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Covet (Fallen Angels) Mass Market Paperback – September 29, 2009
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From Publishers Weekly
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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Praise for the Novels of the Fallen Angels
“Fans of the Black Dagger Brotherhood clear a shelf: Your next series addiction has just begun.”—Publishers Weekly
“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
“[A] unique style of writing...outrageous shocks and twists.”—Suite101.com
“Proves that J.R. Ward’s talents don’t stop at vampires.”—LoveVampires.com
“Complex...fascinating.”—Midwest Book Review
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Vin diPietro is a billionaire. He came up the hard way through hard work and a single goal, to accumulate as much wealth as he could and was totally relentless in whatever he had do to gain it. Vin also has a secret, he once saw dead people before they met their untimely deaths. Detesting this “gift” Vin inadvertently traded his soul to rid himself of it. It would now be up to Jim and his two ‘buddies’ to help Vin find his way back to redeem his soul.
*** Having been a huge fan of Ward’s Black Dagger Brotherhood series, I was anxious to see what her Fallen Angel series was all about. And wow, what did I find? It was taking place in Coldwell, NY, the very home of the Brotherhood series. No, we didn’t run into any of the ‘brothers’ but I was happy to see Trey - one of Revenge’s old bodyguards play a small but prominent role in the story. I had happy feet dancing around over this fact.
I was carefully drawn into the story pretty much not knowing where it was going as it centered around Jim seeming like a normal type of construction worker; and Vin seeming like one very wealthy and powerful billionaire. All kinds of normal and then after a chapter or two - the story took off into a kind of paranormal world of angels and demons!
Ward filled COVET with a plethora of secondary characters who to my mind were all significant to the story and more than just fill-ins to beef up a story or add to a word count. Building a carefully laid stage is one of the things that I’ve come to expect with any of Ward’s stories and even though when reading one might wonder why Ward spends time on introducing or bringing in so many other players, in the end one generally finds they are all crucial to her plotting.
Bottom line: What I loved? Everything! From the wonderful performance by Eric Dove, to the fast action, the fully fleshed out characters, and especially the four white-clothed ‘croquet-players’ (spoiler - but you will see what I mean!). However, most of all, I loved the transformation of the all the leads! Another series I fully intend to get caught up in! Bravo Ms. Ward life just gets better and better every time I pick up a new book or series by you!
Marilyn Rondeau, for [...]
Firstly, I would like to comment on the setting of this series. For anyone that has been following the Black Dagger Brotherhood series, this one runs parallel in the same world although they have separate plots. I liked that the Fallen Angels are visiting the same places that I have come to know and love. I was able to explore more in the world of Caldwell and expand within the same universe. For those that Have not delved into the BDB books, that is totally fine! Don't worry about being lost, but beware you may be sucked in!
Alright onto the book in question, Covet! I have to say that I was nervous diverging from the vampires that I have come to passionately love. With the excellent writing that Ward offers her readers, I was willing to make the move and dig into this new series. We are introduced to Jim, a man steeped in mystery, who finds himself on a whole new path in life and it is a pick it up and run or the world comes to an end type of race.
Readers are off and running from the turn of the first page and boy is it a race. I definitely felt invested in these characters and could not read fast enough to see what happened next. It is up to Jim to win this battle against good and evil and each assignment offers a tick in the win or lose column.
In this book we are introduced to Vin and Marie-Terese, two that seemingly do not fit together at all. It is up to Jim to straighten out the lives of these two wayward spirits and help them on their way to the bright and shiny gates that lead to a happily ever after. Working to figure out the rules of the game on the fly, Jim makes mistakes and has to quickly deal with the consequences as he tries to win the round.
I would definitely recommend this series to anyone that is looking for a whirl-wind trip through the footrace of good and evil. Be prepared to clench tight to the book and take every available minute to keep reading. This is a great addition to the writings of Ward and am happy to say that I am moving on to the next book in the series!