Covet by J.R. Ward reviewed by Autumn

Covet by J.R. WardTitle: Covet
Author: J.R. Ward
Publisher: Signet
Pages: 496
Published: September 29, 2009
Source: personal copy

To say that Covet, the first in J.R. Ward’s Fallen Angels series, was difficult for me to get through is a bit of an understatement, though I’m not quite sure why I had such a hard time. I love Ward’s Black Dagger Brotherhood series something fierce, but when it came to reading about Jim Heron and a bunch of fallen angels, I stalled. Numerous times. It took me two months short of two years to get through Covet and for that, I am a bit ashamed.

Covet centers on Jim Heron, a construction worker with a shady past, who has an accident while on site. He should have died, but instead he has a visit with some very odd angels. They send him back down to earth on the pretense that he must save “seven souls at a crossroads with a choice that must be made.”

Jim ends up finding what he believes is his first assignment, Vin diPietro, and things don’t exactly go smoothly. Add in a supernatural element regarding Vin, and things get interesting. Marie-Terese works at the Iron Mask for Trez, the main connection to the BDB-verse, and she’s keeping big time secrets. Maybe I was expecting the romance portion of the book to involve Jim and not Vin and that’s what threw me off. I’m not sure.

Covet features Ward’s fictional Caldwell as well as her typical slang and writing, which really can be a hindrance when trying to launch a new series. Covet is not the Black Dagger Brotherhood, however, it is a good book all on its own. I powered through it and was glad I did. While it started slow, and I think that was why my reading kept stalling, it ended up being a very enjoyable paranormal romance with some action thrown in. I’ve been told that the other books in the series, Crave and Envy, are better and I hope so because I aim to read them. For anyone on the fence over The Fallen Angels series, I urge you to at least give them a try. While not a guaranteed hit with everyone, you might be glad that you took the chance.

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