Covet: Fallen Angels Book 1
J. R. Ward
Signet, 2009 (2009)
Reviewed by Martina Bexte
fter a long stint in the military Jim Heron is looking for normalcy in his life, even for a few short months. False identities and remaining below the grid won't keep his former handlers off his back for long. They'll eventually track him down and demand he take on another
- refusing isn't an option, not if he wants to live. For now he's content, living in a cheap apartment and working construction for boss Vin diPietro - that is, until a freak construction accident changes Jim's life forever.
in diPietro has reached the zenith of his business career: he's head of the most successful and lucrative construction company on the east coast and about to propose marriage to a woman who would certainly add to his status. But everything Vin has worked so hard to achieve is rendered meaningless the moment he sets eyes on Marie Therese.
arie Therese knows she'd be crazy to fall for another man who reminds her of her ex-husband - a man who'd abused her, lied to her, and forced her not only into hiding but into prostitution to protect and care for her son. But she discovers that she cannot escape either Vin's (or Jim Heron's) determined campaign to bring them together - even when dark forces threaten to destroy them all.
espite Ward's use of clichéd characters and back stories - the disillusioned soldier running from his past, the desperate mother hiding from an abusive Mafia connected husband, and the real estate mogul who accumulates wealth and power to compensate for his horrible childhood - Ward spins a multi-layered and compelling story, with an equally moving romance between Vin and Marie Therese.
or does she overstate the
involvement when Jim's
are onstage, but rather puts an amusing spin on the proceedings as the angels guide, cajole and sometimes threaten Jim toward his new path of saving souls before the dark side claims them.
is a compelling beginning to J.R. Ward's
series and a story fans of paranormal romance shouldn't miss.
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