Immortal

May 21, 2015 - 10:50 pm No Comments

Fallen Angels Number 6
Author: J R Ward
Publisher: Piatkus
Release date: 3rd March 15
Page count: 400 pp
Reviewer: Theresa Derwin

Demon Devina, in her current curvaceous suit of flesh has been trying to curb her appetites and compulsions with therapy, but when she sees the pair of gold Louboutins she just has to have them. It’s the only thing that will keep her mind off the fact that her lover Jim, had gone home to someone else, that virginal Sissy, after making love to Devina. It was a good thing then that she was leading in a war over humanity, so if she won this current soul – she won everything. Devina’s tone of voice is a great blend of SATC, Confessions of a Shopaholic and, er, evil.
Sissy Barten, on the other hand, is an immortal; a sacrificial dead-ass Virgin resurrected from Hell into a war between a pair of fallen angels and a demon. The problem was, she couldn’t stop thinking about angel Jim Heron and the fact that he’d done the walk of shame that morning having spent the night boning someone instead of doing his job. Grrr. But she should give him some slack, she figured. After all, it was him who’d rescued her from Hell.
Then there’s Adrian, the other Fallen; solidly built, military style, bad leg and blind in one eye through an injury, but no lightweight.
As Sissy flees the house, desperate for thinking time, Jim awakens and wants to follow her, but he can’t. He has to focus on the mission or Devina will win dominion over all the souls in Heaven and Hell. The Creator has set up the task so Jim has to intercede with seven souls at the crossroads. Winner takes all.
Jim, as fallen angel, is suitably dark, with buried memories and a hurt he can’t express and what could be PTSD from his pre-angelic life as a soldier.
The novel gives glimpses into all areas in Heaven, Hell and in between, from Purgatory to the Manse of Souls, where the archangels reside. Pleasingly, from a diversity point of view, the novel features strongly written gay characters in a relationship.
The narrative rattles along at a nice pace with some good surprises along the way, and amidst the romance brewing, is a wry sense of humour that definitely brings out the chuckle factor in the reader.
And as a bonus, although number six in an ongoing series, this book can easily be read independently. An enjoyable, testosterone fuelled romp.

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