Reviewed by Susan65
Title: Lover Reborn
Author: J.R. Ward
Narrator: Jim Frangione
Series: Black Dagger Brotherhood #10
Hero/Heroine: Tohrment/Autumn (No’One)
Genre: MF Paranormal
Length: 23 Hours, 13 Minutes
Publisher: Recorded Books
Release Date: March 28, 2012
Available at: Amazon and Audible
Add it to your shelf: Goodreads
Blurb: Ever since the death of his shellan, Tohrment has been a heartbroken shadow of the vampire leader he once was. Brought back to the Brotherhood by a self-serving fallen angel, he fights again with ruthless vengeance, unprepared for a new tragedy. Seeing his beloved in dreams—trapped in a cold, isolated netherworld—Tohr turns to the angel Lassiter to save his former mate. The only way to rescue her is for Tohr to love another. As war with the lessers rages, and a new clan of vampires vie for the Blind King’s throne, Tohr struggles between an unforgettable past and a hot, passion-filled future. But can his heart let go and set all of them free?
Review – Book: I was really not liking where this book was heading but the ending redeemed it on so many levels; emotional and otherwise. The writing is great, I loved catching back up on the brothers (even though I wished for more Z time) and my heart was simply just broken for Tohrment. His name fits his circumstances perfectly; sadly, utterly broken and damned in so many ways. The last 15% of the book just ripped my frickin’ heart out. I was crying so badly I had to put a pillow to my face to muffle the sobs. That emotional reaction alone makes this an amazing story. And I was really, really glad Tohr got his second HEA but…..
I really didn’t want him to be mated again. I liked No’One (Autumn) but I didn’t love her. Also, why does she get to come back from the dead, twice, but not Wellsie? Why Jane, and Mary, and Lassiter, but not Wellsie and their son? It just doesn’t seem fair. It’s not that I wanted Tohr to lose Autumn, too, but still, it’s very unfair. I know he mates with Autumn and she becomes his second Shellen, but am I really awful that I’m glad he doesn’t bond with her and let loose his bonding scent?
Also, the Quinn and Blay ordeal. I absolutely hated Layla talking Quinn into “servicing” her during her Needing. How selfish!!! Knowing he loves Blay and she’s got the hots for Xcor…what a way to cause future problems for all of them. Hated it! But I LOVED the look Qhuinn and Blay gave each other at the end. I so cannot wait to listen to their book. And Xcor and Qhuinn sharing a baby? That should be explosive.
Xhex drove me nuts with her issues…she knew who and what John was when she mated him so to become all self-righteous was just wrong on her part. Get over yourself, babe! She’s a fighter, yeah I get that, but she is still very much a feminist nightmare, in my opinion, taking the equal rights fight to extreme limits. Her world should not be a surprise. John wanting to protect her is biology not ideology, so blaming him and the Brotherhood for something they can’t control just irked the crap out of me.
I loved how the relationship with Tohr and John grew…they were just what the other needed. From the beginning, I was hating on John, but by the end he completely redeemed himself. The clearing out of Wellsie’s stuff, to her Fade ceremony, and the fact that John had her and the unborn branded on his back alongside of Tohr was a defining moment in their relationship.
Review – Audio Book: Jim Frangione took it to a whole new level; he killed me in this installment. I was on the edge of my seat at so many parts that I had to hit the pause button and just walk away to catch my breath. The fade ceremony was so emotional and painful that there was no way I could listen straight through. So all in all, this narrator was exactly what was needed to bring this series to life.
Overall Impression: I loved it
*I purchased my own, personal copy of this book for review.*