- Paperback: 592 pages
- Publisher: Piatkus (27 March 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0749955708
- ISBN-13: 978-0749955700
- Product Dimensions: 15.6 x 4.3 x 23.4 cm
- Boxed-product Weight: 780 g
- Customer Reviews: 1,451 customer ratings
Lover Reborn: Number 10 in series Paperback – 27 March 2012
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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?
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As another reviewer has mentioned, this has the whole 'dead wife' syndrome going on - which could have been got round with a bit more emphasis on Tohr's previous relationship with No'One - and the fact that his marriage was arranged... mind you, that would have tainted what we know about his first marriage to Wellsie.
Yes, I enjoyed it, no I wasn't all that interested in the extraneous stuff about the other 'brotherhood', and while it was nice to catch up on other characters, why oh why did we have to have quite so much about John and Xhex? They've had their book - there was TONS of stuff about them - almost as much as there was about Tohr and No'One.
And don't get me started on the whole name change thing. Talk about lame...
So a bit off course for me. Will I buy the next one? Yes, but if it's another one like this, then I probably won't buy any further books in this series.
There were several things which confused me a bit;
In this story there is no bonding scent. In books 1-5 it a precursor to true love does this mean that if No'One dies he can move on again?
In previous books we are given the impression that Vampire love is forever so Tohr getting over his wife is troubling. I cannot see Wrath or Rhage loving somebody else if their respective partners dies
How come when Mary,No'One and Jane died they came back to life (except Jane don't get me started on that) Why couldn't Wellsie come back too?
The only part that made me annoyed was John Matthew and Xhex's story. The trouble with young love!
The only person who I really liked was Lassiter. He made me laugh out loud!
As usual there were several sub plots which will make me reach for the next book in the series.
The story has revelations in every episode and you just get so involved. Ok, some might say they are a bit samey, lots of sex, oh, here we go again, but they are vampires and they are just built that way.
Boy wants girl, can't have girl, but gets there in the end.... that is the gist, but the story of how they get there is different every time. The story is unfolding all the way through the 10 books. For me the first 6 books were the best as you learn about all the vampire brotherhood, but the other people involved get their story told in the latter books and despite some filling out, especially the Rehvenge one, they all bowl along very well.
I can't wait for March for the 11th book to come out and have had to fill my days with other mage/vampire novels which aren't a patch on this series.
I have recommended these books to friends and family and they all say they enjoyed them immensely so we can't all be wrong.
Some reviewers say they are badly written, I personally don't think so, if you want badly written, read the Mageri Series, by Dannika Dark, that is a trilogy which had great potential but was spoilt by bad writing, shame as the series was different in its genre but still enjoyable.
This book was a real journey, its snapshots into all the different characters lives was interesting and revealing and it was basically a fun read.
I just like these guys and JR Ward does very well lifting the veil into their world and exposing them as people (well vamps, but vamps are people too you know ;0p).
My only critisim if you can call it that, is I want to know what happens between Quinn and Blay? I think that was left hanging (hopefully to be explored in a future book, please Ms Ward???) I know some people may balk because they are in/could be in a gay relationship (I say remember its 2012 guys) and that may be somewhat contraversial, but I love their chemistry, I love they are so into each other and I don't think the BDB boys would care one way or the other. I want to know how Saxon does and I want to see them parent Layla and Quinn's baby girl (hopefully).
Anywho, knocked it out of the park again. More please, much much more, will Beth and Wrath have a baby, will any of the other brothers? How much more will we find out about the ellusive vamp whose running drugs in caldwell, will Layal run to Xcore? mmmm I'm anticipating the next installment alreadly.
Every spare moment was spent reading this book,it was exciting,sad,thrilling and sexy.I enjoyed Tohrs' banter with Lassiter and i eargerly await Lassiters' story,next i hope.We read more about John and Xhexs' relationship,Quinn,Blay and Saxtons'story which is coming together more and i can see an ending on the horizon(and another book).I can also see at least four books coming out of this one,which i'm eager to see released.
Overall i think this is one of the better books of The'Black Dagger Series',proberbly as good as the first few released.I love the banter between the Brothers,the inclusion of the whole mansion in the stories.it's all absolutely amazing and J R Ward is a brilliant writer,coming up with not just stories but the history surrounding the Vampires,Lessers,The Chosen and now The Band Of Bastards.What i want to see now is a novella/short story about The Doggen,who are they?Where do they come from?I can't wait for the next book,bring it on.
i ,on the other hand, am a devoted BDB fan and have read all the books in this series several times.this latest book is one i am less likely to read again due to its emotional context.not that i feel,however, it is a bad book.i feel that it would be hard to forget anything in this book, and that i have drawn all that i can from it.it is more of a kind of culmination and finalization,emotionally speaking, of the main character tohrnment and his journey thus far.although there are many sub-plots and new characters and action sequences,the book is more of a emotional/psychological book in its very nature.
nonetheless,there are other characters,namely blay,qhuinn,layla,featured in other books that are given a good firm foundation on which to build in future books.hopefully these chararcters will be the centre for the next book!furthermore, the band of bastards are fully introduced and provide further interest to this series.
however,as i have said this book is more about an emotional journey of love,loss,hope and the renewal of life.i was pleasantly surprised by this book,as i had thought that it was not the time for this character to have his own book.in this i am pleased to be proven wrong.the way in which the story is told and the fact that the events in the book, as well as the ending are a total deviation to what i had expected from this book made for a pleasant surprise.the story was creative and not at all taking the path of which i and many who follow the series would have expected.
i was pleased to see more of the character lassiter who i find charming and hope that he will be a true fixture in later books,perhaps even have one of his own.
the reason for the rating of a 4*,instead of a 5* comes mainly from,in my opinion, a lack of true romance and passion from the leads.it is fair to say that they have a sexually passionate relationship,but in every other area they appear lacking.like others i found it hard to understand why there was no true bonding,in the sense that the whole scent/mine and other attributes readers associate with a bonded male were missing.this being the case made it seem that rather than finding 'true' love,they were infact settling for second best,or rather the best either could be expected to have in their circumstances.i hope in the future we will see this somehow rectified,which would make me feel more at peace with this book and its characters.
overall this is a good book,though not a good starting point for those who are yet to read the series.i feel,however,that there may be quite a few fans that may be disappointed with this book as it is not what they would have expected or predicted to happen to the leads.in my opinion though this is exactly what makes this book so unique and a great read.
The Quinn/Blay/Layla storyline continues to draw the reader in. Other new characters are introduced who will no doubt influence how this progresses.
The main focus of this book is of course the story of Tohrment and No'One. I know this has divided opinion in reviewers so far. It is a very intense relationship against a complicated back-story, with lots of inner turmoil. Ms Ward has really worked at imagining how her characters might behave and react to a real growing mutual attraction, in the face of some powerful emotional/psychological obstacles. I was pulled onto the roller-coaster ride, and loved hanging on for the ups and downs even when I often wished I could either shake or thump the characters!
There is some good political drama going on at the same time, keeping our interest in the future of the community. We have old world vs new world vs human world - good stuff.
I've read this twice now, and will definitely read it again. The world is so well-realised it just pulls you in. I enjoyed the little glimpses of how the stars of previous books are getting on, and the few peeps at the wider vampire society. I hope the next book will have even more of these vignettes - it's this richness that puts the BDB series ahead of many others in the genre.
The new characters mean that I will definitely be looking out for the next book in the series. I'm bursting to know whether we'll see any further overlap between this series and the parallel Fallen Angels. And of course there's, um, "Quayla"?!
This book is all about the vampire Tohrment and his grief over losing his mate Wellsie a year before, and I was expecting a lot more out of the book. Although be it, not disappointing, I still enjoyed it.
I found that the author spent more time with the romance in her first few books, but of late the author has not been dedicating so much of her time in writing about the romance with the vampires and thier mates, but on the fight between the vampire and their ememies the lessers, in previous books, and now a new band of vampires.
The last two books I was not so enthralled in particular Phains story and John Mathews, and although I thought this book could have had more romance development I actually finished this book as I did not with the other two which bored me a little.
Saying that however, J R Wards Vampire series is the best Vampire series to date, no other author has beaten this author on the story line or character development. My favourite is still Wraths story and Rhage, and now Tohrment, the first two books and her latest book. Thehe others are very good too, but I think all fans of J R Ward all have a different favourite vampire they love more. These books are worth reading if you are new to the series.
J R Ward is great with dialogue and a very good writer. She writes with style and feeling, and brings up so much emotions in her writing making her vampires so real you just want one of your own.
I wish they were real!!!
I would also like to hear more from Zsadist and Rhage + Butch and Vishous as i love the dialogue between these characters. Anyway the story telling was heartbreaking at times but still had its trade mark funny moments. The whole bonding supportive thing was still there. I really love the way the author can show such understanding and compassion coming from these scary tough warriors in subtle ways covered up with what seems like their normal aggression and also love how when they need to they are not afraid to show their feelings between each other physically without losing one bit of their masculinity. Well thats my take on it anyway and one of the underlying things i love that carries throughout all her books. also the steamy passion always seems to be there in just the right amount with regard to being appropriate to whats going on in the story line. i have never found it to be gratuitous with love scenes put in just for the sake of it as it does in other books where they seem out of place or too sudden. i don't often take the time to write reviews but his lady deserves great ones for being able to keep this fictional world going for so long and never boring and we never want it to end.
I had this on preorder for months and couldn't wait to get my hands on it. There is always a worry with a series this lengthy that things will take a nosedive (see my review of Deadlocked by Charlaine Harris - MaryJanice Davidson is guilty of this too). There are times when you have to put a series out of it's misery, with nowhere left to go plot lines can become ridiculous and unneccessarily complex and really you just want them to end.
Not something that I would accuse J R Ward of. Whilst I really enjoy a good romance these books are far more than that. I love that there is so much else going on around the main romantic story and these elements becomes more and more interesting with each book. Sometimes I have to really convince myself that these are not real people and that that world doesn't exist!
Now to the tricky bit. I didn't give this 5 stars for 2 reasons. Firstly I personally didn't like No'One which meant that I was a bit miffed with the ending. Honestly, she was dull - I felt very little/no empathy towards her although I understand why she is the way she is. I almost felt sorry for Tohr ending up with someone so boring. If anyone could have been bought back from the inbetween for the end of this book it really should have been Wellsie - a much more likeable, warm and vivacious character. Says a lot that despite disliking one of the main characters I still loved the book!
Another reason for the lack of the 5th star is that there was still no resolution to Qhuinn and Blay's heartache. Qhuinn has been one of my favourite character since his introduction so whilst it's great that he appears so much in the recent books I want to see him happy. Really, these characters have been miserable without eachother for far too long...please end their pain and get them together - don't just hint at it.
So I'm definitely not bored with the series, in fact, I can't wait for the next installment.
I am was very much delighted JR ward seemed to have "gone back" to her previous style and rather then suddenly (and randomly) throwing a new bunch of equally fierce Vampires into the mix she integrated the BOB into the scenes with better fluidity. The story does not leap about from place to place AND it focuses on the person in question. It was good to read about Thor's trials in learning how to get over his loss and the question of WHY Lassiter is there was finally answered with some detail. (And in my opinion these books are slowly and occasionally tying in fallen Angels series)
There was some delightfully subtle hinting about Blay and Quinn finally coming to terms with who they are and what they want from the world....
All in all a much better read then Payne's book, with the story and plot being more focused on the "main man" and not someone's else's second story.. If you got dissillusioned from the beloved brothers after the last book, then I do urge you to try this one, it saves and brings you back in the dagger brotherhood fold once more...
It's great to see him again in this book but sad to see him battling with himself about his attraction to Autumn. He is loyal to the order and is proud of John, his adopted son but still devastated by his loss. As the story unfolds, it becomes harder for him to remain faithful to his deceased wife whilst being attracted to Autumn. It is believed that a mate is for life and when you lose your mate, you don't survive either.
The conflicts between the Brotherhood and the Lessers continue along with various dramas, deceit, betrayal and love. This book is as good as the others in this series and I will sure look out for the next one.
Hands down an excellent addition to the bookshelf of "read at least 5 more times", its well structured, with the added bonus of bringing in new characters which have blended into the main stays of what is the original Black Dagger Brotherhood. Thank you JR