Lover Reborn by J. R. Ward
(Black Dagger Brotherhood #10)
Piatkus (March 2012)
Paperback, 572 pages
Paranormal Romance

Warning: contain spoilers from earlier books in series

Ok, so this book is pants…. HAH, as if! But more on that in a bit, a quick run down first.

Lover Reborn is the 10th book in the Black Dagger Brotherhood saga, and is an awesome addition to the series. It focuses on Torhment, who, since returning from his extended vacay from the brotherhood is not really coping very well with life in general. Since his shellan (or wife for the uninitiated) Wellesandra died he isn’t sleeping well, feeding at all and is now a shadow of his former self, with suicidal tendencies. Wellsie, his one and only love, is locked in the underworld with no chance of escape, unless Tohr can figure out a way to release her.

No’One, a nobody from a nontemporal realm known as Sanctuary is staying at the Brothers mansion and is enlisted by Lassiter (the self-serving fallen angel from blurb) to help Tohr free Wellsie and allow her to move on to the Fade (afterlife).

What can I say. I love this book. I was thrilled to be given the opportunity to review one of my favourite authors and I have to say I have not been disappointed with her latest offerings.

Lover Reborn had me switching through my range of emotions like I don’t know what. Near the end of the book I was furious one minute, in tears the next, and then suddenly smiling, all within a couple of chapters! It’s a total roller coaster ride.

No’One starts out quiet and unobtrusive, hiding away in the back of the house working hard and fading into the background. As her character progresses she comes to life and although she doesn’t rock the world she certainly stirs life up for Tohr. I guess you could describe her as a bit too nice in how she deals with things…but to be honest, I quite liked that about her.

Tohr has had me so mad during this book that I could have cursed him to Dhundh (hell for those of you that can’t remember) and back. I can understand why he is like he is, but in some instances he was just down right mean. He really struggles throughout with the hard decisions he has to make in order to help Wellsie. And then he goes and makes me cry. Normally my fingers can wipe away an odd tear when reading a sad bit of a book…but “Lover Reborn” had me needing tissues.

Running along side Tohrments story, is the ongoing saga of the Band of Bastards and their quest to overthrow the King, and then there are the Lessers who seem to be around every corner lately although not as much of a threat as they have been in the past.

If you are a big fan of the series and know the history between Blay and Qhuinn then you may be a little peeved at some of the happenings in this book, but hang on in there, there are good things afoot!

All the regular characters make an appearance in Lover Reborn keeping you in touch with what’s happening in their lives, as well as introducing you to a new player in town who is stirring things up somewhat in Caldwell.

There was one tiny bit in the book that disturbed me, and I think that’s more to do with my weak stomach than anything else. I know that Xcor is a bad, bad man, but I didn’t need to know it so graphically… honest… (insert the green around the gills emoticon here!)

A small quote I enjoyed:

Tohr came back at the end of the evening with two dirty daggers, no ammunition, and a bone bruise on his right calf that made him limp like a zombie. Fucking tire irons. Then again, payback to that particular lesser had been kind of fun. Nothing like sanding the face off your enemy to lighten the mood.

Asphalt was his friend.

VERDICT

Well, just in case you aren’t clear on my feelings for Lover Reborn, I will see if I can make it any clearer. Go and buy it. Now. Get tissues; prepare to cry, to be mad, and to be totally conflicted. You will love it and it will be your new favourite book…until you read the next instalment at least.

RATING

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BOOKS IN SERIES ORDER

  1. Dark Lover
  2. Lover Eternal
  3. Lover Awakened
  4. Lover Revealed
  5. Lover Unbound
  6. Lover Enshrined
  7. Lover Avenged
  8. Lover Mine
  9. Lover Unleashed
  10. Lover Reborn
  11. Lover at Last

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Vickie

Books are an addiction and Vickie has recently found herself hooked on the urban fantasy and paranormal romance genre. [Vickie no longer reviews for BCC]

16 Comments


Jenny Buijs April 2, 2012 at 10:43 am

I agree with you 100%! I absolutely LOVE the BDB series and I have absolutely no idea what I'm gonna do with myself untill the next book comes out. I am really happy it's about Qhuinn and Blay though! So excited for their book! :D

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María Ferrer April 2, 2012 at 11:03 am

I agree with you about Thor, the series, and the Brothers. I love them. However I felt the ending was a bit rushed, esp after Thor reaches out to Autumn. But can't wat for Quinn and Blay's book. Talk about complications–Saxton, Layla, Xcor. And Ii dont know about you but I want Layla and Xcor to have a future but how?! Now the waiting begins anew. Arrgh.

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J.R. April 2, 2012 at 11:54 am

I too LOVE the BDB. I just downloaded Lover Reborn yesterday onto my ereader after reading so many AWESOME SAUCE reviews for it. Now I can hardly wait to start reading. I can hardly wait for the next installment!

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Carmen April 2, 2012 at 11:58 am

So many people have told me I need to read this series. Quite plainly – I DO!

There is a box set isn't there? I may need to add it to my wishlist!

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Gemma_H April 2, 2012 at 1:43 pm

Well, I'm nearly halfway through and already I have been put through the ringer! This book should come with a health warning!

Ruddy good though and I agree with the 10/10

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Dalene @ A Date with a Book April 2, 2012 at 3:06 pm

Amazing Covers!! I didn't read the thorough review because bad me still has Lover Unleashed to read to catch up. However, I did read the verdict you wrote and am definitely going to buy this. Can't Wait!!!

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Vickie April 2, 2012 at 8:51 pm

Hey Jenny, I was thrilled to hear about the next book too… really can't wait!! But am going to fill my time with Lords of the Underworld, and Dark Hunters, and Immortals after Dark, and loads of new ones too, and see if I can read away a year!! lol

I agree with you Maria, I am going to be interested to see how they manage to turn Xcor into a Worthy Male, and I definitely think that Layla deserves some happiness too… but how on earth she is going to get the threesome to get along, I have no idea!

J.R. You are gonna love it, and won't want to put it down… call in sick for a day or so… its worth it…lol

OMG Carmen!!! You haven't started reading it yet???? What on earth are you waiting for? Although you are going to time it right as you won't have too long to wait for the best instalment yet! Quick quick chick, get reading :)

LOL @ Gemma… indeed!!!! I wholeheartedly agree.

Dalene… HURRY UP!!! you don't know what you are missing!! :D

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Paige Cuccaro April 2, 2012 at 9:06 pm

Love the quote you picked! LOL I'm behind on this series. Just started it, in fact. SOOO good to see the series holds up after so many books!

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Vickie May 23, 2012 at 9:45 pm

ooo I am a slacker… sorry for not catching up with you sooner.. How far into the series are you now?? If you are reading them like I did you should just about be at Lover Reborn by now! lol what do you think of them?

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Elizabeth@Nightmare on Bookstreet April 3, 2012 at 12:39 am

Great review, now i'm even MORE stoked to read this book. I love me some brothers!

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Vickie May 23, 2012 at 9:46 pm

Glad you enjoyed the review :D have you read it yet???? If not WHY NOT?? lol not that I am keen for everyone to enjoy the emotional ringer or anything ;)

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Ailsa April 3, 2012 at 1:09 am

I haven't read Lover Unleashed yet because I wasn't all that excited about the blurb, and the reviews I saw of it weren't overly positive, but I've just finished a re-read of the series and I think I'd like to get back in to it, especially as the reviews I've seen so far for Lover Reborn are pretty good.
So many books, so little time!

~Ailsa

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Vickie May 23, 2012 at 9:49 pm

I think people were rather down on Tohr because how dare he actually love someone other than Wellsie, and because No-One is such a muddled up puppy. I can understand some of the comments people are leaving but tbh, I can’t say any more than I loved the book, and it genuinely put me through an emotional wringer. I felt wiped out after I had finished it…. in a good way though.

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Tyraa April 3, 2012 at 9:34 pm

Loved it too! And I loved that John Mathews had quite a chunk too

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Portugal April 12, 2012 at 5:13 pm

As far as No'One is concerned, she's kind of like that girl your best guy friend just started dating: you either liked her going into it, or you were willing to tolerate her for the sake of Tohrment. Again, I felt like she could have been fleshed out a little better, but there's something compelling about her, so that you can't help but hope she comes into herself in some way significant. Is she the greatest shellan ever written? No. But do you hope she and Tohrment can make it work? Absolutely. Just like you'd hope for the happiness of anyone you found yourself invested in, as we have been with Tohrment for the last ten years.

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Vickie May 23, 2012 at 9:50 pm

ah, well said :D there is definitely just “something” about her …

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