Sunday, February 28, 2010

Covet - J.R. Ward

Covet
J.R. Ward
Signet
Copyright: 2009
978-0451228215

Amazon.com product description:

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.
 Covet is set in the same world as J.R. Ward's other series, the Black Dagger Brotherhood, so the rules are the same, although there was no mention or reference to the Brotherhood or to vampires in general, so the other aspects of the world were familiar. Not quite true, as Trez is a character in Covet, and one of the locations is the club the Iron Mask, but there's no clue that he's anything other than human.

I've seen quite a few reviews that mention a cameo of one of the Brothers showing up in Covet, but I didn't see it. On the other hand, I'm almost certain that one of the main characters, Marie-Therise has appeared in one of the Black Dagger Brotherhood books.

Covet is the start of a new series, about the fate of the world, involving the struggle between good and evil, centered on Jim Heron, now a Fallen Angel. I don't want to say too much in case I spoil the story for anyone. There are some very interesting plot twists, where not everything is as it seems.

I found Covet to be slightly slower at capturing my interest than the first of the Black Dagger Brotherhood series, but once it had it, the book definitely had me hooked. And, I'm curious to find out what's going to happen in the next book in the series.

Another bonus in Covet for fans of the Black Dagger Brotherhood is an excerpt from the next book, Lover Mine.

It's slightly unfortunate in some ways that J.R. Ward's Black Dagger Brotherhood series is so popular - it's quite overshadowed her new books. I've seen a lot of reviews comparing Covet to the Brotherhood books, and it usually came off slightly lower in people's preferences. I found myself making the same comparisons, but I still think that Covet was a great book.
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