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Harley-riding angels battle a demon temptress in the latest paranormal romance thriller from bestseller Ward, author of the beloved Black Dagger Brotherhood series (Lover Avenged, etc.). Jim Heron, an acerbic construction worker and former assassin, has been selected by the forces of Heaven to save "seven souls at a crossroads with a choice that must be made." His first subject: Vin diPietro, a "silk-suited, M6-driving, misogynistic" jerk with a paranormal secret: "Vin saw dead people, all right. Before they died." Forgiving some hyper-masculine postering ("I sound like a Lifetime movie or some shit") and tiresome clichés ("Nobody ever said life was fun or easy or even fair," "luck had always been with him-like magic"), Ward provides the combination of fun, thrills and gratuitous sex she's best known for. Fans of the Brotherhood, clear a shelf: your next series addiction has just begun.
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J.R. Ward is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of numerous novels, including the Black Dagger Brotherhood series. She lives in the South with her family.

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Product Details

  • Series: Fallen Angels (Book 1)
  • Mass Market Paperback: 482 pages
  • Publisher: Signet Books; 1st edition (September 29, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0451228219
  • ISBN-13: 978-0451228215
  • Product Dimensions: 4.1 x 1.2 x 6.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (535 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #40,928 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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J.R. Ward is the number one New York Times bestselling author of the Black Dagger Brotherhood series of vampire books. She is a winner of the prestigious Romance Writers of America RITA award for Best Paranormal Romance and is a multiple RITA nominee. A graduate of Smith College, she was a double major in History and Art History with a medieval concentration in both and she still longs at times for a return to those days sitting in dark lecture halls, looking at slides of old triptychs and reliquaries. Prior to becoming a full time writer, she was a corporate attorney, serving for many years as the Chief of Staff of one of Harvard Medical Schools premier teaching sites. Her idea of absolute heaven is a day filled with nothing but her computer, her dog and her coffee pot and the Brothers, of course.

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Romance and redemption kick off this first sortie in a winner-takes-all endgame between angels and demons with the final outcome determined by seven battles for seven souls. The only thing that stands between those souls and damnation is Jim Heron - a man whose own soul is gray enough to make him an acceptable advocate for both Heaven and Hell.

The first soul up for grabs is Vin diPietro's. Vin is a rich and powerful man who is never satisfied with what he has even though everything he has is the very best. A man who started with nothing, did whatever it took, and bent whatever rules he could get away with to make it to the top. A man who has `lost' himself in a fog of avarice somewhere along the way, teetering on the edge of damnation, until the night that he catches a glimpse of Marie-Terese across a crowded dance floor. Seeing the beautiful and somehow familiar Marie-Terese is like a wake-up call for the soul Vin doesn't even realize that he's been loosing.

When Vin enters Marie-Terese's life she too is at a crossroads. The job which has meant her survival for Marie-Terese has been eating away her soul bite by bite. The wealthy and handsome Vin is everything Marie-Terese finds attractive in a man, but she's been there done that and paid a steep price for that mistake.

Little do the pair realize that Vin is a playing piece in a cosmic game, with points awarded based on whether or not Vin takes that final step towards damnation. But Vin is not alone on the game board, he has a champion in the form of Jim Heron - the sole person who has been chosen by both sides to help Vin with his choice. But of course Team Hell is cheating and trying to push Vin over the line. Still, even with Jim's help, it is Marie-Terese who is the key to Vin's salvation.
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144 of 157 people found the following review helpful By Salty Girl on October 4, 2009
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I guess what bothered me the most about this book is that I simply could not warm up to any of the characters. About half of the book is about Jim, who I did not find intriguing on any level. The other half was evenly split between Vin and Marie-Therese. I felt like they got short-changed. To make it worse, many of the scenes between Vin and M-T were told through Jim's point of view. To me, this created a sense of distance that was disconcerting.

I love the BDB books, and don't mind when significant amount of page space is devoted to other chatacters because they are so engrossing. The BDB books have a momentum and an intensity of emotion that makes me ache for the characters and plow through the book dying to see what happens next. I care about the PEOPLE (ahem, or vamps, as the case may be!) I don't care so much about the intricate vampire or lesser history....although those are interesting too. I'm dying to know when John Matthew figures out who he is, when Phury is going to man up, how Bella is doing keeping Zsadist on track. I buy JR Ward's books because she has me hooked on these beautifully drawn characters.

I just did not get that feeling from COVET. Jim is a standard issue character. Vin and M-T are more interesting, but did not get enough page space together to develop much electricity. I also thought the whole premise of the series is a little gimmicky. I don't think I'll be reading the rest of the series. (I kind of wish Ward would resurrect her Jessica Bird persona.)
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90 of 99 people found the following review helpful By J. D. Witt on October 9, 2009
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I am not disappointed in this book because it is not about the BDB characters, I was ready for a completely new cast to entertain me. Problem entertainment. As a matter of fact I took a deep breath on page 112 and was shocked to realize that I still hadn't met a character yet that I cared about. Shocked because Ward has never before failed to write characters that vividly come off the page. It just didn't happen in this book. I will say I had grown a little more interested before the end but not by much.

So we have lackluster characters, what about plot? The plot was ridiculous at best. The final battle for the fate of the world and the best the good side can come up with is an off-duty government assassin with over 100 kills? This is the good guy? The assassin with the heart of gold? Right, except he didn't have a heart of gold either. But if he doesn't accept his mission then all of creation is going to be wiped out as if it never existed. Since he doesn't care about anything he says that will be just fine with him. But wait, his mother is in Heaven and she is enjoying the only peace she has ever known. Well, in that case he'll accept. But if everything is wiped away how will his mother know she lost Heaven? Um, nevermind, it doesn't make sense but carry on. Now we are involved with a Catholic good and evil plot in the same town the Brotherhood lives in. How does that mix with the Omega and Scribe Virgin? Um, nevermind, just further examples of a nonsensical plot. If none of that makes sense then no surprise that none of the parameters for the Fallen Angels make much sense either.

On a more positive note the book did pick up a little toward the end. But Ward dropped the ball there too.
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