Lover Reborn

   Last night I finished Lover Reborn, book number 10 in J.R. Ward’s Black Dagger Brotherhood series. This was Tohr’s book. I’m not going to do a “typical” review because there is so much to cover and because I don’t want to risk spoiling anything for those that have yet to read it.
   I do confess that I let this book sit on my to-be-read pile for a bit. I would never want the author to rush through writing one of these books, but only one new book a year is difficult! As a reader, I obviously want more!!
   After spending my whole night reading (nope, nothing else got done at my house – my cat as my witness!), I finally finished around 10:15 PM. The last two hundred pages of the book were action-packed and emotion-filled. I confess that I rarely sob while reading a novel. (The last one where that happened was the book in the Chicagoland Vampires’ series where Ethan gave his own life for Merit’s.) Last night, however, me and the Kleenex box were best buds. As I thought about the emotions the book evoked, I found I had nothing but praise for Ward. As a writer, to be able to craft such an intense story (and one that was 572 pages long) that sucks the reader in so thoroughly, what an impressive feat! It should be every writer’s goal to have the reader so enthralled in the characters and the plot that the reader feels every emotion. Not only was I unable to put the book down, I felt the love and loss. The overwhelming grief. The yearning. I could go on and on . . . I hope that as a writer I am able to connect my characters with the reader in such a strong way.
   Caldwell, New York, despite being a fictional place, is somewhere I can visualize in my mind. The seedy downtown with the bars and clubs, the suburbs with the nice lots containing even nicer homes, and then the forested area of the mountain that houses the Brotherhood’s mansion (once you get through the mhis, of course).
   One other thing I noticed towards the end of the book was how much I felt for the Band of Bastards – particularly Throe and later Xcor. The bad guys (outside of the lessers) sometimes seemed . . . not so bad. My heart broke for Xcor as he punished himself for the way he hurt Throe. My heart broke even further at Throe’s desire to recover his sister’s ashes and see to it that she made it to the Fade. These antagonists weren’t all bad and evil – at some points I couldn’t help but want better for them, for them to see the error of their ways. Heck, for them to beg forgiveness of the Brotherhood and assist them in the battle against the Omega. I can’t wait to read what happens to them in the next book. Again, I would say this is something every writer should strive to achieve – bringing qualities to the “bad guys” to make them seem more life-like and even more likable – that classic struggle between good and evil.
   Of course, towards the end of the book we were given a picture of the emotional triangle between Saxton, Blay, and Qhuinn. I can’t wait to read Blay and Qhuinn’s story. Qhuinn grew so much in Lover Reborn. He became a male of worth, of loyalty and honor. Next spring seems so far away, yet I have no doubt we will be rewarded with another masterpiece.
5 of 5 stars

Best Destinations

Tripadvisor recently posted their top 25 travel destinations in the world. You can check out there list here: http://www.tripadvisor.com/TravelersChoice-Destinations-cTop-g1

I have yet to leave the United States, but if money grew on trees…well, you know the rest of that saying!! I thought I might give a little commentary on some of their destinations. Remember, this is just my opinion.

  1. London, United Kingdom – came in first place. I can’t say that I have an overwhelming desire to visit there.
  2. New York City, New York – hey, one I’ve been to – although, it was pre-9-11. I would like to go back and see a show and shop and visit the places forever changed by 9-11.
  3. Rome, Italy – can’t say I really want to go to Rome, but I would love to go to Tuscany. I can see myself doing a bike tour, staying in small inns and eating great food. Where do I sign-up?? Oh, and don’t forget the wine!
  4. Paris, France – Yep, want to go to France – lots of different places in France, too. Plus, if I could catch a glimpse of the Tour de France…superb! Not to mention the lavender fields and chateaus!
  5. San Francisco, California – haven’t been to this U.S. destination either, but I would love to go. While there, I would love to do biking tours of Napa and Sonoma valleys (are you noticing a theme here??)
  6. Marrakech, Morocco – can’t say I know a lot about this one…moving right along…
  7. Istanbul, Turkey – yep, this one is on the bucket list!
  8. Barcelona, Spain – definitely one of the places I would like to visit in Spain. I’m thinking I’ve got a European theme going here!

Ok, I don’t want to bore you with my lack of travel, but I thought it was interesting to check out the places on their list. Besides, I have a good book to get back to…can you guess which one?? Lover Reborn by J.R. Ward. This is Tohr’s book in the Black Dagger Brotherhood series.

I just read the scene where No’One gives Tohr blood before Manny can perform surgery. Well, those of you familiar with the BDB knows what goes along with taking blood from a vein of an attractive female. Tohr had enough control to show (wink) No’One. Very exciting reading. I’m happy that her feelings toward Tohr are becoming more intense and even a bit possessive. You go, girl!