Title: Envy: Fallen Angels, book 3
Author: J.R. Ward
Buy Link: Buy Envy Here!
Rating: You Gotta Read
Reviewer: Wendy Mitchell
As the son of a serial killer, homicide detective Thomas "Veck" DelVecchio, Jr., grew up in the shadow of evil. Now, on the knife-edge between civic duty and blind retribution, he atones for the sins of his father---while fighting his inner demons. Assigned to monitor Veck is Internal Affairs officer Sophia Reilly, whose interest in him is both professional and arousingly personal. And Veck and Sophia have another link: Jim Heron, a mysterious stranger with too many answers...to questions that are deadly. When Veck and Sophia are drawn into the ultimate battle between good and evil, their fallen angel savior is the only thing that stands between them and eternal damnation.
When your father is prolific serial killer, Thomas DelVecchio, and you have a butchered mass of barely breathing male at your feet, the logical conclusion is the apple didn’t fall far from the tree. Especially when it had been your intent to kill said barely breathing male. The problem is that Thomas “Veck” DelVecchio, Jr. doesn’t remember actually doing the deed. This is not the position a homicide detective with the Caldwell, NY police force should find themselves in. Sophia Reilly, an officer with Internal Affairs, is well aware of who Veck’s father is, and she’s kept her eye on the detective watching for sign’s of his infamous sire’s madness, but what should be an open and shut case just doesn’t add up, and Sophie doesn’t believe in snap judgments. With the balance of good and evil hinging on the outcome, Veck and Sophia are in a race against time to find out if Veck’s worst nightmare is fact his reality.
This book literally destroyed me. It was fantastic, the best book in the Fallen Angel series so far, but it is a wrenching experience. For the first time, since I became a fan of J.R. Ward, I had to walk away from the book and let it rest for awhile. It was just that emotionally powerful. I could not finish this book in one sitting and remain a functioning, rational person. The fight between the Fallen and Devina reaches new lows, and I really, really need to see some consequences leveled on her evil tail. There are some major developments with the Archangels that shake the foundations of the story arc as well. Veck has intrigued me since his first appearance in the world of Caldwell, NY and this story is completely worthy of his character. Sophia was a terrific heroine except for an issue near the end that sent my blood pressure into the stratosphere, but it did ensure that Veck will always win any argument they ever have for the rest of his life. All of the Fallen Angel books are stand alone reads, but with Envy, in particular, you will get so much more impact from the story if you have read the previous books. If you haven’t indulged in this series yet, you are missing out on one of life’s rare gifts. Though at times painful, this is something that shouldn’t be missed.