Crave is the second book in J.R. Ward’s Fallen Angels series and takes place only days after Covet ended. The answer to newcomers to the series when asking if it is necessary to have read the first book is a resounding yes, definitely. Not only because Covet is an amazing start to a new series but also because there are no introductions to existing characters and also events that occurred in the previous book impact on what happens in Crave.
As with Covet, Jim Heron newbie-angel and his cohorts, Ad (Adrian), Eddie (Edward) and Dog (er…a dog) have another soul to save in the final battle between Heaven and Hell with Humanity as the prize.
Enter former XOps team member, Isaac Rothe who like Jim, is trying to get out of the secret organisation that doesn’t take no for an answer. As such he is on the run in Boston, MA. using his fighting skills to earn money in underground MMA cage fighting. After all, having XOps faking his death and them actually wanting him dead for going AWOL, it’s not like he can apply for a regular job.
Obviously, it’s just a matter of time until the ring is busted and Isaac is arrested. This is where he meets Grier Childe, his pro-bono attorney who, for some reason she can’t explain to herself, posts Isaac’s bail from her own money and after catching up to him as he tries to run, brings him back to her house.
Which would be fine and dandy except for the fact that Matthias, the leader of XOps is after Isaac’s head as is Delvina, Jim and company’s counterpart.
Whereas Covet built slowly and luxuriously, Crave hits the ground running at full speed with so much going with all characters having their own points of view being told. Even Delvina gets something of her story told and having her suffer from OCD and seeing a therapist is a stroke of genius.
Because Matthias is a major part of the story, Jim’s past in XOps is explored in more detail. That takes up page space, but is absolutely necessary as is Jim and Delvina’s ‘relationship’. As part of that was a continuation of Sissy Barten’s story which I’m so glad was continued from the first book. That could have so easily been dropped and I hope it continues through the books. It is the sheer talent of the author that makes the reader care about characters who may not have that much page time but have a major impact.
The only disadvantage was that because there was so much going on and all of it necessary, Isaac and Grier didn’t get as much time together as I would have liked. What there was, was so intense I craved more. Ahem.
The only thing that confused me was the title ‘Crave’. Whereas Covet was very obvious, it literally had to be explained to me why ‘Crave’.