Friday, November 13, 2009

Book Review -- Covet

I recently picked up a copy of J. R. Ward's Covet which is the first in her new Fallen Angels series. Genre is Romance (man-woman) with a sub-genre of paranormal. (Published October 2009 by Signet Books -- 482 pages)

Redemption isn’t a word Jim Heron knows much about—his specialty, both personally and professionally, is revenge, and to him, sin is all relative. But everything changes when he becomes a fallen angel and is charged with saving the souls of seven people from the seven deadly sins. His weapon: the power of love. His enemy: the darkest of evil. And failure is not an option.

Vincent Di Pietro has surrendered himself to his business—until fate intervenes in the form of a tough-talking, Harley-riding, self-professed savior, and a woman who will make him question his destiny. With an ancient evil ready to claim him, Vin has to work with a fallen angel not only to win his beloved over…but to redeem his very soul.

Ward has a very popular series called the Black Dagger Brotherhood, and I will get around to reading it one of these days, that has come highly recommended on many fronts. I did read a short story of hers in an anthology once and enjoyed her style. This full-length novel just cemented me as one of her loyal fans.

Ward beautifully wove two story lines here. The first is about Jim and his destiny to save humanity during the final battle between good (angels) and bad (demons). The second story line is the romance played out in this book by Vin and Marie-Terese. The plot moved along wonderfully with a smooth and fast pace. The world was rich. The characters are real with flaws. Ward includes enough back story to let the reader in on the goals, motivations, and conflicts within each character.

I'll just leave it with...I loved the book and am looking forward to the next one in the series!

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