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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.

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Order of Black Dagger Brotherhood Series

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1 Dark Lover 2005 Description / Buy
2 Lover Eternal 2006 Description / Buy
3 Lover Awakened 2006 Description / Buy
4 Lover Revealed 2007 Description / Buy
5 Lover Unbound 2007 Description / Buy
6 Lover Enshrined 2008 Description / Buy
7 Father Mine (Short Story) 2008 Description / Buy
8 Lover Avenged 2009 Description / Buy
9 Lover Mine 2010 Description / Buy
10 Lover Unleashed 2011 Description / Buy
11 Lover Reborn 2012 Description / Buy
12 Lover at Last 2013 Description / Buy
13 The King 2014 Description / Buy
14 The Shadows 2015 Description / Buy
15 The Beast 2016 Description / Buy
16 The Chosen 2017 Description / Buy
17 Dearest Ivie 2018 Description / Buy
18 The Thief 2018 Description / Buy
19 Prisoner of Night 2019 Description / Buy
20 The Savior 2019 Description / Buy
21 Where Winter Finds You 2019 Description / Buy
22 The Sinner 2020 Description / Buy
23 A Warm Heart in Winter 2020 Description / Buy
24 Lover Unveiled 2021 Description / Buy
25 Lover Arisen 2022 Description / Buy
26 Darius 2022 Description / Buy
27 Lassiter 2023 Description / Buy
28 Darius (Non-Audiobook Edition) 2023 Description / Buy
29 The Beloved 2024 Description / Buy
30 A Bloom in Winter 2024 Description / Buy

Order of Black Dagger Brotherhood: Prison Camp Series

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1 The Jackal 2020 Description / Buy
2 The Wolf 2021 Description / Buy
3 The Viper 2022 Description / Buy

Order of Black Dagger Legacy Series

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1 Blood Kiss 2015 Description / Buy
2 Blood Vow 2016 Description / Buy
3 Blood Fury 2018 Description / Buy
4 Blood Truth 2019 Description / Buy

Order of The Bourbon Kings Series

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1 The Bourbon Kings 2015 Description / Buy
2 The Angels' Share 2016 Description / Buy
3 Devil's Cut 2017 Description / Buy

Order of Lair Of The Wolven Series

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1 Claimed 2021 Description / Buy
2 Forever 2023 Description / Buy
3 Mine 2024 Description / Buy

Order of Fallen Angels Series

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1 Covet 2009 Description / Buy
2 Crave 2010 Description / Buy
3 Envy 2011 Description / Buy
4 Rapture 2012 Description / Buy
5 Possession 2013 Description / Buy
6 Immortal 2014 Description / Buy

Order of Firefighters Series

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1 The Wedding from Hell 2018 Description / Buy
2 Consumed 2018 Description / Buy

Order of The Wedding From Hell Series

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1 The Rehearsal Dinner 2018 Description / Buy
2 The Reception 2018 Description / Buy
3 Exclusive Excerpt of Consumed 2018 Description / Buy

Order of J.R. Ward Standalone Novels

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1 Leaping Hearts ( As: Jessica Bird) 2002 Description / Buy
2 Heart of Gold ( As: Jessica Bird) 2003 Description / Buy
3 The Story of Son (Short Story) 2008 Description / Buy

Order of J.R. Ward Non-Fiction Books

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1 An Insider's Guide 2008 Description / Buy
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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.

When Does The Next J.R. Ward book come out?

The next book by J.R. Ward is A Bloom in Winter and will be released on November, 19th 2024. It is the newest book in the Black Dagger Brotherhood Series.


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