PositiveThe New York Times Book Review... only in the masterful hands of Alisha Rai could this be a recipe for top-notch romance ... The plot from there would sound convoluted if summarized, but in practice it feels propulsive and complex, with Rhiannon and Samson navigating a web of personal, familial and professional challenges to figure out what they want from their own lives and from each other. Much rests on their memories of the strong chemistry they discovered in their first night together. At first this feels like a bit of an emotional shortcut, but the real depth — and much of the book’s joy — comes from the natural growth of their mutual trust and connection ... It’s especially intriguing to watch Rhiannon open up. She’s prickly and often emotionally closed-off, but vulnerable, too. She slips between stereotypes, always more complicated than she seems.
MixedThe New York TimesA romance is more than a book with a love story, it’s a book about a love story, and J.R. Ward’s Consumed edges right up to the wrong side of that line. But in the end, the love story is still the center of things, and what surrounds it is a complex world, a context that defines the central couple as much as their love does.
PositiveThe New York Times Book ReviewThe two [lead characters] face plenty of irrational malevolence from the peripheral characters ... Just keep your eye on the romance, as a hot guy discovers he can be loved for being good, and a good girl discovers she’s been hot all along. The story isn’t fluffy, but the strife is shallow enough that the end result isn’t angsty but sweet and smoldering instead.