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I am always on the lookout for the next "fantastic" book, with me getting through around 3-4 books a week on my quest! I do have my favourites, vampires, bodice rippers and wartime romances to name but a few, though I can now add fallen angels to that list! The book I will now review is - "Covet by J.R.Ward". Jim Heron is a wanderer, he comes from a harsh military background (though no specifics have been mentioned, he seems to be a government employed assassin). After a freak accident at work where he is electrocuted and effectively dies, he finds that he is back to full health with a new mission in life, to save the universe and end a time old battle between good and bad, heaven and hell.......no pressure then! His mission (if he chooses to take it, which in fairness he has to or else the universe slips into nothingness) is to find the seven designate people who have been allocated to the competition, and once at their "crossroads" help them to choose the path for good rather than evil, will he rise to the challenge? This was a really unusual book containing the best and worst of human nature, all rolled into a so called age old biblical fight off. The character of Jim is a really complex individual, which (as the book explains) is the reason he is initially chosen for the task, one man/woman is chosen for the games, and has to contain exactly 50% good and 50% bad, Jim of course is the ideal candidate. After a terribly tragedy in his youth, Jim finds his ideal job to reek revenge on the perpetrators, but gets caught up in the government ghost division, this explored very little in the book, but does give a general overview of his violent persona in the past. He is helped on his way by two "fallen angels", who really have fallen.... A lot, actually getting into trouble for having a real penchant for beer and women, these Harley riding biker dudes are wonderful characters to read about, and gives you a completely different idea of so-called heaven! Although he has had help allocated from above, he also has an enemy sent from below, a demon who has many tricks up her sleeve, and down her knickers too, he really will have a fight on his hands. This was a really good book, and one that I thoroughly enjoyed reading. I loved the main character of Jim and how he deals with his anger problems, and loved reading how he struggles to overcome his own personal demons, to try and overcome a real demon, it was fun, fast paced, and at times really gritty, all wrapped up in a black magic ribbon! There is plenty of gore, violence and sex, so this is a book for the over 18's, with this over 18 (only just mind! Lol!), really enjoying the read! This is the first in the series of "fallen angels" books, with there being (I assume anyway, as only the first of the seven people mentioned was dealt with in this book) at least seven more books in the series. Price wise this will cost you around the £5.00 mark and is available via www.amazon.co.uk. For more information on the author visit - www.jrward.com Thanks for reading x ISBN 978-0-7499-5558-8
Covet is the first novel in the 'Fallen Angels' series written by J R Ward who is the author of the bestselling Black Dagger Brotherhood series. Jim Heron doesn't believe in redemption, a former military killler he's seen too much of the world. Then, a freak accident kills him and he is brought back as a fallen angel with a mission, to save seven souls, each from one of the seven deadly sins in order to keep all that is good in the world. His first soul is Vin Di Peitro, Vin has spent all of his adult life working, he is an incredibly successful business man who has never forgotten where he came from. Vin seems to have it all, but a chance encounter in a seedy night club makes him rethink how he wants to spend his future, and with an ancient and terrifying evil hanging over him, Vin must work with Jim to save his soul. I bought this book as I am a huge fan of the Black Dagger Brotherhood series, but I wasn't really sure what to expect, I don't think I would have purchased the book purely by reading the blurb, but because I had enjoyed all of J R Ward's other books and I'm desperately waiting for her next novel 'Lover Avenged' to be released I thought I would give it a shot. For those of you who are fans of the Brothers, this book was set in the same location, Cauldwell and there are little connections within the book to people in the Brotherhood books, I won't spoil it by saying who or where but they're there! For those of you who haven't read any of the Brotherhood series well firstly, you don't know what you're missing and secondly you won't feel as though you have missed anything when you read this book, the connections are there between the two series, but I felt you would just read the passages not have a problem, the connections are not obvious, so if you're a first time reader then no problem!! In terms of the book itself, it was written in the same style as the Brotherhood series, JR Ward is very unusual in that as a female author she always writes from a male point of view and does and incredibly good job of it! I always wonder if she is really a man under a pen name, but there's a photo on her website so I'm guessing not! The story was fast paced, but I had no trouble keeping up with the action, you felt as though you had been able to get to know the characters really well in such a short space of time. It was very easy reading and I'm a quick reader so it only took me a few hours to read, I didn't want to put it down and kept sneaking a few more pages during the coffee breaks on my course today so I could finish it quicker! The story itself had a fairly basic theme in good overcoming evil, however I have the feeling that this won't always be the case as the series progresses. I enjoyed the story and I will buy the series as it is released, however I'm not as enthralled by this book as I was by the first Brotherhood novel I read, but I will stick at it as it's a great read in its own right. I'm not too sure what the connection is between the story and the title of the book, although perhaps I'll pick it up on a second read, but other than that no complaints from me!