Reading level: Adult
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Size: 416 pages
Release Date: September 6, 2005
Stand Alone or Series: Book 1 in Black Dagger Brotherhood (up to 9 books right now)
Source: Audio book from Audible.com
Rating: 4/5 stars
This is the first book in the Black Dagger Brotherhood series which has at least nine books planned. I was a little tentative to start this series because it is long and is romance heavy (I am more of a straight urban fantasy fan). I keep hearing how wonderful it is though so I thought I would give it a try. I am glad I did, I was pleasantly surprised with how well this world was built and how well-rounded the characters were.
While Wrath and Elizabeth do have the whole love at first sight thing going on, for the most part their relationship is fairly down to earth and believable. Despite Wrath’s excessive alpha-maleness he respects Elizabeth and admires her and is willing to compromise with her. Elizabeth is not your normal swooning heroine. She is independent and puts Wrath in his place when he tries to strong-arm her with his over-protectiveness. The essence of it all is that they are perfect for each other. There are a number of mind-boggling hot sex scenes in here, they manage to be sexy yet have a level of tenderness to them that pulls at your heart strings. I was listening to this on audio book and at points the tension between Elizabeth and Wrath was so thick I forgot what I was doing and just stared off into space listening intently. It was just that engaging of a story. Elizabeth and Wrath have something that goes beyond chemistry and it is a wonderful thing to read.