Audiobook PNR Review: Lover Reborn by JR Ward (Check It Out) (SPOILERS)

Posted April 30, 2012 by Felicia S in 2012 Read, 3.50 Wine Glasses, Audiobook / 12 Comments


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In the darkest corners of the night in Caldwell, New York, a conflict like no other rages. The city is home to a band of brothers born to defend their race: the warrior vampires of the Black Dagger Brotherhood.Now back in the Brotherhood – and unrecognisable as the vampire leader he once was – Tohrment is physically emaciated and heartbroken beyond despair. When he begins to see his beloved in his dreams – trapped in a cold, isolating netherworld – Tohr turns to a self-serving fallen angel in hopes of saving the one he has lost.

When he’s told he must learn to love another to free his former mate, Tohr knows they are all doomed…Except then a female with a shadowed history begins to get through to him. Against the backdrop of the raging war with the lessers, and with a new clan of vampires vying for the Blind King’s throne, Tohr struggles between the buried past, and a very hot, passion-filled future… but can his heart let go and set all of them free?

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Overall Rating: 3.50
Story Rating Pt1,2: 2.5
Story Rating Pt3: 5.0
Character Rating: 4.0
Audio Rating (not part of the overall rating): 4.0

First Thought when Finished: The last 1/3 of the book is what saved this one for me!

What I Loved: First let me admit that I am in the minority where this book is concerned. Almost every one I know LOVED and I mean LURVEEEEEEED Lover Reborn. I LOVED the last 1/3! If I was just rating how I felt at the end this would have been a solid 5. The last 1/3 will make you cry, cheer, and go WTF! In other words, it has all the elements you really want in a Black Dagger story.

What I Liked: Thank you for finally giving her a name because I am about to state below that bugged me to no end! Any part that Lassiter was in also was pretty much greatness! He is just one of my favorite characters and never ceases to make me smile!

What made me go HUH? I had zero feeling for Tohr/No’one as a couple. Part of that had to do with her name. I kept flashing back to Buffy Season 3 and that first episode down in Hell where they would say “I am No One, I am Nothing”. For 2/3 of the book she read like such a doormat to whatever Tohr was feeling that I wanted to scream. The biggest part of my feeling came from Tohr himself–he would say she was a woman of worth and at times treat her the exact opposite. He was pretty screwed up in the head and at times I couldn’t stand him. Also, I am just going to say it—too much John/Xhex. They are my least favorite couple (I LOVE JM, I DISLIKE Xhex) so when approximately 1/3 of the book was them….yeah I wasn’t happy.

What I am looking forward too: On the other hand, I seemed to like the part of the book that most people have a problem with: Band of Bastards! They are far more interesting than The Lessers ever were and I’m kind of excited to see where she takes their story!

Final Thought: You do have to read Lover Reborn if you are a BDB fan. I imagine you will like it far more than I did.

Felicia S
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12 responses to “Audiobook PNR Review: Lover Reborn by JR Ward (Check It Out) (SPOILERS)

  1. I’m waiting for Quay’s book to come out before I read this book b/c no offense to J.R. Ward but she should have just killed Torhment off when his wife was killed in the third book.

  2. EEEEP! I avoided the spoilers as best as I could because I’m listening to this one right now!!!!

    Just started, and I’m already biting my nails off. I’ll come back to this review once I finish. 🙂

  3. I’ve read most of the BDB books but just couldn’t get enthused about this one. And I’m still not. Maybe I’ll library this one, just so I can see what so many are joyously exclaiming about but I think I’ll probably have a similar reaction to you.

  4. Dude audio book would have made me lust like this one a bit more than I actually did. Maybe even enjoy John/Xhex!! I kid I kid.
    You know BDB is coming to an end and all maybe Ward will come up with a new series BOB (Band of Bastards) okie that might sound a bot weird buuuut I am all up for reading more about them actually. 😉

  5. I just no….I do not want that much about a previous couple. That drove me insane in Rhev’s book. I do not want a couple where there is no presence between them

  6. I am a latent fan of this series and I’m not even near this book yet. I skimmed the review since you pronounced spoilers. I’m glad the last 1/3 rocked. I’m guessing the first part was more disappointing than bad, so I think I’ll end up liking this one too.