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Review: Lover Reborn by J.R.Ward

Lover Reborn by J.R.Ward (Black Dagger Brotherhood #10)

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Synopsis from Goodreads
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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 Fair warning, there will be snark.

You know I read only handful of PNR novels these days, right? When I just started with anything paranormal I've binged on J.R.Ward, Lara Adrian, Christine Feehan and Lynn Viehl until Laurell K. Hamilton made me see the light.

Since then I love my ladies bloody, tough and shooting before asking...

...but  still feel obliged to continue with these lucky four for the old time sake. 

Lover Reborn was fun, surprisingly so. It's just SO RIDICULOUSLY over dramatic, it felt right. Tohr and his angst, No One ((let me tell you how much I disliked that name. A LOT!) and her life of passive servitude, Qhuinn and Blay with their angstilicious love, Xcor and his big manly tears...

OOOH, THE DRAMA! The smart-ass remarks, the manly humour. I liked all that. It was an enjoyable, surprisingly fast read.

Two things that made me excited:

Lassiter's comic relief role has a very touching ending, plus this dude has a sparkling personality. Literally.

Assail had a dark appeal which Rehvenge somehow lost when he faded in the background, and I expect him to appear with his own story soon.

Three things I couldn't give a fig about:

Tohr and No One relationship was excruciatingly dysfunctional. I felt awkward and just wanted their interactions out of the picture.  On the other hand Tohr's process of letting go of Wellsie was heart-breaking.

John and Xhex. Will they get a grip? It was mind-numbingly boring, apart from him scaring off a Dracula wannabe (that was pretty funny).

No lessers. Are you freaking kidding me? The previous 9 books are all about the fight with lessers, and suddenly they have nothing going for them apart from the occasional mention. What happened? Why Butch and V aren't working together to get rid of their essence? Was the plan abandoned?

So, this is how it is between me and BDB. Fun, fun, fun with major flaws. Read at your own risk.
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Это совсем не секрет, что я не очень люблю творчество Уорд. Ну объелась я ею вместе с Кристин Фихан, Ларой Адриан и Линн Вьель в свои ранние паранормальные дни, пока Гамильтон не заставила меня увидеть свет в конце туннеля.

Однако Возрождённый Любовник оказалась совсем неплохой книжкой. Развлекательной, смешной, да и страницы переворачивались сами собой.

Чего я всегда ожидаю от Уорд - это чрезмерной, бьющей через край драматизации, и она меня никогда в этом не подводит. Тут вам и драма-лама между Тором и Никто, скупые мужские слёзы Ксора, мучительная невозможность отношений между Квинном и Блэем и т.д. и т.п.

Две вещи, которые мне очень понравились:

Ласситер. Ну мужик ангел вообще! меня от него просто прёт. Он вносит так нужный нам смех  в постоянный ангст между Тором и всеми остальными Братьями.

Ассэйл с другой стороны  та самая тёмная личность, роль которого до недавнего прошлого играл Рев. Рев - мой фаворит и мне жаль, что он теперь практически слился со стенкой и о нём ничего не слышно. Я так полагаю, у Ассэйла будет своя собственная история в будущих книгах.

Три вещи, что меня разражали:

Дуэт Тор-Никто. Дисфункциональный неловкие отношения, о которых совершенно не хотелось читать на фоне мучительного процесса освобождения Веллзи из мыслей и сердца Тора.

Конфликт между Джонном и Ксекс. Чкстно говоря, мне было жутко скучно читать о проблемах в их отношениях. Опять никакой искорки.

В этой книге практически нет лессеров. Что за идиотство? В предыдущих книгах они двигают сюжет, а в этой они совсем не упоминаются за исключением пары раз. Что произошло с планом Бутча и Ви истреблять их души?

Всё остальное вполне сносно и развлекательно, несмотря на проблемы с сюжетом. Читать на свой страх и риск.


Giselle said...

EEP I should really continue this series I only read book ONE!! Hahah. It was good too!

Joyous Reads said...

Hoh crap. I can see the steam coming off your head. I kind of bypass any talks of John and Xhex and the Lessers when I read BDB. Lol. Great review, Karina. ;)

Blodeuedd said...

I gave up on this series after Rehv's book, I had been annoyed for 2 books then. It just did not appeal to me anymore

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