#2 in Fallen Angeles
I know, I know you are not ‘supposed’ to compare BDB (for the uninitiated that’s Black Dagger Brotherhood) with Fallen Angles but I can’t help it. I’m in hearts with all the brothers and wanted the same relationship to happen with the Fallen series. (My emotional grid was all over the place…you actually can’t see that I just fist bumped myself)). But seeing as how Covet was a mite disappointing, I felt the need to pump the brakes and take a knee before I bought the new installation to the series, Crave. I was still feeling a bit sore from my initial jubilation smack down, and didn’t want to get my hopes up that Crave would be any better.
Oh, how I doubted my bestie, fav author. Ward, made a major improvement with her second book in the series and Crave is substantially better than Covet, by giant sized leaps and bounds. Now, it’s been a while between books so other than remembering Jim, fallen angels, and some crazy demon chick named Devina I was drawing a blank on the details of this series. The beginning is a bit confusing, actually I could have done without that whole part until our main man, Isaac, meets up with his lawyer, Grier Childe. Perhaps I was having a blond moment or not enough Ginko Biloba in my diet but once Grier and Isaac crossed paths the book became far more interesting. Why it was automatic, it was systematic, it was hydromatic! Why it was greased lightnin’!
Isaac is an awoled man on the run from the XOps (anyone else thinks that sounds dirty…). He is trying to survive by doing a little illegal MMA fighting to make some money. Nobody could fault Ward for being urbanely current. So, after being in an underground bust by the police, in walks his super foxy lawyer, Grier Childe. Grier has her own demons to slay and tries to keep them at bay by doing pro bono work.
Jim must once again battle the uber creepy Devina as part of the ‘Seven’ souls he must win for team good, otherwise the world will fall under the rule of evil. Nothing like a little pressure . As with Covet the soul Jim must save is never as cut and dry as it may seem and just because he has one on team evil doesn’t mean he can get cocky. Devina has grown more desperate to win and the stakes have just been raised.
I would have like more paranormal aspects with Devina and her demons, although there is one creepy scene where Jim makes a bargain with the demon to stay with her for a night. I may have been emotionally scared by that one. Sadistic torture can definitely leave a lasting imprint. What makes Crave stand out from Covet, is the characters. Grier was a much more interesting character and paired with Isaac’s southern gentleman charm and one badass demon – made for a great combination.
So, if you were sitting on the fence on this one, your ol pals KC and K-Khan give it the Smokin Hot Stamp of approval. Other than the confusing beginning you don’t want to miss out on this one because Ward can still weave one bad ass story and with a surprise twist at the end.
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