Covet: A Novel of the Fallen Angels

Covet: A Novel of the Fallen Angels is the first book in J. R. Ward’s new Fallen Angels series. She is best known as the author of the addictive urban fantasy series, Black Dagger Brotherhood. The new series is probably best described as paranormal romance because there is more emphasis on romance in Covet than in her other books (hard to believe I know, but true). While BDB is about vampires, the Fallen Angels series is about, as the title implies, a fallen angel named Jim Heron. The forces of good and evil decide to settle their battle once and for all, and both sides find Jim as an acceptable champion for their cause. If he can save seven souls the angels will win, if he fails the demons will be victorious. He learns of his new role in Covet and sets out to save the first of the seven souls.

The soul in question belongs to Vin DiPietro, a rich building contractor. He’s only concerned with making money and accumulating material possessions until he meets Marie-Terese. You may remember Marie-Terese as a “waitress” (nudge, nudge, wink, wink) at ZeroSum in BDB. Ok, so she’s not only a waitress, she’s actually a hooker (with a heart of gold, naturally). She’s only doing it to pay off bills and has almost reached her breaking point. Standing between Vin and Marie-Terese is a demon that has other plans for them. I enjoyed their storyline but I thought it was a little flat and I wished I felt more chemistry between them.

Like BDB, the new series takes place in Caldwell, NY, but there is almost no overlap between the two. Some of the locations are familiar and there are appearances by minor characters like Trez and Detective De La Cruz, but that’s about it. The characters in Covet don’t seem to even be aware of the existence of vampires and I’m wondering if that will continue as the series goes on. Ward’s writing style is the same in both series and it’s most noticeable in the dialogue between alpha male Jim Heron and his buddies. While I love BDB (mostly because of the sexy vampires), the dialogue grates on my nerves. In this book, it actually didn’t bother me as much as it usually does, so either it’s getting better or I’m getting used to it.

Covet is a good start to the new series, but it doesn’t quite live up to the highly entertaining Black Dagger Brotherhood. It does have a lot of promise and I’m looking forward to the next book in the Fallen Angels series.

Rating: 3 out of 5 Stars | Publisher: Signet | Pages: 496 | Source: Library | Buy on Amazon

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