Review: Lover Reborn by J.R. Ward

Review: Lover Reborn by J.R. WardLover Reborn by J.R. Ward

Series: Black Dagger Brotherhood,
Genres: Paranormal Romance
Published by Signet on March 27, 2012
Pages: 593
Format: eBook
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three-half-stars  

How can someone love and hate this book at the same time? Well that is me. Maybe it is because it seems these books are getting bloated with so many side stories, that you lose sight of the main story. My heart has been broken since Tohr lost Wellsie. It was a senseless death that had my heart breaking long after the book ended. Tohr disappeared and you just thought he had killed himself until an angel brings him back. You don’t learn until this book why the angel has such a vested interest in Tohr’s future.

Tohrment has lost the will to live. He beloved shellan has passed on from a senseless death, killed by a lesser. His only purpose is to kill the lessers and protect his King, Wrath. When the angel, Lassiter, explains Wellsie is in the In Between and not the Fade, Tohrment must find a way of freeing her before it is too late. But make no mistake, this is not the kind of saving that brings her back, this only frees her to go on to the Fade.

No’One used to be a lovely lady of worth before she was kidnapped and raped by a sympath during her first needing, basically a time where vampire women’s reproductive system is ready and they crave sex. Without it they are in great pain unless they take medication to knock them out. From this rape, No’One gets pregnant before she is saved by Tohr and Darius. The three become a family of sorts as she cannot return home. But after the birth of her daughter, Xhex, she grabs Tohr’s knife and kills herself to his screams. No’One is transported to the Other Side to be of service to the Scribe Virgin and the Chosen. Her real name is not No’One at that time, but she renames herself, takes on  a hooded robe and walks with a limp servicing all those around her. She does this in punishment of herself.

The two have existed in the mansion but not really talking or noticing each other. There is a couple of chance meetings that finally draw them together in anger more than anything until they both come to some common ground. Things progress over the course of four season with huge gaps in the story at time. They start off sharing blood until Tohrment is back to the muscular body he once had. During this time there is a slow progression to pleasure, but never full blown sex. That comes later, but Tohr holds his heart from her even as No’One falls deeply under his spell. As the story continues on Wellsie becomes grayer and grayer as time passes and the story leads you to lose hope that Tohr will save her in time.

There are a lot of side stories that pulled me away and left me kind of blah. It just seems no one can get a happy ever after in this series. Maybe that is the draw to it.

Xhex and John are having marital issues shortly after their mating. Basically John is torn up with the thought of Xhex fighting and the possibility he might lose her and become even worse than Tohrment. The two end up splitting for the majority of the book as Xhex goes back to her old job while John needs to come to terms with his attitude. Xhex and No’One do form a bond as they grow closer and get to know each other, which was very heartrending to watch.

There is the Band of Bastards. Xcor is a mighty asshole basically, but his soul is not a cold blooded murder even though he does things that make him seem that way. He and Throe have an intense scene in the book that totally made me wonder how Throe could put up with it all. They are gunning for Wrath the entire book and find an opportunity to bring down the Brotherhood. They also learn the Chosen are real, which makes them more than ever want to over throw the current King. Xcor is really one messed up guy in this book.

Quinn and Blaylock just can’t seem to find a way to be together. Constantly avoiding each other but giving each other manly dreamy eyes. I don’t want to spoil this book for you, but the book leads you to believe Quinn has impregnated Layla when her needing time hits. Quinn does a totally stupid and brave thing in this book that will have to be resolved in another book. Saxton is oh, so handsome again and I hate the thought that he can’t find love with Blay like he needs.

Lassiter is on a mention to save himself and the only way to do it is to save Wellsie. While it seemed like he was working on it at times, I mostly found him an absent character. Did you know sun heals him unlike killing a vampire? Interesting. He still is into talk shows yelling along with the TV.

As much as I wanted to feel heartbreak and salvation from this book, it fell flat for me. There were just too many storylines over too long of a period of time leaving me putting it down several times to read something else. I wanted to be crazed with love for this series like so many others, but I just can’t. It’s not a bad series, just not one that draws me in. It feels like they get longer and longer with so many stories in one, you don’t feel much for the actual main characters. Oh, and there is tons of sex. Sex everywhere, but it really wasn’t melt my Kindle kind. I just never got anxious or turned on by the scenes.

The solution to Tohr’s issues was really obvious along with No’Ones. I couldn’t figure out why the two men…ok, they are men that is why, couldn’t figure it out. So overall, it was a good book in the series, but not one I will revisit for a re-read.

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Shari is the Delighted Reader. Married to her Prince Charming and mother to two Princesses and one Prince. When she is not slaving away as Cinderella she loves to get lost in the pages of a good book. Never without a reading device and a few good paperback books, because she never knows when she might get 5 minutes to read!
  • Sophia Rose

    No, say it isn’t so! It wasn’t a home run for you? LOL! That’s the thing about getting a big list of characters to keep track of. I think another of my well beloved authors got herself in this fix too.

    Thanks for sharing the review!

    • I almost felt I had to give the book more than one rating since there were so many story lines. I just wanted Tohr’s story for this one with maybe a small side story of the war they are fighting, not everyone else’s story thrown in for good measure. Tohr’s story moved me but I still felt some things just weren’t right with it. OH, well…