Series: Fallen Angels #1
Published by Signet on 2009
Genres: Fiction, Romance, Paranormal
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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.
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!
Covet is the first book in JR Ward’s Fallen Angels series, which is set in Caldwell, NY like her best-selling Black Dagger Brotherhood series. This is great, because if you’re a fan of that series, you’re already familiar with many of the local hangouts, police, and do get some minor cross-overs from the other series. However, this doesn’t mean you have to read BDB in order to get into this series. It’s just a fin addition. While some of the supernatural characters cross over, there isn’t any vampire action happening in Covet, which is a nice change of pace.
Written like a film noir, or pulp novel, Covet is about a man named Jim Heron who’s a bit of a mystery. One day, he has a fatal accident and gets tagged to undertake a heavenly mission. Save seven should from damnation, or the world will go to hell in a hand basket. Literally. His first mission is Vin DiPietro, the businessman Jim works for. Vin has sold his soul to his job in order to live the high life. Jim has to try to save Vin from himself, as well battle the forces of good and evil.
“Because when I looked at you across that table at the diner, no one else existed. And whether or not anything happens between you and me, it took meeting you to show me what I was missing.”
I really enjoyed this novel. The pacing was steady, the action didn’t overtake the plot, and the romance was realistic. True, there was a little bit of Love at First Sight going on, but it somehow worked, and didn’t irritate me as usual. Vin and his lady-love Marie-Terese are very likable characters. Plus, it didn’t help that Marie-Terese was familiar from BDB. I also really liked how mysterious Jim was, and can’t wait to learn more about him in the future books. As for the plot, Ward has her usual tough as nail males, but the story felt different from her other novels. I loved the paranormal, crime novel atmosphere, and found the story to be less predictable than BDB.
I would recommend this novel to fans of paranormal romance who are looking for something different from the usual vampires, werewolves, and the like. While there are other fallen angel stories out there, I find this is done much better, and feels more grown-up. While there are some hot sex scenes, the book is about more than that, and the scenes are few and far between the real story. Also, they don’t read as gratuitous, but in keeping with the character’s personalities. Brava!