Review: Lover Reborn by J.R. Ward – Rating 4 of 5

Title: Lover Reborn: A Novel
Author: J.R. Ward
Series:  Black Dagger Brotherhood
Price: $14.99 (kindle) | $16.99 (hardcover) | $7.99 (pb)
Where to buy: Amazon

Description: 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?

Review: Lover Reborn is book #10 of the Black Dagger Brotherhood and one of the most expected books in the series.  As many other readers, I was looking forward to get my hands on this book. The wait is finally over. I admit I don’t really know where to start; it is safe to say that I was left in such a state that I almost didn’t write this review. I was left with more questions than answers and with the feeling that I was missing something. I’ll try to leave spoilers out.

A little background about Tohr:  Tohr,  as we know lost his shellan and unborn child.  All throughout earlier books we see his character struggle while trying to find the means to keep on living after such a great loss.

Lover Reborn is the story of Tohr and NoOne and a great addition to the Black Dagger Brotherhood Series. In this installment of the BDB, there is a lot going on. Lover Reborn brings excitement and it certainly doesn’t fall short in the action. I usually enjoy how comical and “real” some of the scenes feel. J.R. as usual has a knack for writing humorous scenes and she does it well. The action in this book isn’t lacking, there is plenty of fighting and as usual the sex scenes keeps this read quite HOT.

There are a few things I loved about the book, one being that we get to know a lot more about Lassiter.  In this book we can now understand a lot more of what his purpose is and what he needs to accomplished.  J.R. did an outstanding job with his character. His character is likeable; funny, stubborn, gentle, and he is such a smartass.  So far Lassiter is one of the greatest addition to the repertoire. Another great addition is Assail, I am totally hooked on this new intriguing and fascinating character. Though we don’t know much about him yet, I know this character is going to bring the necessary a most needed spark to keep the series interesting and engaging.

This book was not so much about Torh and NoOne, but a compilation of struggles between John & Xhex, Qhuinn – Blay & Layla, and the attempt for domination by Band of Bastards.  I would’ve liked No’One and Tohr relationship to be kept a bit more casual, that way they would’ve given the opportunity to build a foundation and work on their relationship.

As usual, the interaction between the brothers flows easily however I felt that some parts of the story were forced onto the reader. I struggle somewhat with the dialog, I had to keep flipping pages and there was an instance when I had to put the book down and walk away. This isn’t necessarily a bad thing; but the vocabulary and dialog between characters can get confusing.  What I find a bit disappointing is the back and forth between characters whose relationship was somewhat already established.  

I was never a fan of John & Xhex, I found them frustrating and annoying but I understand that’s part of the drama needed to make a good story. I didn’t shed any tears, but I was touched by how well-developed some scenes were and how touching J.R.’s writing can be.  The culmination to Qhuinn – Blay & Layla’s situation is one I am looking forward to read, bringing along the Band of Bastards and their impact in the story.  I am looking forward to the next book. I am hoping we don’t have to wait another year.

Overall, Lover Reborn is a great story, one that will certainly touch your heart, you may experience frustration and you will definitely laugh. The combination of all of those feelings makes Lover Reborn one of the most touching if not the most touching story of the Black Dagger Brotherhood. Highly recommended but keep an open mind.

♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ (hearts)

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One response to “Review: Lover Reborn by J.R. Ward – Rating 4 of 5

  1. I was so looking forward to this book, and for me, it didn’t disappoint. I agree about getting to know Lassiter better and I was so glad to here that he will eventually have his own book. I also liked the Layla/Blay/Qhuinn story line. That is another book I’m looking forward to. I enjoyed the book and was happy that Tohr finally found a little bit of peace. I think Ward handled picked his match well. As I pointed out in my review, if Tohr had ended up with just anyone, it wouldn’t have been as believable. It almost had to be with someone he had history with. Great review!

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