Genres: Paranormal Romance
Published by Signet
Released on October 29. 2009
Nothing like a battle between good and evil with winner take all to make a series sound exciting. A tarnished black ops turned construction worker is the main player who must save seven humans from the seven deadly sins to save the world. Once it set things up, I was vested to see how it would all turn out.
Covet begins by introducing the series premise and then Jim Heron the primary player who dies and gets the job of making a difference in the lives of two lost people. Jim’s pretty good at eliminating a threat, but helping people heal their lives? He thinks the powers that be are crazy for sending him in to represent their team. But, its complicated because the opposition has an added player in the mix who is primed and ready to sabotage all his best efforts. Jim discovers that helping Vin and Marie-Therese brings purpose that he always longed to feel, but each move he makes is countered by his opponent.
Vin has wealth and all the trappings of it even a trophy girlfriend, but its not until he encounters a woman’s gaze across the room that he realizes that all that isn’t enough and may not be worth it. Then the killings start, he has to part with his girlfriend, and he’s framed for a crime he didn’t do and only the mysterious man Jim sides him as danger arises. But, its hoping that Marie-Therese believes he’s innocent and doesn’t think he’s crazy for having visions that means the most.
Marie-Therese made some big mistakes that she and her young son are paying for still. On the run and in hiding, she whores to get her debt paid. Her life is at its lowest until Vin steps in and rescues her from a couple of creeps and treats her like she is special even though he knows what she does to make a living. Is Vin another mistake?
Covet begins a whole knew series. It feels like both Urban Fantasy and Paranormal Romance blended together. Jim’s part feels like the UF side and the people he’s helping make it feel PNR. It was a story within a story as a result and that looks to be the pattern for the rest of the series.
Incidentally, this series is set in Caldwell, NY just like the author’s Black Dagger Brotherhood series so it was fun to spot the BDB Easter Eggs like Trez, Rhev, Detective De la Cruz and Phury appearances along with locations like Trez’s club and the Commodore.
I like this take on the angels and demons element with Jim and his rough-shod buddies as the fallen angels trying to make good. Jim’s broken in ways and doesn’t connect well with people after his mom was murdered and he became a successful black ops assassin. He is way out of his league when he gets picked to save the world by convincing seven people to make the right choice involving seven deadly sins. Vin is his first project and by proximity and love interest so is Marie-Therese. Both of these have their own dark pasts that left a stamp on them. Finding each other helps to bring healing though this is thwarted by a conniving enemy.
I liked Covet and I want to keep going in the series, but I’m hoping for a little more to get me properly engaged. I felt like the over-arcing series plot and the specific book plot weren’t as cohesive as they could be and both sacrificed development to exist together.
I definitely want more of Jim, Aidan, Eddie, and Dog and like that the villain is clever and a worthy opponent. I can definitely recommend the series to those who enjoy both UF and PNR.
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