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.
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.
BOOKS IN SERIES ORDER
- Dark Lover
- Lover Eternal
- Lover Awakened
- Lover Revealed
- Lover Unbound
- Lover Enshrined
- Lover Avenged
- Lover Mine
- Lover Unleashed
- Lover Reborn
- Lover at Last
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