Fallen Angels Series by J.R. Ward

 

 

So, let's start with book one, "Covet" by J.R. Ward. 

I have to say that I started reading the books because a friend of mine recommended it and because I love JR's Black Dagger Brotherhood. I was pretty optimistic about the series, but first things first…

Synopsis: 

Seven deadly sins. Seven souls to save. This is the first battle between a savior who doesn't believe and a demon with nothing to lose!

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 charged 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. And 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.

So, I totally loved Vin and the whole story around Jim. I love the topic about Angels and I especially like the angle JR is taking on it. I mean, let's be honest, those Angels aren't the sweetest chubby kind of thing, BUT they are hot… I totally love them… All of them, no matter if those are the ones on earth or up in heaven. 
Vin and Marie Therese are just sweet and Marie's background story actually makes this whole thing so much better. I love her fight, her doubts and still all the strength she is showing. Terribly cute.
As to the evil queen, Devina, she's the worst kind of woman and I hated her from book one. I guess JR did her job right then, right? Totally a book worth reading.

Book Two, "Crave"

Synopsis: 

Isaac Rothe is a black ops soldier with a dark past and a grim future. The target of an assassin, he finds himself behind bars, his fate in the hands of his gorgeous public defender Grier Childe. His hot attraction to her can only lead to trouble-and that's before Jim Heron tells him his soul is in danger. Caught up in a wicked game with the demon who shadows Jim, Isaac must decide whether the soldier in him can believe that true love is the ultimate weapon against evil.

Okay, so what did I think about Isaac.. I love fighters. Fighters get to me, they always do. And Isaac is no exception at all. He's tough and he's on his way to just make sure he stays alive. What I like even more was the meeting between Grier and Isaac was so well written! Especially since I love how much manners he shows.
Grier… I loved that woman! She has spunk and she knows what she wants, but then again, JR never has been different, so it isn't really a surprise that she's amazing. I loved how she talked to her brother and I did not find it impossible or weird, but very loving and sweet.

I have to say that I didn't see the twist at the end coming and I hated it. Despite the fact that I hate Matthias like no other book villain, I wanted things to work for Jim… Which it didn't quite, especially not seeing the way he and Devina meet in this book. It broke my heart for Jim and Adrian, because Ad was just so sweet in taking care of Jim… Really great story and yet… Grrr, Devina pisses me off majorly.

On to the next one, Book Three, "Envy".

Synopsis:

As the son of a serial killer, homicide detective Thomas "Veck" DelVecchio, Jr., grew up in the shadow of evil. Now, on the knife-edge between civic duty and blind retribution, he atones for the sins of his father- while fighting his inner demons. Assigned to monitor Veck is Internal Affairs officer Sophia Reilly, whose interest in him is both professional and arousingly personal. And Veck and Sophia have another link: Jim Heron, a mysterious stranger with too many answers... to questions that are deadly. When Veck and Sophia are drawn into the ultimate battle between good and evil, their fallen angel savior is the only thing that stands between them and eternal damnation.

Veck… Veck was like my most favorite of the guys from the Fallen Angels books so far. He's a broken character no doubt, especially since he doesn't trust himself at all. Broken souls… Another one of my weaknesses… And with Veck I just ate the whole book up. It was fast paced and easy to read, even though, to be honest, JR is not something for weak hearts. 

Of course, when talking about book three you can't get around talking about the biggest WTF-moment so far. I'm not gonna say what it was, but I have to say that I could not believe she really did that and I do not want to know how that made her feel during the writing process… I bow to thee, JR Ward.

Well, the thing between Nigel and Collin kinda had me worried for a moment, but I was pretty sure that that JR wouldn't ruin it all… And she didn't. 


And now… Book Four… "Rapture"… The book I was worried about most.

Synopsis:

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 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?

After reporter Mels Carmichael hits a disheveled man with her car
outside the local cemetery, she pays a visit to the stranger in the hospital. The only thing he remembers of his past is seeing a name written on a headstone: that of Jim Heron—a fallen angel charged with rescuing souls from the seven deadly sins. Now, as Mels struggles to help this mysterious stranger rediscover himself, Heron himself returns to prepare for a battle between good and evil.


You have no idea how much I was bitching about this book to my friend before I ever really started reading it. I mean, hearing who'd be the soul in book four I wasn't only mad, I was ready to refuse to read that book. I kept repeating that I hate the choice and that I could never ever like that couple. NEVER. EVER. And i was intend on reading that book just so I could move on to the next one. 

I'm glad I read it, I definitely am. This book turned out so much better than I ever thought. One reason is Mels. She was strong and sweet and caring right from the start and yet it was shown more than once that even the smartest and nicest women don't always make the best decisions. Even though I consider giving in to what she wants definitely a good thing over all, because it shows her how wrong she has been about everything. The relationship with her mother is another thing I love because it shows that sometimes we just see the world the way we want to see them.

What I hated was the one intense scene between Devina and Jim. I. JUST. DON'T. GET. IT. It's been a few days that I read the book and I still don't. I don't want Jim to go down that road and I have to admit that I instantly started to worry. I am still worried, but at least we have Ad, who, maybe for the first time mans (angels) up and does the right thing for the cause.

I have to say that unfortunately I won't be reading on until May, but I still really love that series and I can't wait to get the next JR - Book, "The King" from the Black Dagger-Series. Try them both, you won't regret it.

Julie


Comments

  1. love all the reviews girl!!! i was smiling reading each one and yes, even rapture!! lol. i really doubted if you'd ever read that one so i was so happy you did and then ended up liking it more than you thought!

    gotta hand it to JR too cuz just like with the BDB books, there are things here that piss us off, and no one is safe, but damn does she make you care! she has such a way of pulling us in and making us care about her characters. of course we have our fave's but i think as a whole, the series has really grown into something special in its own right.

    and jim.... man. i love him so much and all i can think is that all this shit with devina is meant to show us how much he needs to be saved.. but also, we forget sometimes that he IS half bad too... so he's gonna make some shitty decisions, but that doesn't mean i have to like it! :( but this is all why i think he needs the love of a good woman as well!

    so.. until may i guess! hehe

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