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Subject: For J R Ward readers, an explanation of sorts
Date Posted: 3/30/2012 4:25 PM ET
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Just a head's up for those who read Ward's BDB series and may not be reading the new Fallen Angels series.  This is not a spoiler but more of a head's up because I've read several posts where people are loyal to the BDB books but were not into the Fallen Angels.  I'm reading both series and have discovered that even though the story lines and 'realms', for want of a better term, are really different in each series, both series are set in Caldwell and there seems to be a bit of convergence between events and characters from each series. 

So, to help eliminate confusion by those who are not reading both series, I thought I'd post this explanation.  I hope it doesn't add to the confusion factor.

I read Envy (#3 in the FA series) a several months ago and finished Lover Unleashed (#9 in the BDB) a few days ago.  As I was reading Lover Unleashed I thought the characters and one of the subplots in Lover Unleashed seemed familiar.  It's the story line of the serial (human) murders being investigated by Butch's ex (human) partner Detective de la Cruz and his new partner Detective DelVechio (Veck), which it turns out has pretty much nothing to do with the Brotherhood but is important to what happens in Envy.  It is, essentially, a prequel to Envy.  In fact, the opening scene in Envy is the murder scene immediately after the murder that takes place in the next to last chapter of Lover Unleashed.  Weird.  In Envy, it never really says who committed the murder in its opening scene or why.  It wasn't until I read Lover Unleashed that I found out the 'who', 'why' and 'what' of this opening scene in Envy.  I'mmmmm soooooo confused.

So, for those reading the BDB but not the Fallen Angels books and are wondering WTF the serial murders of humans has to do with the 'Brothers', they don't.  They're just a lead-in to another book in another series. 

What do you think PBSers, is this weird or clever?  Is it a good thing when an author splits bits of a storyline between two totally different series?

Date Posted: 3/30/2012 4:59 PM ET
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Caldwell is one freaky place to live...LOVE IT!

Date Posted: 3/30/2012 7:15 PM ET
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Is it just as good as the BDB series?

Date Posted: 3/30/2012 7:58 PM ET
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It's different.  Not bad, a bit hard to follow when the secondary-main characters change from book to book. But, then, I'm finding the BDB so full of individual subplots they're equally hard to follow.  Short and sweet, its a series of good vs evil, God vs Satan.  God, The Creator gets tired of messing about with humankind and makes a bet with Satan over 7 souls, winner takes all of humanity.  Three "fallen" bad-boy angels are appointed to wage the battles to save the souls for the good side.  Each book tells what happens in the life of the person who's soul is up for grabs.  A bit more kinky than the BDB.  Not near as good character development as with BDB.  I guess I'll keep reading them as they seem to interact off and on with the BDB books.

Date Posted: 3/30/2012 11:40 PM ET
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I love the Fallen Angels series. Almost as much as the BDB.

Date Posted: 3/31/2012 10:38 AM ET
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I'm also a fan of the Fallen Angels. Jim Heron can be my gaurdian angel.

Date Posted: 3/31/2012 11:58 AM ET
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I love the Fallen Angels series, it is different and some people don't like it for that reason. I ended up reading Envy before Lover Unleashed, and it cleared up some of the questions. Namely, who one of the vampires is.

Date Posted: 4/6/2012 9:53 AM ET
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So, I have the first two books of the Fallen Angels series, but haven't read them yet. And I just started the BDB series. I've just ordered bk 2. When do you think would be the best time to start the Angels books? Or does it not really matter until you get to Envy? Any idea if the Angels series is going to be as big as the BDB series?

Date Posted: 4/6/2012 12:22 PM ET
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The first 2 books in the FA series don't have anything to do with the BDB books, only Envy. I think there will be 7 books - for the 7 souls being gambled on.

Date Posted: 4/11/2012 8:56 PM ET
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Tonya, the first FA book, Covet was published after the BDB Lover Avenged and before Lover Mine.  Technically, the series stand on their own but if you want to keep it in order of the cameos of BDB characters appearing in FA books, that would be the sequence.  IIRC, Butch and a few others from BDB make cameos in Covet but not essential roles.

Date Posted: 4/14/2012 8:59 PM ET
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I have enjoyed the FA series so far.  To me is seems these stories, the FA and the BDB are running at the same time but in different parts of the City and sort of overlap. There was one part in the last FA book about a Black Escalade screaming down the road. Had to laugh as my first thought was "there goes Butch!"  LOL...