By J.R. Ward Editions: audioook, ebook, hardcover, paperback Published: March 27th 2012 by NAL Genre: Adult Paranormal / Romance Source: own copy
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?
Bomy’s Flutter: touching & awesome
Worldbuilding: Awesome BDB paranormal world, Caldwell mixed up with vampires, sympaths, angels, afterlife elements…yum!
Characters: Tohr and No’One (later in the book, she’s called Autumn) were brilliant. I always liked Tohr and was heartbroken about his shellan’s death. I kept liking him and understanding where he came from in this novel too. He had to let go, and everyone who ever loved somebody knows that letting go is the hardest thing. It’s torture, no matter if your love has died or simply left you – letting go is brutal. I empathized with his struggles and loved him all the more.
Autumn was a magnificent character. With a tormented past and a difficult present, she intrigued since her first appearance. I was glad to get to know her better, and I liked how she and Xhex interacted. And that ending…man, Autumn just broke my heart. Good thing Lassiter was there to save the day 😀
Fav of the novel: Lassiter. He rules 😀
Plot: This novel felt a little different because of the stories it told. I felt like there was a lot more emphasis on the emotional goings on between Tohr and Autumn, or between Xhex and John. Even between Quinn and Blay. Yes, there was action, but it felt to me like there was also more emotion, and I’m always going to pick that over fighting – of which there’s enough, never fear.
Writing: As usual, third person narrative from more than one POV. I felt more emotion than usual and the writing evoked more emotion than usual, so it seemed to me the writing in Lover Reborn was even better than in previous novels in the Black Dagger Brotherhood series.
Curb Appeal: Pffft. Kickass cover, hooking blurb, epic author – instant buy material.
All in all, I highly enjoyed this novel and felt a more personal connection with the characters than in previous ones. I also am an official Lassiter fan xD If you like PNR, definitely read it.