Review: Lover Reborn by J.R. Ward

Tuesday, April 24

Title: Lover Reborn*
Author:  J.R. Ward
Series: Black Daggar Brotherhood #10
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Publisher: NAL/Penguin
Format: Hardcover, E-book
Date/Year:  March 27, 2012
Reviewed by: Andrea

*This book was won by the reviewer on the blog, Read Our Lips.

Summary from the publisher:

#1 New York Times bestselling author J. R. Ward’s novels of the Black Dagger Brotherhood continue as a vampire warrior crosses the line between life and death…and ventures into an erotic world of dark dreams and darker desires.

Ever since the death of his shellan, Tohrment has been unrecognizable from the vampire leader he once was. Physically emaciated and heartbroken beyond despair, he has been brought back to the Brotherhood by a self-serving fallen angel. Now, fighting once again with ruthless vengeance, he is unprepared to face a new kind of tragedy.

When Tohr begins to see his beloved in his dreams—trapped in a cold, isolated netherworld far from the peace and tranquillity of the Fade—he turns to the angel in hopes of saving the one he has lost. But because Lassiter tells him he must learn to love another to free his former mate, Tohr knows they are all doomed....

Except then a female with a shadowed history begins to get through to him. Against the backdrop of the raging war with the lessers, and with a new clan of vampires vying for the Blind King’s throne, Tohr struggles between the buried past and a very hot, passion-filled future…but can his heart let go and set all of them free?

My Musings:

J.R. Ward continues to amaze me with her creativity and talent.  I always think I’m going to be let down because the new book can’t possibly be as good as the last one.  I’m wrong every single time.

Lover Reborn
is the story of Tohrment.  I’ve known him and loved him for years.  In the beginning of the series Tohr and his shellan, Wellslie, were the only couple.  She set the bar for all the other shellans.  When Wellslie was murdered in Lover Awakened my heart broke for Tohr.  Tohr was so ravaged by her death that he disappeared for a few books but was eventually brought back, barely alive, by Lassiter.   The grief Tohr is living with is overwhelming.   Ward managed to convey his pain so well that it felt like my heart was breaking with him. 

No’One is Xhex’s mother.  She was rescued by Tohr while pregnant with Xhex and then after giving birth she took Tohr’s dagger and killed herself.  She reappeared as a servant to the Scribe Virgin when Payne came into the series.  No’One has been in the background for a while but I never felt like I knew her.  I was surprised at how much that didn’t change with Lover Reborn.  She was a huge part of the book but I still didn’t have a good sense of who she was and that struck me as odd throughout the book.  I was also annoyed by her constantly self-deprecating attitude.  By the end I understood why she was that way, but it still irritated me.  I hope she gains a personality in subsequent books.

I was surprised at how big a role Xhex and John Matthew had in this book.  I found it refreshing that they didn’t have an easy HEA.  In real life, a wedding isn’t the gateway where an idyllic HEA begins, making a marriage work is difficult.  It was nice to see that reflected in a series where everyone seems to have seamless matings.  I liked that Xhex and John had some tough issues to work out and that they really struggled with it. 

Once again we get to watch the train-wreck that is Qhuinn and Blay.  I love these guys but it’s time for someone to make a move.  Qhuinn is miserable, I have no idea what Blay is thinking and Saxton is just along for the ride I guess.  Something has to give because they cannot continue living with the strain of such an uncomfortable relationship.  This is heart wrenching and painful to read, at this point I’m ready to beg for an end to it.

I’m not sure how I feel about the Band of Bastards.  I hate what they’re doing but I see glimpses of good in Xcor and Throe.  I’ll reserve judgement on them until I get to know them a little better.  I’m still holding onto a little hope for their eventual redemption and hopefully Layla will be a part of that, a two birds one stone kind of thing.  Layla is a great person and she deserves more than she currently has.

Other stray thoughts running through my brain are:  I’m starting to like Lassiter and want to see more of him.  I can’t believe I forgot how funny the brothers are, I was constantly laughing while reading.  On a more serious note, I was surprised at how emotional and moving this book was.  I went from laughing, to crying, to angry, and then back to happy so many times throughout the book.  It was an emotional roller coaster and I’m sad that it’s over, I didn’t want it to end.   I hear Blay and Quinn’s book is next, I can’t wait to read it!


Overall: 4.75 (I never got to the point of liking No’One and thought the romance between her and Tohr was lacking.)
Sensuality level: 3.25
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lorimeehan April 24, 2012 at 7:33 AM  

I still have a couple of the books to catch up with so I can read this one. I don't want to miss to much of the store line and skip books. But I can't wait to read it. I was heart broken when Wellsie died.

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