Author: J.R. Ward
Series: The Fallen Angels, #5
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Publisher: NAL (Imprint of Penguin)
Date Published: October 1st, 2013
When Cait Douglass resolves to get over her broken heart, throw off her inhibitions, and start really living, 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.
Cait Douglass finds herself caught in between two handsome romantic prospects, but she quickly starts to feel guilty about seeing both of them and feels an urgency to choose between them. But she finds herself hesitating making a final choice whenever the situation presents itself. Duke and G.B both offer something different for Cait, and she finds herself at a fork in the road — the safe, comfortable choice or the risky, yet exciting choice.
After not being a huge fan of the last book in the Fallen Angels series, Rapture, I was hoping that Possession would renew my faith in Ward’s unique approach to incorporating the seven deadly sins into a paranormal romance series. Thankfully this book was much better than Rapture and I was pretty happy with it overall.
Like with all the other Fallen Angels books, there are really two different stories going on. One about the soul at stake (although who that is isn’t always clear until the end of the book), and another about Jim, Adrian, Devina, and the others who are in the midst of this unseen war. Both stories I liked in this one but unlike with Rapture (where I found the angel/demon war more interesting), in this one the shining star (for me) was the romance.
Lots of game changer stuff happens with the war, although I won’t mention specifics. But I was a little disappointed by how some of it played out. It was still interesting, but I didn’t really expect some of it to go in the direction it went.
In particular that Sissy would be more drawn to Adrian? What’s that about? Poor Jim risks everything to save her and she doesn’t even thank him. I honestly did like her, except for this one thing. I found her to be really ungrateful to Jim. I can understand wanting to know more about what’s going on and Adrian offered more answers than Jim. But is this going to be a love triangle? I’m so confused with where that storyline is going, and I’m kind of unsure with where I want it to go.
As for the romance, like I said it was my favorite part of this book. I could really understand how Cait was drawn to both guys and how it would’ve been hard for her to choose between them. Her indecision was also backed up by things that have happened in her past, and I thought the whole thing was done well. I personally quickly chose between the two guys, but that’s mostly because he was utterly sexy and irresistible.
Thankfully my choice didn’t end up being the murderer. Phew. Happy to know I’m attracted to guys who are only bad boys on the surface and not psychotic to the core. Woo! Point for me.
Overall this was a much stronger release than Rapture, so if you were disappointed by that one as well then I’d suggest still picking this one up. Even though it was actually more predictable than any of the other books in the series (which have had twists and turns galore), it was still really enjoyable and hard to put down.
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