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Fallen Angels Series, Book 1
by J.R. Ward

From the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Black Dagger Brotherhood series comes the first Novel of the Fallen Angels.

Redemption isn't a word Jim Heron knows much about—his specialty 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. And failure is not an option.

Vin diPietro surrendered himself to his business—until fate intervenes in the form of a tough-talking, Harley-riding, self-professed savior, and a woman who makes 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 redeem his very soul.


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From the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Black Dagger Brotherhood series comes the first Novel of the Fallen Angels.

Redemption isn't a word Jim Heron knows much about—his specialty 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. And failure is not an option.

Vin diPietro surrendered himself to his business—until fate intervenes in the form of a tough-talking, Harley-riding, self-professed savior, and a woman who makes 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 redeem his very soul.


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    Praise for the Novels of J. R. Ward

    "Now here's a band of brothers who knows how to show a girl a good time."

    —Lisa Gardner

    Lover Enshrined

    "Terrific...explosive...exciting.... Ward has outdone herself."

    —Publishers Weekly (starred review)

    Lover Unbound

    "The newest in Ward's ferociously popular Black Dagger Brotherhood series bears all the marks of a polished storyteller completely at home in her world.... This fix will give Brother addicts a powerful rush."

    —Publishers Weekly

    Lover Revealed

    "These erotic paranormals are well worth it, and frighteningly addictive.... It all works to great, page-turning effect.... In just two years, the...series [has] earned Ward an Anne Rice–style following, deservedly so."

    —Publishers Weekly

    Lover Awakened

    "Best new series I've read in years! Tautly written, wickedly sexy, and just plain fun."

    —Lisa Gardner, New York Times bestselling author of Hide

    "Utterly absorbing and deliciously erotic. I found myself turning pages faster and faster—and then I wished I hadn't, because there was no more to read.... The hottest collection of studs in romance, and I can't wait for the next one!"

    —Angela Knight, USA Today bestselling author of Master of Dragons

    Lover Eternal

    "Ward wields a commanding voice perfect for the genre...hold on tight for an intriguing, adrenaline-pumping ride...leaves readers begging for more. Fans of L. A. Banks, Laurell K. Hamilton, and Sherrilyn Kenyon will add Ward to their must-read list."

    —Booklist

    "[An] extremely intense and emotionally powerful tale.... Ward's paranormal world is, among other things, colorful, dangerous, and richly conceived...intricate plots and believable characters."

    —Romantic Times (top pick)

    Dark Lover

    "It's not easy to find a new twist on the vampire myth, but Ward succeeds beautifully. This dark and compelling world is filled with enticing romance as well as perilous adventure. With myriad possibilities to choose from, the Black Dagger Brotherhood series promises tons of thrills and chills."

    —Romantic Times (top pick)

    "A dynamite new vampire series—delicious, erotic, and thrilling! J. R. Ward has created a wonderful cast of characters, with a sexy, tormented, to-die-for hero...a fabulous treat for romance readers!"

    —Nicole Jordan, New York Times bestselling author of Touch Me with Fire

    "J. R. Ward has a great style of writing and she shines.... You will lose yourself in this world; it is different, creative, dark, violent, and flat-out amazing."

    —All About Romance

    "An awesome, instantly addictive debut novel. It's a midnight whirlwind of dangerous characters and mesmerizing erotic romance. The Black Dagger Brotherhood owns me now. Dark fantasy lovers, you just got served."

    —Lynn Viehl, New York Times bestselling author of Shadowlight

    BY J. R. WARD

    The Black Dagger Brotherhood: An Insider's Guide

    NOVELS IN THE BLACK DAGGER BROTHERHOOD SERIES

    Dark Lover

    Lover Eternal

    Lover Awakened

    Lover Revealed

    Lover Unbound

    Lover Enshrined

    Lover Avenged

    COVET

    A Novel of the Fallen Angels

    J. R. Ward

    ACKNOWLEDGMENTS

    With thanks to:
    Kara Cesare, Claire Zion, Kara Welsh, Leslie Gelbman, and everyone at NAL. As always.

    Thank you also to Steven Axelrod, my voice of reason.

    With love to Team Waud: Dee, LeElla, K, and Nath—without whom none of this would be possible. Thank you also to Jen and Lu and all our Mods and Hall...

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  • Publisher's Weekly

    September 29, 2009
    Harley-riding angels battle a demon temptress in the latest paranormal romance thriller from bestseller Ward, author of the beloved Black Dagger Brotherhood series (Lover Avenged, etc.). Jim Heron, an acerbic construction worker and former assassin, has been selected by the forces of Heaven to save "seven souls at a crossroads with a choice that must be made." His first subject: Vin diPietro, a "silk-suited, M6-driving, misogynistic" jerk with a paranormal secret: "Vin saw dead people, all right. Before they died." Forgiving some hyper-masculine postering ("I sound like a Lifetime movie or some shit") and tiresome clichés ("Nobody ever said life was fun or easy or even fair," "luck had always been with him-like magic"), Ward provides the combination of fun, thrills and gratuitous sex she's best known for. Fans of the Brotherhood, clear a shelf: your next series addiction has just begun.

  • Booklist

    September 15, 2009
    The hero of Wards new series is Jim Heron, a construction worker whose world is rocked one night outside a bar by a mysterious, beautiful woman in a blue dress. The next time he spots heron the arm of the man commissioning his latest projecthe trips and gets himself electrocuted. Jims near-death experience brings him into contact with four angels, who tell him he is all that stands between humanity and eternal damnation. Hes tasked with saving seven souls, the first being the man at the construction site, wealthy Vin DiPietro. Vin has everything money can buy, and hes about to get engaged to the sexy Devina, the woman Jim slept with, until he lays eyes on a beautiful prostitute named Marie-Therese and falls head-over-heels in love. Jim must determine with which woman his salvation lies, and which promises just the opposite. The opening novel in Wards new Fallen Angels series is an inventive and engaging dark paranormal romance.(Reprinted with permission of Booklist, copyright 2009, American Library Association.)

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