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READING ORDER – Black Dagger Brotherhood series by J.R. Ward

READING ORDER – Black Dagger Brotherhood series by J.R. Ward


In the shadows of the night in Caldwell, New York,
there’s a deadly war raging between vampires and their slayers.
And there exists a secret band of brothers like no other
– six vampire warriors, defenders of their race. 

Here’s what you need to know about this series:

  • It is a MUST read for any fans of Paranormal Romance.
  • It is HOT (and I mean smokin’, fan-yourself H O T).
  • The vamps are A.L.P.H.A. Possessive, protective, absolutely badass fighters who are also intensely tender and swoon-worthy lovers).
  • The world building is fantastic and builds with each book.
  • Each book focuses on one main couple with the rest of the Brotherhood (and their mates) as side characters.
  • Each book has a completely resolved, happy, swoony ending.
  • They should be read in order, each one builds on the next.
  • This books are ADDICTIVE! I dare you to read just one!!
  • So yeah… highly, highly recommended! Unfortunately I read them before my blogging days so I don’t have reviews for them but each one is amazing!


**Note about the casting: the pictures are not “exact” but they’re close to how I see the characters. Hair length/color or tats might change but these guys have the right “feeling” to me for some of these Brothers… 

Book 1: Dark Lover (Wrath & Beth) — see casting for Wrath

Book 2: Lover Eternal (Rhage & Mary) — see casting for Rhage

Book 3: Lover Awakened (Zsadist & Bella) — see casting for Zsadist

Book 4: Lover Revealed (Butch & Marissa) – see casting for Butch

Book 5: Lover Unbound (Vishous & Jane) — see casting for Vishous

Book 6: Lover Enshrined (Phury & Cormina)  — see casting for Phury

Book 6.5: Father Mine (Zsadist & Bella novella) 

Book 7: Lover Avenged (Rehvenge & Ehlena) — see casting for Rehv

Book 8: Lover Mine (John Matthew & Xhex)

Book 9: Lover Unleashed (Payne & Manny) — see casting for Manny

Book 10: Lover Reborn (Tohrment & I can’t tell you)  — see casting for Tohr

Book 11: Lover At Last (Qhuinn & Blay)

Book 12: The King (Wrath & Beth)

Book 13: The Shadows (Trez and iAm)

Spin-off book: Blood Kiss: Black Dagger Legacy

Book 14: The Beast (Rhage & Mary)

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  1. Do you have to read them all or will it makes sense to read the first one for example and then The King because it is the same characters?

    • You absolutely have to read them in order! It’s all the same characters for the whole series and since they all live together in their big fortress, they are each always supporting characters in every book even though each book focuses on one couple. So definitely in order :)

  2. All the things you listed as “you need to know about this series” sound exactly like the New Species series by Laurann Dohner, even down to the name of some of the men. Maybe Laurann Dohner was “inspired” by this. But I still loved New Species, so I should probably give this a try.

  3. I love this series. I’m not quite up to date yet. My last one was Lover Reborn. At the moment I’m reading Rapture also by J.R.WARD.

  4. Love the casting pictures. It’s pretty close to how I picture the characters too. My favorite is Rhage and Wrath.

    • The casting for Butch is David Boreanaz. Who is no stranger to paranormal fiction. He also has played angel in the series Angel, also the FBI Agent in the still running series Bones. I LOVE this man

  5. I thought I had found my best reading on the Lover at Least, but The King is amazing ! I just love the writing of JR Ward!! Thank God JR has lots of characters to write about. I’m so attached to these people I’m not sure if I can handle loosing them at all. I need this series to go forever! :)

  6. I read them all. I am well known for jumping into a series into the middle (usually by accident) but in this case it was recommended and I took advantage of my local library and read them in chronological order. Since every book is building on what happened in the previous one, it is a must to read it that way. As well as the writing style has changed as side stories either show previous characters interchange with the main characters or freshly introduced characters building up to support the main ones or have their own story being told (maybe even a push towards their own book). By any chance get them books and read them, they are quite cool, even if not all the books were my favourites.

  7. LOVE your casting choices. I would love to see your Qhuinn & Blay! I would also love to see your ladies of the BDB casting, especially Xhex!

  8. I have read every book. I read the new book in like 3 days and have to wait all year for the next. I hate that i have to wait so long but it is always so very worth it. I also love the fallen series wich is a branch off of this one but i havent really kept up with it like i do this series. I have recomemded it to many friends and anyone i lend the first book to gets hooked and ends up reading my whole collection. I cant wait to read shadows!!!!!

  9. Looking to get the remaining books to the series “The Black Dagger Brotherhood”. I have books 1-11 and have found that I am missing 6.5 “Father Mine” and books 12-14, is this all that is available at this time? Love this series.

  10. Hi. Thanks for this list! I have to pick up at 12. Oh, and thanks for the visuals! Nice…reaaallllllyyyyy nice.


  11. Rita Gillenwater says:

    I love the BDB. Can’t wait for the next book. Is there going to be one just about iAm? I just got the book “Shadows”. Loving this, always looking to find the new one to be out. Love reading and BDB is my favorite. Thank you so much. Can’t wait for the newest version.

  12. Thank you for this review. Have been thinking about reading this series and know I know that I need to.

  13. I have read 4 of these books so far and I find them exciting , enthralling , and very erotic ,they are some of the best reads I have ever had I want to get the whole series now but finding it hard to source them at a reasonable price for my pocket , but I will keep searching ……

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