Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Review: Crave by J.R. Ward

Crave (The Fallen Angels #2) by J. R. Ward
Release Date: October 5, 2010
Publisher: Signet
Genre: Paranormal Romance

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

At the end of Covet, Jim Heron finds himself technically dead, and officially an angel. At the beginning of Crave, Jim finds himself resigned to the fact that he is the one "person" who can save the world for good, or watch it destroyed by evil.

As Jim waits for his next assignment in this game of good vs. evil, he decides to take a detour to help out an old friend and comrade.

Isaac Rothe was in the black-ops division of the military with Jim Heron. The black-ops is a super secret, stripped of all identity, even your family thinks you are dead division of the military. Their follow instructions and ask no questions policy has gotten to Isaac, and he finds himself AWOL and in hiding from those good at finding anyone.

Jim's most recent assignment was to find and dispose of Isaac, one thing he didn't want to do. But now that he is "dead" he is free to find Isaac on his own and try to save him. What Jim doesn't expect, is that his next assignment in his new world is closer than he thinks.

My Review: I discovered J.R. Ward when I first read the Black Dagger Brotherhood series. I lover her characters and her writing. This is the second book in her Fallen Angels series.
I liked the first book in this new series, Covet, but I liked this one much more. Covet was an good introduction book... how things work in this world, why they are doing what they are doing. Crave is a good follow up book. It delves deep into the storyline, and takes you along for the ride. There didn't seem to be as much of the angels in this book, but they were there when needed, and were great when they were.
The main story centers around southern boy Isaac Rothe, who in wanting to get out of the family business of farming, made the fateful decision to join the black-ops, and Grier Childe, a lawyer unwittingly thrown into his path.
Obviously, there was the attraction, and subsequent getting together, but there was more to it. They both had ghosts, figuratively and literally, that they had to rid themselves of.
These were great characters. I found myself really liking Isaac and rooting for him, that everything would be ok for him, and he could find something good in his life.
Grier was a good match for him: strong, independent and vulnerable, but would rather die than admit it.
Once Jim is done with his assignments, it is assumed that the people involved are finished, and therefor never to be heard from again in the series. I hope that this isn't the case with Isaac and Grier. I would like to see them make a reappearance again in the series.
I definitely recommend this book, and series. IMO, J.R. Ward has another winner on her hands.


Amy said...

I love the cover alone! Ward is an author that I have been told many times I have to check. Great review.

Unknown said...

I haven't started the Fallen Angels series yet, though I LOVE BDB!! I may have to break down and get these though. Great review!