After gobbling up the entire Black Dagger Brotherhood series last year, I hungrily waited four whole months for the next installment that was due in 2012. I was really ambivalent about Tohr moving on with another woman after Wellsie, and only a superb author like Ward would have me rooting for the next female to win Tohr’s heart!
Since Lassiter brought Tohr back, he has been little more than a shell of himself. He will not feed from a female, not even a Chosen one, and his body is so weak that he has dizzy spells. To top it off, his grief and loneliness have him turning to the bottle.
**MILD SPOILERS AHEAD!
In Lover Reborn, we learn from Lassiter that Wellsie is not in the Fade. Rather, she is in the “In Between” and unable to move on because Tohr’s love is holding both her and the baby there. Tohr is appalled to find out, and he even doubts whether Lassiter is actually telling the truth.
Because of their past, No'One feels indebted to Tohr and Lassiter makes her swear to him that she will do anything to save Tohr. She vows that she shall give her vein to Tohr if he comes to her.
Tohr decides that Lassiter is right and that he must move on if Wellsie is ever to enter into the Fade. He goes through the motions, not only feeding from No'One but even going so far as to become intimate with her though not making love to her. While No’One is certainly falling in love with Tohr, he is not allowing himself to fall for her! He cannot let anyone into his heart. At this point, I felt sad for Tohr and was rooting for No’One to win his heart. I shed so many tears while listening to this audiobook. It is, by far, the most emotional installment of the Black Dagger Brotherhood.
Afraid to face his developing feelings for No’One as she enters into her Needing, he tears into her, rips her heart out and stomps on it!! I felt so angry at his shabby treatment of No’One that I thought Tohr could not be redeemed. But, alas, Ward does not disappoint: Not only does she redeem Tohr, but she manages to bring Tohr and No’One back together. Tohr’s process of letting Wellsie go was so bittersweet. It was a necessary part of the grieving and healing process for Tohr to do everything that he did, but it was so emotional!
Meanwhile, John Matthew and Xhex are still trying to work though their differences. Sadly, things get a whole lot worse through Lover Reborn for the couple before they get better! Their story really tugged at my heart-strings, and it was plain to see how miserable each one was without the other. I simply loved how Xhex finally warmed to No’One, and I loved seeing No’One’s transformation as a result of Xhex’s influence on her.
I was completely blindsided by Layla’s Needing, and her coupling with Qhuinn. Their relationship makes sense, though. Their friendship is genuine, and neither is fooling him/her-self that this is more than it is. They each feel lonely and want a babe of their own to love and share their life with.
We learn more about The Band of Bastards and their plan to squelch Wrath. I was surprised to see that Xcor and Throe might have some redeeming qualities! I can’t wait to learn more about them.
For me, the star of this book is Lassiter. I know, I know...this is Tohr’s story – but Lassiter steals the show over and over! For example, take this conversation between Doc Jane and Lassiter:
“Lassiter. I want to see the front of you.”
“That’s what all the girls say.”
“Do you expect me to roll you over? ’Cuz I will.”
“Your mate’s not going to like this.”
“As if that’s going to bother you?”
“True. It actually makes it worth the effort.”
With a groan, he shoved his palms into the shimmering silver pool of blood beneath him, and flopped over like the side of beef he was.
“Wow,” she breathed.
“I know, right? Hung like a horse.”
“If you’re really nice—and you live through this—I’ll promise not to tell V.”
“About my size.”
She laughed a little. “No, that you assumed I’d look at you in any fashion other than professionally."
Wasn't that a hoot? LOL!
I also thought this comment from Lassiter to No'One was interesting:
“My name's Lassiter, and I'll tell you all you need to know about me. I'm an angel first and a sinner second, and I'm not here for long. I'll never hurt you, but I'm prepared to make you pretty goddamn uncomfortable if I have to, to get my job done. I like sunsets and long walks on the beach, but my perfect female no longer exists. Oh, and my favorite hobby is annoying the shit out of people. Guess I'm just bred to want to get a rise out of folks—probably the whole resurrection thing.”
Hmmmm, what does this mean? I really hope that Lassiter gets his own book soon! I have come to really love this guy! And what he does at the end of Lover Reborn?! Oh, my! He so deserves his own HEA!
What can I say that I haven't already said about the always-fabulous, Jim Frangione? I cannot help but have a perma-grin pasted on my face when I'm listening to Frangione narrate the Black Dagger Brotherhood! Frangione *is* the BDB, and I cannot imagine anyone else narrating this series! I don't think that I can ever read these books because Frangione's impeccable narration has spoiled me. I will continue to buy each book in audio format, and that is the biggest compliment that I can give to Frangione!
Word is out that the next installment will be Qhuinn’s and Blay’s story, due in 2013. How will I ever make it until then?!?
MY RATING: 5 stars!! It was superb! I loved it, and I will likely re-read it again in the future! You should definitely read it!
Reading is and has been one if my passions from 4years old. I love strong characters, funny, romantic, tearjerkers, action, fantasy, sci-fi.
I waited and waited for this book to come out. It did not disappoint. This story has everything you want and some that drive you crazy. People probably thought I was crazy talking to myself when in reality I was talking to the characters in this story. I loved it and will listen again. Once again J R Ward has me in the waiting place for the next book.
Yes, because of the great narration and enjoyable story
Tohr.... since this story is about him. I am not crazy about John and Xhex. I cant wait for more on Quinn and Blay
When he apologized to Autumn and also when the brothers all brought him gifts in honor of Wellsie's fade ceremony.
Just that we are so lucky to have Jim Frangione narrating, Get him to narrate more books please! And get rid of the young women readers....terrible for these types of stories,
Like that horrible one reading Fifty Shades of Grey
Well done again Jim!
Pardon my language; I guess I've been hanging with the brothers for too long. There was so much going on in this latest installment; with new characters, and the ongoing stories of the old characters in the Series; that sometimes I found myself reading into the middle of the night. I had lost track of time. Absorbed! ... wondering what the hell was going to happen next. I loved the way J.R. opens the souls of the characters; giving them substance...the author totally got me involved with her characters and their heartstopping dilemmas. I personally think that the absence of love is the root of all evil and maliase in the world...So, the power of love to transform a life and bring a new reality to one who is suffering, which seemed to be the theme of this book, totally sucked me in. Plus there was just enough humor to have me laughing out loud, as well. Loved it, Loved it, Loved it. I read the series at random; as the characters became of interest to me. I do recommend that you read the other 9 books first before reading No. 10; but you don't need to; reading it,however, might send you back to read the other books in the series.
Yes, this is a very good series, if you like romance you'll love this series. But the narrator is horrible, if you have listen to the other books don't listen to this one because you want be able to get into it, I just wish I could have gotten my money back on this one
No, he is very boring, the voice don't change so you dont know which character is which
J.R. Ward does an exquisite job writing the Black Dagger Brotherhood series and this one definitely does not disappoint. This series is my absolute favorite and they just keep getting better and better each time. Action, intrigue, romance, anything and everything a reader could want and the narration is wonderful. Keep'em coming J.R. and I'll keep reading/listening!
I've gotten through 9 books of this series and this is just a little bit different than the rest. I'll tell you I'd like to see Ward incorporate more villains and really get the boys some action in the field. Love stories are great, action is better, I still can't wait to see what she adds next!
moved to Tucson
I really love the stories but sometimes the sex gets in the way. Do not get me wrong, I do like sex in books (sometimes and depending on the story), but I do not like it when sex is the only thing to drive the story.
I loved the torment of emotions that letting go of the past loved on and accepting a new love would mean. To realize that letting go would not mean that the memories and the feelings would be meaningless but bring new light into the darkness her was feeling. That the brotherhood could not do it, only she could. Another great one by JR Ward !
Could be...them finally making love or him admitting his love for her...it's a toss up.
Shall we say....swimming pool !!!!
It wanted me to find out why their are really no such "people" as the Brotherhood....I guess it makes me happy in the one...I think I was sad, when he thought of his past love.
Part time daycare worker and mom to three children. I love to read romance & paranormal of any kind!!
J.R. Ward did it again! I love the black dagger brotherhood books and look forward to the next one!!!