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Rapture (Fallen Angels #4)

4.12 of 5 stars 4.12  ·  rating details  ·  11,025 ratings  ·  866 reviews
Mels Carmichael, reporter for the Caldwell Courier Journal, gets the shock of her life when a man stumbles in front of her car outside the local cemetery. After the accident, his amnesia is just the kind of mystery she likes to solve, but she soon discovers they're over their heads with his past. Over their heads with passion, too ...As shadows walk the line between realit ...more
Hardcover, 502 pages
Published September 25th 2012 by NAL Hardcover (first published January 1st 2012)
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Just noticed that this series is switching to a hardcover release!

Which pisses me off. I'm not sure I'm invested enough in Ward's angels to shell out the $$ for hardcover especially when I'll just end up replacing it in PB so my series is all matchy, matchy. (Yeah I know) Damn I hate when publishers do this.

So far this series isn't up to BDB standards, and what I mean by that is that I've yet to reread any of the books whereas my BDB's are trashed, I've reread them several, several times so it
3 stars – Paranormal/Urban Fantasy Romance

I’m an avid, loyal J.R. Ward fan and love the Fallen Angels series, but this was a bit disappointing. It just didn’t have the same oomph like the previous books, and I wasn’t as invested in the story or characters this time around. The dark, edgy, biting snarkasm that’s one of Ward’s trademarks seemed lacking in this, and overall it honestly fell kind of flat for me. I’m not going to write a full review, but needless to say I was expecting more, especia
UniquelyMoi ~ 1-Click RockChick

Exciting, funny, heartbreaking, uplifting, romantic, sexy... Rapture, the fourth book in J.R. Ward's The Fallen Angels series, is all that and more.

I've enjoyed, even loved, every book in the series so far, but there's something about this story - about Matthias - that drew me in and kept me totally engrossed in his tale, first page to the last. I've never met a man more unworthy of salvation and yet, at the same time, more deserving of redemption.

I laughed, I cried, I sighed, and I wanted it
Mar 08, 2013 Lora rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: fans of J.R. Ward; or more specifically, her Fallen Angels series
3.5 stars I definitely enjoyed this one more than the first two installments in this series; my opinion of it is more along the lines of my thoughts on book 3. Full review to come.
For me, J. R. Ward = 5 STARS!!! Another Fallen Angel story, and I have yet to be disappointed!!!

Jim Heron and his wingman, Adrian Vogel once again take on Devina, the evil she-demon in round four of the fight for good and evil!!! This particular battle is a redo for Jim's former XOps boss and nemesis Matthias Hault, who had recently been condemned to Hell after the loss of battle no. 2 with Devina.

Mels Carmichael, a young reporter for the Caldwell Newspaper, is sucked into the story, after she
Malissa Thurman
Maybe I am a litte shallow, but I fail to be impressed by a main character that is as flawed as this guy. I don't get why he gets a second chance. I failed to feel any compassion for him and often while listening, wondered why Ward decided to make Mathias the F**r, as Jim calls him, the focus of this new novel. For most of the book she kept harping on how messed up he was, physically and morally. I mean seriously there was no fantastical visions in my head of Mathias - One eyed, limping, scarred ...more
Opening Line: Grave. And not as in serious. As in headstone and freshly disturbed earth, as in body down under, as in ashes to ashes, dust to dust.”

I’m one of those obsessive JR Ward fans that knows the release date of her latest book about a year in advance and plans accordingly, rearranging my work schedule and blocking off several uninterrupted days to read it. If I’m honest though her Fallen Angels have never quite made it to the same level as her BDB boys however I did feel (at least with t
This JRW book had a much "quiter" feel to it, than previous FA books. That isn't a bad thing, it was just something that I noticed. I think Devina was still reeling over the realization of her feelings for Jim. So this book is about Mattias and second chances and all about redemption. Mattias was an evil hated character in the other FA books. So I wasn't sure how JRW could possibly not only redeem him enough, but also turn him into hero material, but darned if she doesn't do it. Our story opens ...more
Mary Beth
Aug 31, 2012 Mary Beth marked it as to-read
Seriously JR, 14.99 for an E-Book? It sucks that there are so many books I want to read but can't afford to. I will never understand how a book that you don't actually have to publish could be as much as the physical book.
Mandi Schreiner
Please Note: The hero of this book has been kept pretty hush hush. If you want to go into the book with a totally clean slate, please don’t read this review.

Rapture is book four in JR Ward’s Fallen Angel series. I wasn’t a big fan of the first two, but the last book was an enjoyable read. Rapture falls down the middle. It is an okay book, slow at times, but continuing this battle between good and evil.

Matthias wakes up on top of a grave completely naked, and he has no memories of anything. He ca
Nov 14, 2012 Auntee rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Fans of J.R. Ward
Guess what? This wasn't as bad as I'd feared. After reading lots of mixed reviews, I was expecting the worst. But despite some problems (mostly with my memory of where this series left off) I kind of enjoyed it. (I did have to skim some parts of Crave and Envy to get up to speed). Granted, it wasn't the best book of the series...aaannnnnd I had trouble remembering/loving the formerly evil hero (Matthias--who was referred as "that F***er Matthias" in previous books). Aaaaand there was the problem ...more
Suzanne the Mighty (Under the Covers Book blog)
I am in raptures over Rapture....excuse the bad pun, I just couldn't resist! Normally I start my reviews with a little blurb of the book, but I am far too excited and if you have read the books this far then you know the gig, good vs evil, angels vs demons and sexy bad ass Jim, possibly the hottest match maker in existence! In this book, Matthias makes a reappearance and gets a second chance to save his soul, with a little help from Jim and Adrian, not to mention Melissa Carmichael, the woman wh ...more
Olivia ツ
In my opinion it took this series about two books to get into its own rhythm and find it's own entity away from Ward's other series -- although there is a cameo. After Envy, it was clear that the war was on. It wouldn't be a Ward story if it wasn't full of acronyms and pop/label/fashion references, things that some people find annoying. These don't bother me since it doesn't take away from the story development.

A summary of the story thus far: In Caldwell, NY Jim Heron is an XOps now angel that
Duchess Nicole
This was on par with book one for me, sort of blah. Matthias had the potential to be a really dynamic character, and I felt that he WAS in earlier books. Evil or no, the dude blew himself up with a bomb! That's pretty memorable.

Mels started out a fairly interesting character, maybe because she took over Beth's (from the Black Dagger Brotherhood series) job at the Caldwell newspaper. In the opening scene, she hits a man with her car outside of a cemetery, and is so distraught that she sneaks into
Jeann (Happy Indulgence)
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This is the first J.R. Ward book that I've read, and I'm already wondering what I'm missing out on due to the creativity and dark world building in Rapture, the 4th book of the Fallen Angels series.

The paranormal romance series is about a war between Heaven and Hell as Jim Heron, a fallen angel must save the souls of 7 people from the seven deadly sins. His opposition is Devina, a gorgeous, evil demon that has a
when I started this book

When I finished this book

Jim'in yaptığı yenilir yutulur cinsten değil. takıntısı ona ve dünyaya çok pahalıya patlayacak. Yazarın seriyi uzatmak adına skor'u eşitlemesini bende bekliyordum ama böylesinide değil. bu yüzden kitaba 3 yıldızı zor zahmet verdim kusura bakmasın.
Dorsey aka ❤️ Wrath Lover ❤️ & KA Addict
Hmmmm.....not sure where the WARDen is taking this series. Enjoyed Mathias & Mel's story but not as much as the previous books in the series. Looking forward to the next book and hopefully clearing up some things that have me confused.......
1.5 stars.
I keep reading these, even though the language and the formula sometimes make me cringe almost to the point of implosion.
Full-length review:
Mimi Smith
3.5 stars

Is there such a thin as a second chance in life.
Can people really change.
Does J.R. Ward know ? exists.

Also called interrogation point, interrogation mark. a mark indicating a question: usually, as in English, the mark (?) placed after a question.

OK, that's just me being annoyed and sarcastic, but c'mon, is it SO hard. The flat questions are not macho, they're annoying. Well, at east to me. Now I'm letting that go and moving to the more important things.

What can I say a
Annie (Under the Covers Book Blog)
Though more slow-moving than the previous novels in the series, Ward hooks readers in with her signature writing style. Her descriptions are wholly her own with a touch of slang and that confident swagger that fits so well with the Fallen Angels world she has created.

Ward explores the aftermath of the events in Envy as Adrian and Jim try to keep a grip on their sanity. Without the presence of Eddie, Adrian has been out of control, experiencing bouts of depression and aggressive behaviour. The te
  Contains spoilers of all previous books in the ‘Fallen Angels’ series  

The odds are in their favour, but Jim Heron and his last remaining angelic aid, Adrian, are still fighting hard in the war against Good and Evil.

This time the soul in question belongs to Jim’s old XOps boss, the pathologically cruel Matthias who was a previously lost cause.

Matthias is back from hell and upon his return he’s involved in a car accident with Caldwell Courier journalist Mels Carmichael. Mels can’t forget abou
I liked this one, but I had a hard time getting into it. I think the main reason is due to Matthias. Until this book he was the bad guy, one you really didn't want to like and with this book he is supposed to become the hero, it was a little hard for me to buy. His having amnesia didn't help, seemed too contrived.

I did like Mels, liked that she had an open mind when dealing with Matthias. I also loved how her whole line of thinking in regards to her mother changed. The open and honest discussion
Review posted: Happily Ever After - Reads

*Possible series spoilers, beware*

The score is currently good – 2, evil – 1 and it’s the first side to reach 4 that wins. The scores are souls, one person in each book will reach his or her crossroads and the decision they make will count for either the good or the bad side; heaven and hell. Jim Heron is in the middle. An angel with both good and evil in him, he’s been fighting the fight for the good guys and intends to keep it that way, but a murdered yo
A bit spoilery, I think.

It's a difficult book to rate. There are parts that are good, and then there are some which are just meh.

My biggest problem - so very little of Colin and Nigel. Nigel shows up, what two or three times? Colin is only mentioned? Very disappointing. (Perhaps I need to add that they are the reason why I read the book in the first place. Well, they and Eddie.)

So, Lassiter will probably show up at some time to wreak some havoc. Who cares? Not me.

What I care about is: Is A
I got this for myself a long, long time ago.
I can still remember how
I lend it to a friend of mine.

And the rest is kind of a haze,
it's only been the last few days,
that I remembered Rapture over a glass of wine.

I'm ashamed, but this book I did abandon,
maybe because I'm not in the Fallen Angels fandom.

And I really had so much hope,
but J.R. Ward was just like, "üh, nope"

I can't remember if I intentionally lied,
when I said I'll read this in the publication-night,
but my series page made me see t
Hmmm, what did I think? I thought it was really good, not as flashy and fast paced as her other books. I enjoyed the slower pace though. I really liked Mels, the heroine. I could totally relate to her character and the way she grew and changed during the story. And it was cool seeing the *softer* side of Devina, our favorite demon to hate. The story made sense, especially after the tragedy in the last book. But I'm ready for Ward to blow my socks off with the next book.
Rachel (The Rest Is Still Unwritten)

SQUEE! LOVE this series--cannot wait for more. Come to mumma Adrian!
Jess the Romanceaholic
This is a Quickie Review. For the full review, please visit The Romanceaholic.

I went into this story having no idea who the hero was. After all, the official blurb makes no mention of his name, and I have to agree with the author/publisher that this was an excellent ploy -- had I known who the hero was, I'm not certain I would have given it a chance, and would have missed out on what turned out to be a really enjoyable story.

I definitely enjoyed it, with amnesia and physically scarred heroes eve
Sunne Manello
Btw....I've started reading Rapture. It's going a bit slow for me ...a bit like "same old, same old". But it's probably just me, I'm really bored with f/m books, mostly they seem clichee and superficial for me. But I'm reading, I'm just not glued to the book. I like Mels so far. And I enjoy all the little hints to BDB-world (mass-killing in farmhouse, Beth's mug, mentioning of the other higher angel who is in the inbetween-a loose canon :LOL: ) But I'm still waiting for the story to really pick ...more
♥ Melody
3.5 stars

Well things just got interesting....oh boy.

I'm a little scared after reading this what Ward has in store now. Hmm...I'm not sure I like the move Jim pulled at the end.:( Gave Devina waaaay too much leverage IMO. *sigh*

*slightly spoilerish ahead*

Wasn't planning on leaving a review for this but oops! would you look at that:

First let me just get this out..all this 'let's fuck' anger foreplay between Jim and Devina is grossing me the eff out. I mean really Ward? Come on! That shit is star
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“Straight up, Mels, the only reason I haven't completely jumped you is because I can't. I...can't." He threw up his free hand and let it fall back down to the bedspread. "And you know what sucks? I've been with a lot of women."

Annnnnnnd that made her chest hurt. "Before you were injured..."

He nodded. "Of all the things for my memory to come back on, right?"

Cue another kick in the solar plexus. "You remember them?"

"I hate it– because I would trade every single random fuck for just one night with you." He brushed her face with his fingertips and then brought his thumb to her mouth. With the same gentle pressure he'd put against her wrist, he caressed her lower lip. "I'd give up every one of them. Matter of fact, it feels like...a curse to have finally found someone like you, only to have it be too late. And that's where it's at. It's too late for me, Mels, and that's how you're killing me. When I look at you, when I see you move, when you smile or take a deep breath, I just... I die a little. Every time.”
“Before he could start asking, a family joined them in the wait for the elevator, the daughters running around, the parents looking like they were stuck in a version of hell that smelled like bubble gum, and was populated by short demons in matching fairy princess outfits that asked for ice cream every three minutes.” 1 likes
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