By: J.R. Ward
Narrated by: Jim Frangione
Published by: Penguin Audio
23 hrs and 13 mins
Ever since the death of his shellan, Tohrment has been unrecognizable from the vampire leader he once was. Physically emaciated and heartbroken beyond despair, he has been brought back to the Brotherhood by a self-serving fallen angel. Now, fighting once again with ruthless vengeance, he is unprepared to face a new kind of tragedy.
When Tohr begins to see his beloved in his dreams - trapped in a cold, isolated netherworld far from the peace and tranquility of the Fade - he turns to the angel in hopes of saving the one he has lost. But because Lassiter tells him 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?
Book # 10 in The BDB series, and anxiously waiting for # 11
I thought about not reviewing this entry, there are so many excellent reviews out there that I didn’t think I had anything to add, but after all this is about opinions, I have to give you mine.
I’m a colossal fan of this series, especially the audio books; I look forward every year to the time when J.R. Ward and Jim Frangione will take me away to the Black Dagger Brotherhood’s world, and I will get completely lost in the drama, passion, tension, sensuality and ultimately romance.
So, did Lover Reborn do it for me? … Absolutely without a doubt, although the romance and tension didn’t come exactly from whom I expected from, it never took anything away from my enjoyment; the character’s progress and growth proved sufficient to engross me from beginning to end.
In a way, I felt Ward was trying to give us a different kind of Romance, the kind that’s not easy or happy, but tortured, and after having spent almost 5 years with Tohr, I wouldn’t have believed it otherwise.
Did he get the best Shellan? Probably not, but I thought he got just what he need it.
Is almost a fact now that the series has taken a new direction, where the main couple is no longer the center of the story, but just another in the many plots and updates in the novel, and I can sense some might not be happy with the change. In my case; I’ll take anything Ward gives me as long as she continues to capture my heart and attention.
The side stories are amazing and so realistic; I constantly forget that I’m in a fantasy world and that these guys are just a bunch of vampires in Caldwell NY.
One more thing I love is the fact that the Lessers aren’t as important, and we are starting to get a different kind of evil, one that is not going to be as easy to identify as such, but the gray area between good and evil is going to come into play and it's going to force you to dig deep and question your likes and dislikes for these new guys.
In conclusion, the action sequences are some of the best if not the best in the series, the drama is at its all time high, and last but not least the writing is phenomenal.
The hints…. Well, more than hints of what's coming for Blay and Qhuinn are gonna have you wishing 2012 away.
I LOVED IT!
I LOVED IT!
Again, what can I say about Jim Frangione that I have not said before, here and here. His delivery is superb in every aspect, with the minor complaint about his female voices, but honestly at this point they don’t even bother me at all because he is the reason why this book is not only 4 flaming hearts.
Just one thing to the new audio listener, it takes a few chapters to get used to his voice and delivery, but once you do, you won’t have it any other way.
I have included a screen shot of audible’s ratings for this book, so you can get an idea of how highly Jim's performance has been rated.