With Red Hands

Six years have passed since Natalie stopped the Violet Killer with Dan.  Sickened by the violence she resigns from the Violet Corps, and to make ends meet takes any freelance job she can get.  Not easy when the Corps try to block any employment to try and force her to come back. They also want to get their hands on the one legacy Dan left.  Their daughter.  When a killer is going to walk free due to the false testimony of a corrupt Violet, Natalie feels she has to try and prove how he did it.  The one thing she doesn’t bank on is something dark from her Mother’s history.

I still found the premise of Violets as unique and exciting as I did in the first book, Through Violet Eyes.  The character of Natalie continues to appeal with her strength, quiet dignity and determination.  The love for her daughter and the fierce protectiveness she has for her is compelling and touching, especially when you know what Natalie herself went through as a child.

The book was skillfully written, causing pangs of sorrow everytime Dan appears.  As I mentioned in the first book’s review, the mix of urban fantasy and crime  is just brilliant and I would be hard pressed to choose which genre it would fit into.  The pace of this book was just right, progressing with enough speed to keep me interested, but not so fast that I had to keep reading back to catch something.   The plot was complex enough to keep me glued to the pages, trying to guess what was going to happen.  I absolutely loved what he did with the ending, didn’t see that coming at all.  Highly recommended for anyone who likes a good solid thrilling read.

Rating: ★★★★★ 

Book Information
  • Author: Stephen Woodworth
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 With Heaven and Hell tired of the game of stealing or saving souls, they come to the agreement of one final act to decide whether good, or evil will prevail.  The rules are simple – One man, seven souls to save from the seven deadly sins.  Jim Heron’s life gets very complicated the day he dies and becomes a fallen angel.

While the premise might sound simple, the plot is not.  This is the first book by J.R. Ward I’ve experienced and having read a lot of urban fantasy and supernatural romance,  I expected it to be a bit same old same old but I was pleasantly surprised.   Ward has her own unique style of writing and I would say it’s actually more of a blend of urban fantasy and romance with a bit of a thriller thrown in.

The reluctant hero, Jim Heron is very likeable but still manages to maintain an air of ‘don’t get too close’ which was good,  and while you know there is something a bit unusual about his friends, it’s very subtly done.  The characters of Vin and Marie-Terese were also well written and Vin especially is not at all as you would expect.  I thought the evil side were particularly nasty and again their introduction was very subtle.  As the book progresses, and certain things get revealed, you gain more empathy with the main characters and that just continues growing, right to the end.  I really enjoyed the twist at the end which kept me strung along til the last moment and was very emotional, gripping and well written.  I can’t say more than that without spoilers.

My advice is read this book.  It’s a good one!

Rating: ★★★★☆ 

Book Information
  • Author: J.R. Ward
  • Series: Fallen Angels (1)
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