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Thursday, June 3, 2010

Review: Covet.. by. J.R. Ward

Heidi Cheramie


Covet (Fallen Angels, Book 1)


Covet is the first book in the Fallen Angels series by J.R.Ward. I have never read a J.R. Ward book and I know there are lots of fans of her Black Dagger Brotherhood novels.

This book is about a fallen angel named Jim Heron. Jim is a former assassin posing as a carpenter. He is electrocuted on the job and goes to heaven. Heaven is a strange place in the clouds with a big castle and men playing croquet and drinking tea. The men/angels tell Jim he has to save the souls of seven people from the seven deadly sins or the world ceases to exist. Jim isn’t sure he cares but they tell him his mother is in heaven and he should do it for her. Seriously?

Jim’s first soul to save is Vin di Pietro. I found this book interesting especially the first half and I liked Jim but it is poorly plotted. The romance is with the secondary characters, Vin diPietro and Marie-Terese. I felt these characters were stereotypical. Vin, the shady wealthy contractor and Marie-Terese the prostitute with a heart of gold. Really?? Vin had abusive, alcoholic parents and Marie-Terese had an abusive ex-husband and a child and the only way she could support herself was with prostitution. By the way she has a college degree in marketing. It was hard to care about these characters and they weren’t believable.

The most interesting characters were Eddie and Adrian, the fallen angels sent to help Jim. I enjoyed the brotherly camaraderie between all the men in this book. It was more interesting and felt more real than the romance between Vin and Marie-Terese.

It takes the reader a while to figure out who the villain is so I won’t name him or her and ruin it for the reader. I found this part of the book fun to read.

I know J.R. Ward is a very talented writer with many fans but this book was just not very good. I don’t think I will be reading the other six deadly sin novels but might give her Black Dagger Brotherhood a try.

I give this book 2 Stars.

Product Details

Mass Market Paperback: 496 pages
Publisher: Signet; Original edition (September 29, 2009)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0451228219
ISBN-13: 978-0451228215
Product Dimensions: 6.8 x 4.3 x 1.3 inches

1 comment:

  1. I love the BDB series but I didn't like this one at all for all the reasons you mentioned. Not her best work. I might give the next one a try but I won't be in too much of a rush to get to it.
    Good review!


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