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Book Review: Envy by J. R. Ward (2011).

On The Cover

Seven deadly sins. Seven souls to save. And a man and a woman treading the lines of danger, desire and deliverance . . .

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 saviour is the only thing that stands between them and eternal damnation.


Envy is the third title in the Fallen Angels series by J. R. Ward, and I have to admit, it isn’t one of her best. Throughout the novel it just feels like something is missing. Almost like the zest which normally brings this authors books to life was just lacking. The story revolves around our Fallen Angels of the previous two novels, and Jim Heron being the main man.

What I did really notice is that there seemed to be less of Jim in this book and more of the “happy couple” and their love scenes to really make a connection with the storyline. For some reason I felt that Veck and Sophia’s love story over powered everything else. It also just did the have the usual J. R. Ward spark that I am so used to reading. The loss of a main character also was a big blow also since it is only the third book in the series.

One thing I did enjoy very much is the Devina situation. The score looks a little better after this round. But it’s hard to tell with such a twisting storyline.

Envy is a great read overall and I would recommend it to fantasy fiction and romance/erotica fans alike. I give this book a rating of 6.5/10 stars.