[440]: Possession (Fallen Angels, #5) by J.R. Ward

New American Library | Hardcopy, 529 pages
Publication Date: October 1st, 2013
Adult Fiction | Paranormal Romance
Rating: 3 out of 5 Stars

At the end of Rapture, Jim Herron, our resident angel made a bargain with the devil herself: a flag for Sissy Barton. We then find him on tenterhooks at the beginning of Possession, waiting anxiously for Divina’s seemingly reluctant decision. Surprising, considering her determination to win this war of world domination matches only that of Jim’s. But perhaps Jim’s drive to win this war is waning as he gets closer to victory. After all, he only needs one more win and it’s game over. Handing over a flag in exchange for a soul that Jim can’t forget means that with one win, Divina could likely even out the score.

Jim’s obsession with Sissy Barton’s soul will prove to be costly as they lose one important player on their side of salvation.

As you can tell from the picture, I downloaded a copy of this book from Audible (I had a free download) even though I already own a hardcopy. I don’t normally have any problems reading J.R. Ward’s books, but it’s getting harder and harder to read these books. This series is pretty much my go-to when I’m missing the Brothers. But let’s call it for what it is, shall we? We all know that it’s an anaemic substitute. For me, I’m not that invested in it as much as I’ve been with BDB. I also found myself nitpicking every single thing about Ward’s writing in this series. The more I read, the more I realize how much of a habitual writer she is.  I notice how much she loves using nouns as verbs; and the number of times she used “in the awkward silence that followed” was made even more pronounced when the novel is being narrated rather than read.

Speaking of which, there is something really grating with the narrator’s voice. The gruff that comes through the listener’s ears is hardly pleasing, to be honest. I could barely keep myself laughing during sex scenes; worse still when he tries to narrate a female character’s POV.

Back to the novel, Jim really ticked me off here. His obsession with Sissy was at an all-time high. Without consulting with Adrian (his partner in crime), he made the deal with Divina knowing that they’re so close to winning. The only thing that would make all these annoyance worth my while is if something comes of this relationship between Sissy and Jim. Fortunately for them, it looks promising.

Regardless of how I felt with this novel, I am looking forward to reading Immortal. It is, after all, the last book to this series. Possession (and the Fallen Angels series, for that matter) lacked the most important ingredient to Ward’s novels: her male characters aren’t nearly as sigh-worthy as the Brothers.