Lover Reborn by J.R. Ward
Ever since the death of his shellan, Tohrment is a heartbroken shadow of the vampire leader he once was. Brought back to the Brotherhood by a self-serving fallen angel, he fights again with ruthless vengeance- and is unprepared for a new tragedy. Seeing his beloved in dreams - trapped in a cold, desolate netherworld - he turns to the angel to save his former mate, only to despair at the path he himself must take to set her free. As war with the lessers rages, and a new clan of vampires vies for the Blind King’s throne, Tohr struggles between an unforgettable past, and a future that he doesn’t know he can live with… but can’t seem to turn away from.
This is one of the series that I stopped reading several books ago, as it just sputtered out for me and I lost interest. But when I saw that this one was about Tohrment, I knew that I had to read it as he's one of my favorite characters! Loved his relationship with his mate Wellsie, and how the two of them welcomed John Matthew into their lives and gave him the love and care he so desperately needed. Broke my heart when Wellsie was killed, so of course I had to read Tohr's story to see how he was doing!
There's an awful lot going on in this one and, while most of it was easy to follow, a few things had happened since I last visited with the Black Dagger Brotherhood and I felt like I was missing something. A few characters had gotten married, and there were new people I didn't know.
There is the continuing war with the lessers, who seem to have an infinite supply of soldiers but aren't a large part of the story for some reason. Then there is a new threat from a rogue vampire clan, who seem to be after Wrath's throne. There is the new union between Xhex and John Matthew that is more than a little bumpy. And why is the angel Lassiter so interested in what Tohr thinks about a certain female?
Gave this one a 3/5 as while I liked it okay, it wasn't a must-read. The story was on the long side for me, and there was so much going on that it could get a little confusing at times. So many characters to keep track of. And there were several times that I wanted to reach into the book and smack Tohr, No'One, Xhex, and JM, among others! The way they behaved! *shakes head*
I don't know that I'll continue with the series, as the rose lost it's bloom for me awhile back...