl - they are like that; one day you're just a reader and then...BOOM...crazed fangirl! Its crazy but FANTASTIC!

    @DivasBookcase - Rhage was my first fave and, incidentally, is also the name of my car! :-) I have a few others now but Rhage will always hold the first BDB spot in my heart!

    @Ferishia - I DID THE SAME THING WITH THE VIRTUAL SIGNING! LOL! I have two hardback copies too! I don't usually do audio books but I might check these out, based on your suggestion! I hadn't thought about how great they might be to listen to. hmmm.....

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  8. As one of the girlfriends that got texted, I second AAALLLLLL of those emotions.

    Much like Twimom227, The BDB was the 1st PR series I'd ever read.
    They subsequently ruined me for almost all other series.

    Thanks to JRW, I must have an engaging and well thought out plot with as much (if not more) action of the shoot'em up/bang bang kind as the feel'em up/kiss kiss variety.

    "...THE BOOKS ARE MADE OF AWESOMENESS!..."

    Indeed.

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  9. I haven't read any of these books, but there sure are a lot of fans on twitter who do. Y'all are obsessed. Since I seem to be getting into the paranormal genre more and more, perhaps I too will become a BDB groupie!

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  10. @Mica - yes ma'am....you were one of the very first ones I pimped to! So glad you've become obsessed right along with me!

    @The Book Pimp - JOIN US! BEEEEE ONE OF US!! I promise...you'll LOVE 'em!

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  11. Hey, you know i like to put on a little baby powder oil.... HA! Please don't turn me into a black greasy pool....

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