Consumed by J.R. Ward ~Review

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Consumed by J.R. Ward ~ReviewAlso by this author: The Beast (Black Dagger Brotherhood, #14)
Consumed (Firefighters, #1) by J.R. Ward
ISBN: 0349420629
Series: Firefighters #1
Published by Piatkus on October 2, 2018
Genres: Contemporary, Romance
Pages: 416
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From the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the popular Black Dagger Brotherhood series comes a brand-new novel about arson investigator, Ann Ashburn, who is consumed by her troubled past, her family's scorched legacy, and her current case: chasing a deadly killer.

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.From the creator of the bestselling Black Dagger Brotherhood, get ready for a new band of brothers. And a firestorm . . .

“Firefighting followed in the military’s chain-of-command boot steps. You took orders or you were out. Even if that meant leaving the love of your miserable wasteland of a life in the middle of a two-alarm fire to get burned to death inside her turnouts. 

Happy Friday night, motherfuckers.”




Did you read her Wedding From Hell free novellas? If you haven’t you might want to. It’s a nice set up to this series. They are not long at all but I really liked knowing that extra details that it gave.

Danny and Anne, they were so alike that sometimes it was frustrating. When things kept bringing them back together it just showed how much they were meant to be.

The first few chapters were rough to read but at the same time amazing. She really just punched us right in the feels from the get go. The mystery aspect of the story was well done. I really did not see that ending coming. It wasn’t anywhere on my list of possible outcomes. Loved it. I honestly don’t know what is to come with the next books. I hope it’s going to follow the storyline I am dying to get more of. There is something there and I want to see more of it.

This didn’t read like a typical J.R. Ward book. It read more like her Jessica Bird books. There is nothing wrong with this at all but I thought others might like to know that. She still had it told from several POVs but if you have read her BDB books you’ll know what I mean.

I fell in love with this new series from her right off the bat. It’s a page-turner, clever, and full of romance that sizzles. Grab this now and fall in love with Danny and the rest of the crew like I did.



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“Sometimes strength rested not in resistance, but in the release of arms against a foe of one’s own creation.” 


About J.R. Ward

J.R. Ward is the author of over twenty novels, including those in her #1 New York Times and USA Today bestselling series, The Black Dagger Brotherhood. There are more than 15 million copies of Ward’s novels in print worldwide and they have been published in 25 different countries around the world.

After graduating from law school, Ward began working in healthcare in Boston and spent many years as Chief of Staff of one of the premier academic medical centers in the nation. She lives in the south with her incredibly supportive husband and her beloved golden retriever. Writing has always been her passion and her idea of heaven is a whole day of nothing but her computer, her dog and her coffee pot.

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