Reviewed by Jennifer Joyce
Mels Carmichael is driving home from work one evening when she is involved in a car accident, running into a man who seems to appear from nowhere. Suffering from minor injuries, Mels is taken to hospital, where she tracks the man down.
Matthias is suffering in the depths of Hell when he finds himself alive and back on Earth, naked and in a cemetery. He’s hit by a car and when he wakes up in hospital, he can’t remember a thing from his past. Matthias asks reporter Mels to help him recover his memory and as the details of his past begin to trickle back into his mind, an attraction begins to grow between them. But Matthias’ past isn’t a pleasant one and is about to catch up with him as an attempt is made on his life. And whoever wants Matthias dead won’t give up until they succeed.
Rapture is a story of good vs evil as angel Jim Heron and demon Devina battle for Matthias’ soul. The book is full of action and passion, but I was left puzzled a lot of the time. Rapture is the fourth book of a series and, as I haven’t read the previous books, I felt like I was missing a piece of the puzzle. Things did become a little clearer as the book went on but I never felt fully up to speed, not even as I reached the end.
On the whole, I liked J R Ward’s style of writing. It could be a bit juvenile at times, depending on whose thoughts were being conveyed at the time, and abbreviations were used far too much for my liking, but it had an easy, natural flow to it. I liked the relationship between Mels and Matthias and the growing friendship between Matthias and angel Jim Heron. Heron is an unlikely angel with his smoking, foul language and the ease with which he uses a gun, but I liked that about the character and made the whole angels concept even more intriguing. Rapture isn’t my usual type of read, however I enjoyed the story, though it would have helped to have a little more knowledge of the organisations within the book. It’s perhaps a good idea to start from the beginning of the series to get the full picture.
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