Book Reviews

Book Review: Rapture by J. R. Ward (2012).

On the Cover.

Mels Carmichael, reporter for the Caldwell Courier Journal, gets the shock of her life when a man stumbles in front of her car outside the local cemetery. After the accident, his amnesia is just the kind of mystery she likes to solve, but she soon discovers they’re over their heads with his past. Over their heads with passion, too . . .

As shadows walk the line between reality and another realm, and her lover’s memory begins to come back, the two of them learn that nothing is truly dead and buried. Especially when you’re trapped in a no-holds-barred war between angels and demons. With a soul on the line, and Mels’s heart at risk, what in heaven – or in hell – will it take to save them both?

Review.

Rapture is the fourth novel in J. R. Ward’s Fallen Angel series, and is the best of the series so far. The last book I am sad to say just wasn’t up to par, but this instalment has really made up for the discrepancy. Jim Herron is at it again saving soul’s with his fellow fallen angel Adrian, and even though he is gone and sorely missed, Eddies spirit seems to linger with the duo all the same. Not to mention Dog making sure he stays safe in the event something happened. Devina also remains in the scene causing problems with everything she can so that she. An win the game of good and evil!

I found this book much more appealing than the last. I’m not sure if it was because there were more familiar characters than in the last, having Matthias involved and him being the soul whom good and evil are vying for. Or it may have been the fact Mels is such a strong female character, who lives hard, and loves hard. Altogether it made for a great storyline for the battle between good and evil.

Overall I enjoyed this novel very much and would recommend it to anyone who enjoys the paranormal genre and fantasy fiction. I give this book a rating of 8/10 stars.

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Book Reviews

Book Review: Crave, by J. R. Ward (2010).

I must apologise to readers for my latest blogging discrepancy. I always post series I Review in the order written and therefore read. However for the first time in a long time I have missed a review. Sorry if anyone was actually waiting for this.

Here is the missing review! 📚

Blurb

Seven deadly sins. Seven deadly souls that must be saved. One more no-holds-barred battle between Jim Heron, a fallen angel with a hardened heart, and a demon with everything to lose.

Isaac Rothe is a black-ops soldier with a dark past and a grim future. The Target of an assassin, he finds himself behind bars, his fate in the hands of his gorgeous public defender, Grier Childe. His hot attraction to her is totally wrong place – wrong time kind of thing – and that’s before Jim Heron tells him his soul is in danger. Caught up in a wicked game with the demon who shadows Jim, Isaac must decide whether the soldier in him can believe that true love is the ultimate weapon against evil…

Review

Another great read by J. R. Ward. Just not what I had expected to say the least. I know the good guy doesn’t always win but I didn’t expect any form of failure so soon. But understandably the storyline does have a point. With free will and all that goes with it, I should have realised that all wasn’t as it seemed, but failed to see the twist that was coming!

The characters teamed up with Jim, such as his buddies Eddie and Adrian still carry a sense of mystery. We are yet to see what brought them into the fight for good and evil, or why they have become “fallen” angels and not just sticking with the angel part of the title. The addition of Isaac and Grier brings out the underlying erotic pull that J. R. Ward is renown for, but somehow there was too much drama and adventure to really get into really HOT scenes that we all know she writes so well. Instead she tantalises us with a twist that leaves one man dead, which obviously had to happen, but not in any way I had guessed.

Devina of course is being her horrifically difficult self. I admit some of the torture Jim undergoes is something I could imagine anyone surviving, let alone going on to save the day with his friends. But apparently it is somewhat possible, as Jim Heron still hasn’t really missed a beat. I guess that is why I did find the ending difficult to swallow, considering Jim goes through such horrible events yet the deal seemed to have already been sealed.

Overall, I have enjoyed Crave, the second of the Fallen Angels series. I would recommend it to adults who enjoy fantasy fiction with a mix of romance and erotica! I give this book a rating of 8/10 stars

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Book Reviews

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.

Review:

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.

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Book Reviews

Book Review: Covet, by J. R. Ward (2010).

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Blurb.

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 charged with saving the souls of seven people from the seven deadly sins. And failure is not an option.

Vin Di Pietro long ago gave himself up to his business – until fate intervenes in the form of a tough-talking, Harley-riding, self-professed savior, and a woman who makes him question his destiny. With an ancient evil ready to claim him, Vin has to work with a fallen angel not only to win his beloved over…but to redeem his very soul.

Review.

Another great novel from J. R. Ward, but instead of Vampire’s we are looking at Fallen Angels, which may or not be related to Lassiter, of the Black Dagger Brotherhood series. This book delves into the life of Jim Herron, and finds a man who is very much on the run from a hidden organisation that he both fears and hates, and has also gone AWOL, even though in doing so has written his own death sentence.

This first novel of the Fallen Angels series, gives readers their first look at the great fight between good and evil, and how Jim will participte in the war. J. R. Ward’s fantastic storyline that merges her unforgettable sense of humour, and storyline twists, with some characters who I feel I could continue to read about again in the future. So far so good, I think that this could be another great series.

Overall, I enjoyed this novel somewhat less than the Black Dagger Brotherhood series, maybe due to my bias love for the Vampire genre, or maybe because it just doesn’t have the same X-factor I felt reading the previous series. Further reading will solve this however, and I am looking forward to reading the next novel. I recommend this novel to anyone who likes the fantasy fiction genre and like myself enjoys J. R. Wards fantastic writing! I give this book a rating of 7/10 stars.

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Book Reviews

Book Review: The Thief, by J. R. Ward (2018).

Blurb.

Sola Morte, former cat burglar and safe-cracker, has given up her old life on the wrong side of the law. On the run from a drug lord’s family, she is lying low far from Caldwell, keeping her nose clean and her beloved grandmother safe. Her heart, though, is back up north, with the only man who has ever gotten through her defenses: Assail, who never meant to fall in love – and certainly not with a human. But they have no future, and not just because she doesn’t know he is a vampire, but because he is not about to stop dealing arms to the Black Dagger Brotherhood.

Fate, however, has other plans for them. When Assail falls into a coma and lingers on the verge of death, his cousins seek out Sola and beg her to give him a reason to live. The last thing she wants is a return to her past, but how can she leave him to die?

As a lethal new enemy of the vampires shows its face, Sola finds herself not only a target, but a mission-critical force in a war she doesn’t understand. And when Assail’s truth comes out, will she run from the horror . . . or follow her heart into the arms of the male who loves her more than life itself?

Review.

The Thief is J. R. Ward’s latest instalment in the Black Dagger Brotherhood series, and she does not disappoint either! Vishious and Doc Jane are one of my favourite couples, and the storyline in which makes their relationship stronger since the previous showed them drifting apart, really was good. I am glad that it didn’t end with devastation! Just as the relationship between Sola and Assail. They really make a great couple. Which of course makes an amazing storyline written by an amazing author.

The storyline that focuses on Throe, really has peaked my interest. An evil amongst their own kind is something the Black Dagger Brotherhood has dealt with before, however it was with the persuasion and interference off the Omega. This time it is the interference of something else entirely.

I have enjoyed this novel and I would recommend this book along with the entire series to anyone interested in the Vampire genre that is entwined with a little romance. Overall, I give this book a rating of 8/10 stars. I can’t wait till the next book is out!

Book Reviews

Book Review: The Chosen by J. R. Ward (2017).

Blurb.

A scorching forbidden love threatens to tear a rift through the Black Dagger Brotherhood in J. R. Ward’s newest novel in the #1 New York Times bestselling series.

Xcor, leader of the Band of Bastards, convicted of treason against the Blind King, is facing a brutal interrogation and torturous death at the hands of the Black Dagger Brotherhood. Yet after a life marked by cruelty and evil deeds, he accepts his soldier’s fate, his sole regret the loss of a sacred female who was never his: the Chosen Layla.

Layla alone knows the truth that will save Xcor’s life. But revealing his sacrifice and his hidden heritage will expose them both and destroy everything Layla holds dear-even her role of mother to her precious young. Torn between love and loyalty, she must summon the courage to stand up against the only family she has for the only man she will ever love. Yet even if Xcor is somehow granted a reprieve, he and Layla would have to confront a graver challenge: bridging the chasm that divides their worlds without paving the way for a future of even greater war, desolation, and death.

As a dangerous old enemy returns to Caldwell, and the identity of a new deity is revealed, nothing is certain or safe in the world of the Black Dagger Brotherhood, not even true love . . . or destinies that have long seemed set in stone.

Review.

The story of Quinn, Blay and Layla has always been one of complications. But in this latest Novel I find that they seem to go out of their way to make everything become the worst case scenario to the point of stupidity. The whole argument that explodes to the point where Quinn pulls a gun on the mother of his children is utterly absurd. This seriously wouldn’t happen, in that the character itself just doesn’t seem capable. But that’s reality too isn’t it? Especially magnified in these characters, perhaps Quinn could be capable of murder against one that he loves if he believes there has been a threat to his young.

Quinn’s relationship with Layla is not the only one that needs thought however, as he manages to also make things difficult with Blay. Not to mention the discovery of what love can do to a pair of Vampires who find themselves bonded just as Layla and Xcor do.

My favourite part of the story however, is Layla finding her voice. After being the tearfully afraid subservient blood bag for the Brotherhood for so long, she finds her own courage and voice when it comes to defending her young and the Vampire she loves.

Over all I would recommend this novel to anyone interested in Vampires, especially when mixed with so HOT Romance. I give The Chosen, authored by J. R. Ward, a rating of 8/10 stars.

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Book Reviews

Book Review: The Beast, by J. R. Ward (2016).

Blurb.

Nothing is as it used to be for the Black Dagger Brotherhood. After avoiding war with the Shadows, alliances have shifted and lines have been drawn The slayers of the Lessening Society are strong than ever, preying on human weakness to acquire more money, more weapons, more power. But as the Brotherhood readies for an all-out attack on them, one of their own fights a battle within himself.

For Rhage, the Brother with the biggest appetites, but also the biggest heart, life was supposed to be perfect – or, at the very least, perfectly enjoyable. Mary, his beloved Shellan, is by his side and his King and brothers are thriving. But Rhage can’t understand – or control – the panic and insecurity that plague him, terrify him and distance him from he mate.

After suffering a mortal injury in battle, Rhage must reassess his priorities. The answer, when it comes to him, rocks his world… and Mary’s. But Mary is on a journey of her own, one that will either bring them closer together or cause a split that neither will recover from …

Review:

The Beast, by J. R. Ward has been a fantastic addition to the series. It bring the forth a rainbow of emotions with this instalments storyline that it is hard for readers not to require at least one or two Kleenex! Another story of Rhage and Mary has been fantastic, and heart warming as they set out on a new chapter of their life together.

Neither Mary or Rhage thought they would ever be parents, but given the opportunity, the pair turn out to be perfect for the job. Even if the situation isn’t the most ideal. But together the couple manage to open their hearts which are so full of love and compassion that any young that would belong to them would be blessed indeed. My favourite scene however, has to be when their adoption prospect meets the beast that lives inside of Rhage. The way this is handled shows pure imagination and fantastic humour. I have to say it really had me laughing out loud.

Overall this has been a fabulous addition to the Black Dagger Brotherhood series and I would recommend it to any Vampire genre lovers as well as those interested in fantasy romance. I give this fabulous book a rating of 8/10 stars.

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