Lover Reborn is one of the best audiobook I've listened it. Jim Fragione again is wonderful, maybe my favorite audio book narrator. But it's the story of Lover Reborn, Tohr's book that is fantastic. Ms. Ward takes us through the stages of grief, self doubt, pity, anger and renewal.
The book's other storylines are rich and enhance the book too. This series continues to soar.
When Tohr realizes that he has something to live for.
When the brothers are in the Wrath's room discussing how to handle the letter from the Bastards of Brothers to the glimera. Rhage being sarcastic and calling himself "The easter bunny". The other brother tease him and call him names, My favorite is "Bestie Bo Peep".
At Wellsie and Tohr's son fade ceremony.
JR Ward - I hope you read these reviews. This was my absolute favorite book from "The Black Dagger Brotherhood" so far. I cried twice, and none of the other novels made me cry even once. I even laughed out loud a few times.
The story pace was fantastic, never too fast nor too slow. I thoroughly enjoyed having Tohrment play a major role again. I also enjoyed John, Zex, Vishous, Wrath and others. I really enjoy the novels that have a lot of the characters involved.
I still have the one issue that I have with most of the novels. The 3rd person narration is written in the voice of the character. For example, when writing *about* a character, Ward will write words such as "Mayhap" instead of "Maybe". It's distracting at times, but the overall novel outweighed that distraction.
Amazing book. Can't wait for #11
Angie of Jamestown, Tennessee
*First, let me apologize for any misspelled names. I'm a listener, not a reader. So I'm not sure on the correct spellings. I'll keep everything simple, and not give any spoilers.*
It took me probably close to 2 weeks to finish this book. The first books in the series, I could finish in 1 sitting! I LOVE the BDB, but this book just didn't do it for me. There was no romance, no bonding scent, nothing. I just wanted to tell No'one to grow a set! Thor & her relationship was boring, predictable, and weak.
Then there's John and Zex. Too much about them! Is the main couple's story so weak that the author has to write 1/2 of the book about a past couple? It's the same thing that Ward did in book 9, which I also didn't like. I like hearing about past couples, but not to the degree where they take over the book. But on the other side, anything was better than having to listen to the Thor & No'one parts.
The only reason that I'm not giving this book a 1 star, is because of Xcor. I loved the parts about him! I didn't want it to end. The only reason that I actually got through the book was to hear more about him. My favorite part in the whole book is when he's hurt and he locks eyes with the female. Then when they lock eyes again, months later. LOVED IT! More more more!!!!
The whole Quinn story is pretty good. I'm looking forward to seeing how that plays out. The only downside to that storyline, is that no conclusion came out of anything. Like when Quinn does the big thing that he says will get him in trouble, nothing else is said about it. It's a HUGE part of his story, along with the female's, but it didn't go any further. 3 days later, that's the last thing we heard. I know we need a cliffhanger, but it's more like Ward just forgot to mention anything about during the last few hours of the book.
Loved Jim Frangione! The editing of the audio could have been better, but I'm use to it. With all of the BDB books, the editing is lacking. Before the last word of the sentence is completely out of his mouth, you here "CHAPTER 10." Not Frangione's fault......it's the editing.
Like all of you, I'll listen to the next book. Although, if they continue on this road, like book 9 & 10, I'll finally loose interest. The only thing keeping me coming back now, is Quinn & Xcor. If they get killed off or written out of the story, I'm done.
The storyline between the main characters was really weak and close to pathetic. This is by far the worst book in the series. I think my love affair with the brotherhood have come to a sad end.
Anything to take the bad taste out of my mouth from this book.
As always Jim did a great job in his performance, it's just too bad the story was lacking.
J.R. is one of my favorite writers, but I see the direction in her storyline going in the opposite direction of what I want to read.
I love the narrator for this series, Jim Frangione. He nails the vibe of the story and the characters every single time.
I've been waiting for Tohr's story since his shellan was killed by a Lesser. He's a male of worth, and deserves his HEA.
Jim's narration really brings the story to life for me, in a way that I would never capture if I were reading the book. I will continue to enjoy this series in audiobook as long as Jim narrates, and I hope that never ends. He's brought me to tears, and made me howl with laughter.
When Tohr went through the house he lived in with Wellsie, it was so emotional. Looking at all the things she loved, everything as it had been on the day she died. Very sad, and my heart broke for him.
Overall the book wasn't bad but it just didn't have that great drama that I loved about Wards books through Lover Mine. I've heard others say that it feels like a transition book. I agree but then again I thought the same thing about the last book. Payne's story underwhelmed me and I was ready for hard hitting emotions and BDB fighting. Tor and Autumn's story was painful, painful, painful and then just not much. The real love story here was Thor and Wellsey and what he was prepared to do send her into the Fade. Lassiter and his journey out of the Fade was funny and poignant. Autumn was just kind of there as a prop. However, I will say the Autumn and Xhex scenes were quite good.
JM and Xhex storyline wasn't bad but it seemed a little quick off the draw to start with the problems. Then they don't really communicate for months and finally JM has a revelation. Eh, whatever...
Tor and Wrath.. I thought this friendship was well portrayed. It really gave us more insight into the relationship the king has with his oldest friend. Very well done.
Blay and Quinn...they only had a few scenes but I must say they packed one of the most powerful emotional moments of the book for me. Layla and Quinn didn't bother me as much as I thought it would. Kind of anticlimactic at this point in the series. Ward's been telegraphing that one for several books.
At least we got a little more of the humor of the BDB back. But we still need more of the wives although it was better this time. Doc Jane and Marissa but where is everybody else. Has Mary disappeared off the planet? Elena scurries out of the OR every once in a while but has no meaningful dialogue.
The BOB are promising as well as the drug dealer. Lessers are just background noise without the Omega. I keep waiting for him to show back up.
For me the real test of a book is whether I want to read it again. I finished this book about 3 weeks ago and really haven't had the desire to pick it up since. Read it, moving on and hope the next one is better.
From the audible perspective, I love Jim's narration. He's the voices I hear when I actually read these books. He's just amazing.
Please hurry with the next one jr ward. I get so excited when a new book is released u r a master at putting feelings and emotions on paper absolutely amazing!
The contiuation of the series. JR Ward is totally awesome author & the BDB series shows this.
When Autumn was returned to Torh
When quinn & John Mathew was at the coffee shop place
It will do both
Love all of JR Ward books. You are totally missing out if you pass up the BDB books
I really love all JR Ward's books, but also enjoy this narrator as well.
There are so many in this genre, other authors in the genre include Christine Feehan, Sherrilyn Kenyon, Lora Leigh, etc. Hoping to see Laurann Dohner's work on audio soon as well.
This was just as good as his previous. He's a perfect fit for her work.
Recommend this book and the entire series. They are great. Yes I will listen to it again. I have the other books in the series. What makes this series so terrific is that there are multiple stories are going on at the same time. The characters are wonderful mesh of good and bad and the story is full of twists and surprises
Absolute love this series. Lover Reborn doesn't disappoint. It's complex and wonderful. I love all of J.R. Ward's novels.
No one and I mean NO ONE can top Jim Frangione's narration. I'm in love with his voice!
This is one of the best in the BDB series!