Title: Lover Reborn
Author: J.R. Ward
Genre: Urban Fantasy/Paranormal Romance
Series: The Black Dagger Brotherhood (Book 10)
Publication Date: March 27, 2012
Format: Hardback, 572 Pages
ISBN-10: 0451235843 (Penguin/NAL)
ISBN-13: 978-0451235848 (Penguin/NAL)
Reviewed by: Sheila
#1 New York Times bestselling author J. R. Ward’s “different, creative, dark, violent, and flat-out amazing”* Black Dagger Brotherhood continues as a vampire warrior crosses the line between life and death…into a world of dark dreams and darker desires.
Ever since the death of his shellan, Tohrment is a heartbroken shadow of the vampire leader he once was. Brought back to the Brotherhood by a self-serving fallen angel, he fights again with ruthless vengeance- and is unprepared for a new tragedy. Seeing his beloved in dreams—trapped in a cold, desolate netherworld—he turns to the angel to save his former mate, only to despair at the path he himself must take to set her free. As war with the lessers rages on, and a new clan of vampires vies for the Blind King’s throne, Tohr struggles between an unforgettable past, and a future that he doesn’t know he can live with… but can’t seem to turn away from.
Quick & Dirty: A story about the power of love, even all the way from the Fade. Can a man who has loved someone so deeply, find room in his heart for another?
Opening Sentence: “The bastard’s taking the bridge!”
Love is a powerful emotion. All through our lives, we find those to love and be loved by in return. We have the love for our family, our friends, and our home. If we are really lucky, we find a love to share with someone for the rest of our lives. Sometimes, that loss of love can fade and we can open our hearts to another. But can we ever truly get over loving a person we gave part of our heart too, no matter how much time passes? I have so been looking forward to Tohrment’s story for quite some time now.
Tohrment has been living a half-life ever since his wife and unborn child were murdered. Now that he is back with the Brotherhood, he has been taking out his vengeance on every lesser he can find. But no matter how much time has passed, he cannot let go of his beloved Wellsie. But his refusal to move forward with his life has left Wellsie and their son in the In Between, a place between worlds where there is no eternal rest. Can Tohrment save them before they are forever doomed into oblivion? The only way is for Tohr to love another. How can a male whose dead wife’s memory fills every part of his heart possibly find room for another female? Will his inability to move on damn the one he love’s for all eternity?
Autumn has her own past to deal with. The scars she carries leave her hesitant to interact with others, let alone love a male. When she is told that she is the key to helping Tohrment, she vows to help in any way she can. But can a female truly be comfortable with the male she loves, never knowing if it is her he is thinking of or another?
Without spoiling the whole story for all of the people reading this review, I think that this book is about “moving on.” Tohrment is forced to do so unless he wishes to doom Wellsie. But by forcing him to come to terms with the events surrounding the murder, he relives all the pain he experienced the first time. The steps in the grieving process are enhanced for Tohr; not only is he pushing himself on another female, he is still holding on to the first one. The pain that Tohr feels emotionally is heart-breaking to read about. Unfortunately, Tohr and Autumn aren’t the only couple having issues.
John Matthew and Xhex are also having problems. They too must reconcile the issues between them in order for their relationship to remain. Saying that you are okay with the other person’s nature is one thing, having the danger shown to you is quite another. Xhex gets hurt and John freaks out. Neither one of them knows what to do to compromise, just like with Tohr and Autumn. It is this emotional roller coaster that J.R. Ward really excels at. Oh, and the fight scenes.
The overall story arc is furthered with the introduction of the Band of Bastards. Xcor and his males have added a new twist to the war against the lessening society. And by pitting them against the King, the Band of Bastards are becoming a force to contend with. We learn more about some of the individual members as well as Xcor internal struggles. Even though they remained apart from the vampire society, it’s hinted that they are still typical vampire males who long for a female of worth for their own. I look forward to seeing how this plays out in future novels.
The only thing that bothered me in this book is trivial. When are Blaylock and Qhuinn going to get their happily-ever-after?! I don’t know how much more my heart can take of the tension between the two of them. Please, make it soon…
J.R. Ward’s tenth book, Lover Reborn, displays all of the things I love about the series as a whole: Love, strife, fighting, “loving”, solidarity, and more sarcasm than any group has a right to have. The brotherhood has always kept my reading loyalty (yeah for Cellies!) and I am pleased with the latest installment. At first, I was concerned at where the story could possibly go from here. Now, I can’t wait to see what happens next for our lovable Brotherhood of alphas.
“Agreed, but our hands are tied. My ordering the assassination of what is otherwise an innocent male is not going to help us in the eyes of the glymera.”
“Why do you need to be associated with the death?”
“And if that bastard’s innocent,” Rhage spoke up, “I’m the fucking Easter bunny.”
“Oh, good,” someone quipped. “I’m calling you Hop-along Hollywood from now on.”
“Beastly Bo Peep,” someone else threw out.
“We could put you in a Cadbury ad and finally make some money-“
“People,” Rhage barked, “the point is that he is not innocent and I’m not the Easter bunny-“
“Where’s your basket?”
“Can I play with your eggs?”
“Hop it out, big guy-“
“Will you guys fuck off? Seriously!”
The Black Dagger Brotherhood Series:
1. Dark Lover
8. Lover Mine
10. Lover Reborn
FTC Advisory: Penguin / NAL graciously provided me with a copy of Lover Reborn. No goody bags, sponsorships, “material connections,” or bribes were exchanged for my review. The only payment received came in the form of hugs and kisses from my little boys.
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