Crave by J.R. Ward

Fallen Angels, Book 2

Synopsis: Seven deadly sins. Seven souls that must be saved. One more no-holds- barred battle between a fallen angel with a hardened heart and a demon with everything to lose.

Isaac Rothe is a black ops soldier with a dark past and a grim future. The target of an assassin, he finds himself behind bars, his fate in the hands of his gorgeous public defender Grier Childe. His hot attraction to her can only lead to trouble-and that’s before Jim Heron tells him his soul is in danger. Caught up in a wicked game with the demon who shadows Jim, Isaac must decide whether the soldier in him can believe that true love is the ultimate weapon against evil.

Review: I was eager to read this book. As I loved the first book, I was very happy to find Jim and his two sidekicks for a new mission. And I was not disappointed.

The story begins two days after the events of book 1. Jim, Adrian and Eddie leave Caldwell to go to Boston. It is there that Jim must complete his second mission: save Isaac Rothe’s soul. Isaac earns his living as an underground cage fighter. But during a police raid, he is arrested. To get through this, he must rely on Grier Childe, his court-appointed lawyer.

I must say that overall I loved it. Here, we don’t have any allusions to the BDB series. If Covet was a foretaste of this new world, with Crave we can say that we enter in the heart of the matter and this time, the battle between good and evil is really engaged. Here the mission takes a turn much more personal than in the previous book because Jim and Isaac know each other. They are both former members of the XOps, a top secret commando unit led by Matthias. Isaac had deserted the XOps, when the only way to leave this organization is in a coffin. Jim will not only have to fight for the soul of his friend, but he will also have to confront his former boss, Matthias who is determined to get rid of Isaac.

As for Covet, Crave is a little bit long to start but once you get past the first few chapters, the book is very hard to put down. The plot here is still well done. Jim is now a fallen angel. He has wings and can dematerialize himself every time he wants to. It was fun to see him learning all that. In book 1 we learn that there are seven souls at stake, seven chances for good or evil to prevail and he is the only one who can determine the fate of these seven souls. It was pretty impressive to see him doing his new job with his new powers but there are so many things he still doesn’t know about this fight … And his partners as well as his new boss, seem unwilling to reveal things to him.

Among the many points of views, we have Adrian’s POV, who is much more present in this book, as well as Nigel of course. I enjoyed these passages and I hope we will see them more in the next books. But the most fascinating thing in this book is the fact that we also have Devina’s POV! I loved these passages. It was interesting to discover her as she really is and learn all these things about her. I loved the way that the author tries to dedemonize her, and she does the same with Matthias.

I confess that I would have liked to see Jim experiencing his duality. Indeed, he has equally a part of good and a part of evil in him so I was expecting that he would be confronted with this inner conflict sooner or later but it is not the case. Instead, Jim seems determined to remain on the side of the good guys. His confrontations with his enemy are explosive, trying but also very intense. The demoness is determined to win this game at all costs, she doesn’t hesitate to cheat. We can’t help but wonder how all this situation will evolve. I loved the twist at the end, although I was expecting it.

In the end, I found this second book as good as the first one, except for the romance because I found it lacked a bit of spark. Indeed, I didn’t connect with Grier and Isaac. I was not as thrilled by their love story as I was by Vin and Marie-Terese. On the contrary I found they were rather insipid but however it was a great read and now I’m looking forward to read book 3.

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