As the son of a serial killer, homicide detective Thomas “Veck” DelVecchio, Jr., grew up in the shadow of evil. Now, on the knife-edge between civic duty and blind retribution, he atones for the sins of his father- while fighting his inner demons. Assigned to monitor Veck is Internal Affairs officer Sophia Reilly, whose interest in him is both professional and arousingly personal. And Veck and Sophia have another link: Jim Heron, a mysterious stranger with too many answers… to questions that are deadly. When Veck and Sophia are drawn into the ultimate battle between good and evil, their fallen angel savior is the only thing that stands between them and eternal damnation.
Ward’s talent of portraying characters, their emotions, and the labyrinth of their relations is well-known from the Black Dagger Brotherhood series. Envy is like a BDB story, with the same character types, same basic plot elements, same writing style, etc. It is interesting that despite this Ward’s heroes and heroines are so memorable: Jim is impressive in this book, Veck is likeable, and Devina is an exquisitely evil character, with a funny maniac personality; she is strong and dangerous enough, but also has weaknesses. But her faceless and nameless minions are just like the Lessers in BDB.
The storyline is predictable, and I really disliked Reilly. Her behavior is inconsequent and/or simply stupid.
The soul that needs to be saved in the following book is revealed at the end of the story, and I couldn’t be less interested, so I think I’m going to skip Rapture.