My rating: 4 of 5 stars
First of all, let me say that I am IN LOVE WITH the Black Dagger Brotherhood series. You can only imagine my excitement at the thought that there are going to be more books about these freaking awesome, sexy vampires! Lover Reborn (#10?! Really?!) just added to my self-induced hysteria. No, it was not the best (Lover Awakened) or even the second best (Lover Mine) book in the series (hence my four star rating) but it was pretty damn good. Not only was it fun, and even hilarious at times, but it pulled on my heart strings like none of the other books have.
(If you haven’t read this series, you’re about to like what? from here on out)
I never liked Tohrment much before this book, even knowing what he’d been through throughout the series, but I love him now. Lover Reborn was EMOTIONAL to say the least. Tohrment’s love for his dead shellan, Wellesandra, was so powerful and heart-wrenching that I found myself damn near tearing up as his pain and longing for her was put into words so intense that I could actually feel them in my soul. To be loved like that is every woman’s wish and that’s one reason why Tohrment has a fan in me from here on out. The other brothers love their shellans more than anything, but it’s never been served up to me like it was in Lover Reborn.
Lassiter, oh that freaking angel, kept me laughing the entire time. The irony of the situation that he found himself in versus his sarcastic, needs-to-be-kicked-right-in-the-mouth attitude made for some worthwhile entertainment. I also loved how JR Ward gave us a backwards glimpse into the lives of John Matthew and Xhex (who are two of my FAVE characters) as they are newly mated. Ward gives readers multiple perspectives in every book and I have always loved that. It makes the mated couples seem real and that their relationship to you the reader hasn’t ended simply because the book did.
**SPOILER** A miss for me was No’One (later Autumn) who is Xhex’s mother and Tohrment’s love interest in the book. I didn’t see her as strong (even though she is Xhex’s mother and Xhex is BAD. ASS.). I saw her about the same way I saw every other female in this series (besides Xhex)...WEAK. I have come to expect this from Ward, but in this particular book, a very strong female character was needed and that’s not what we got. I felt Lassiter was more important to the story than No’One, and that shouldn’t have been the case with her and Tohrment having a special history together and with all she had been through. She was still lost and weak and I just didn’t like her that much.
I also loved how the book wasn’t centered around the vampires’ war against the Lessening Society, but against a rebel squad of vampires who want Wrath (the vampire King) to be dethroned. Of course I thought, good luck with that. But Ward surprised me with this one and I realized the Brotherhood finally had worthy opponents and not some mindless, baby powder, undead lesser MF’s like the ones who had wasted hundreds of pages in other books. (Honestly though, I like the lessers. But only when the brothers are stabbing them with daggers.)
Overall, I loved this book. Can’t wait for the next one, and the one after that, and the one after that. This is why JR Ward is one of my favorite authors. Her style of writing is gangsta and her imaginative plots continue to be effin' awesome. She delivers. The End.