Publisher: Gallery Books

CONSUMED by J. R. Ward

CONSUMED by J. R. Ward

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CONSUMED by J. R. WardConsumed by J. R. Ward
Published by Gallery Books Genres: Contemporary, Suspense
Anne Ashburn is a woman consumed...

By her bitter family legacy, by her scorched career as a firefighter, by her obsession with department bad-boy Danny McGuire, and by a new case that pits her against a fiery killer.

Strong-willed Anne was fearless and loved the thrill of fighting fires, pushing herself to be the best. But when one risky decision at a warehouse fire changes her life forever, Anne must reinvent not only her job, but her whole self.

Shattered and demoralized, Anne finds her new career as an arson investigator a pale substitute for the adrenaline-fueled life she left behind. She doesn't believe she will ever feel that same all-consuming passion for her job again--until she encounters a string of suspicious fires setting her beloved city ablaze.

Danny McGuire is a premiere fireman, best in the county, but in the midst of a personal meltdown. Danny is taking risks like never before and seems to have a death wish until he teams up with Anne to find the fire starter. But Danny may be more than a distraction, and as Anne narrows in on her target, the arsonist begins to target her.

J.R. Ward’s Consumed is a terrifically terrifying adventure from start to finish! From the first scenes in Consumed there is no doubt this book will be intense.  I’m not sure if I have ever been so engrossed in the first few pages of a book that nothing could distract. It’s been a little bit since I finished the book and I still get nervous butterflies when thinking about Consumed. The beautifully tragic imagery brought forth will leave you gasping for air…literally!

Ward brings her signature writing style to her new series giving the reader the multifaceted storytelling they adore. You always know going into a book from Ward that you will not be denied any of the characters point of view.

All of Anne Ashburn’s life she has been determined to follow in the family footsteps and leave a shining legacy within the fire department.  Tragic circumstances force her to completely rethink her life and what she wants from it.  Danny McGuire is the fire department’s golden boy until events lead him to begin taking unnecessary risks.  To say that these characters are deep would be a gross understatement. It’s impossible to miss the wealth of emotion that drives and sometimes helps these characters thrive.

Consumed, as cheesy as it is to say it will consume you from page one.  This exceptional suspenseful drama will have you dissecting the characters motives to discover the bad guy!  Anne and Danny’s romance is a slow burn in all the best ways.  We really get a chance to know them both and what is driving them. Both are complex and picking up the pieces after a life-changing event.   I fell incredibly in love with these two!

Enthralling, Exhilarating and Explosive are just a few of the words I would use to describe J. R. Ward’s Consumed. It’s most definitely a Recommended Read!

ANY TIME, ANY PLACE by Jennifer Probst

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ANY TIME, ANY PLACE by Jennifer ProbstAny Time, Any Place by Jennifer Probst
Series: Billionaire Builders #2
Published by Gallery Books Genres: Contemporary


 

Any Time, Any Place is the second novel in the Billionaire Builders series by Jennifer Probst but can be read as a standalone because that’s exactly what I did and didn’t feel lost at any moment. What really made me want to read Any Time, Any Place was actually the cover. It looked all lovey dovey so I definitely wanted to give this new series a try and I’m really glad I did.

 

Raven Hawthorne lost her father in a car accident when she was younger and was raised by her aunt. Finding out her father was gone was a big blow but to find out that he was headed to Paris with a married woman was worse. She swore one day she would get her revenge and she plans to stick to that. Raven has traveled to many places trying to find herself and now she has finally settled down in Harrington, CT and runs a successful bar. Her life is going pretty well until she comes across the deceased woman’s sons and she needs some answers but isn’t sure how to go about getting them. When Dalton starts to pursue her she turns him down many times but this might be the way in to get the answers she has been waiting years for.

 

Dalton Pierce lost his mother at a young age and since he found out that she was leaving his family he doesn’t trust women and just wants to have fun. Ever since he met Raven he knew she was different and sure is beautiful but he can see that there is more to her. He isn’t going to let her turning him down get to him but it’s taking a toll on his pride. When Raven needs her bar redone for a magazine shoot he sees this as the perfect opportunity to get to know her better and so far it’s working. But when the truth about their past comes to light Dalton has to decide if his new found love for Raven will make it through the storm.

 

Any Time, Any Place was a really fantastic read and right away I wanted to know more about Raven and Dalton. These two had so much in common it was kind of freaking me out but it’s because of those things they got closer. I thought Raven was the character that really developed the most. She went from being angry to wanting revenge then really wanting answers and coming to peace with what happened to her father. I really liked Dalton and was really rooting for him to win Raven’s heart even though she made it a little tough on him. From the beginning I could feel their chemistry and really enjoyed how Any Time, Any Place came together.

 

Any Time, Any Place was a cute read that had funny banter and also dealt with serious family issues that tied Raven and Dalton together. While I didn’t read the first book I plan to and I’m really interested in getting to know this family better. The Pierce brothers had great banter and showed that even though they are strong apart, they are stronger together. Ms. Probst took a tragedy that shook both their worlds and made this couple work together beautifully. Readers will be captivated by the Pierce brothers just as I was.

SWEET RUIN by Kresley Cole

SWEET RUIN by Kresley Cole

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SWEET RUIN by Kresley ColeSweet Ruin by Kresley Cole
Series: Immortals After Dark
Published by Gallery Books Genres: Paranormal
ReviewedbyMelissa

Jo has always known that she is different. As a child her whole existence was to protect her brother Thad, before she was forced to leave him for his own good. When she finds herself in New Orleans she can barely contain her excitement. She is sure that there are people like her all around her. So when she meets the dark fey Ruin she is over the moon. Ruin is on a mission to find the Valkyrie Nix and take her head. But Nix has plans and draws Jo’s brother Thad into the mix, something that Jo cannot forgive. This has Ruin and Jo teaming up to hunt down Nix. While they are on the hunt they begin to fall in love but can their newly found happiness withstand Ruin’s lifestyle?

 

I fell in love with Jo as soon as I began reading Sweet Ruin but I have to admit it took me awhile to warm up to Ruin. Calling him a manwhore is an insult to manwhores everywhere. He barters sex for information and doesn’t appear to like females very much. As I read more of the book and came to know his story, I realized why he did the things he did and wanted him to have a happy ending with Jo.

 

Jo has no idea exactly what she is but she uses her powers to help others (and maybe for a little larceny). She’s been lonely for a long time.  I was so happy for her when she and Ruin found each other.

 

Kresley Cole has delivered another winner in the Immortals After Dark series and I couldn’t be more ecstatic! Although I always enjoy Kresley Cole’s Immortals, the last few books didn’t make me fall in love like A Hunger Like No Other and I missed it! But Sweet Ruin made me fall in love all over again. Welcome back to the world of the Immortals After Dark!

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