ARC Review: Consumed by J.R. Ward

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ARC Review: Consumed by J.R. Ward

4 Stars

Book Info

Released: October 2nd 2018
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Series: Firefighters #1
Published by Gallery Books
Pages: 416
Format: eARC

Recommended Read!

“CONSUMED is a pulse pounding, intense and emotional ride that will leave you breathless.”
~ Under the Covers

The Warden is back with another contemporary romance and, as you can expect with any of her books, CONSUMED is a pulse pounding, intense and emotional ride that will leave you breathless.  One of my favorite things about J.R. Ward’s writing is how fearless and real it is, even raw at times.  She doesn’t pull any punches, she’s never scared of going where her stories are supposed to in her mind.  Even if those decisions can be tough ones to put her characters through.

I was not prepared for how intense the first 15% of this book was.  After all these years, she managed to shock me!  And then she was able to reel me back in and deliver a gripping story.  Not only of love and romance between two very broken people.  But heartache, pain, grief, guilt.  First responders have such an important but brutal job and so often they do it at a great cost to themselves.  I really enjoyed the way this book touched on that and it made it real in a very brutal and raw way.

Anne has wanted to follow in her father’s footsteps as a firefighter her whole life.  And she’s damn good at it!  It’s a tough job in a man’s world, but she earns the respect of her coworkers including her brother and the man she’s starting to test the waters on a relationship with.  Anne gets really tested in this book and she comes out so strong.  I really liked her character, surprisingly because she’s not necessarily my favorite type of heroine.  And then there’s Danny.  I think he’s the most beta hero that Ward has ever written.  And I loved every bit of it.  He’s so solid and strong, always there for the woman he loves.  I will also say that I didn’t realize how sexy it would be to see a man using a chainsaw in the middle of a fire.

This book has the signature writing style of J.R. Ward and it’s emotional and intense.  It’s also left the whole cast of characters setup in a way that I can’t wait to read more about all of them.  You won’t want to miss it.

Favorite quotes:

“Are you twelve?” As he started to smile, she knew exactly where his mind had gone. “Not inches. Age.”

Tragedy was but a moment. Responsibility for it was forever.



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About J.R. Ward

J.R. Ward is a #1 New York Times bestselling author with more than 15 million novels in print published in 25 different countries around the world. The books in her popular Black Dagger Brotherhood series have held the #1 spot on the New York Times hardcover, mass market, eBook, and combined print/eBook fiction bestseller lists and have debuted in the top 5 on the USA Today bestseller list. Prior to her writing career, Ward worked as a lawyer in Boston and spent many years as the Chief of Staff of one of Harvard’s world-renowned academic medical centers. Ward currently lives with her family in Kentucky where she has learned to enjoy and appreciate all things Southern. Connect with her online at,, and


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Amy R

Thanks for the review, I still have the pre-qual on my TBR pile to read.

Kathleen Bylsma

Great review and thanks….do wish th link to Goodreads re adding series worked, though…

Under the Covers Book Blog

Oh no, it works on my end.


Great review

Kathy Valentine

Excellent review francesca!!! The reviews have been so good for this book!!! Shared on all my socials!!??

Loved how intense and raw this book was. I think I would buy anything she wrote. I wasn’t expecting this much intensity after the prequels. Nice surprise!


Sounds good. Thanks for the review Francesca