Title: Lover Reborn
Author: J.R. Ward
Publication Date: March 2012
Classification: Adult Romance Novel
Content: Adult Sex Scenes, Brief M/M love
Summary from Goodreads:
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.
I always love coming back to the Black Dagger Brotherhood world. I mean I have read many great books over the years but BDB just is magical each and every time. I always forget how much I miss the Brothers until I get a chance one a year to read about them. It is like that piece of your favorite cake that you can’t help but devour as soon as you get a fork in your hand. The instant I opened Lover Reborn I knew that my reading slump had to go away because I love the Brothers and the world that Ward has created. I feel like I personally know each and every character and Lover Reborn was like coming home, coming back to what I know and love.
Obviously when this series started many years ago we never thought that Tohrment would need to have his own love story in his own book. I mean he was mated to Wellsie when we met the guy so there was never a need for him to get a happily ever after. Of course once Wellsie was killed it became apparent that Tohr would have to fall in love again one day. I knew going into this one that it wasn’t going to be an easy story to read. Tohr is afterall still mourning the death of his wife and unborn child. How on Earth can Tohr replace Wellsie, come on even though she wasn’t around a lot when she was around she was a ray of light in a dark space. Plus as readers we really never knew anything about No’One until Xhex and John’s story. I wasn’t sure I even liked her that much so I had no clue how this was all going to work for me.
I’m not going to lie this book was hard to get through at some points. It seemed like not only were Tohr and No’One struggling but everyone in the masion also seemed to be having problems. Xhex and John are barely around each other even though they are recently mated and to top it off Qhuinn and Blay are still at odds with each other even though you know they freaking love each other! This book was just hard to read because it seemed like no one was that happy. Everyone seemed to be living in dispair and there were not a lot of happy moments in this book. Plus since Tohr and No’One were each trying to move forward with their lives it was difficult to read about two very closed off main characters, especially while the people around them were also suffering. Even though a lot of characters were going through hard times in this book I still enjoyed it. I mean come on people, Ward is finally really back! In this novel we get to see Xcor and his Band of Bastards as they fight the lessers which was something that was greatly put on hold during the past couple of books. It was great to come back to have some great fight scenes and manly bonding.
Overall, this wasn’t my favorite of the series because of how much struggle everyone was going through. Come on I needed a bone to latch onto! It can’t be all dark and despair for everyone the whole time. The ending of course had me shocked, crying and smiling. Although I’m not yet sure that my heart has healed from what happened with Qhuinn! As I’ve said and will keep saying, this one was hard to get through, not because the story was bad but because it is extremely hard to watch characters you care about be hurt. This one gets 4. 5 hearts from me for being a great book but not my favorite in the series since it had two main characters that were hard to connect with at times.