ABOUT THE BOOK: Jax Walker is a hard man to resist. He’s tall, dark, and delicious. Harlow didn’t plan on falling for another, with her heart still stuck on Iain. But it’s so hard with him gone. And she’s been aching since they last touched. Two whole years of silent wondering; of desperate sleepless longing. Fate, however, may have other plans. Just as Harlow’s ready to open herself to new love, her whole world is pulled into a twisting and painful spiral.
In this new adult novel, readers are consumed by the collision of past and present. Raw and dark, this emotional minefield is the perfect second book in the continuing story of Harlow Jones.
REVIEW: In this story, Harlow has learned the error of her ways; however, the consequences still ache like fresh wounds. She still has strong feelings for Iain; however, someone else threatens to take over that special place in Harlow’s heart. As she dredges up past relationships with several walks down memory lane, she can’t help but wonder how a new relationship will help defeat her demons. This story is about her struggle to find peace.
“Consumed” is a sequel which probably should not be read as a stand alone since the story often references back to book one “Collide”. Book one ends with Harlow graduating from high school in North Bay and “Consumed” picks up with university life in Ottawa where she shares an apartment with Jenna, her best friend. Jenna is also referenced as a major character in “Collide” as well as Iain and both still share major emotional and/or physical roles in book two.
Whereas I found “Collide” to be a darker story, I did start to see the light at the end of the tunnel in “Consumed”. Both stories referenced some traumatic scenes; however, I liked that the author was still able to capture Harlow gravitating to the right person with not only her mind, but her heart as well. The emotions that were portrayed in “Consumed” have very vivid descriptions which allowed me to relate to the way that she felt as the story progressed.
I will say that I was a little unhappy with the way that this book concluded. I felt like Iain was still a struggle in her heart which made me want a book three. Overall though, I loved reading about Harlow Jones! Her story showed perpetual strength and courage even though the author revealed tendencies of cowardice and fear in some instances. It makes the characters seem human which allows readers to share an interest in the story itself as it unfolds. I recommend this book to my club members who enjoy fiction with a twist of suspense. Book two, like book one, does have some scenes that would be deemed for a mature audience due to the sexual and violent content.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR: J.C. Hannigan’s love of reading was spawned from a very early age. She inhaled novels with an unquenchable thirst. Eventually, that love of reading turned into a love for writing. She started to pen stories at the tender age of nine while sitting at her white desk, pencil posed over lined paper, writing countless stories about a girl, her best friend, their horses and the adventures they’d have going on trail rides together. Born with a chronic pain bone disorder called Multiple Hereditary Exostoses, she didn’t get to play sports or run amuck like her siblings and peers. Writing kept her company amid a world of surgeries, bad pain days, and isolation.
She started a blog when she was fifteen-years-old, chronicling the challenges of high school, dating, and coping with her chronic pain bone disorder. That blog went on to win a Bloggie for Best Teen Weblog, and J.C.’s ego inflated quite a bit over it (enough to continuously mention it even today).
J.C. currently resides in a small town in Ontario with her husband, their two sons, and dog. When she isn’t trying to wrangle the kids and dog, she can be found writing. In addition to writing new adult romance and suspense novels, J.C. writes a blog for the MHE Coalition, discussing the struggles of living with Multiple Hereditary Exostoses. She also contributes to several other websites, including her personal blog, the OCH Literary Society, and she is the content manager for Stigma Fighters Canada. Through her writing, J.C. brings to light awareness of mental health and social challenges. Her writing has been described as edgy, bold, poignant, and raw.
Other hobbies of J.C.’s include hiking, camping, binge-watching shows like Outlander, Game of Thrones, The Vampire Diaries, and The Walking Dead, eating dill pickle chips and daydreaming of travelling around the world. J.C. adores interacting with readers, so don’t hesitate to reach out and say hi! She tries her best to respond to every message. To learn more, visit her on Facebook and follow her personal blog of random ramblings.