- Series: Black Dagger Brotherhood (Book 10)
- Hardcover: 592 pages
- Publisher: NAL; 1 edition (March 27, 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0451235843
- ISBN-13: 978-0451235848
- Product Dimensions: 6.4 x 2.7 x 9.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars See all reviews (1,298 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #192,553 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Lover Reborn (Black Dagger Brotherhood) Hardcover – March 27, 2012
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J.R. Ward is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of numerous novels, including the Black Dagger Brotherhood series. She lives in the South with her family. --This text refers to the Mass Market Paperback edition.
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Top Customer Reviews
Lots of things to like about this one, and my rating, even though I did have a few things that irked me is based on the fact that JR Ward is just SUCH a damn good storyteller. You just want to keep reading, even if there are a few places or a few aspects you might wish were different about this character or that. The band of bastards stuff was good. I enjoyed the stuff with Layla, and like the conflict that is developing as the Chosen are developed as a group that is more than just cookie cutter females in white robes who say yes, master and offer their wrists. The tortured triangle between Blay, Qhuinn and Saxton was actually quite good and for the first time I don't hate these characters. They really nauseated me in earlier books when they were younger and stupid.
The cons of this book: (spoilers) JM and Xhex... didn't think there was much new there, Xhex is too headstrong and JM is freakishly overprotective, and it's so soon after their book ended. Plus, we have seen SO much JM in all the books since book 2 that I honestly am okay with never seeing him again outside of random mentions. And that really brings me to my next (and biggest complaint... too much time is spent on the new characters. I realize why that is the case, narratively, but the original Brothers are the reason I feel invested and the reason I want to keep reading. With regards to the Tohr/No'one relationship (Autumn just never grabs me, so I think No'one is a much more appropriate name for her), there isn't any spark between them. Nothing personal.
I did like Wrath getting shot, lol. Not that I don't like Wrath, but I thought it was a nice twist.
I did not like Qhuinn going out alone. No way do I see John not going out with him and I'm not sure Qhuinn would do it anyway(as in leave John). I think this was a problem with character and the fight itself. If someone was going to make that move it would have been V with the other two aiding inside. V would have been a surer bet but then Xcor would be dead and there goes your enemy too soon. I think it was just bad fighting choreograph at play. I'm not saying Qhuinn shouldn't be a hero and save the kings' life and all, its just the way it happened that was very off putting. Okay, and maybe I do find it a little early for Qhuinn to be toting a hero mantle. Also, changing the laws to get Qhuinn into the brotherhood when John, who has the blood in his veins like Butch but hasn't been inducted, is just screwy, and Qhuinn is one of my favorite characters.
I didn't like John's character this book. Maybe that's just me. He's also one of my favs but this book, I found the whole fighting between him and Xhex way out there. John knew who he was mating. I don't see him reacting this way. I also found her reaction a bit over the top as well and really, they already more or less had this in John's book. This felt like a way to create some added tension and maybe try to continue the thread of John's story since it's been going on since book 2 (or 1 if you want to get technical) and with it being Tohr's.....I don't know. It was just messy and unbelievable to the characters I have been reading over the years.
I can't really recommend this one. I can see that Ward is trying to do some serious weaving of plots and things but I'm just not...it's not there for me. The characters and stories are off, the plot lines are continuing to fall apart, as is the once awesome story telling.
There were definitely parts of the book that I liked. I like the characters Xcor and Throe, they're bad guys but they're also complex and have lots of layers. I loved the subplots with John and Xhex, they really are my favorite couple in the book. Watching them work thru their issues re Xhex bring a warrior was a nice homage to the tensions we all face when women have careers outside the home.
The scene where everyone is preparing for Wellsie's memorial service is heart wrenching and one of the best scenes in the whole book: hankie alert: these scenes will have you tearing up if not outright sobbing!
So I clearly liked the book so why 3 stars? For me, parts of the story dragged in the middle and some parts of the story just didn't seem plausible to me. Without giving anything away, the ending was wrapped up a little too neatly: it began to betray who we understand the characters to be or betrayed the plot development itself. For example, I liked Lassiter, the Angel, a lot but don't like his plot line at the end of the book.
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