To be honest, I went into Consumed not expecting to enjoy it. I know that Ward always writes a brutal and intense world, which works so well in paranormal romance. I wasn’t sure how her writing style and dangerously damaged characters would translate to a contemporary setting. Of course, Ward proved me wrong.
I loved this book. Ward had me on the edge of my seat the entire story. Every time I thought I knew where the story was going, I was proven wrong. The beginning of the book (OMFG) literally had me in shock. I am so, so invested in all of these new characters and their crazy Boston lives.
This is a J.R. Ward novel, so of course, there were lots of storylines and abrupt scene changes, but I loved the general focus on our heroine, Anne. Anne is not the type of heroine I usually connect with, and I am astounded by how much I appreciated her. She’s tough, independent, and doesn’t take flack from anyone. What I enjoyed the most about her was her character development. She showed real and believable growth as a sister, daughter, and lover. She made mistakes, learned from them (sometimes the hard way), and I loved her by the end of the book.
Danny was an exceptional hero. He was the most beta Ward hero I’ve ever read, and I relished it. Danny was a badass, tough firefighter but loved Anne with an unwavering devotion that cemented my adoration for him. The way he makes Anne feel beautiful just the way she is, makes me want to cry reflecting on it.
I feel like this always is my only “complaint” with J.R. Ward novels: I wish the main couple had more screen time. I wanted to see Danny and Anne grow more together.
Overall, this book was one I am going to be thinking about and talking about for a while. The secondary characters were fantastic, I am ready for the second book, like, yesterday. I think I am going to go reread now!
P.S. – I am still not over the beginning of this book!!! GAH.
**I received an ARC of this book in order to provide an honest review**
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