Stacey Lorenzo has finished treatment, but is still devastated by her past as she enters college. With drugs and alcohol so readily available, so much freedom, and barely any supervision, Stacey falls back into old habits. Soon it’s a daily dose of partying, self-medicating, and having sex with lots of different guys. As her relationship with Eli destructs, she falls for JStacey Lorenzo has finished treatment, but is still devastated by her past as she enters college. With drugs and alcohol so readily available, so much freedom, and barely any supervision, Stacey falls back into old habits. Soon it’s a daily dose of partying, self-medicating, and having sex with lots of different guys. As her relationship with Eli destructs, she falls for Jesse, who just so happens to be a drug dealer. Every time she starts to fall back into the memories of her past, Jesse makes it easy to snort away the pain.But she snorts too much one night; it forces her to question the man she loves and acknowledge her mental and emotional instability. In the second installment of The Barren Series, Stacey must overcome her addiction and make peace with her past if she is ever to be truly happy again....
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5* Roller Coaster of EmotionsWhen I received an invitation to review this book, I considered it very carefully as the theme of drug abuse is one I don't take lightly. So I confess I was apprehensive as I started reading it because Stacey kept using drugs to compensate for her insecurities and anxieties and I feared this idea might hold some allure to young people like her. I didn’t want the story to go in that direction. However, Elizabeth Miceli does a great job of keeping the story realistic, sometimes frightening so, and Consumed becomes a warning tale rather than one glorifying drugs. Having watched close family members, very dear ones, struggle with drug and alcohol addiction, for what seemed like endless years and losing some of them in the end, I cannot bear it when drugs abuse is treated as something less than it is: a life-and-death issue.My personal experience with drug addicts led me to highlight too passages of Consumed. I won’t write specifics about who says those things, or when, because they’d be spoilers, which I don’t like writing or reading. So forgive me for not providing a complete reference here:First – “When I look at you I see a million amazing qualities. I wish you could see that”. Anyone who’s ever dealt with a loved one suffering from low self-esteem knows how true this idea is and how often it represents their struggle. The most frustrating part is when you know this factor is a huge contributor in that person’s addiction. That’s how it is in real life and that’s what Ms. Miceli so skillfully writes about in Consumed. And this is only a tiny example of her qualities as an author.Second – “Trying to recover. Trying to be happy. Trying to live”. If you’ve had a chance to follow someone’s path from drug abuse to treatments to relapse and to recovery, like I have, then you can appreciate the truth in those three simple yet complex sentences. They’re simply structured; but they carry such complex ideas. A drug addict’s fight for survival is a constant struggle to recover, to find what makes them happy, so that they can have a chance of living. Elizabeth Miceli deals with those profound truths honestly, which makes her book brutally beautiful at times and definitely gutsy. Be warned though that Consumed isn’t a light read. Stacey’s journey will make you want to slap her, cuddle her, shake some sense into her, cheer her up, and a myriad of other conflicting feelings. In my book, that means her story is so well told you forget you can’t smack or hug a fictional character. That’s a clue as to the author’s talent in character development. Not only Stacey comes across as a realistic character, but all the others as well. However, know that when characters are realistic it often means they aren’t picture perfect. After all, who is in real life, right?Finally, the sex scenes are an important part of the story. They’re well written, but also quite detailed. As a writer of erotic romances, I can deal with lots of hot action; although, I prefer when they’re intrinsically connected to the story. That’s the case here. Besides, Stacey’s behavior towards sex reflects a lot of her personal struggles with self-image, overcoming past traumas, and dealing with her own choices. As readers, knowing how Stacey feels about sex and her sexual partners helps us understand her a little better. For taking me on a wild roller coaster ride of emotions, I rate Consumed as a five-star story.
DISCLAIMER: I received a copy of this book in exchange for honest review.Sheesh! Talk about intense. Stacey is . . . a bit of a mess. The first several chapters had me wondering if Stacey would make up her mind about a few things. She just seemed a little scattered, and I suppose that is expecting, when thinking of her history from the year before. This book was tough to read. Stacey definitely has a good heart; she may have issues is troubled, but wouldn't you feel out of sorts if something terrible had happened to you? I know I would.Like I said, this book was tough to read. I read the warning at the beginning of the book and got worried that reading this book would trigger me, but it didn't. When Jesse entered the story, I was hooked. Jesse's character is very different, but also very familiar. Confident, cocky, reckless (maybe), but really sweet and caring as well. The story switches to his perspective for a while and it was so perfectly executed.Aug. 30th
Five Amazing Stars! This is the second book in the Barren Series and should be read in order to fully understand it. We pick up basically where we left off in Barren and continue Stacey's story. She enters college where she is exposed to the same triggers of drugs, alcohol, sex and she falls into old habits. Will her self destructive ways bring her down with no chance of coming back? The author does an amazing job looking into the world of drug and alcohol abuse. The story is an emotional one and you feel for the characters as they are trying to get clean. Again with this book like the first I could not put the book down and thoroughly enjoyed it! The writing was amazing and the characters had great detail. Looking forward to more from Ms Miceli! Highly recommend it!I received this book as an ARC for an honest review. This book was read and reviewed by Annamaria for Alpha Book Club.Plot: 5Chemistry: 5Pacing: 5Ending: 5Character Development: 5
Consumed is a heart-breaking, intense and honest look at substance abuse, but it is a fantastic read. Raw and honest, it is an emotional ride.Stacey is a mess. She went through treatment once, got clean and is now ready for college. Unfortunately, she can't fight the draw to use again. She is battling her past, battling her addictions and she falls into old patterns. Her life is spiraling out of control. She falls for Jesse, a drug dealer. If that isn't self-destructive, I don't know what it. Then one night, she goes overboard and she finally takes a deeper look at herself, at life, at everything. The book is told from both Stacey and Jesse's POVs. Adding Jesse's POV was a brilliant move, in my opinion.A raw, gritty book that is more than worth the emotional roller coaster ride.I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review.