Saturday, August 9, 2014

JR Ward - Possession

When Cait Douglass resolves to get over her broken heart and lose her inhibitions, she’s unprepared for the two sensual men who cross her path. Torn between them, she doesn’t know which to choose—or what kind of dire consequences could follow.
Jim Heron, fallen angel and reluctant savior, is ahead in the war, but he puts everything at risk when he seeks to make a deal with the devil—literally. As yet another soul is unwittingly caught in the battle between him and the demon Devina, his fixation on an innocent trapped in Hell threatens to sidetrack him from his sacred duty....
Can good still prevail if true love makes a savior weak? And will a woman’s future be the key, or the curse, for all of humanity? Only time, and hearts, will tell.

Comment: This book was released last year but as I don't love this series as much as the BDB one by the author, I didn't mind waiting for the paperback edition, which I got last recently. I've decided to read this book right away to not keep thinking about it in the pile.

This story is the continuation of the Fallen Angels series, where Jim Heron, recent angel, has the task of saving seven souls in order to win the battle against evil, otherwise it will be Hell all over. So far, Jim has got three winnings so one more would mean win, but Jim, ever helpful, traded one win for an innocent souls trapped in Hell, so things got even. There remain three souls to battle about and the one who wins the most wins the final battle.
This time, a new soul is on the risk but with Jim distracted, how will things end up for the good guys? 

Overall, I liked this story. There are a few things that still annoy me, not because I think they are wrong but because of the state of mind they put me in.
I know that one of the good plot move-along tactics is to make the characters do things and think about them and let the reader wonder about the usefulness of those actions. The story moves further and we get to see characters do things which allows us int their psyche and inner motivations and characterization. But when they do things we disagree with or that we don't think it's wise, it sucks. Or when thy do things intelligent people wouldn't not because there's nothing else they could do but because they think doing things that turn them into self righteous martyrs alike, then it's all fine.'s not, for me this is annoying as hell. Why can't characters do the right thing? I know, I know what about the suspense, the surprise, the expectation of a turnabout in the end that makes it all perfect? I say, WTF, why would someone try for glory when it's more practical to do things right? Aren't authors out there who think this? So, in this book, as in the majority of the series, apparently, characters do bad choices and take wrong turns in hopes to achieve..something, and the reader is left with tension and suspense and splintering nerves. It can be really annoying.

As for the story itself, well it had interesting moments, in particular closer to the end, when we finally understood what was really happening. This felt like a thriller at times, I mean, there's a killer on the loose and we on't know who is it and when we do is quite the surprise..the explanation I mean.

The romance between Cait and Duke felt rushed but they all do so I won't be too picky. We see their lives and experiences and why they are that way and in a way I think they are balanced because Cait always did the right thing but never had her boundaries explored and Duke could have been better but chose another path and now he has her to balanced himself and he is the opposite of her in terms of behavior and past, but they both retained their fairness and sense of justice and wisdom. It's tricky to explain but it makes sense in the end, I think a bigger scene int he end would have helped to confirm their love.

This series left many questions in the air about the war and which role exactly the players have. So far everything has a meaning and each characters plays an important role and it seems everything has a connection somehow. I'm curious about what is supposed to happen and I hope the final two books will be clever and perfectly clear on what is actually happening. Let's see...
Grade: 7/10

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