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Covet: A Novel of the Fallen Angels

November 29th, 2010

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Redemption isn't a word Jim Heron knows much about-his specialty is revenge, and to him, sin is all relative. But everything changes when he becomes a fallen angel and is charge with saving the souls of seven people from the seven deadly sins. And failure is not an option. Vin DiPietro long ago sold his soul to his business, and he's good with that-until fate intervenes in the form of a tough- talking, Harley-riding, self-professed savior. But then he meets a woman who will make him question his destiny, his sanity, and his heart-and he has to work with a fallen angel to win her over and redeem his own soul.


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Science Fiction Redemption isn't a word Jim Heron knows much about-his specialty is revenge, and to him, sin is all relative. But everything changes when he becomes a fallen angel and is charge with saving the souls of seven people from the seven deadly sins. And failure is not an option. Vin DiPietro long ago sold his soul to his business, and he's good with that-until fate intervenes in the form of a tough- talking, Harley-riding, self-professed savior. But then he meets a woman who will make him question his destiny, his sanity, and his heart-and he has to work with a fallen angel to win her over and redeem his own soul.
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  1. Salty Girl
    November 30th, 2010 at 13:54 | #1

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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.)

  2. Parajunkee
    December 1st, 2010 at 19:02 | #2

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    Seven deadly sins is the theme of JR Ward’s new series, Fall Angels. Covet, Book 1, introduces us to the main character, Jim Heron, a former assassin who is now in charge of saving the world. Jim has to embark on a quest to redeem seven misled souls, if he doesn’t succeed all will be lost and demons will rule the world and take possession of all of the souls in existence.

    Jim’s first redemption is Vin diPietro, real estate mogul and questionable character. Vin is the poster child for Greed or Avarice to use the Dantesque terminology. Vin is a lost soul, drowning in his possessions and his lust for more and better. Jim’s mission: turn Vin away from his possessions and on the path of good.

    To sum up my thoughts on this novel? WTF?

    Jim, a government assassin – killer of 100s of people – now trying to disappear into anonymity through construction work – gets this posed to him by four English, fancy pants, tea drinking, crochet playing, angels:

    SAVE THE WORLD or else.

    Or else what? Bye Bye World. Bye Bye existence – everyone just goes *poof* and the universe ceases to exist. What changes Jim’s mind from the freedom he believes will appease him in non-existence? Well, you got to love this one – dear mum, in heaven – finally at peace, picking radishes or some such nonsense behind heavens stone walls. And, what is heaven you might ask? Heaven is a castle with a big wall and there are gardens where everyone toils away in peaceful oblivion – sounds more like serfs instead of heavenly denizens. to me.

    Where did this plot come from, the candy machine at Wal-Mart? I mean this weak thread was all Ward could think of, and she is going to base SEVEN books out of it?

    By the time I was halfway through the book, I was flabbergasted at how weak this book was. I have been a fan of the Black Dagger Brotherhood series by Ward…which is why I was all for reading Covet. I was sorely disappointed. Here is my breakdown:

    Romance:

    Vin had an immediate “love-at-first-site” attraction to the repentant, Catholic, prostitute, Marie-Therese. There was no development of love – it was almost fated. He spotted her, followed her, rescued her, went home, dumped his almost fiancĂ©, came back, rescued her from the life of prostitution – he bared his soul – they had sex. Bam, done deal.

    Characters:

    Jim – This character was not likeable. Ward made so many thin references to his past it led to confusion. He really didn’t have lot of good traits or wisdom – he kept on looking to random things on the TV to guide him, like he couldn’t do anything for himself.

    Vin – Also not likeable. He was so stereotypical that it was comical.

    Marie-Therese – Another stereotyped, beaten, broken woman. I liked her at first, but when the interaction between her and Vin started I thought she acted pathetic. Plus, I just don’t see a woman like this going into prostitution at all. C’mon if you are going to go through all the trouble to change names and the like to get away from your husband, what’s forgetting a few debts???

    Plot:

    The plot was very thin. The entire concept of the book was weak. Out of all the Armageddon type plots I’ve read, this had to be the most inane. God and the Devil might as well play Rock Paper Scissors – that would make better sense.

  3. M. Rasing
    December 3rd, 2010 at 20:40 | #3

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    Loved her BDB series & bought the Kindle edition of Covet as soon as it was available. I have forced myself to read a third of the book and am deleting it off my Kindle. I have no empathy for any of the characters nor do I care what happens to them. If Ms. Ward comes out with a new BDB book, I’ll buy it, but not one of this series.

  4. S. Beck
    December 5th, 2010 at 04:25 | #4

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    I didn’t expect BDB but I did expect JR Ward and her quick, witty and interesting writing. It took me 5 nights to read this – not at all what I expected. Normally J.R.Ward (for me) creates books that take only one night – just can’t put them down. This one, sad to say, I had trouble keeping in my hands. Rather than the enjoyable back and forth banter and funny conversations, Covet has taken on a dreary, familiar style of other series I’ve read. Meaning – I noticed the trend of the characters “remembering” and explaining things from their past. While some would be necessary – most of this was “filler”. It seems like Ward was going out of her way to have me questioning the agenda of each character – none of which I could take sides with till the very end. Alot of avenues and none that compelled me to follow. Alot of short stories put together but nothing really cohesive for me. I’m hoping because it’s the first – it’s just laying out foundations. Though I see nothing going into the next but the bad ass angels and DOG. ;) Wouldn’t stop reading her books yet though cuz I really liked DOG – the blurb with John Matthew was the highlight for me….

  5. Pamela Pope
    December 5th, 2010 at 08:05 | #5

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    I was so looking forward to a new book from Ward, and a fallen angel series that I thought would contain the angel from the brotherhood books. I liked that character. This is a bad story, bad plot and egually disappointing characters. Her characters in the brotherhood books are easy to like, and I love the romance. But this one???? There are no discriptions of the characters, there is no likability. I don’t really care what happens to them. I am very disappointed. Won’t be reading this series I’m sorry to say. Maybe she won’t wait too long to do a brotherhood book.

  6. Nike
    December 5th, 2010 at 14:16 | #6

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    It was a struggle for me to get through this book, and it’s not because it’s wildly different from J.R. Ward’s other work. It’s been said that her “style” is very distinctive, and it is, but I’m wondering why every single person in her world has to sound the same. But that issue is nothing new.

    The story just fell flat for me, I wasn’t really invested in the growth of any of the characters, I wasn’t overly concerned about their survival, and that translated to a pretty boring read. On top of that I wasn’t as entertained by the premise of fallen angels as I was by vampires, so the flaws and weaknesses in the writing that made the Black Dagger Brotherhood campy fun just don’t work here.

    I realize that people have a preconceived notion about what kind of woman becomes a prostitute and that Marie-Therese doesn’t fit that mold, but the writing struck a really uncomfortable note for me. I walked away with the feeling that Marie-Therese got her happy ending because she was different from all those other filthy women, who were the real whores, since she’s like a diamond nestled in a pile of crap. She’s the “good” whore because she never enjoyed the sex, and the others like Gina are “bad” whores because they do. I’m just wondering what it was, exactly, that made her so special. The shade of her lipstick? The kind of fishnet stockings she wore?

    I might try to read the book again and see if I get anything out of it, but I think I’m going to stick with Ward’s BDB series, because no matter how frustrating the plot is, it’s still enjoyable to read.

  7. A. Schreiner
    December 5th, 2010 at 18:14 | #7

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    Those who read this blog regularly, or see me on Twitter know I am a JR Ward junkie. I love the brothers and was super excited to hear she was going to start a new series. Covet is the first in her fallen angels series. Still set in the Black Dagger Brotherhood world and in Caldwell, NY, but no vamps this time- angels and demons. This book gets a big old “meh” from me.

    Before I go into what I liked and didn’t like in this book let me set up the world – which is basically set up in the prologue in an odd sports analogy. The Creator is tired – tired of good fighting bad in an endless stream. So there has been a decision – one man is chosen to help seven people who are swaying between good and evil to choose sides. This man, Jim Heron, has played for both teams, yes he has a good heart, which the angels like, but he has performed bad deeds which appeal to the demons. Problem is – Jim Heron has no idea who he is suppose to help, and the demons have cheated and added an extra player into the field. Jim is a regular mortal, until an unfortunate accident, when he then meets four “people” that help guide him on his journey.

    In this journey, we have Vin Di Pietro, Real Estate Mogul, wealthy, high powered who is dating Devina, perfect, gorgeous woman. Marie-Terese is working as a prostitute at a high-end club to make ends meet to support her son and stay hidden from her mobster ex-husband. Of course, perfect Marie-Terese will win the heart of Vin, because isn’t that they way things always go?

    What I liked:

    The World – As I said, this is set in her bdb world, but the vamps are off doing their own thing. Here Jim Heron has a task of a lifetime (or many lifetimes). Jim is not completely on his own, there are hints here and there from above, and he even has his own pair of fallen angels (hello Adrian Vogel!) and a dog (seriously, what is up with the dog) on his side.

    Jim – I LOVED Jim. Thank goodness for Jim or I might have thrown this book across the room. He is different – still a mystery even at the end of the book. He will appear throughout the series and I loved his personality. He wears flannel and has more of a regular-guy attitude. I think his past, and the people he used to work for will play a lot into the future books. I’m still wondering if his boss Matthias is somehow connected to the fallen angels in any way. I just have a feeling Matthias will play an important role in this series.

    Fallen Angels – Won’t go into too much detail, but I like them. Yes, they are very reminiscent of being “brothers” from bdb world, but I can’t help but like that kind of camaraderie.

    What I did not like:

    Vin Di Pietro – Vin is the standard cookie-cutter J.R. Ward hero. Replace Vin with Rehv and I wouldn’t have known a difference (well, Vin has less problems in bed). When you first meet him I thought he was pretty cool – he was very stern and direct and no-nonsense. But he quickly turned into your standard alpha male, all mushy over a girl he doesn’t even know. Same old, same old. His personality totally turned around – what happened to him?

    Marie-Terese – She had no spark and her personality was perfect, too perfect. She is on the run from her dangerous ex-husband and they only job she could find is to be a prostitute. I am so sick of reading about prostitutes that have no other choice but to work where they are working. Come on!! If m-t hated it that much, I think she was educated, get a job somewhere else. Or take money that is offered to you by Vin, even if that means you owe him. The club where she works, The Iron Mask, is owned by Trez (from Lover Avenged.) Trez is this super nice gentleman pimp. His character confused me. He was too nice to be a pimp. Not that I am schooled in the knowledge of all pimps, but his demeanor did not agree with me. Her kid was also too perfect. Way too understanding of his circumstances.

    The unknown villain – Won’t go into spoilery details but throughout the book there is someone following Marie-Terese around. I really didn’t connect with his part in the story.

    I am still confused about a part in the beginning – when Adrian Vogel kind of pushes Jim to hook up with the woman in the blue dress. Those who have read it know the part. Why would Adrian do this? He knew who the woman in the blue dress was and while he apologizes for it later, it makes no sense whatsoever for him to have done it in the first place. Is anyone else bothered by this? Maybe Adrian is under her spell?

    Something else to consider – I haven’t yet considered the fact that bad is going to have to “win” in some of the books to make it a seven book series. If good wins four times, then game over, right? Is it going to come down to a 3-3 tie when book seven comes out? And I realize this is looking seven years down the line, but this will affect the previous books in the series. If bad does end up winning in a book – what does that mean? Will every book have a HEA? I just don’t see JR Ward writing a book with a ruthless ending.

    The hero for the next book, Crave, is briefly mentioned in this book. From the one sentence description I have a feeling I will like him better. J.R.Ward has also said she sees this series getting darker – which I am all for. For me personally, I am glad I liked the world she has built since I have to read about it for the next six books. And Jim -he really is a favorite character of mine. I can deal with not liking the hero and heroine this time and hope for better!

  8. pammur
    December 8th, 2010 at 10:43 | #8

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    I’m in the minority here. I bought the book solely because the author was Ward. I’m not sure what I expected but I had to force myself to finish the book. It dragged as far as I was concerned, no humor at all (I at least get a grin or two when reading Black Dagger series) and the characters were not interesting to me and I couldn’t find anything to care about. I will not be buying any more of this particular series, I wouldn’t even get them from the library.

  9. E. Romp
    December 9th, 2010 at 01:59 | #9

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    Even though the Gangsta-Vamp dialogue made my laugh -often- I enjoyed the BDB series. HOWEVER, Covet is my last venture into the Fallen Angels series. In fact, I *really* want my money back. Boring – boring – boring. None of the characters were compelling. I often forgot who was who, that’s how boring it was. I didn’t even finish it. This book was a waste of money, paper, and time.

  10. ACR
    December 9th, 2010 at 16:10 | #10

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    Disappointed! (Think Otto from a Fish Called Wanda when he finds that the key to the loot is not in the fishtank, although I wouldn’t shoot at poor defenseless fish). As a fan of the Black Dagger Brotherhood (BDB) books, I was sadly disappointed. I knew this was a new series, so I wasn’t expecting a duplicate of her other series, but I was expecting a great romance, which this was not.

    First of all, the romance was not the central storyline. This really bothers me: Publishers, market the book honestly and you’ll have fewer disappointed readers and more buyers for the next in the series. I would return my copy if I hadn’t creased the spine. If this had been marketed with the other supernatural urban legend books (Charlaine Harris, etc.), I would not feel as cheated. **Spoilers ahead, read at your own risk.

    The central character was neither the hero nor the heroine, but a “fallen angel” on his “probationary” period, Jim Heron. Although, exactly how he can be a fallen angel, when he was never an angel, but a man, is a mystery to me. However, he was the best drawn character and my favorite, but I’m not sure that’s enough to motivate me to purchase the next book in the series. He is charged with saving seven souls, each one has succumbed to one of the seven deadly sins. In fact, our very existance depends upon his success, we are to believe. Vin is his first soul to save. He is helped in this endevour by two other fallen angels, Adrian (mmm, he sounds sexxyy) and Eddie, a stong, silent type. Still, neither one of these two halo-wearers sounds nearly as interesting as Lassiter from Ward’s posts and Lover Avenged. Lassiter, yummy and sigh. To be fair, Ward never mentions halos. Also, interestingly enough neither does she ever mention wings, which I think would be erotic, sort of the equivalent of a vampire’s fangs.

    Also, most of the supernatural elements were pretty cheesy and hoaky (hoakie?), which I found very surprising considering THIS IS A.J. frieking WARD! I mean, the world she created in the BDB books is soooo good, and the stuff she wrote here is just so…so…unimaginative. Especially the scene when the “exorcism” was performed on Vin, I mean, come on! And then, we aren’t even told how Adrian got rid of (temporarily) the demon Devina? Seriously, she was the antagonist, the bad guy, the evil one in the book and we were not shown that scene? We were just told something lame like “don’t ask, it takes a lot out of him” (not exact quote, but that’s how weakly it’s explained).

    I don’t think the characters of Vin and Marie-Terese (MT) were well done, at least not to the standards that Ward has demonstrated with her previous BDB books. In fact, Marie-Terese (MT)(the beautiful and mysterious prostitute-in-charge from the club Zero Zum in the BDB books) and Vin were poorly developed and to be honest I just didn’t find myself truly caring about either one of them or wether or not they ended up together. In the past J.R. Ward has written some of the most scorching love scenes, and they have been a beautiful part of the love story because she has made me really care about the couple and their happiness. However, by the time Vin and MT hooked up and got it on, I skimmed and mostly skipped the sex scenes because I was just not invested emotionally. I found MT’s decision to become a prostitute to pay off the debts she incured rather unbelievable. Perhaps a stripper would have been more true to her character, and I’m not just saying that because it would have been more palatable for the readers. In fact, I enjoy romance books with “dark” or “not run of the mill” characters. Witness some of the brothers from the BDB.

    The guy stalking Marie-Terese (MT) was a poorly done red herring and just a distraction that added nothing significant to the plot or the characterization. I guess we were supposed to think it was her mofioso abusive ex-husband, but it turned out to be just your run of the mill obsessed psycho stalker/killer.

    All in all, this book was a disappointment, but I eagerly await Lover Mine, John Matthew’s story and I hope that he and Xhex get a truly wonderful HEA. –ACR

  11. J. D. Witt
    December 10th, 2010 at 10:11 | #11

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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 was…no 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. Much of the action happened “off camera” and it wasn’t explained how things were accomplished or even what happened. Why would key scenes be left out, especially when they promised to be so interesting? Since those scenes involved the demon’s behavior it was as if her imagination failed when it came to describing the evil side’s activities. It really left a hole in the book when it came time for the big show-down between Devina and the Fallen Angels and there was no show-down. And she had been one of the more interesting characters so her presence was missed.

    Apparently there will be at least six more books in the series. The other reviews are saying that the first book is sometimes slow to get started. She is going to have a lot of room for improvement. Frankly if I want a shot of J. R. Ward I’ll just go back to the Brotherhood. This series is going to have to carry on without me.

  12. Beanbag Love
    December 10th, 2010 at 19:11 | #12

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    …to a new series by JR Ward. Taking place in some classic locations for readers of Ward’s Black Dagger Brotherhood series, there’s a lot that’s familiar in this story and also something new.

    For one thing, the paranormal elements are different. We do see cameos of characters from the Brotherhood world, which means vampires, but the story doesn’t really hinge on them. So, we’re being introduced to a new mythology, containing black magic, angels and demons. She’s created a pretty good lore. Some things are left to be explained as we go along, but it’s fairly easy to understand and the background left to be filled in isn’t missed within the story.

    Jim Heron is the main character of the series, although it seems there will be a romantic story line to each book. This one dealt with Vin and Marie-Therese (who was introduced in the BDB book, Lover Avenged). We basically had two main stories woven together with Jim learning his mission/destiny and the lovers finding and falling for each other. The two stories work really well together and the suspense, particularly toward the end, was fairly intense. With Jim still hazy on what expectations are being placed on him as well as trying to learn the tools he can depend on, I anticipate another two-story weave for the next book, as well.

    My one complaint is that Ward is beginning to remind me of a singer who has a very strong instrument and a marvelous trill but doesn’t know when to let a single note simply carry the moment. She’s great at giving inner thoughts, philosophizing and creating analogies for the current action. In fact she’s quite strong in that area. But there are moments that might be better served by just telling the story in a straight-forward manner. Just like the singer with the fabulous, skillful trill would better serve the song with a less-is-more approach, simply laying out events as they’re happening might better serve the story being told. At times I felt the narrative was cluttered. But not by bad writing. Too much of a good thing that should really be used as a decorative effect. The story is strong enough to survive without the gingerbread.

    Now that I’ve metaphored the heck out of that criticism, I can say that I did really like this book and I recommend it.

    ETA: I strongly implore Ms Ward to get a couple of beta readers. Continuity errors are riddled throughout and it’s a problem that’s also become prevalent in the BDB series. This is exactly the kind of thing that causes an audience not to commit to an author. You never know when a guy is going to drive off in the same car his girlfriend just drove off in an hour or so ago. She’s got fans on her site that would do it for free. Either no editor is actually reading this or she’s deciding to leave fixable errors in. Either way, she’s too big an author to keep getting away with it. I still recommend this book — none of the blips posed a problem in the actual story line — but it’s not the kind of thing she’d want to be known for, I imagine.

  13. melindeeloo
    December 11th, 2010 at 13:23 | #13

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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. But if Vin and Marie-Terese can’t break free from the ghosts of their pasts and Jim can’t head off the demon working to keep them ensnared by said ghosts, the world will be literally one step closer to Hell.

    I really liked the romance between Vin and Marie-Terese and the development of both of these romantic leads. As cold and detached as Vin starts out, author Ward does a good job of transforming him so that it is easy to root for his redemption. Ward also does a great job of fleshing out Marie-Terese, a character that we’ve glimpsed as the lead prostitute from Zero Sum in the Black Dagger books. The back stories that Ward develops for Marie-Terese and Vin are detailed enough that there is a really good sense of not only who they are but who they were and the choices that lead them to this point. But I really like the way that they are the catalyst for each others redemption and I liked the tenderness which augments the attraction between the pair.

    Okay this is the question that all of Ward’s fans want answered, “Is this as good as the Black Dagger Brotherhood series?” Ward’s style is pretty distinct – which means that the f-bombs, slang, and brand name dropping which irks some readers are present here – but I enjoy her style and it gives Covet the flavor of the BDB books without the fangs. What fans will appreciate – and this is what adds the icing to Ward’s other books for me – is that she is already starting to setup for the strong male friendships which will carry through the series. Another plus is that the demon who is Jim’s nemesis is a better adversary than the BDB’s the pre-Lash-Lessers. Also fun, since this series is set in the the Brothers’ home town, it looks like there will be some crossover and future development of some characters from Ward’s other books – in addition to Marie-Terese, Trez and Detective De La Cruz appear – and there is a very very brief “nudge-nudge-wink-wink” drive-by cameo which will give fans a chuckle.

    So the answer to the question for me is that I think that it will be as good. I say `will be’ instead of `is’ only because – even though I really enjoyed the romance and what we’ve learned about Jim so far – the fallen angel angle is not explored much here in this first book which it makes it hard to compete with the fully established series that BDB is after seven books. Personally I would have liked to have seen just a little bit more explained this go round – I was asking myself whether Jim was or wasn’t a fallen angel through most of the book. Even with my lack of patience, my only other nit with Covet is I didn’t much care for Jim’s heavenly pep talks. Still my nits are minor and didn’t detract from my enjoyment of the story. There is enough promise in what’s been laid out for the series so far that I liked everything else about Covet — there is no doubt that I will be reading the next book.

  14. Athena Silverwolf
    December 13th, 2010 at 22:53 | #14

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    I really wanted to love this book…i drove 50 plus miles to snag it from a walmart…and sadly the book (to me) wasn’t worth the drive. much like “lover enshrined and lover ahvenged” this book didn’t have the same resonance as earlier novels…the characters didn’t pull me into their world….and it really didn’t seem to ring true….i’m sure the book will grow on me with a few more readings…i personally love J. R. Ward’s way of writing…her word play and unique style but this book fell just a little flat for me….its not on my list of books that i can’t live without.

  15. L. B. Taylor
    December 14th, 2010 at 02:03 | #15

    Rating

    Sometimes authors just need to take a break before starting something new and editors need to stop pushing deadlines when previous books in a series get progressively worse. That said, I wish Ms. Ward would take a few moments and read the reviews of why people didn’t care for the last few books in her Brotherhood series (and this one) to better herself.

    The first two pages in chapter one explain more about the premise of this book than I realized when I first started it. Jim Heron is a man with a past, something dark and one he’d like to forget for awhile. His wariness of others is well-deserved. Vin DiPietro is another man with memories that he’d like to forget and a future that will take him to the devil if he doesn’t change his ways. Lastly, we meet Marie-Therese and her son during this time and find out that she has much to hide also. These three characters’ lives become entwined and take them on a ride through tormented chaos. Just how far is each willing to go?

    Jim works for Vin, they meet and Jim dies. OK, he dies and doesn’t die but that makes up part of the storyline. Jim becomes a ‘Fallen Angel’ and is assigned Vin to save him from going to hell. The reading is slow for the first 100 pages because so much about the characters has to be explained. After this the story starts to pick up and you learn much about the secondary characters…not everyone is who you think they are.

    I’ll stop here without giving too much more away except to say that some storylines are concluded and other are left unexplained to continue the series. I am hoping future “Fallen Angels’ books will get better and am willing to read the second one to find out. If you enjoyed this novel you will probably like ‘Wicked Game’, another dark paranormal, by Jeri Smith-Ready.

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