Jim Heron, fallen angel and potential saviour of mankind is sent back to earth to try and help redeem his second soul. Isaac Rothe, a fellow XOps member has been targetted for elimination for attempting to escape the clutches of the brutal black ops team, just as Jim had. Jim had originally been charged with the mission but with his apparent demise, someone else had been assigned the task. When Isaac gets into trouble with the law, he is assigned a public defender, both beautiful and compassionate and she feels compelled to try and save him from himself. Just as Isaac fears, she becomes a target too and it’s up to Jim and his brother fallen angels to try and save them from Matthias, the boss of XOps who seems hellbent on revenge.
J. R. Ward has certainly raised the bar in Crave. Her writing is just as emotional, gripping and passionate but I felt this book had a darker edge to it in comparison to Covet, the first book in this series. The edginess is not a bad thing and it definately gave the story a richer feel.
Jim Heron returns as the fallen angel who has been chosen to try and save mankind. I loved his character in the first book and due to that darker feel, he felt more solid, tangible and flawed; I loved him all the more for it.
I was glad to see that the two other fallen angels, Adrian and Edward, returned to lend a hand here. Both characters are just as complex as Jim’s and it was good to find out a little more about them. I love the banter between the three of them and the times when things turned serious, it brought a lump to my throat. I also have to mention Dog who we know isn’t just a dog, I’m just not sure quite what he is yet. He’s a bit of an enigma and hopefully will be explained in later books.
I thought it was good, if a little bittersweet, to see the four ‘british’ gentlemen angels again. They are integral to Jim’s mission and add some welcome humour but because their hands are tied and have to play by the rules they can be frustrating. However, as frustrated as I felt at times, there is one point which was very well played and made me want to cheer.
There were a few twists in the story that I really didn’t see coming which I always like and while the ending turned out kind of how I expected, the cost was surprisingly high and quite sad.
All in all I couldn’t put it down and was thoroughly engaged right til the end. It was wonderfully character driven and what action there was, was brutal. One scene in particular was both spectacularly written yet horrifying at the same time. The love scenes were very hot and, as I’ve come to expect and love from J.R. Ward, well written and emotional.
I honestly can’t wait for the next book, I NEED to know who the next soul will be!