Rapture by J.R. Ward Review: Heaven & hell clash with fallen angels

April 15, 2013 by Jeann @ Happy Indulgence | 4 stars, Books, Reviews

Rapture by J.R. Ward Review: Heaven & hell clash with fallen angelsRapture by J.R. Ward
Published by Hachette Australia on September 5, 2012
Source: Publisher
Genres: Paranormal Romance, Urban Fantasy
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Mels Carmichael, reporter for the Caldwell Courier Journal, gets the shock of her life when a man stumbles in front of her car outside the local cemetery. After the accident, his amnesia is just the kind of mystery she likes to solve, but she soon discovers they're over their heads with his past. Over their heads with passion, too ...As shadows walk the line between reality and another realm, and her lover's memory begins to come back, the two of them learn that nothing is truly dead and buried. Especially when you're trapped in a no-holds-barred war between angels and demons. With a soul on the line, and Mels's heart at risk, what in heaven - or in hell - will it take to save them both?

After reporter Mels Carmichael hits a disheveled man with her car
outside the local cemetery, she pays a visit to the stranger in the hospital. The only thing he remembers of his past is seeing a name written on a headstone: that of Jim Heron—a fallen angel charged with rescuing souls from the seven deadly sins. Now, as Mels struggles to help this mysterious stranger rediscover himself, Heron himself returns to prepare for a battle between good and evil.

This is the first J.R. Ward book that I’ve read, and I’m already wondering what I’m missing out on due to the creativity and dark world building in Rapture, the 4th book of the Fallen Angels series.

The paranormal romance series is about a war between Heaven and Hell as Jim Heron, a fallen angel must save the souls of 7 people from the seven deadly sins. His opposition is Devina, a gorgeous, evil demon that has a hold over him. Each book focuses on a different person, and Rapture is about Mels Carmichael, a reporter who one day runs into Matthias, an amnesiac with supreme fighting skills.

As a typical alpha male, Matthias wants to protect Mels from the assassins that seem to be after him, but she’s also a strong heroine who carries a hidden handgun and is trained in black belt skills. Mels is inextricably drawn to Matthias due to his broken soul, and they begin investigating a string of murders caused by the evil demon Devina. Unbeknownst to them, the murders are part of the power play between Jim Heron and Devina, who are battling it out to see whether Heaven or Hell will prevail. Each book will record a win or a loss against each side.

While I haven’t read any of the previous books in the series, Rapture is relatively easy to follow (aside from the start) as we’re slowly putting the pieces together for who Matthias he is and what he’s done in the past. I do feel like some references are lost on me, for example the revelation between Dog and the significance of Sissy, but still enjoyed the title as a standalone.

J.R. Ward breathes new life in the angels and demons theme, with the angel struggling to resist the pull of the seven sins and the demon as an evil, gorgeous demon who is seeing a therapist for her OCD. I enjoyed the theme of salvation within Rapture, and look forward to reading the rest of the series.

I received a copy of this book from the publisher (courtesy of Readsplus) in exchange for an honest review.

Rating: 4 out of 5

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6 responses to “Rapture by J.R. Ward Review: Heaven & hell clash with fallen angels

  1. Fifteen raptures are arranged and organized for the schemes of the times and all connotations. The constructions of the lessons and arguments are entertained and imposed. The abilities of the adventures and ventures are counted and measured. The pertinent and exact nature is done and utilized for the accurate living and spending of the moments.

  2. Elizabeth

    I hear so much about Black Dagger Brotherhood that this series tends to fall by the wayside in reviews…good to learn more!

  3. Having started with Covet an worked my way though to Rapture – I never realized how starting at book 4 someone might have such different perceptions and opinions regarding Matthias. But now I can understand why that works. 🙂

  4. You need to read the Black Dagger Brotherhood series! I really need to get onto the newer instalments but the Fallen Angel series is a loose spin off of the BDB series

    • I know, the box set of the first 6 books is sitting in shrink wrap on my bookshelf all pretty and waiting to be unpacked & read…