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Only read this if you can remember where the previous book left off. Better than bk2
on 9 September 2011
I've gone off the boil where JR Wards books are concerned as her BDB series has veered away from the original characters and her constant and excessive use of Urban Americanisms had me reaching for the dictionary too many times. IMHO, she tries a little too hard to appear effortless in being hip and trendy with the latest expressions, with stuff that works when verbalised, but when on paper, only looks strange and makes the reader read and re-read (me, I was going WTF???) before the meaning becomes clear. And, she's on the back cover of her book in a poncy pose, which again tries too hard to be effortless and make her look young and trendy...But then came this series, with a great opening tale, an ok second tale, and this the third, a decent tale.
The main improvement is that the leads, who though not as fully-fleshed as they could easily have been, are actually nice enough people. She, Sophia Reilly, has overcome being born of a druggie mother who abandoned her, was lucky enough to be raised (and very PC the author is too, as Sophia is Caucasian, but her parents are African American) by successful people who have made her life happy and balanced, and more so, she's an Internal Affairs cop, but is confident, not conflicted in her role, though she does not have much of a life outside of work. He, Thomas del Vecchio the second, is the cop son of a serial killer, who apparently has both good and bad in him.
TDV - aka Veck, is due to have his soul taken by Devina if he succumbs to the darkness, and so Jim Heron and his angel buddies Adrian and Eddie are on the case. That's basically it.
There's a lot of blood, there's the torture and killing of an innocent female, some hot and heavy stuff between Veck and Reilly that I couldn't quite see (very little interaction, but then apparently they succumb to inexplicable passion, though she is supervising him), there's a threesome with Adrian, Eddie and an unknown pick-up (with some element of mild M/M interaction- where did that come from?), a really touching scene between Jim and the victim's mother, the death of a fairly main character, and two gay archangels. Sounds confusing? It was, a bit. To be able to really get into it, I'd have been better off re-reading book 2.
Overall, it was an ok read, but this series is not one that I will be forking out on; no, I will wait til it becomes available at my local library.