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Friday, May 4, 2012

Book Review: Lover Reborn (Black Dagger Brotherhood #10) by J. R. Ward

Author: J. R. Ward
Series: Black Dagger Brotherhood
Number in Series: 10
Format: Hardback
Release Date: March 29, 2012
Pages: 576
Publisher: NAL
Genre: Paranormal Romance/Urban Fantasy/Erotic Romance

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 Synopsis from Goodreads

#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, 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.


     J. R. Ward is back with one of my most anticipated books this year, Lover Reborn. We now follow Tohrment, the brother who wiped himself off the face of the Earth when his shellan and unborn child were murdered. He is back due to a fallen, selfish, and smartass angel, Lassiter. But he is nowhere close to being the vampire he use to be. He is on a rampage. Along with his rampage, he has been having horrible nightmares where his shellan and child aren't safe and warm in the Fades, but stuck in a dreary and dark place. He soon finds out that they are stuck in the In Between. If Tohrment can't learn to move on and let go, his shellan and child will be lost in oblivion forever.

     Wooooow! Ward has delivered again. And that delivery came with some punches. People have questioned why is there only a man on the cover. There is always a guy plus his lady. Now it makes sense. This is more than a romance, it is a journey. A journey to get out of the past and move on. To let go and be free. And Tohrment's journey is one I was glad to be apart of.

     Tohrment was well...truly tormented. He just couldn't get out of the cage he built around him. I love that No'One is the leading lady. She was soft spoken and kept to herself, but when Tohr and her are interacting, I love the personality she has. She belonged to a royal family before her heartbreaking story and you can tell. I love that she came to make amends with Xhex and understood and loved her no matter who her father was. Lover Reborn truly portrayed the hurdles Tohr and No'One must jump over, not only for their families and each other, but for themselves.

      I really enjoyed the side story of Xhex and John. They are newlyweds, but they show that even though they are finally together, things aren't perfect. Not even close. John didn't like that Xhex was out fighting because he didn't want to end up like Tohr. Xhex has been an assassin and a fighter even before John was born (well technically given we know who John really is). So I love that we got that because Xhex is nothing like the other shellans, so it makes sense that their relationship would be different. I also must put out there, I am on Xhex's side. Ease up John, goodness!

     I also love that we got a lot more of the Band of Bastards. We aren't getting much of the lessers as earlier in the series, but the B.O.B. definitely form a bigger threat. Xcor is more determined than ever. But I like that we see he has a heart...sort of. He definitely cares for his brothers. And someone more, but I won't say who. I love that we get more of Qhuinn and Blay. They truly can't stay far from each other. And I loved the friendship between Layla and Qhuinn and w get some insight into her life. I know Qhuinn and Blay's book is up next and I can see why. There are some life changing events that take place that will make their book very exciting. I can't wait.

     And than we have newbie named Assail. I am not sure if he is a bad guy or good guy just yet. But even though he looks like any other super rich, over pampered guy, don't underestimate him. He kind of scares me. I believe Ward said he will play a bigger part in the BDB, I can't remember, but I am keeping my eyes peeled for sure. And then we have my absolute favorite character in this book, Lassiter. I am so in love with this guy. It is impossible not to love him. He is hilarious and truly unpredictable, both with his actions and the things that come out of his mouth. I am dying for him to get his own book. That would be the greatest thing ever.

      Let me say it now, Lover Reborn will make you mad a couple of times especially close to the end. I don't think I cursed so loud at the ending of a book since Dreamfever. Not to mention the times I wanted to punch Tohr for being so stubborn. He did and said some things to No'One or others that deserved a slap or two. I understood his anger and how he felt he was deceiving Wellsie in some way. But come on man! I did love the literal punch in the nuts, that actually brought a tear to my eye.

      Obviously I can go on forever, so I will slow my roll here. I absolutely loved this book. All the chaos and emotions really gets you going. Not to mention those sex scenes. Just a warning, don't read this at work. This book will really drive you nuts and it is so worth it. The BDB is one of the first PNR books I have read and it is still one of the best series out there. Again, if you haven't started this series, you really need to get on it now. Find out exactly why this Brotherhood has fans like me drooling.


*This book belongs to the following challenges*
BCC's Speculative Romance Challenge 2012


  1. You liked it as much as I did! I didn't even notice the difference that there is usually a male and a female on the covers of the books *facepalm*
    It really is one of the best series out there :)
    Fantastic review!

  2. I'm ex ited to read this over the weekend! Your review doubled my anticipation

  3. This is a series I need to try. I have heard so much about it. This sounds like A good one. I love character growth/ journey books. So glad this met your expectations.


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