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 ‘Veck’ 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 – while fighting his inner demons. Assigned to monitor Veck is Internal Affairs officer Sophia Reilly, whose interest in him is both professional and arousingly personal. And Veck and Sophia have another link: Jim Heron, a mysterious stranger with too many answers …to questions that are deadly. When Veck and Sophia are drawn into the ultimate battle between good and evil, their fallen angel saviour is the only thing that stands between them and eternal damnation.
Envy (The Fallen Angels #3) by J.R. Ward
Publication date: 06 September 2011 by Signet
ISBN 10/13: 0451229452 | 9780451229458
Category: Adult Urban Fantasy/Paranormal Romance
Keywords: Fantasy, fallen angels, romance, paranormal
Format: Mass market paperback, eBook
Envy is the third installment of Ward’s Angel series where good and evil continue to battle for the fate of earth’s souls. The fight this time around revolves around Detective Thomas “Veck” DelVecchio, Jr. from the Caldwell PD. Readers of Ward’s Black Dagger Brotherhood series will remember Veck from Lover Unleashed. Veck’s a suspect in a vicious attack on a suspectes serial killer and even he’s not sure if he did it. Internal Affairs officer Sophia Reilly is assigned as Veck’s partner in order to keep an eye on him and finds herself drawn to the intense detective. All the while, Jim Heron and his merry band of angels try to outsmart the demon Devina and win one for the good guys.
Another great read from J.R. Ward! Knowing that I wouldn’t have another Ward book for awhile, I really tried to read slow and savor this one. There are some great characters and big developments in Envy. Veck is a complex and imperfect hero. The son of a notorious serial killer, he’s been in the shadow of evil almost his whole life. He’s tortured, afraid of how much of his father is inside of him and afraid of what he’s capable of. Out of all of the books, I think Veck’s outcome was the one that I was most unsure of. It was really easy to believe the internal conflict he was going through and, for awhile, I had my doubts about which way this one was going to go. Sophia is likable but isn’t a stand out personality. She’s got the standard, smart, tough as nails cop thing going on. The heat between Veck and Sophia is scorching and there are some very steamy love scenes. There is also Avery funny interlude at Victoria’s Secret that made me laugh.
Meanwhile, Jim’s obsession with Sissy Barten threatens to cause a rift in the team. I am not sure how this whole thing with Sissy is going to pan out, since it seems like Jim has some not quite platonic feelings for her and she is A) dead and B) only 19. I have confidence in Ward though and am interested to see where it goes. There are some big and surprising developments on Team Angel and I am sure we’ll be seeing the continuing repercussions of it in the future.
Devina’s still up to her dirty tricks. She’s such an interesting character, a mix of vulnerability, neurosis and undeniable evil. She is both fascinating and frightening to watch.
Keep and eye out, too, for the BDB cameos/mentions. I love that the two worlds cross over from time to time. And what’s up with Caldwell? It seems to be full of paranormal action and deliciously hot men running around! I would like to move there, please.
Overall I was extremely happy with this book. I wish I didn’t have to wait another year for the next one. Maybe I should re-read Covet in the meantime…