26 Mar '12

A Nix Post: My Thoughts on Lover Reborn (4.5 Stars) POSSIBLE SPOILERS

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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?

I don’t want to review Lover Unborn. It is a book that has been eagerly anticipated by many and holds many spoilers for those who haven’t read the series yet (although these people are becoming less and less). On the other-hand, I couldn’t not post anything; it is a book I was lucky enough to read, and enjoy, early. So this is my attempt at a very limited spoiler post on what I liked and what I didn’t like about Tohr’s book. BEWARE THOUGH, there are still some spoilers (not beyond 30% of the book though)

What I really really Liked

  • The book as a whole. It made me laugh, cry and swoon. There are not many novels that can pull of that range of emotions
  • The time-period that the book spans. It’s split into seasons to show the length of time this story spans. There was no way I could believe in a HEA over a shorter period of time (No, this is NOT a spoiler…it’s a fricking Romance!)
  •  Tohr/John bonding. It was lovely seeing these two start to build some bridges.
  •  Xhex/John time. Like the book before, the book is a fifty-fifty split on stories. Half is the Tohr/No-One story and half is John and Xhex. I like reading the “after” the HEA, I just wished that it hadn’t made me so darn depressed.
  • The sex. Tohr is pretty naughty. I liked that 🙂
  • Lassiter – Seriously, he NEEDS his own book. Yesterday.
  • Saxon – I sodding hate that my long-held hatred of Saxon was obliterated in this book (Alright, it was wavering after the last one too). I was resistant to change, but in the end the temptation to like him was too great. Please don’t get me wrong, I don’t want him anywhere near Blay (he needs to back the fuck up there!)….maybe one of the Band of Bastards can be a sweetie with a preference for men and make him happy 🙂
  • The glimpse into the world of the Band of Bastards. There are some seriously interesting men in there!
  • The way it’s all wrapped up – I didn’t want Tohr to get a book; I liked Wellsie too darn much. This worked for me (although I did have one MASSIVE question at the end). The next book needs to be released soon!!! There is a HUMONGOUS event in this book….

The bits I wasn’t too keen on....

  • The length.
  • Layla. Jump under a bus already you annoying bint.
  • The driving force behind the Tohr/No-One relationship. I understood, but I didn’t like it at all.
  • HARDLY ANY QHUAY!
  • The Band of Bastards. This isn’t to say I hated them (I really didn’t) I just found the language change a little hard. The BDB are all about ridiculous abbreviations (SOB, BFD etc) and slang (Shit-kickers…again and again and again) but the BoB are very proper. It took me a while to get into the constant language/sentence structure differences between the scenes. It’s not quite as annoying as the Lesser’s became.
  • The emphasis away from the love story. I felt the same with Payne’s book cos there is too much time spent AWAY from the main story. It seemed odd with a character so well-loved like Tohr

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