It took me awhile to read Envy because the opening scene was so darn familiar; I felt like I’d read it before. And I had; in the Black Dagger Brotherhood series. So, I had to go back to Lover Unleashed and try to put the pieces together. The hero of this episode is Detective Thomas DelVecchio Jr., who made a notable cameo as Jose De la Cruz’s new hotheaded partner on the Caldwell Police Department. Jose used to be Butch’s partner, until he disappeared into the world of the Brotherhood. Jose and Veck were tracking serial killer David Kroner and Veck had returned to the scene alone in anticipation of catching the killer and doing him in. Except that before he can, a big Mack truck of a vampire plows into the killer and processes him like a meat grinder, leaving Veck with one heck of a headache and a hole in his memory.
Veck is not only our hero, but this episode’s soul to be saved. He’s equal parts good and evil, thanks to a little demon problem and a serial killer father. This time Jim’s on point because he’s learned that even the good guys must sink to some unpalatable levels when you’re up against a cheating, cheater like the demon Devina. Which is good; because while Jim is on point, he isn’t entirely bringing his A game since he’s preoccupied with saving his Sissy. And then there’s the issue with his back up boys. Back in the BDB world, I was OK with the whole Wellsie thing; but this, THIS is bull.
Veck’s love interest is the Internal Affairs agent assigned as his new partner; Sofia Rilley. Rilley is pretty sure that Veck didn’t kill Kroner. But he is the son of an infamous serial killer. And he does have a little temper problem. I don’t blame her for having doubts; you’d have to be an idiot not to. They were both perfectly nice people. The romance felt a little forced, and while I love Ward’s storytelling; I’ve never been a huge fan of her romances.
Devina is one of the best parts of the story, and it feels a little wrong that evil should be that funny; but she and her “roly-poly, fully actualized, postmenopausal, tree hugging” therapist crack me up. Nigel and Colin are kind of sweet, except that Nigel’s a bit insufferable. I’m willing to cut him some slack since he reports directly to the Creator.
All and all, another engaging and entertaining installment.
Current status 2 to 1; Good guys up.