Wonderfully well developed story-line draws you in and keeps you hanging on to every word. Great characters involve you intimately from the very beginning to the very last. An exemplary work.
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I would listen to Covet again. I've always had a genuine interest in books about good vs. evil, or angels vs. demons. It's always very entertaining how
Without a doubt, my favorite character is Vin diPietro. I like him best because he's so mysterious. He knows what he wants and he has the
The voice. Each character's voice was slightly different. The tone Eric G. Dove used for each character helped me to visualize what they might look like. I liked it!
I didn't have an extreme reaction. I did find some parts humorous, but I didn't cry. The anticipation was overwhelming sometimes. I liked the anticipation. It makes good reading/listening.
I'm considering Crave and Envy. I hope they both are just as entertaining.
A change in pace from Ms. Ward's Black Dagger Brotherhood and one that can take a little getting used to. However, once I did, I found myself enjoying it.
Having been introduced to fallen angels with Lassiter in the BDB series, it was easy to accept that there might be other fallen angels on Earth with their own problems and missions. Jim Heron's transition into a fallen angel after a lifetime in special ops removing problems of a different nature, is an interesting read.
There is a cross over with the world of the BDB in the first story, not only with the setting of Caldwell, but with the appearance of Trez, the Iron Mask, Phury (though you're not given the name) and Marie-Terese.
When Jim is told he has to save Vincent di Pietro, he isn't sure he's up to the task. After all, what does he know about saving souls? Demons? Angels? This is all new territory for him and well, how does he do this without sounding like he's lost the plot and about ready to sign up for a padded cell with a hug me jacket?
An interesting and well written addition the Caldwell/BDB setting, and I look forward to reading/listening to the next novel. As for the narrator, he worked very well for this, and I liked his attempts to make the characters very distinct with the change in voices.
I was hooked by the sample. I loved the voice of the narrator (new narrator for me) and the story line sounded interesting. I was half way through the book and downloaded the next two books (Crave and Envy). BIG MISTAKE. The sex scenes are beyond explicit they are pornographic. Crave and Envy are worst yet, now we have graphic sex between apparently homosexual or bisexual Angels. There is nothing presented while considering whether or not to purchase the book the sugguests the content. These books should come with a warning label!!
nothing, loved his voice and his presentation was great
I skipped the other categories, I've said all I want to say about this book and the others in this series.
I like the story but the narrator was like listening to a seminar. I love the Blackdaggar books and the narrator was awesome in those, but didnt care for this one.
I wanted to but just couldnt do it.
I've read a lot of romance novels... A LOT... and I was pleasantly surprised by the originality of this book. The premise, good versus evil, is certainly not new, but Ward manages to spin a tail that is intriguing and edgy. The only criticism I have for the book is the fizzle of the relationship between Marie-Terese and Vin. They start out hot and heavy in the beginning, especially Vin's attraction to her, and by the end of the book they are very much in love but it seems watered down. I hear Crave is the same, and though I will definitely read/listen to Crave as the series is off to a great start, I hope Ms. Ward fixes this issue in her future books. I did not feel this way about her characters in the Black Dagger Brotherhood series.
As a side note, the narrator was male and actually delivered the story better than I think a female would have given the dark aspects of the book. However, sometimes I wondered if he was human or a computer narrator. A little more inflection and flow to the narration would make it just about perfect!
AND that is a good thing. If I wanted another BDB novel I would have just waited until the next book came out. I really like male readers and was not disappointed by Eric Dove's performance. The storyline is very different from anything else I have ever read. I have read a lot of mystery, traditional romance and paranormal romance, and some sci-fi. This story line is intriguing to me and nobody writes sex scenes quite like J.R. Ward. Can't wait to listen to the other two novels!
Who is the target audience for this book? If it's women, maybe don't start out with a protracted sports metaphor. If it's men at least start out with a protracted sports metaphor that makes sense, and then maybe don't go with the all consuming, all redeeming love story that changes the man and saves the woman.
In fact, no matter who the audience is, that particular story line is soo tired, soo overdone, soo unrealistic and soo sexist that it is unbearable to read.
Also, the author has some weird choices in language style. The narration was fine. I hardly noticed it in particular, which is all I really ask of acceptable narration, but it wasn't anything extraordinary.
I try to say something redeeming about every book, and I've had a hard time coming up with it for this one, so here it goes: The croquet playing angels are kind of funny (They appear for about five minutes.).
I would give this book 3.5 stars. It was really engaging with lots of twists and turns. It is part of a series but can stand on it's own. The only thing I found off putting was some of Vin's vocabulary was a little unrealistic - a little too uppety. Other than that, I really enjoyed reading this and it took just a couple days.
Narration was great! Could totally distinguish all the voices.
I stayed with it to the end, but I'm a bit ashamed to say so. Lots of improbable overcharged sex and crazy fantasy religious/demonic interactions. If you're looking for escapism, this one will do it.