Consumed by J.R. Ward
1st in a Firefighter Romantic Suspense Series. Read the Free Prequels First.
I am a big fan of JR Ward’s Black Dagger Brotherhood Series, so I went into Consumed with high expectations. I read the Wedding From Hell prequels one and two first, and I think it is absolutely necessary to read those before reading Consumed. I was dying to know what would happen to Danny and Anne after reading them.
“It’s amazing what you can live through and come out stronger on the other side.”
Consumed began with the most addictive and explosive beginning! OMG it was exciting and devastating at the same time, and many lives were changed that day. Then we flash forward 10 months. Danny and Anne haven’t seen each other in all that time, and there is an arsonist loose in the city.
I usually love mysteries and suspense, but I found this to be boring and drawn out. Much of it was procedural and inner workings of the fire department, and we even had other POVs. But to me, the thing that usually makes me love a book is the characters, and sadly, I never warmed up to Anne, and liked Danny less in this book than the prequels, though he got better towards the end. But this one quote describes Anne well.
“She felt nothing—and not just on the surface, which had no nerves to register sensation. She had no emotion about the thing, either. It was what it was, a part of her now that needed to be, by definition, as indigenous as all the stuff she had been born with. What the hell did she have to get upset about?”
I know that a lot of people I trust really loved Consumed, and I really wanted to. The prequels and the first 15% gave me so much hope! I will say, I am glad I pushed through and finished, because the ending 15% was really good. To me, I’d give the first 20% 4.5 stars, the middle 65% 2 stars, and the last 15% 4 stars.
- The first 15% and the last 15%.
- A strong, female firefighter that can kick ass and take names.
- The dog.
- Well written, realistic fire scenes.
- A well thought-out, well-researched plot.
- Realistic portrayals of the mental health issues firefighters face.
- Good character growth
- I never warmed up to Anne, and Danny was just OK.
- I was bored and seriously considered a DNF between 50% and 80% but pushed through.
- I found JR Ward’s gangsta slang to be jarring in this setting. It’s one thing for vampires in a fake world, but another in a non-paranormal.
- I felt like she didn’t portray millennials and even Hispanics in a fair light. (Not all Hispanics speak broken English).
- There just wasn’t enough romance for me, and even the mystery was slow.
- Too many 3rd person POVs.