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Wednesday, 21 March 2012

Envy by J.R. Ward

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 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. Hired to monitor Veck is Internal Affairs officer Sophia Reilly, whose interest in Veck is both professional and arousingly personal. But Veck and Sophia have a common interest. He's Jim Herron, a mysterious stranger enlisted to save the soul of a killer's latest victim, one precariously hovering between heaven and hell. Before Herron's job is done, Veck and Sophia will be inexorably drawn into a battle of good against evil, where the risk is nothing less than total damnation.

Rhonda's Review:
After reading Lover Unleashed, I learned that DelVecchio who became Detective de la Cruz’s new partner in Lover Unleashed would be the key player in the next book to the Fallen Angel’s series. I will say that I adore Ward’s Black Dagger Brotherhood series, and I have liked her Fallen Angel’s series okay, but was never left eager for the next book, so I didn’t read this right away.  Well the Warden worked her magic with this book. It was exactly what I would expect from Ward and I loved every single page and loved Jim, Adrian and Eddie even more. And the H/h were so cute and sweet together. But make no mistake DelVecchio is all alpha male! 

As the playing field of good vs. evil is again open for round 3, Envy begins where Lover Unleashed ended. Veck is waiting for the serial killer David Kroner in the woods, and has his own brand of justice he’s ready to deliver.  After blacking out and waking up to a bloody mutilated Kroner, and not having any recollection of the events that had taken place, Veck finds himself under scrutiny and also  assigned a new partner from the Internal Affairs Division.  Veck is the son of a convicted serial  killer, and has had his struggles being the son of Thomas DelVecchio serial killer extraordinaire.  Well, it’s not just his father’s fan club out to cause him trouble,  Devina is back and ready to play.  She manages to throw her influence all over the place in this story, starting with Veck who begins to think he has a multiple personality disorder.  Devina hardly leaves anyone untouched as she tries to secure the win in this round.  But Jim is bringing his “A“ game this time, going so far as to barter himself to Devina for information that Nigel won’t give him.

When Veck and Sophia Reilly first meet, the undeniable attraction spells trouble for the both of them.  Reilly seems to be a bit of a loaner, and very by-the-book when it comes to her job.  She’s smart, organized and careful, also kind and compassionate when it comes to Veck.  That is until Veck becomes a suspect in the murder of Cecilia Barton (Sissy).  From this point, the story goes full steam ahead until the end.  And what a ending it was!!

I don’t want to give too many details here, because this story was so enjoyable to unravel. There is a continuing story going on here with Jim and the girl Sissy from the previous books.  There is a bit of forensics involved as well, but wasn’t overdone, I mean these are cops we’re dealing with in this story. Besides I like that kind of stuff anyway.  I loved Veck and Reilly and how they didn’t spend a lot of time denying, avoiding or analyzing  their attraction to each other. Jim Herron has grown in to his powers more, even if he’s not sure how, it’s awesome!! I have found myself liking him more and more with each book.  I also loved the continuing story of Adrian, Eddie, and Jim. The growth of all the characters even Devina is so enjoyable. Devina was very enjoyable in a “love to hate” sort of way.  JR Ward keeps straddling the fence on the M/M storyline, never fully giving in to it…yet.  Maybe she’s testing the waters, who knows.  But there is a scene involving Eddie and Adrian where she touched down with the tip of her toe.  ;)   Nigel and Colin are still in the “fade to black” stage.  Now at the end of this story I was left wondering if we are going to cross back over to the BDB series some with this one, which I really liked.  I think for the readers of this series, most will find this one to be so much better.  So if you’ve started this series, and haven’t gotten to this one yet, I urge you to take the plunge. 


Elena said...

Woo Hoo!! *waving arms in the air* That was a FANTASTIC Review!! I can't wait to read "Lover Unborn" and then get nose deep into reading this book,your review was long enough to prove this book was AWESOMESAUCE :D

Vanessa theJeepDiva said...

I didn't like this one as much as the first 2 in the series. I LOVED 2nd one. It was one of my favorite books in 2010.
I felt the m/m in Envy was a way for her to make fans like this series & want the whole Quay thing in this series too. I dunno it felt pushed, not smexy.
I love to read other peoples opinions on books! Its the whole reason I stalk other bloggers. Thanks for sharing.

helpmerhonda72 said...

Elena, I think you will like this one. I know how you felt about the other 2, and were pretty spot on together in our opinions. A lot of people that didn't enjoy the first two books as much have loved this one, including me.

GraceDZ said...

Awesome review, Rhonda! Oh man, my TBR list just got longer!

Jennifer@The Book Nympho said...

I've this one sitting on my Nook. I need to move it up my TBR list.

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