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Rapture: A Novel of the Fallen Angels [Kindle Edition]

J.R. Ward
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Out of the wickedly inventive imagination of #1 New York Times bestselling author J.R. Ward comes a world where sin and salvation collide in a battle for the future of mankind—where a cynical fallen angel struggles against the seven deadly sins and a demon’s lure over seven chosen souls…

Mels Carmichael, reporter for the Caldwell Courier Journal, gets the shock of her life when a man stumbles in front of her car outside the local cemetery. After the accident, his amnesia is just the kind of mystery she likes to solve, but she soon discovers they’re in over their heads with his past. Over their heads with passion, too. As shadows walk the line between reality and another realm, and her lover’s memory begins to come back, the two of them learn that nothing is truly dead and buried. Especially when you’re trapped in a no holds barred war between angels and demons. With a soul on the line, and Mels’s heart at risk, what in Heaven—or in Hell—will it take to save them both?

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Praise for J.R. Ward and her novels of the Fallen Angels:

“Fans of the brotherhood, clear a shelf: your next series addiction has just begun.”—Publishers Weekly

“This is a great series.”—Night Owl Reviews

“It grabbed me from the very beginning.”—SmexyBooks

“A fantastic read…Go get this book!”—Fresh Fiction

“A sumptuous mix of danger and romance.”—Booklist

“[Ward’s] incredibly unique style of writing, mixed with her outrageous shocks and twists…changed the face of paranormal romance.”—

“Proves that J.R. Ward’s talents don’t stop at vampires.”—

“Complex…fascinating.”—Midwest Book Review

About the Author

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.

Product Details

  • File Size: 998 KB
  • Print Length: 513 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 045123801X
  • Publisher: Signet; Reprint edition (September 25, 2012)
  • Sold by: Penguin Group (USA) LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007R8H0C4
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #16,421 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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75 of 83 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Redemption comes in many sizes... September 25, 2012
By C.
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
It very well could have been the title of this book. That's really the theme of "Rapture," the idea that we've all gone wrong somewhere, but it's never too late for redemption. This theme is personified in Matthias, a returning character from "Crave (Fallen Angels, Book 2)," who has spent his formative life doing bad things to whatever kind of person happens to cross his path. Most readers, after reading "Crave: A Novel of the Fallen Angels" would agree that he earned the eternal damnation he got at the end of that book. The trick for Ward in "Rapture" is to make us believe that he deserves a second chance.

Enter Mels Carmichael, another soul looking for redemption, but on a much smaller scale. It's a nice balance, her journey towards just getting her life back on track after the death of her father, juxtaposed with Matthias trying to save his immortal soul. On the surface, you wouldn't think the two struggles were playing in the same ballpark, but as you read the story, & you read how much Mels is affected by the choices she's made, her relatively minor struggle doesn't seem that much different from Matthias's. In the end, both have to own up to the people they are, & you find yourself hoping it's not too late for either of them to turn it around.

Readers already know that Matthias's choices play a major role in the Heaven/ Hell struggle for control; but in this book, its Mels's growth that really steals the show. She's the first female lead in the Fallen Angels series that seems to stand toe to toe with the boys, reminiscent of another beloved Ward female, Beth Randall from the Black Dagger Brotherhood series.
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27 of 31 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Rapture September 28, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
Rapture is book four in JR Ward's Fallen Angel series. I wasn't a big fan of the first two, but the last book was an enjoyable read. Rapture falls down the middle. It is an okay book, slow at times, but continuing this battle between good and evil.

Matthias wakes up on top of a grave completely naked, and he has no memories of anything. He can't remember, but as the reader if you are current with this series, you know he died and spent some time in hell, thanks to the `lovely' Devina. But hell spit him back out, as it was decided he was to be a player in this game again. Matthias is the creator of the XOps, a very secretive group of assassins, and he hasn't lived a very saintly life. But now with a clean slate of sorts, he kind of has a chance at redeeming himself. Or at least Jim Heron hopes so. Jim has been tasked by the Maker himself, to save the souls of seven people, hopefully meaning the good guys win and the world will continue to spin. Currently, the good guys have won two and lost one.

Confused, injured and just all around in bad shape, Matthias starts wandering around trying to find help. Instead, he wanders in a street and gets hit by a car. The driver, Mels Carmichael is frantic, as he just came out of nowhere. Mels is a reporter, and ends up investigating a few of the murders that Devina causes. Devina sets out to murder blonde haired women, hoping to remind Jim that his beloved blond hair girl, Sissy, is still writhing in Devina's hell. With no money or friends, Matthias turns to Mel to help him figure out who he really is. Jim and Adrian get involved, knowing Matthias is the soul they must keep safe, if they are to win this war.

This book is on the slower side for me.
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21 of 24 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars lagged in spots September 27, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
I would recommend that this be purchased in paper back copy if anyone is a casual fan of the Fallen series. If you are die hard then you may purchase the hardback as I did and wish I didnt :( I still follow BDB but have not been hard core about this new series. Some of the previous books I liked well enough and some were just meh. I found Rapture to be on the meh side. It had parts that just lagged for me and were a huge yawn. It seemed to start well enough with the return of a previous character from a prior novel. (trying not to spoil it)

Anyway, Mels Carmichael and this character collide which starts the connection and mystery of how Jim Heron must help and who he is supposed to save from the wicked Devina in this heavenly game they have going on. There were times when I skimmed pages and pages of boring dialogue or just odd segments that didnt seem to have much value to the overall story. Mels and her awkward relationship with her mother, Adrian's dreams and Devina's actions/thoughts.

I also found it hard to buy the insta-love between the hero and the heroine when you consider that they literally had very little interaction other than him requesting her help, some phone calls and then heavy kissing. True I dont think Ward considers this series a "romance" but it should have something to make me buy into the relationship. By the final chapter we are supposed to believe that the two are desperatly in love.

At the end of Rapture things wrap up quickly with an HEA and more tidbits for poor John to follow on his quest to rescue Sissy who he has obsessed on since the beginning
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5.0 out of 5 stars nice surprise
This book had mixed reviews so I didn't know what to expect. I think it strikes a perfect balance between the usual action/paranormal fantasy formula and it adds much needed... Read more
Published 24 days ago by LatinaGirl
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
I love this series. I love JR Ward!
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J.R. Ward is the best author whose books I've ever read.
Published 1 month ago by edith stirnkorbhouse
5.0 out of 5 stars Riveting, really draws you in with the characters. So glad it ended...
I enjoyed the plot twists which really keeps you on your toes. Great story about good and evil. I did get confused sometimes about who the good guys were.
Published 1 month ago by Mary Adele Cluck
2.0 out of 5 stars Too dark. It's focused too much on sex and ...
Too dark. It's focused too much on sex and death.
Published 2 months ago by Laura
1.0 out of 5 stars I was disappointed in this book
I was disappointed in this book. I enjoyed all of this authors other books and was surprised at the quality of writing in Fallen Angels
Published 2 months ago by vickie scholl
2.0 out of 5 stars This series is nothing like BDB, in plot, quality or depth of...
Disappointing and shallow, unlike her other writing. I find that I have to force myself to read this series, ever hopeful that it will get better. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Lilah Tov
5.0 out of 5 stars Addictive reading!
Can't wait to read the next one!
Published 2 months ago by Patricia L. Hildbold
5.0 out of 5 stars great book
This series is not disappointing. It is a great series. I loved this book just as I loved the others. I am anxious to get started on the next one.
Published 4 months ago by Michelle
3.0 out of 5 stars Interesting and not what you will expert......
It's a great read...I just expected more.....Jim and Adrian characters are working together a little better. But hopefully the next books have a better plots. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Sharon
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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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I will wait, e-book price to high
Lamemblue - totally agree... WAY TOO HIGH.
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