Black Dagger Brotherhood - Lover Reborn Review
Tohrment, son of Harm had always been the warrior of the Black Dagger Brotherhood (BDB) that was the voice of reason. He was like a rock; Solid, strong, dependable. For over two centuries he lived happily, fighting for the Brotherhood and going home to his shellan, Wellesandra or Wellsie. Their mating was arranged by their parents, but they had the good fortune of falling completely in love with each other. Tohrment seemed to have a perfect life. They were even expecting a child shortly. Until one day the enemy took that all away from him. The death of Wellsie was too much for him and he dematerialized far away from the Brotherhood to the mountains where he waited to die so he could one again be joined with his love. Lassiter, the fallen angel, however had other ideas. He found Tohrment and brought him back to the Brotherhoods compound and vowed to stay with him until he found his way again.
Tohr has come a long way, but years later he is still only existing instead of living. He goes out to hunt the enemy with no regard for his own safety. The only thing driving him is the desire for revenge, revenge against the ones that took his family away from him. He also knows that if he takes his own life he will not be allowed into the Fade and will never see Wellsie again.
The female Lassister chooses and the person Tohr is meant to move on with is No’One, Xhex’s mother and the one that Tohr and Darius helped centuries ago after she was raped and impregnated by a Sympath. After giving birth to Xhex, she uses Tohrments dagger and kills herself which makes her unable to pass into the Fade. The Scribe Virgin allows her to remain in the sanctuary as a maid to the Chosen there. When Vishous’s sister Payne leaves the Sanctuary, No’One decides to return to civilization as Paynes personal maid and to get a chance to get to know her daughter.
Xhex is a little unnerved by the presence of the mother she has never known and it takes a lot of effort for the two of them to begin bonding. On top of having her mother return to her life, now Xhex has to adjust to being mated to a bonded warrior and all the problems that come with it. John Matthew has to find a way to deal with his Shellan being a fighter and being in danger regularly. He does not handle things well at all to say the least. During a meeting with the entire Brotherhood they get into an argument about her ability to fight with the rest of them and makes an ass of himself using Tohrment as an example of why he doesn’t want her in the middle of battle. I personally never wanted to slap him so hard before for his immature and hurtful display. Much of the book is spent with the two of them barely seeing or speaking to each other while they personally work through their own issues.
We also get to know more about Xcor and his “Band of Bastards”. In addition to continuing the fight with the Lessening Society now the Brotherhood has to deal with Xcor making a play for Wraths throne. When Throe begins to pester Xcor too much on how their group needs to become one with the 21st century Xcor stabs Throe with the intent of having the brotherhood come to Throes rescue thus giving him a chance to infiltrate and gain information. It was refreshing to see Xcor as he dealt with the repercussions of this action and show remorse for something he did to a loyal follower.
I really did not like Lover Reborn at all. It was completely unrealistic, expecting Tohrment to get over his mate of over two centuries and fall in love right away. I t would have been more believable for Tohr to finally come to terms with Wellsies death and be able to complete the Fade ceremony. Also, John Matthew should have been a more prominent figure in Tohrs recovery process as he also lost someone that was like a mother to him. I felt that Tohrment was completely out of character beyond the normal changes that grief would cause. I didn’t appreciate him calling a woman that he knew full well was raped a whore. It felt like she wrote this one just to get him in a happy place so she didn't have to worry about it anymore. It was incredibly forced and not up to the standards of the other books.
The book also didn't have the moments with the rest of the brothers that the other books had. There was a random scene in the beginning where Rhage acts like an idiot and the whole thing felt wrong and lacked the nuance the other books offered. She put sex scenes in the book just for the sake of having them because she thinks that is what her fans expect, and even those aren't as good as other books were. None of the brothers were in character and it made it a chore instead of a pleasure to finish it. The only scene that made me even a little touched was when everyone gave Quinn acknowledgement for saving Wraths life. I am hoping that with all the mediocrity from Paynes book and this one and all the set up she has done for Quinn and Blay means that their story is going to be completely epic. I don't even know where she could go after she writes their book. Although the entire time I am reading it I will know that in the end they will end up together and live happily ever after because that is how all her books end.
Overall it didn’t live up to expectations but fans of the series should read it for plot points that will hopefully be developed further in her next book.
Check out my review of the first book in the series, Dark Lover
- Black Dagger Brotherhood - Dark Lover Summary and Re...
A brief synopsis and review of J.R. Wards first book in the Black Dagger Brotherhood series, Dark Lover.