J.R. Ward is the author of the popular Black Dagger Brotherhood books. Even though she is an award-winning author, not many people realize that J.R. Ward is actually a pseudonym that Jessica Pell Bird uses to write paranormal romance.
Order of Black Dagger Brotherhood Series
|7||The Black Dagger Brotherhood: An Insider's Guide||2008|
|8||Father Mine (Short Story)||2008|
|13||Lover at Last||2013|
Order of Black Dagger Legacy Series
Order of The Bourbon Kings Series
Order of The O'Banyon Brothers Series
|1||The Billionaire Next Door||2007|
Order of Fallen Angels Series
Order of The Moorehouse Legacy Series
Order of An Unforgettable Lady Series
Order of J R Ward Standalone Novels
Bird was born in Massachusetts in 1969. The author began writing when she was just a child. Her diary had more short stories in it than actual accounts of her life, and by the time she went to college, the author was a serious writer of romance.
However, Bird primarily wrote for herself, and she did not always have time to pursue the activity, what with the workload of her Law Degree at Albany Law School.
A student of healthcare administration, it wasn’t until Jessica Pell Bird married John Neville Blakemore that she received the encouragement she needed to put her manuscripts to good use by looking for an agent. By 2002, the author’s first romance novel had hit the shelves, and she only continued to immerse herself in the publishing world from that point on.
J.R. Ward was born sometime after Bird’s career as a contemporary romance author took off. While Bird’s romance novels were relative successes, they did little to make the author forget about the Vampire-populated world she had created in earlier years and all the creatures that accompanied it.
Bird had a desire to bring that world to life, but she thought that her sudden change in genres would create some confusion amongst fans of her contemporary romance, and she wasn’t even that keen on giving up the contemporary romance genre.
So J.R. Ward was created, a pseudonym that would make it possible for Jessica Pell Bird to pursue both Contemporary romance and paranormal romance.
J.R. Ward has since crafted a reputation out of the Black Dagger Brotherhood, a series of novels that chronicle the lives of a collection of vampires fighting to stop a race of evil humans.
J.R. Ward is also responsible for the Fallen Angel series which overlaps with the Black Dagger Brotherhood books in some places.
Ward’s books have a Gothic aspect to them, most likely the result of Jessica Pell Bird’s degree in Medieval History. Ward’s books have a dark atmosphere, though they are still tinted with aspects of romance.
There is a theme to Ward’s books. She loves writing about Alpha males whose cocky and arrogant attitudes are broken when they meet headstrong and intelligent women.
J.R. Ward Awards
While Ward isn’t as critically acclaimed as Jessica Pell Bird, the author has still received recognition for her writing efforts under the pseudonym, having won a RITA Award and a Romantic Times Reviewer’s Choice Award.
Best J.R. Ward Books
Ward is a name to be feared in the paranormal romance genre, what with the popularity she has garnered over such a short period of time, with some of the best books in her bibliography including:
Dark Lover: Wrath is something special. The leader of the Black Dagger Brotherhood is the only purebred vampire on the planet. And Wrath leads his band of brothers, vampires warriors like no other, in a battle against those that would seek to slay them.
Wrath relishes in the killing. Ever since the slayers killed his parents centuries ago, he has sought nothing other than bringing his vengeance upon them. However, his plans for cold blooded revenge stall when one of his fighters dies and he is assigned the task of leading his half-breed daughter into the world of the undead.
The first book in the Black Dagger Brotherhood series is typical of the average contemporary romance novel; the only difference is its vampire warrior cast and the gothic atmosphere.
Otherwise, there is a relatively cliché love story and a lot of sex.
Lover Awakened: Everyone fears Zsadist the vampire. His fury is well known, and so are all the sinister deeds he seems to relish in. A force to flee from for both humans and vampires, Zsadist thought he would never escape the scars of his past as a blood slave.
But then he rescued a beautiful aristocrat.
Bella was taken by Zsadist’s seething power. But she knows that his determination to seek vengeance against her tormentors will be the death of them all. She must now find a way to guide him past the scars of his life.