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Review: Lover Reborn (BDB #10) by J.R. Ward

Lover Reborn
(Black Dagger Brotherhood #10)
By J.R. Ward
572 Pages
Published March 27, 2012
ISBN: 9780451235848
Courtesy of Me, Myself, and I

#1 New York Times bestselling author J. R. Ward’s “different, creative, dark, violent, and flat-out amazing”* Black Dagger Brotherhood continues as a vampire warrior crosses the line between life and death…into a world of dark dreams and darker desires.
Ever since the death of his shellan, Tohrment is 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- and is unprepared for a new tragedy. Seeing his beloved in dreams—trapped in a cold, desolate netherworld—he turns to the angel to save his former mate, only to despair at the path he himself must take to set her free. As war with the lessers rages, and a new clan of vampires vies for the Blind King’s throne, Tohr struggles between an unforgettable past, and a future that he doesn’t know he can live with… but can’t seem to turn away from.


Tohrment, oh Tohrment. Your story makes me so sad. I swear Ward just loves to torture her characters to the point that you have to truly wonder how they will ever make it back to at least half of who they were. Tohr is one example. Bonded males live their lives for their shellans, so when Tohr was approached by the whole Brotherhood to be told that his world was violently taken away from him, he goes berserk. There is a crack in a concrete wall to prove how badly a man can hurt when his wife and unborn child are taken away. Tohr goes on a rampage in his office and then disappears for years with no contact with the Brotherhood and John Matthew, the closest thing he has had to a son. In a few of the past books, we get some glimpses of a man who is basically staving himself and wishing for death every single second of every single day so he can be reunited with his heart. 

The Brotherhood gets word that a fallen angel, Lassiter, has found something they have lost. Tohrment is the shell of his former self. After suffering for over a year over his lost Wellsie, Lassiter starts pushing Tohr to start helping himself. Wellsie isn't coming back and she would want him to move on. After many attempts at this strategy, Lassiter is getting concerned that there is little time left to get Wellsie and her unborn son out of the inbetween. Which brings us to John Matthew and Xhex's mating ceremony. Tohr goes and retrieves Wellsie's mating dress and gives it to Xhex to wear for hers knowing it is what his precious shellan would have wanted. While presenting Xhex with his gift, they are both surprised when they receive a visit from a blast from the past, and not a good one.

No'One, Xhex's mother and woman who Tohr watched die and buried himself, makes a surprising appearance in this world. Apparently after taking her life, she found herself in the Scribe Virgin's domain and knew instantly that she was given another chance at a form of living. Taking it upon herself, she dons a hooded robe and goes by the name No'One, not wanting to be the person she was before. After years of living this way, Payne makes her think that there could be more to her life so she decides it is the time to go to the other side and introduce herself to her daughter. No'One is approached by the fallen angel to ask for her help in making the tortured Tohr better. Wanting to do anything to make up for what she did to him in the past, she agrees to do anything necessary.

Tohr is still beyond stunned to know that the woman underneath the hood is the woman who took her own life with his dagger. He stays his distance from her for a bit but soon comes to start to get angry at the fact that his Wellsie is gone and not coming back but this woman who did an unforgivable act was given a second chance at life. How is that fair? Plagued by his overwhelming sorrow, he is not made to feel any better when he keeps having recurring dreams of his beloved and his child in a dark, dank place with no way to get out. The longer he has these dreams, the farther away and fuzzier they become but he can't figure out why. He soon learns that they're stuck in horrible place that could condemn their souls to eternity of nothingness. Tohr is willing to do anything except the one thing Lassiter tells him he has to do...move on.

Lover Reborn tore my heart into tiny pieces that I wanted to give to Tohr to help piece together the parts of his heart that were missing. Out of all the BDB books, this one has the goods to make you tear up or flat out cry (like I did). It takes a lot for me to cry so that can tell you how emotionally invested I became in this book. I am just overly ecstatic that Tohr and No'One both got their happily ever after they both deserve. :)


The best book hands down in the series that will leave you looking for tissues and a shoulder to cry on.

Tohr and No'One, once they get past any original qualms, are explosive. The place around them could have been falling down around them and they wouldn't have noticed.

1 comment

  1. Good review Crystal! I loved this book too and am so happy with how Ward laid things out. We all loved Wellsie so much that i wasn't sure how she was going to pull this off. But like the brilliant author she is, she did it with great style. I'm going to read it again... i'm not ready to let go of the brothers for another year yet... lol!