Redemption isn’t a word Jim Heron knows much about—his specialty, both personally and professionally, is revenge, and to him, sin is all relative. But everything changes when he becomes a fallen angel and is charged with saving the souls of seven people from the seven deadly sins. His weapon: the power of love. His enemy: the darkest of evil. And failure is not an option.
Vincent Di Pietro has surrendered himself to his business—until fate intervenes in the form of a tough-talking, Harley-riding, self-professed savior, and a woman who will make him question his destiny. With an ancient evil ready to claim him, Vin has to work with a fallen angel not only to win his beloved over…but to redeem his very soul.
Jim Heron died, electrocuted. but then he had a dream or he thought he was dreaming. There were 4 guys who basicalyy told him that he is now on the playing field. Saving souls, saving mankind.-whooosah! Of course he thought it was ridiculous. But then he woke up and he realized that yeah he's was really on a mission and first one is his boss. Vin di Pietro. Real Estate Mogul, filthy rich. - the 7 deadly sins that he's guilty of was Avarice. So at first he thought that he was supposed to help him propose to his uber hot and pretty girlfriend (to be on the right path), Devina Avale, whom he had an encounter inside his truck the night before he died. So yeah he was feeling a littlke guilty and ashamed of himself because Jim is not like that. Vin on the other hand was being haunted by the memory of his wife-beater dad and suddenly had doubts. Devina came home with her stunning Blue Dress on the night that he was supposed to proposed but he noticed that she doesn't have a lipstick on, and for Devina that's just odd. Especially when he met Marie-Therese, a prostitute with morals and has zero personality. I was conflicted at first but as the story goes that actually turned out ok. So then Vin and Jim got into a fist fight with a couple of college douche that was harassing Marie-Therese and from then on everything got weird for all of them. Killings, Nightmare of having sex with a corpse, pre-cognition resulting to death, mystery stalker, knowledge that there are demons lurking on earth, etc. But at the end the good won but not quite. It was a very cheesy ending and don't even get me started at the hideous book cover.
What I really think?
At first I wasn't sure If I can continue reading. The prologue and first chapter was weak and I'm thinking, I have too many tbrs to waste my time on this one, but I endured the boredom and force myself into reading it. This was my first J.R Ward experience which turned out to be a disappointment.
I like Jim, he reminds me of Standard Alpha male, bad ass attitude that suddenly became all vengeful towards a death of a girl that he doesn't know. Vin di Pietro's all manly concern for Marie-Therese's safety and the mystery killer. Typical. I really thought it was Marie-Therese's ex-husband who was executing all this men. He sounded like the kind of guy that will pull a McGuyver to get out of prison.
It was a promising start for a new series (if you get impressed) but I wasn't blown away by this book. A certain chemistry is missing, for me to put this series into
"I cannot wait for the next book and see what happens to him." bookshelf. It doesn't also help that I keep thinking about my favorite TV show Supernatural (as there was some semblance to it) the angels an demons in this book sounds lame compare to the show, maybe in all books that has the same concept.
BLOG WITH BITE DISCUSSIONS
Q#1 - Did you relate to Jim at all? Did you feel like he was a good choice or worthy of this mission?
No not really. Maybe that's the problem there was just no connection between Jim and me. But as far as being worthy, definitely. He obviously have a good heart and the toughness fits with the job. Plus it was all about redemption and everyone deserves that.
Q#2 - How do you feel about the tone of the book? Did you think that there was too much slang/not enough/just enough? How did you feel about the word choice in the book- did it add to your reading of the story or take away from it?
The slang and cursing did not come out as cool in anyway. I did learn 2 new words for my vocabulary, gesticulate and fubard at least there's that.
Q#3 - When the "fantasy" of the book is based on a belief system that is regarded as truth by some religions (the angels & demons) does it help you relate better with the story, as opposed to a story about vampires and werewolves?
I was schooled in a Catholic private school since I was in kindergarten, so yes I believe in Angels and Demons but I still could not relate to Ward's version, there's something eerie about it, but I couldn't pin point exactly what/where. Both sides looks evil to me. Vampire and werewolves on the other hand are in a total different category and I never had problem reading about them.
Q#4 - In the opening of this book we read about a football game analogy of Demons verses Angels, even though this is fiction what do think of Demons in this case Jim the Fallen Angel being portrayed as a "Good Guy"?
Well ok let's say Jim is the good guy (badly flawed at that) it seems like he'll never get a touch down. His personality isn't that strong to dodge the demons on his way on scoring the big points especially since it looks like he is battling a demon inside himself. At this point they look like they're playing on the same team. bad vs. bad.
Q#5 - How do you feel knowing this will be a 7 book series featuring Jim and he might win all of the battles?
I tried formulating some scenes and specualting on what Jim will become but nothing came out of it. But I am willing to read 2 more books in this series because I usually expect the 1st book to suck, so I'm, hoping it gets better.