Review: Envy-J.R. Ward

Title: Envy
Author: J.R. Ward
Release Date: September 2011
Publisher: Signet
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Rating: 4 Hoots
Reviewer: Rayna

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. (Goodreads)
For all of you who are hopeless fans of the BDB series by JR Ward; should also be picking up her Fallen Angels series. I have to say not only is this new series refreshing, but for you die hard BDB fans there are cross over’s from that series just for you! We have quite a few mentions in this book; you get to learn more about Veck, De La Cruz, and to start it all off was the investigation into the death of that serial killer by none other than one of Slash’s boys! For those references I am grateful! Now onto the story, I’m on the fence with this one. Covet was good, Crave was by far my favourite so far, and Envy has me ruffled a bit; I liked this story and even though there were some great crossovers from BDB I felt my thoughts wandering!
Jim Heron makes a great constant main character with all his passion and assertiveness. Mind you we do get to see him unravelled a bit in this book which makes him all the more passionate about his cause. Veck truly is a great character and Ward wrote him so well; with all his internal struggles between good versus evil. This is the first book where I would have to say that Veck would have went the right way with or without Jim’s intervention; that is how strong and beautiful his character is despite all of his inner turmoil! Even when things were at its worst the man held strong. Reilly the leading female left me with a sour taste in my mouth. I’m not so inclined to give her praise and was disappointed with her growth in this book. Ward has a tendency to write such strong characters and with this one I believe she fell short! Reilly was assertive and strong but she lacked conviction. To turn on her man at a drop of a hat really didn’t sit well with me. In past books we have seen the H/H go though such internal struggles, but in this case, one little whisper of something a miss and she was believing the truly heinous of her love. Most times the H/H may waffle on their choice but not outright turn their backs on the other and then so easily flip the coin again in the end. So that portion of the book bothered me that we could have a female lacking so much conviction!
This series is based on a game, good versus evil and though we have four more books in this series I hope Ward spices it up a bit with the next few. It seems that this series has fallen into a pattern of Good fallen angel fights bad demon and at the end it works in either’s favour! Ward has set the stage for some very good secondary storylines to emerge and I will wait impatiently for the 4th book in the series Rapture to come out later this year.

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