Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Review: Envy

Reviewed by Jen
I didn't care much for Detective DelVecchio when JR Ward introduced him in Lover Unleashed.  In fact, I wondered what the hell his side-story was even doing in that book, since it had little or no relation to anything else in the storyline.  Obviously, the plan was drive Black Dagger Brotherhood fans to the Fallen Angel series... and I think the idea was kind of off-putting. I would have read this book anyway, but I hated the idea that Ward stuffed its set-up into LU... a novel that was already fractured with so many storylines, the main characters were barely the focus at all.

That being said, in his own novel, Veck makes for a pretty interesting lead.  He is haunted by the legacy of his serial killer father and a darkness that he has always carried within himself.  And as our book begins, he is convinced that he is responsible for the attack on another serial killer named Kroner.  Reilly is the Internal Affairs officer sent in to investigate.  And she becomes his temporary partner while the police try to figure out what really happened to Kroner.  Together, they begin to investigate the disappearance of Sissy Barten... the young virgin Devina killed in Covet.  Veck thinks Kroner had something to do with it, since Sissy disappeared around the same time as his other victims.

In the meantime, Jim is determined he will find Sissy's body and somehow get her soul back from Devina.  And his single-minded focus is causing a rift with his back-up angels Ad & Eddie.  At times, the Jim and Sissy vibe comes across as a borderline romantic possibility... which bothers me. Sissy is 19.  Jim is 40.  Yes, they're actually both dead, but it's still squicky.  And with Veck working Sissy's disappearance (and obviously with him being the soul in need of saving for the book) Jim has twice the motivation to be a part of his life.

I found that I liked the storyline of Veck's internal struggle, though how Devina got her hooks into him via his father wasn't entirely clear to me.  As with all Ward books, the sex was rockin' -- though I was disappointed with Reilly for her lack of faith at a pivotal time.  The real meat of the book for me, though,  centered on Jim, Ad & Eddie.  Some pretty powerful developments take place within their dynamic and we can expect the repercussions to continue into future books.  We're also tipped off on the identity of the soul in question for the next book.  It's a familiar face, but I don't know how I feel about it.

Overall, it was a solid installment in the series... very consistent in tone to the books that came before it.  4 stars.

by JR Ward
Release Date: September 6, 2011
Publisher: Signet

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At Wednesday, September 7, 2011 at 11:49:00 AM CDT , Blogger Amber Hughes said...

I'm 120 pages into this book and I'm really enjoying it so far :-)

At Wednesday, September 7, 2011 at 3:55:00 PM CDT , Blogger Alexis @ Reflections of a Bookaholic said...

I just started the Black Dagger Brotherhood series. I'm so far from this that I just don't know anything. lol.

At Wednesday, September 7, 2011 at 9:03:00 PM CDT , Blogger Molli @ Once Upon a Prologue said...

I so need to catch up. I loved Covet but have not yet read Crave. I am so glad to see Jim, Eddie, and Adrian rocking the bromance. :D I really love the three of them.

Awesome review, very honest, and just really makes me want to make time to catch up!

At Wednesday, September 7, 2011 at 10:00:00 PM CDT , Blogger Unknown said...

I'm listening to this right now, and really enjoying it, if it keeps going as good for the second half, this might just be my favorite so far.

At Saturday, September 10, 2011 at 9:49:00 AM CDT , Blogger Unknown said...

Great review! I love Ward, but sometimes I wonder why she does certain things. I have to agree with you on Vech's tiny role in LU.

At Sunday, September 11, 2011 at 12:55:00 PM CDT , Blogger Unknown said...

I was very curious about DelVecchio from Lover Unleashed. Ward gave him a part, so I knew there was more to him. I just got this yesterday and I intend on starting very soon. I like what you said, how Jim, Ad and Eddie were the meat of the story. I thought the same thing about book 2 (which I liked, but it wasn't as good as Covet). I can't wait to start this, been hearing great things and like I said, I have been very curious about DelVecchio. Great review hon, thank you :)


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