Review: Covet by J. R. Ward

Covet

by J.R. Ward
ISBN: 9780451228215
Mass Paperback

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.

I have read MS Ward’s Brothers series and loved the first four, was dismayed at the turn of events in the fifth book and turned off by the sixth. I know this author can write riveting stories and I loved what she did in the Dead After Dark Anthology and the Black Dagger Brotherhood Insiders guide. I thought that with those last two she had turned the page so to speak and was back to writing at her best which was why I was keen to read this book. I personally found this book to be disjointed and I couldn’t connect to it. Not because it wasn’t connected to the Brothers but in my honest opinion there was no flow. It was choppy and jumpy. It’s nothing like the brothers. Not that I had expected it to be and I gave up on them after Phury’s book. Ms Ward seems to have different threads she wanted to knit together but as anyone who has ever knitted knows, one dropped stitch and it all unravels which is what to me has happened in this case.

The hype surrounding this book being about angels should actually be more about demons as they were the main branch of paranormal that was being dealt with, only through a quasi angels eyes. It was hard to get into the story and when I put it down (which I did a couple of times) I had no urge to pick it back up. I had to make myself. I felt no connection to the characters and I couldn’t seem to invest time in them.

Also, I don’t know if this book is supposed to be classed as paranormal or urban fantasy as it doesn’t seem to fit in either skin. If it is intentioned to be an Urban fantasy like S J Day’s Eve of Darkness it falls short. I couldn’t follow the plot lines and the ARC for the series to me seems forced and lacklustial. A comparison to a book with a similar theme is SJ Days Eve series. These are classed as urban fantasy with a story ARC which is believable and far reaching. I had to read S J days books straight through. There was none of that urgency with Covet. When you read authors like Keri Arthur and SJ Day for Urban fantasy and Sherrilyn Kenyon and LA Banks for paranormals you being to have expectations. Whether its covering the same genre from different perspectives or knocking your socks off with a whole different take on the genre I want the WOW factor and this just didn’t have it. It had the thud factor.

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