Review: Lover Reborn (BDB #10) by JR WARD

Publication Date: March 27th, 2012
NAL
Format: Hardcover, 572 pages
RATING: 5 out of 5 Stars
SUMMARY
In the darkest corners of the night in Caldwell, New York, a conflict like no other rages. The city is home to a band of brothers born to defend their race: the warrior vampires of the Black Dagger Brotherhood. 


Now back in the Brotherhood – and unrecognisable as the vampire leader he once was – Tohrment is physically emaciated and heartbroken beyond despair. When he begins to see his beloved in his dreams – trapped in a cold, isolating netherworld – Tohr turns to a self-serving fallen angel in hopes of saving the one he has lost. When he’s told 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?

A lot of BDB fans wasn’t really thrilled to learn that #10 was going to be about Tohrment. I, on the other hand, was dying to get my hands on it as soon I found out. The Brother deserves his HEA, y’all. Admittedly, this book is my second favourite in the series and it’s not so much because it was Tohr’s story but because this instalment, in my opinion, slayed every other books in the series other than Z’s.

Tohrment was well…tormented. The murder of his shellan pretty much equated to the death of his world. Unable to end himself, he had to go on living on the pretense that he didn’t feel like he was going to suffocate from grief. And every night, when he goes out and hunt the lessers, he’d invent new ways of killing them; shredding their flesh and torturing them first before eventually ending their lives. In the meantime, Wellsie was stuck in In Between, a place that’s neither The Fade nor hell. The only way her and their unborn child could move on to The Fade lay in the hands of Tohr, who was unable to let go. And for each day that he held on to her and their son, they fade until they’re no longer unreachable, unrecognizable and unable to find peace in the after life.

Lucky for Tohr, Lassiter, a fallen angel was there to speed the grieving process up. He’s convinced that the self-sacrificing, aggrieved, No’one would be the key to ending Tohr’s…torment. But he never anticipated a lot of complications. Like, Tohr’s disregard for his life that he found ways to get himself killed; or his inability to look at another female because of his conviction that to do so would be disrespecting Wellsie’s memory. Lassiter’s assignment was to help Tohr’s family move on to The Fade because then and only then would he get his own redemption. But he also didn’t anticipate what would happen as he inadvertently helped No’one to forgive herself, ultimately giving her the salvation that she had never asked for.

And in the backdrop of Caldwell, New York, the Band of Bastards were in pursuit to dethrone Wrath and eliminate the Brotherhood.

Gah! This book…I’ve never wanted to re-read a book shortly after flipping to the last page. At 572 pages, this  was jam-packed of all the things I love about JR Ward’s writing and this series. The woman keeps getting more amazing with every book. Some would argue that BDB is getting redundant but I beg to differ. JR Ward keeps finding ways to have us right where she wants us – panting, wanting, needing the next book by introducing conflicts and characters that we, her readers, would predictably sallivate to read about.

This instalment introduced us to the Band of Bastards – vampires from the Old Country who were set in the ancient vampiric ways. They came to the New World on a mission to kill the King and eliminate The Brotherhood altogether. Headed by Xcor, Bloodletter’s son, he was one complicated antagonist. I hated him, feared him, felt sad for him…he’s definitely someone I’m looking forward to reading more about. There’s a blooming romance in the horizon akin to that of Bella’s and Zsadist’s. That, in itself is the reason why I so want the next book to be about him – even more so than I want to read about Blay and Qhuinn. We’re also introduced to Throe, who, much like Xcor, played the misunderstood bad guy quite well. Hold on to your skirts, ladies, this Band of Bastards could give The Brotherhood a run for their money on the Aggressively Hot Males Category!

The romance between Tohr and No’one wasn’t really well received based on some of the reviews I’ve read on Goodreads. I loved and hated the dynamics between these two. No’one’s character is probably one that would be frowned upon because she lives to serve. However, the more I delve into the book, I’ve slowly become more understanding of her character. Tohr’s grieving brought on some misty eyes and sniffling nose. It was heartbreaking and to some extent, frustrating. JR Ward definitely took her sweet-ass time in showing him the revelation he needed in order to push his way out of his grief. One thing I can’t complain about Ms. Ward, is that she doesn’t believe in rushing things.

The Black Dagger Brotherhood is one of those series which will  remain on top of the vampire books echelon for me. Not only do I get way too freaking excited with each and every release but I find myself going back and re-reading the books. This one, in particular was one of the best.

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  • Wow, Joy!! You always do these amazing over-the-top giveaways!! Thank you! I've read the first two of this series and I need to continue on. I loved the first two. 🙂

  • So this is actully the first time I have even heard of these books and they sound awesome!!! I will be addind them to my to read list for sure. Thanks for the awesome giveaway!!!

  • YES! YES! YES!!!
    I LOVEEEEEE THEM!!!!
    OMG! I have only read till Phury's book, but my Lord this guys are so freaking hot!! lol! I swear! My favorites are: #1 Zsadist, #2 Wrath, and #3 Thor! Thank you so much for the chanceeee! Fingers crossed! (ileana – rafflecopter)

  • Hi! Wow awesome giveaway! My fav is Wrath, I really love the Blind King, his personality and the way he protect and love Beth! And of course the fact that he's Yummy!!! LOL Thanks for this chance 🙂

    Proserpine

    Proserpine @ Proserpine Craving Books

  • I haven't read any in this series but they're on my TBR list!

  • I started reading the BDB because of friends on Twitter and could not put them down! My favorite is Zsadist hands down! Love him (and Bella, of course). Thanks for a great giveaway!!

    @librarychickD-Twitter

  • Uhm, I still haven't read any of the books. I know, I know, shocking! 😉 And with all the praising I hear from people that have read it, I have to rectify that very, very soon. 🙂 Thanks for an awesome giveaway Joy! 🙂

  • I've read all of the Black Dagger books and can honestly say I'm envious of those who haven't yet! This is one of those book series that I wish I could go back and experience all over for the very first time. It's just such a well developed world, and each book & Brother is so complex. Great characters, but my favorite Brother has to Be Vishous. (I'd have to say Zadist & Qhuinn round out my top 3, but they're all VERY close!)

    Thanks for the amazing giveaway!!!
    @jderucki – twitter

  • I haven't gotten a chance to read any of these yet but they are on my TBR. I've been recommended them by several people, all of whom I trust about books. Thanks for doing such a generous giveaway!

    Marissa
    @MarissaOdom – Twitter
    mavso29 – GFC

  • I've read them all (more than once) and my favorite brother changes with each book. I love them all! The Brothers all have such compelling back stories that you fall in love with each one, as you learn more about them.
    I'd love to have the entire collection as the paperbacks I have are falling apart, and the last 3 I only have in eBook.
    loribooklover62 @aol.com

  • I have read many of the books. I honestly cant choose. It change with each book. I do have a particular fondness for John Matthew, because he is so sweet, and has an innocence the rest don't. Phury, because of the hair, Vishous, because who doesn't love a vampire with even more special powers an Butch gets on the list for being a cop with a pronounced accent,

    Thanks for the giveaway!'
    antane

  • Shhh, I haven't actually read any YET. One of my book clubs has been reading them and I listen every month about how much they love them so I need to get going.

  • I haven't had the chance to read any of the books but I have heard so many good things about it and can't wait to eventually start it.
    Thanks for the giveaway!

  • I haven't read any of the BDB books yet but I have heard so many good things about them.
    Thank you for the great giveaway!
    Artemis

  • My favorite is not a brother.Yet. I LOVE John Matthew!
    thanks for this amazing giveaway!

  • I haven't started this series…YET! but I heard great things about it!

  • I've only read two of them, and so far my favorite is Rhage!! God, he's so drea,y I just feel like swooning!! XD

  • I haven't read the books yet. I've heard such great things about the series, so I'm really looking forward to reading it!

  • I will shamefully admit that I haven't started this series yet but my B/F friends swears by them! Says that they are amazing!!!

  • I've read the first few. I am slowly making my way through this series. I've heard so many good things and from what I've read I like, so I really don't want to rush through them and then be pining away for the next book. My favourite Brother is Zsadist because he is tortured and savage and cold, and cracking all that down is really exciting.

  • I've read one through three only, but my favourite of all favourite brother is Rhage!!! I LOVED his story even though it had one of the least action. It's not his good looks (even though it is a perk:P), it's his totured self, his selflessness, his protectiveness, and the beast! Haha, I loved how “cheeky” the beast was with Mary. 🙂 Can't wait for that novella for Rhage and Mary!:D Thanks for this giveaway! And great review! I've actually stopped reading this series cause I wasn't much interested with the other brothers, but I've said that on Goodreads already, so, yeah, I really want to start reading BDB again, so hope I win this giveaway!:X

  • It is too hard to pick a favorite brother! I did love this book and look forward to what comes next.

  • Na

    I'm working my way through the series and am at book #5. I'm really looking forward to Tohr's story.

  • Not sure if my comments get through o.O Love the series! reading the last one right now on iBooks

  • Jo

    I still haven't read any of the books. Maybe I need to give them another go.

  • I ADORE THESE BOOKS!
    Why would people be upset about Tohr getting his own story?? Pshh! I can't wait to read this one 🙂 My favorite of the series is Zsadist's story. Next favorite was #9 {John?} – it's been so long since I read any of them – over a year. Z was always my favorite. I liked him before his story. He was the damaged, dark, brooding type. I love those characters in stories! 🙂

    Thanks for the giveaway!

  • I have yet to read any BDB books! 😮 I keep hearing about the series though, and I know a lot of folks (including you!) on Goodreads were excited about this book's release. They sound really good. 🙂
    Thank you for the great giveaway!

  • 10 books!! Holy moly! I've never heard of the books, but definitely trust your judgement!! Thanks Joy