I read Dark Lover and I enjoyed it. I read Lover Eternal and I enjoyed it even more. I have Lover Awakened and Lover Revealed in the TBR pile but I'm not in any hurry to get to them. I really enjoyed Bella in Lover Eternal, but I didn't 'feel the love' for Zsadist and much to everyone's dismay when the read this, I didn't 'get' the Butch love at all and I didn't care for his love interest Marissa since she was a wuzz in Dark Lover. The ones after that didn't appeal to me at all because I'm not a fan of mulitple storylines - one of the reasons I quit Suzanne Brockman - and from what I've read, the BDB series abounds in them.
Oh I know I'm not really alone - there are others out there who haven't read this series or like me have tried them but just don't 'get' the hype of it all.
But still I'm left wondering why I don't appreciate this series the way so many do. Are there others out there who feel a bit lost when they don't relate to a series the way so many other do - say the JD Robb books? Now those I'm all on board with. Or how about the Pys-Changeling books by Nalini Singh? I'm also enjoying those and looking forward to the next on in the series. Do you ever scratch your head and wonder what you are missing?
Ah thank you *g*- you have all made me feel ever so much better and not so alone. While many are still inhaling the BDB books, at least there are other series you may feel 'out of the loop' with. Whether it be the Sookie books, the Plum books, or the Bridgerton books (another series I didn't get) not all readers are going to get all books.